Fodor's Expert Review Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort Lihue

3610 Rice St., Lihue, Hawaii, 96766, USA

The former Marriott has changed hands, and its new owner, Sonesta, is conducting a $50 million refurbishment of guest rooms and common areas while the resort remains open. The sprawling property boasts an ideal location, fronting the sandy shore of Kalapaki Bay and offering a lovely view of dramatic Haupu Ridge. The grounds are lush and lavish, with tropical gardens, waterfalls, Greek statues and columns, and an enormous 26,000-square-foot swimming pool. This resort is a one-stop destination, with dining, shopping, a spa, golf, tennis, and water activities of all kinds on-site; other restaurants, resort amenities, and shops are nearby. Most rooms have expansive ocean views and some have separate sitting areas. Five-night stays are required in peak season, and housekeeping is weekly. There's a surcharge for Wi-Fi. The resort is a comfortable and convenient for families and people seeking a lively resort experience.

PROS

  • oceanfront setting
  • plenty of resort amenities
  • convenient location near shops and restaurants

CONS

  • airport noise
  • ocean water quality can be poor at times
  • located near an industrial area

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-245–5050 | 800-220–2925

HOTEL DETAILS

367 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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