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“The Garden Cottage, Fern Grotto Inn” 5 of 5 stars
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4561 Kuamoo Road, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
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1 review
“The Garden Cottage, Fern Grotto Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having just spent five nights at the Garden Cottage, Fern Grotto Inn, I cannot speak highly enough of the facilities and services offered by Paul, the host. This exceptionally clean, well-furnished cottage in idyllic surroundings provided my husband and I with an ideal break. Centrally located on the Wailua River in Kapa'a we enjoyed the spectacular gardens, river views, walks on the nearby beaches and serenity of the property. It is ideally situated for day trips to other parts of the island, easily accessed from the airport in Lihue and the local area provides all the daily essentials. The sound of the early morning traffic is the only negative; however, it really is just background noise and not at all intrusive. The sound from the roosters and hens is part of the charm of the island and memories of the, bring a smile to my face. For those who want an independent, low-key, relaxed holiday I have no hesitation in recommending the Fern Grotto Inn. Enjoy!

Room Tip: The Garden Cottage is ideal for a couple and has wonderful views of the river.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lumby, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We planned our entire trip around the Fern Grotto Inn. My wife found the website and reviews online and decided "that's where we are going". We were so pleased with that choice and the destination. We booked the Coco Cottage for a week and just got home a couple of days ago.

Paul the owner is great, very friendly and laid back. He's there if you need him, otherwise you have total privacy. He took my daughter and I around the property on a couple fruit picking trips and we tried lots of new things. He gave me great choices and directions for dining. We used the phone, the laundry machines, and the shared items like lawn chairs, boogie boards, etc. We just loved having a little house to call home and use as a base.

The location is so central to the entire island. An hour north, or south and you've reached the end of the road. Lydgate Park Beach is minutes away and great for families with protected swimming from the waves and good beginner snorkeling, and a huge playground. Smith's Tropical Paradise is across the river and offers river boat tours and a very fun luau. The famous and abandoned Coco Palms Resort from Elvis's Blue Hawaii is right across the street with it's huge overgrown palm tree grove and lagoon!

The Coco Cottage has air conditioning and ceiling fans with roof ventilation as well. We rarely needed the air conditioning as the fans and vents kept the air moving nicely and quietly. Kitchenette had everything we needed, large double door fridge and gas range. Smaller bathroom but a large roomy shower.

10 minute drive from the Lihue airport. 5 minutes to Kapaa with great shopping and dining. Safeway is great for groceries. Lot's of shopping and dining within a few minutes drive.

If I had to be critical of anything? The island chickens can be a bit noisy (i.e. roosters), but they are EVERYWHERE, so you can't really avoid them. The island has a single main highway looping around the north, east, and south sides. The road is busy, and there is some traffic noise in the early morning as commuters head to work. I think all accommodations on the island would have these complaints unless they are further inland or on large properties with a natural buffer between them and the roads. You want to drive places since walking along the highway in this area is not really safe. The Wi-Fi was weak at the Coco Cottage because it's off to the side and separated a bit from the rest of the cottages.

If you want privacy, independence, and a house rental style of experience (ie, no hotel services like housekeeping, room service, etc) then this is a great choice for you. If you are a single, a couple, or a small family with kids willing to sleep on a sofa bed, then the Coco Cottage is a great choice especially if you like the privacy of the back yard, and the private side entrance and parking.

Room Tip: The Coco Cottage has a private side entrance and driveway separated from the other cottages. It'...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lichtenau b Chemnitz, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The title says it all! Clean, home like and easy. One step from almost everything, and Paul the owner is so very helpful! Kitchen and bathroom essentials are provided and there's really pretty gardens
On our next visit we will be staying there again ( i hope)....

Very Cool..

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We wanted to stay in a condo type place instead of a resort and I wanted to stay near Kapa'a since it's centrally located and not as touristy. We came across the Fern Grotto Inn on the web and it was exactly what we were looking for!

We stayed in the Ohana house and it looks just like the pictures. The house and all of the amenities are in great shape and the grounds are maintained very well. Paul is very nice and has thought of just about everything to make your stay enjoyable.

We will definitely try to stay here the next time we visit Kauai!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely, well appointed cottage that felt very private and spacious. Beautiful grounds, great outdoor and beach gear amenities, and a great host, Paul, who was available for questions, but did not hover.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I don't really want to review this place as being so nice because I don't want everyone booking it up for when I return! However, since Paul was so nice, I'll begrudgingly give it the stellar review this place deserves...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I just returned from staying at the Wailua Hideaway (partnered with the Fern Grotto Inn). It is a lower portion of a lovely home in a residential neighborhood. David and Lynda, the owners, were great. The home has a full kitchen, large bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, living area, and a huge deck with a gorgeous view of the mountains, trees, and stream. It was a peaceful tropical paradise. I would stay again and I recommend it to others.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4561 Kuamoo Road, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are centrally located in the perfect spot for exploring the whole island of Kauai. Just ten minutes north of the airport, the property is on the banks of the Wailua River, a few minutes from the heart of Kapaa town, walking distance to beaches and family parks. We are nestled in Hawaii's largest coconut grove in the shadow of Sleeping Giant Mountain with easy access to hiking and kayaking. We are only a block from the beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Fern Grotto Hotel Kapaa
Fern Grotto Inn Kauai/Kapaa

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