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Garden Island Inn

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Ranked #1 of 9 hotels in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
Dave H Clayton, California
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Clayton, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are here for only one night but would definitely come back another time for a longer stay. We chose this place because of all the positive feedback and comments. We weren't disappointed. We love everything about the place. The room was great for the four of us. The waterfall in the back is soothing sound at night. The beach... More

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Austin, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed 4 nights mid July with 13 yr old son. Super friendly and customer-focused staff. 5 min walk to a variety of stores and a few restaurants (visited ABC convenience store and Duke's restaurant during stay). Also nice beach just across street - good place to chill. Used hotel as "HQ" as I toured Kauai. Good location - as it's... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so well treated by everyone at this hotel. It is convenient to everything and the staff is great. There was a problem with noisy guests one early morning and the manager took care of it in a very proper manner. And Judy, the cleaning lady in the room was a welcoming presence too.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent 5 nights at the garden island inn. I travel a lot and the garden island inn ranks highly on my list of places i have stayed at. Directly outside is the lihou shuttle bus stop. The staff at the garden island inn are super friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Complimentary use of beach equiptment is available... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

We are glad you found us and enjoyed your stay. Your comfort, safety, relaxation, convince & having a home away from home is what we strive to provide. Our wonderful staff, tropical art, kitchenettes in every room,free available beach gear, snacks & goodies, gardens and waterfalls, is symbolic of the Hawaiian Aloha life style. Please come back and visit us... More

Ridgefield, Washington
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have stayed at the Garden Island Inn several times. A very Hawaiian hotel of the 60's, it is enough different to make it very special. The rooms are not large, resort style but are clean and very comfortable. What makes it so nice is the personnel,- they want to serve you just a bit more. Delightful... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Mahalo for your kind words and repeat visits to the hotel. You and all of our guests are our main priority. The staff happiliy provides extraordanary guest service. We will pass on your compliments to them as we also appreciate their ALOHA, every day! Kalapaki Bay and Nawiliwili are gems of the island, our location perfect to walk to activities,... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the price point, this is a great value with a very convenient location. It's within walking distance of shops, restaurants, Kalapaki Beach. I got up in morning and watched the sunrise in Nawiliwili Bay. It was gorgeous, peaceful, and awesome. The room was very nice. It's not modern, but not old. It's very Hawaiian feel. The hotel staff was... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

We have great value, a great location, and great guest like you, who enjoy a beautiful sunrise at Nawiliwili small boat harbor! We love to share this tropical paradise with everyone! Kauai is the "Garden Island" and we like to preserve the harmony with nature, arts and culture at the hotel. Mahalo for your stay with us and your good... More

Tarpon Springs, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were meeting a large group of friends and renting a condo, but arrived one night before everyone else. Absolutely loved the Garden Island Inn from the moment we pulled up and saw the beautiful little garden area in front and the colorful rooms. We were warmly welcomed and "upgraded" to room 9. We found the waterfall provided a restful... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

So glad to know you enjoyed your stay with us. We love getting our guests feedback and hope you will stay with us a bit longer next visit. We take pride in giving you great value and like to add extras when we can, like an upgraded room, loan of a paddle board, healthy breakfast goodies in the morning. Camile... More

Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently stayed at the Garden Island Inn, and I was not impressed. Room 15 was very small. My husband could not even get out of the bed on his side because the bed was right against the wall. The box springs looked like something we would find in a dump. I didn't look at the mattress or pillows because... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

We want to stress the importance of calling the hotel for your room selection, not booking on line, as all of the rooms and suits vary in size and shape. Room 15 is a small corner room perfect for a single person or two persons for a short stay. The bed does have a new mattress, superior mattress pad, and... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The stayed in the Banyan harbour apartments which the Garden Island Inn lets. The service is great, with complementary beach gear which was great. The decor in the apartment is very Hawaiian which I liked. Some of the kitchen ware was a bit dated. We did go over to the Marriott and enjoy the amazing pools...no one seemed to mind.... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Banyon Harbor Condo option is a great choice when traveling with children. The 2 bedrooms one & 1/2 bath with full kitchen and decks allows your group to spread out and still enjoy all of the Garden Island Inn services and location. Kalapaki Beach is enjoyed by our neighbor the Marriott Resort and timeshare... More

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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anyone who has flown to Kauai from East of California knows that the travel day is a killer! Having never stayed in Lihue and needing a place just for one night, it made sense to find one near the airport. Boy was I happy to have found the Garden Island Inn. I had been to Kauai before but my young... More

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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

So glad room 20 was a good choice for you and your adult sons on your first night. Your enthusiasm about great Poki makes us smile and hungry. We are spoiled to have such a good selection of Poki on Kauai with so many variation and preparations We hope the rest of your stay on Kauai was great fun. Thanks... More

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Address: 3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garden Island Inn 2.5*
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The Garden Island Inn is a quaint, affordable boutique hotel by the lovely Kalapaki Beach and Bay, the Kauai Marriott and Lagoons and the Nawiliwili Harbor. Kalapaki Beach offers safe surfing, stand up paddle boarding, canoing, kayaking, sailing for beginners to intermediate, fishing or just plain relaxing and sunning.This is Kauai's center for shopping, live music and dining with a choice of 10 of Kauai's finest restaurants all within a short leisurely walking distance from the Garden Island Inn Hotel.The Garden Island Inn has quick and easy access from the Lihue Airport and to all the sights and activities Kauai has to offer. Let us be your home away from home while you discover Kauai! ... more   less 
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