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Hotel Coral Reef
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4-1516 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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“A gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

From the outside it may not look like much, but from the inside...every detail is richly embellished. what a wonderful night (stayed there on election night 2012 and enjoyed the big flat screen tv with the breeze from the ocean blowing in the room).

the jacuzzi tub was a nice addition to my morning wash.

1 issue was that there was no clear way to turn the fan on when turning off the lights. in the middle of the night when i was too hot i fumbled around and found some sliders and switches in the closet...wish this was a bit easier. and there seems to be no switch for the a/c unit even though they have one. could be because they are an eco-friendly hotel....so that's fine with me :)

Room Tip: i stayed in room 2207 and tried to use the stairs closest to the pool for beach acess but found it...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Mahalo again, George and Rhonda for your hospitality at the Hotel Coral Reef!!!! I love this place, it's right on the Kapaa trail, the beach, great location in town, walking distance to everything!! The rooms are so pretty, and the upgrade of the microwave and refrigerator in every room is a big plus!!!! This is my second time I've stayed here, and I will be back for sure!! A big ALOHA from Scottsdale to you in Kapaa!! Mahalo!

Room Tip: definitely go for the ocean front room upstairs so you can leave the doors open and hear the surf al...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We REALLY loved this hotel. After an extremely disappointing stay at a bed and breakfast in Poipu, we arrived for the last 4 nights here in Kapaa. We opened the door of our room and our eyes lit up. A beautiful room with an awesome view of the ocean, comfortable bedding, air conditioning, jacuzzi tub.

Problems? 2 lights that were out when we arrived. Fixed in less than 5 minutes. Amazing... service was incredible. The innkeepers were super friendly, and invited guests to several cultural events, which were a lot of fun. They were filled with the true 'aloha spirit'.

A continental breakfast was served early every morning, with fresh fruit, juices, breads, coffee, and a smile. All of the innkeepers were friendly, talkative, and made us feel very welcome.

Oh and they have a very nice pool too, and are right next to the ocean, with a wonderful path to go for walks along the ocean for sunrise, or whenever the mood strikes.

We felt very lucky to have stayed here, and will definitely look forward to returning on our next trip...

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view of the ocean. You'll be glad you did!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Just had to write a review saying what a wonderful time we had at the Coral Reef Hotel. We only had four days to spend on Kauai and we wanted to feel like we were living in Hawaii again. Staying at the Coral Reef allowed us to do so, and we enjoyed every minute. George, Rhonda, and Kapua were always friendly, smiling, and helpful with our every request. After watching the sun rise every morning, we would look forward to coffee and breakfast with George, talking story and sharing our plans for the day. It's easy to get anywhere on the island from Kapaa, and I love the easy and beautiful drive north from this location. If you enjoy hiking, the west trail to nearby Sleeping Giant is secluded and spectacular. Our room was excellent, we had a ground floor king and appreciated the fine linens and luxurious bedding you don't typically find in an affordable hotel. We are so appreciative for the aloha shown us and are already planning on returning as soon as we are able.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Not at all a fancy hotel but the people made up the difference. It was my birthday and my kids called at different times with different requests and Rhonda and George went out of their way with trips to the grocery store, etc. to make it a very special day. Never would get that at a large chain hotel. Good location right on beach with a jogging trail between your balconey and the beach. Several good restuarants within walking distance. Do not miss the Kountry Kitchen for breakfast (across the street). Hotel is in a good location between the north and south parts of the island if you intend to see the sights. Rooms were very nice (deluxe room comparable with many 5 star hotels) with great balconey. Hotel is very small but a great buy considering location and room.....
Had to ask for amenities a couple of times and included breakfast was minimal!
Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach.....
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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 September 11, 2012

great hotel... loved the staff, the town (kapa'a is fantastic if you are into artsy/hippie/"granola" culture), the location (perfect if you plan to travel both north and south during your stay on kauai), the beach front access, the kauai multi-use path access, the rooms, the meat-free breakfast (esp the oatmeal when they offer it... yummy and filling!), the cute/serene pool, the funny chickens, the walkability to/within the town of kapa'a, and the front row seat for the sunrises.
can't wait to go back! :)

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Westfield, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Excellent location, Excellent service. Updated rooms and furnishings. Most room have sliding glass doors with ocean view. Walking paths lead to beaches and toward the small town center of Kapaa. Family atmosphere of helpfulness and service from staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4-1516 Kuhio Highway, 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 Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Coral Reef 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Coral Reef built in 1956 is known to be the islands original boutique hotel. Located in the historical town of Kapaa featuring a variety of local shops and restaurants for any visitor to enjoy. Experience our newly renovated oceanfront guest rooms approximately 50 feet from the waters edge with direct ocean views. Hotel Coral Reef is an ideal location for any visitor looking to have Easy access to all Kauai's exciting points of Interest. Come Join us for a true Hawaiian Experience. ... more   less 
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Coral Reef Kapaa
Hotel Coral Reef Kauai/Kapaa

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