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Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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“Very pleasant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I truly enjoyed my stay here.Good location.The room was spacious and comfortable. Bathroom amenities were immaculate. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Would stay here again. Highly recommend to all!!

  • Stayed September 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We absolutely adored staying here! The newly renovated rooms are gorgeous, clean and comfortable, which is surprising considering how inexpensive it was. The staff at the front desk was really friendly, the hotel is right on the beach (although it's dangerous to swim, you can see turtles from the shore!), and the location is great. The pool was really clean. We really appreciated having access to beach towels from the front desk. The only downside was the breakfast; the pastries were delicious, but were more like dessert than breakfast, so we brought our own bread and used the toaster.

Thanks for a great stay, wish we could've stayed longer!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us, We appreciate your time taken to complete our survey. We are indeed located on the beach. Not only do we have turtles swim closer to the shore, we have a frequent visitor, a Hawaiian Monk Seal that come ashore and rests on our beach for a day or two.
Hopefully, on your next viist you will get to see her.
In fall this year, we hope to open our beach front restaurant and the restaurant will be serving a full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please visit us again and enjoy the many amenities and services at our newly named hotel , Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, which CNN travel chose us as one of the nine new beach front hotels in the U. S.

Mahalo.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This resort-style hotel is so good. All rooms have been recently renovated with a fresh, modern style.
They are quite spatious with great bed; bathroom en-suite is ok.
All rooms are almost identical. We have been for 5 nights in the ocean-view most expensive one and for one night in the cheapest street-view. Except for the location both the rooms were identical and so good and quiet (in the second one we just missed the sound of the waves while in bed).
There are two pools, a good garden and the beach is also so nice.

There is no restaurant in the hotel! This is the big difference with a real resort. However there are many good restos nearby (also in walking distance). No restaurant results also in less noise... That's not bad! The hotel is really so quiet and peaceful.

Staff is friendly.
Pool towels are for free.

Breakfast was ok for me but don't expect much variety: pastries (three-four kinds of doughnuts and croissants), bananas, coffee and juice (one type). It is a little buffet, nothing special ma it works good: the location of the hotel is strategic, halfway between hanalei and lihue. It's a perfect point where sleep and rest while touring Kauai.

I wouldn't suggest this place if you have in mind a resort where stay for days without move.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Thank you for being our guests. Yes, we are a more fun hotel and right across the beach. We havae been adding amenities this past 8 months and soon to open a beach front restaurant and we look forward to openning in late fall, 2014.

At this new restaurant in the lobby building, we will have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. It will indeed be a fun restaurant too.

Mahalo.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was here in 2008 and 2013 and was looking for a good hotel that didn't cost too much.

Check in and out was very quick.

It's very good situated for exploring the island with your car, because it's almost excatly midpoint of the road. A big shopping mall with an ABC-Store and restaurants etc. isn't far away.

One thing to be aware of are the roosters - but they are everywhere on the island so it's not a specific "problem" at this hotel.

I wasn't disappointed. I'm planing to come again this November.

Room Tip: If possible take a room on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Aloha and thank you for being our guest. I am happy to hear that enjoyed the hotel very much.
Yes, chickens in Kauai are part of the islands charm.

Please visit us again soon and enjoy our hotel.

Mahalo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My young family of 4 had booked a our week-long timeshare at a nearby resort. Since our flight was coming in late, we knew that our 7 days in Kauai were going to fly by too fast. So we extended our vacation by a few days and decided to stay here at Kauai Shores before our timeshare resort reservation kicked in.
We were pleased with everything about our stay. The check in was a very smooth process. After a 12+ hour flight, a less than 5 minute check-in process is greatly appreciated.
Our room was clean and the beds were comfortable. My boys, ages 3 and 5, loved the color theme, as did I. My only complaint would be that the air conditioner unit is very, very loud. But since we weren't staying in the room much during the day time, we decided to keep it off and open the shutters instead. If you don't mind the roosters (I don't mind) in the morning, that's the way to go- the breeze is lovely as well.
The kids loved the pool and the close walk to the sandy beach. The sand isn't the cleanest (twigs and such), but my kids didn't mind and we aren't picky. And if you have a rental (strongly recommend for this island), then you'll get to explore all the lovely beaches around the island. Although we didn't utilize them, there are clean grills with tools right near the pool. Really wanted to grill some hot dogs...
They offer a free simple breakfast every morning- it's continental style- so pastries, and coffess, and such, but it's free and that's a big plus (the resort we stayed at afterwards only spoke in $$$). I love that they have ample laundry faciltilies right in the mainhouse- no creepy hallways or lower levels to travel down to. The staff here is all smiles and make you feel welcome.
Although we only stayed here for 2 nights, we would definitely come back for longer without a second thought. Best value in Kauai and excellent service!

Room Tip: Ask for the upper level. That way, you can leave your balcony door/shutters open at night for a cool...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us. I am glad all of you liked our newly renovated hotel. We have been replacing all the noisy aircondition units. and have been successful in installing the quiet units.
Please visit us again and enjoy the newly added amenities at the hotel.

Mahalo.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very friendly staff giving local revommendations and nicely renovated rooms, which are very clean and do not miss anything. Everything is provided: beach towels, all amenities, fridge, pool,chairs at the beach, complementary breakfast in the morning, balcony, comfortable bed, clean and good working shower...). We enjoyed our stay a lot. I can highly recommend the hotel. Actually our expectations have been exceeded by far after we read the poor ratings and had such a good price. But I guess this is due to the entire makeover of the hotel, which is now finished.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Aloha and thank you for being our guest. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and your stay was perfect.

We try our best to move the bar higher with reference to the services and the new amenities. Please visit us again and enjoy your favorite hotel in Kauai.

Mahalo.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We really enjoyed our one night stay here. Wish we stayed here our entire stay in Kauai. The hotel rooms are clean and the bed is very comfortable. Everything is renovated. Make sure when you book your room, you book the RENOVATED room and not the old ones. Their is a continental breakfast which is mediocre, but doesn't matter, because overall everything else is great!...The only thing that was a bit annoying was that we booked a mountain view, renovated room. Our room was renovated (more important part), but the view was the pool, not a mountain view. One pet peeve of mine is false advertising.

Would I go here again? YES YES YES!!!!

Room Tip: Renovated room only!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Aloha and thank you for being our guest. All our rooms are renovated as of July 3rd, 2014. We also finished redoing our landscaping. We will be renovating the lobby and restaurant in a couple of months and hoping to have a completely new hotel by December 2014.

Going through your records, the front desk team member gave you a complimentary upgrade from a garden/mountain view to a deluxe pool view. I am sure if you requested the mountain view, she would have most certainly assigned you that view. .

Regarding the breakfast. Once we open our restaurant, we will be serving a full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The present complimentary continental breakfast is offered to all our guests so they can have a quick meal with the complimentary coffee and tea.

Hope to see you soon and you can experience a full service restaurant and a great hotel.
Mahalo.
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Address: 420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy newly renovated accommodations at this beachfront, resort-like property situated along a secluded beach on Kauai's Royal Coconut Coast. Discover on array of popular nearby attractions including snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding, Woiluo River kayaking, Woiluo Golf Course, Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center and historic Kopoo town. The property features six beachfront acres of lush tropical lawns and gardens and two outdoor swimming pools with barbeque grills. Contemporary accommodations feature sleek, retro-modern designs, vibrant island colors, island-style decor and feature free Wifi Internet access, mini-refrigerators, private lanais and beautiful mountain, garden, pool or ocean views. Other free amenities include doily Continental breakfast, doily coffee and tea service, yoga classes and Wifi Internet access throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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