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“Good location right on the beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel

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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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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
Cowichan Bay
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Good location right on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is located right on a sandy beach. It is an older hotel but the rooms have been updated and were very clean. The rooms are large with comfortable platform beds. We were in the Lei building on the second floor. I would definitely recommend that floor, if you want a view of the beach from an ocean view room.
The location of this hotel is good. It is easy to go in either direction, north or south, from here.
The staff were very helpful, especially, Angela, who went out of her way to make sure we were satisfied with our room.
Previous responses to reviews by management indicated that they were hoping to open a restaurant in January, 2015. There is no work going on in that regard. They have a meagre continental breakfast of juice, bananas, donuts, coffee/tea. I am not sure how much they spend on donuts, but I would think that having loaves of bread and some jam, which they have for the tour groups, already, would be much better.
There are chairs and loungers on the beach provided along with beach towels.

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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Newly remodeled rooms, everything is very clean and fresh. I liked the small kitchen area with coffee maker, microwave etc. Very friendly and polite staff. Beautiful beach. Right next to a small shopping centre Coconut Market. Two small but very nice and clean pools, with new sunbeds. I also liked the new fireplace in the garden.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent a week here and loved it! The renovations have turned this hotel into the place to stay in Kapaa. The staff are excellent - front desk and cleaning staff. The rooms are nice and clean. The beds were very comfortable. The location is perfect - close to the airport and central to all sides of the island. There is wifi and it worked very well. It was nice to spend time at the beach in the evening. They have chairs on the beach to sit on. It is also a nice place to watch the sunrise. I would definitely go back to this location. (There is a lovely bakery down the street within walking distance which is an excellent place to have breakfast. It is also within walking distance of the Coconut Marketplace.)

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hotel for 3 days. The rooms were nice, bright and modern. The resort has been beautifully redecorated. The location is central and close to all amenities. It offers coffee, tea and doughnuts for breakfast. We did see 3 bugs, however that is to be expected since the hotel is located in the tropics. Also a nice feature is a propane fire that is communal. We met many friendly travelers sitting by the fire.

  • Stayed January 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Thank you for spending your vacation at the hotel. Yes, we do have many complimentary amenities for all our guests to enjoy.

Look forward to your next visit with us.

Mahalo.
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Ajax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

we only stayed one night but it was very nice. the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was well appointed

the only downside was there was no wifi.

pools were really nice with very attractive architecture as was the beach

there was a small lanai with a nice view of the pool

Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Thank you for being our guest and enjoying your stay here at the hotel. Regarding WiFi, we do have it in all the rooms and around the property. I am sorry that you were not aware of this service.

Hopefully on your next visit here, you may be able to use the wifi services and other services at the hotel to enhance your vacation.

Mahalo
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kapa'a is the location to be central to all sides of the island. Aqua Shores is a quiet little hotel with clean rooms and comfy beds. The beach right there is scenic and great for snorkeling. Currently no restaurant or bar, but they do serve coffee, donuts and fruit in the morning. Buy your drinks at the store and bring them back to your room where they have a small refrigerator. The gas fire pit is a nice touch too for the chilly evenings.

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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Thank you for staying at our beautiful ocean front hotel. Yes, the fire pit is a cozy place to sit and enjoy your evenings. Very soon we should have our restaurant and bar open to all our guests and the public.
Our bar and restaurant will be the perfect place to sit back enjoy breakfast and watch the sunrise and in the evenings watch the moonrise.

Mahalo for being our guests.
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, two teenagers & I stayed here Jan. 3rd - 10th & we absolutely loved it!! Seriously...it's right on the beach!! You can actually stroll for miles on this beautiful beach. Never over crowded & at times we only had a handful of people on the beach. We actually saw humpback whales in the distance right from the beach!! They serve a continental breakfast that includes a variety of pastries, fruit, juice & coffee every morning. My husband & I sipped on coffee & snacked on yummy croissants every morning while we watched the sunrise - absolutely breathtaking!! Our kiddos slept in every morning so the continental breakfast was perfect for us, once they were up & ready to go we found a great many restaurants in the area. There's a market place w/ great shops & restaurants within walking distance. We rented bicycles at a near by shop & biked for miles on an awesome near by trail all along the beach. The rooms were super clean, comfy, very spacious & loved the decor....very trendy. My teenagers loved having a PS3 in their room, in the evenings they checked out games & movies (at no extra cost). Staff was super sweet & always very helpful. We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Kauai Shores, definitely recommend this place to everyone!!!

Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends
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Hilmy D, General Manager at Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Thank you for being our guest and taking your time to complete our survey. Enjoyed reading the contents.

Please visit us again when you are in the islands.

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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 200
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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Also Known As:
Kauai Sands Kapaa
Kauai Sands Hotel
Hotel Kauai Sands
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