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Hotel Coral Reef
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4-1516 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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Ranked #4 of 12 hotels in Kapaa
Tumwater, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“cindy1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at the Coral Reef for 12 days and couldn't have been happier. First, it is in a great location centrally located on the island. We had an "ocean front" room and it was fabulous, The room was nicely decorated and had an unobstructed view of the ocean. Rooms were very clean. We really feel like we found a little gem. Prices were amazingly reasonable. Very friendly staff. The room looks exactly like the pictures on the web site.

  • 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
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Issaquah, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Quiet, Clean & Very Comfortable!!! Kauai's beauty is breathtaking! After returning from hiking the Pali Coast for four hours in the rain and mud I enthusiastically anticipated checking into my new hotel room for a jacuzzi bathtub treat! Oh what a treat it was! I felt like I was in heaven - my room was so clean, cozy and beautifully decorated! Adjustable lighting throughout, Tommy Bahamas soap and bath products, a plasma television, and then to top it off the bed was sooo comfortable! Absolutely heaven! My patio slider opened to the lawn in front of the beach too! The property also has a pool with a waterfall and a laundry area. Yes this is heaven!!! Staying on the east side of Kauai is a great for waking to the gorgeous sunrise each morning at 7 am. I've always thought of myself as a non-morning person, but the sunrise is so magnificent I looked forward to it and didn't want to miss it! Another nice thing is the location is great for navigating to the rest of the island including the west, south and north shores. Each morning they had a continental breakfast in the hotel lobby.The management was so friendly and helpful - they felt like family. I am very excited to return!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Ocean Shores, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Hotel is quaint and attractive. There is a paved trail in front of the hotel that goes to the next town and makes for a beautiful walk or bike ride. The staff was wonderful and it felt more like family than employees. Great food and shopping are both near by. It was so relaxing which is just what we needed. I wish the pool was warmer.. It was actually warmer to swim in the ocean...lol
Overall a great stay!

Room Tip: Choose the ocean view rooms.. The others dont have much of a "garden view"
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Kelowna, Canada
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31 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

First off I generally dont stay at 5 star or even 4 star hotels and was not expecting that level of quality when I booked this hotel but I had expectations of at least adequate cleanliness, food and hospitality. I gather that most of the reviews are of "ocean front" rooms. We stayed in what is ridiculously called a garden room. There is no garden, no view, nothing but a highway that we could practically reach out and touch from our balcony. (see photot) The biggest disappointment was around the air con unit which did not work and we received 4 days worth of excuses ranging from "it is a weekend and service techs will charge $150 hr to come and fix it" to "we will call on Monday and it will be fixed". I say if there is a problem with a room the managers either 1. move the guests to another room (which was offered to us but for the highter room fee) 2. fix the problem or 3. offer a discount. None of these happened so we were forced to sleep with the balcony door open and listen to traffic all night.
The cleanliness was atrocious. We discovered the carcus of some kind of beetle/roach (?) in our bathroom vanity (see photo)and later a roach ran across the bathroom floor. The sheets were not changed in the double bed (which was advertised as a queen bed and was soft and not comfortable) in 4 days and toiletries were not replaced so by the last day we had no shampoo. The breakfast is a sorry little event with some store bought pastries, coffee (the highlight) and fruit - there is one sofa on which to sit so guests stand around trying to balance coffee cups and their food. No one used the pool while we were there- it was completely uninviting looking and cold.
Would not recommend this hotel unless you want to shell out big bucks to stay in the ocean front rooms. Really the only thing I liked was that the location made travelling to either the south or the north easy. After 4 days though we thankfully moved to a condo in Poipu which was great.

Room Tip: the garden rooms overlook a highway
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Courteous, casual, yet efficient, service. I had a nice oceanfront room on the second floor - Lovely to hear the waves crashing all night long. Easy to get to in Kapa'a, although the traffic can be bad. Close to restaurants and shops. They rent bikes for $5/day - there is a paved trail along waterfront. I stayed only one night and it was a bit pricey, but rates are reduced for longer stays. It is a low-key, yet attractive, property and I liked the unpretentious feel of it over a predictable resort.

Room Tip: Oceanfront rooms are nice - all I could hear was the surf and not the traffic. Other rooms are close...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maui, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you're considering a stay in Kauai, search no longer! The secret is out fellow traveler.
Comfort, convenience, casual elegance. A stay here will refresh, revive and restore!
The "Aloha" spirit greets you and treats you to one of Kauai's best (little) hotels, the
Hotel Coral Reef!

Room Tip: Book the Oceanfront Rooms. They will exceed your expectations! After a busy day on island (working...
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  • Stayed June 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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Bishop, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed here one night on a whim and the room was beautiful for an affordable price. All the workers were super nice and friendly, there are wonderful views, and the fresh local fruit for continental breakfast was refreshing. It was the perfect place to stay for an affordable but cute rest on our travels.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Coral Reef

Also Known As:
Coral Reef Kapaa
Hotel Coral Reef Kauai/Kapaa
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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#7 Family Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Coral Reef 3*
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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