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“Lovely hotel in Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #6 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
Scotland
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14 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

After looking at lots of reviews on trip advisor decided to stay at Coral Reef and we are so pleased we did. Its a small hotel and usually we stay in much larger resorts. This place is beautiful. Had a king room with ocean view stayed for 5 nights. Room was very nice and the view was stunning. Joseph and staff were so nice, very friendly and really helpful. We are non drivers, this hotel was ideal town centre was within walking distance, walked the path in front of the hotel along the beach it was beautiful scenery. Local bus stops right outside the hotel takes you wherever you want for $2. Did the helicopter trip on Joseph's recommendation and it was amazing. This was our first time to Kauai and we loved it, such a beautiful island. Hope to return to Kauai and the Coral Reef.

Room Tip: If you can choose ocean view room worth the extra.
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  • Stayed September 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Gig Harbor, Wa.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Incredible value across all categories
FREE parking, in room wifi access. Very clean, updated pleasant rooms. Internet booking afforded optimal pricing. Ocean front view from Lani perfect!
Pool. Aloha spirit in every staff member!
We are so glad we chose it!

Cynthia Petersen Gig Harbor, Wa.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A small, quiet hotel with great ocean view. The rooms are nice and clean, they offer good breakfast and free wifi. The pool is good and it's open until 8pm. The staff is really nice, they help you arrange any kind of activities, find the best deals for you and if you have any special request to your room, they do it without any problem.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We loved our stay at the Coral Reef. It is steps away from the beach. We stayed in an ocean facing room and loved listening to the ocean at night. They were helpful and it was within walking distance to food and shopping. It was convenient as Kapaa is a good starting point for seeing the island. The only thing that was only average was the continental breakfast. But there are great places to eat or shopping if a larger breakfast is wanted. They were so nice and let us borrow beach mats, beach towels, etc. so did not have purchase any.

We would stay again! Thanks to the staff for being so friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: pick a king room on the first floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

This is a wonderful hotel. Comfortable, well furnished rooms and literally right on the coast. Coastal path in front of hotel we hired bikes from them and had a lovely ride north. Staff friendly and helpful, pool good size and very refreshing. Good healthy breakfast. Well located within walking distance of all amenities of Kapaa which is a very quaint town. Would love to return here. Enjoy!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Smaller hotel than the other big resorts on the island. Located on the east side or "coconut coast" in Kapa'a town. I think every room has an ocean view and right on the coast. Excellent spot if you are looking to explore the island since it is pretty central to both north/Napali coast and south-to-west. Friendly staff. Easy access to great bike path; hotel rents bikes to guests. Towels, boogie boards, and beach chairs available to guests for beach adventures. Continental breakfast offered. We booked SCUBA through our hotel; they are very helpful in booking excursions as desired. Small pool with waterfall. Seems like a place more appropriate for couples, small groups of friends; larger resort/hotels may be more appropriate for children. FYI- lots of feral chickens on the island and they do crow a lot. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.

Room Tip: 2 stories and no elevator. No fitness center (but isn't Hawaii a fitness center? Who wants to wo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I would like to begin by first thanking the staff at the ST. Regis resort in Princeville for recommending this hotel to my wife and I. After having a wonderful time at the St. Regis my wife and I decided to extend our vacation on Kauai and were looking for accommodations on the eastern side of the island. A staff member of the St. Regis Hotel mentioned the Hotel Coral Reef and said it is highly recommended by locals on the island. After reading many reviews online both good and bad we decided to give it a try. Well, it's the best experience that we have ever had on the island and we look forward to our return visit.
As we pulled into the hotel my wife and I immediately felt a sense of peace and relaxation the same feeling you would have while looking at a postcard of Hawaii while in the winter. The hotel is located in the town of Kapaa. A cool little bohemian type of town where you will find cafes, coffee shops, and boutiques.
We were greeted by a very friendly and professional staff who truly made us feel at home. To our surprise the room has all the upgrades that you would expect from a luxury resort. Amazing Ocean view, granite counter tops, jacuzzi bathtub, and the coolest are the blue accent lighting that my wife and I love. And not to forget the beach is like 50 ft away from the building simply amazing.
I looked forward to the complementary morning refreshments that's served daily in the lobby. It was great we got to meet other couples and share our experiences on the island and exchange travel tips. It reminded me of a family breakfast where everyone gets together talks about their day before it even begins. But, one tip that my wife and i discovered is to get to know the General Manager Joseph he is amazing very knowledgable of the islands history, culture and politics which makes a great conversation. We even discovered that while he is not managing the hotel he serves on the county of Kauai as a commissioner for the counties Open Space commission and was able to direct us to beaches and scenic places that are not in the guide books and only few locals know about. He was also able to recommend places for us to dine and activities for us to enjoy I gota say he definitely knows quality.
Our overall experience was uniquely Hawaiian and have nothing to complain about. My suggestion to anyone looking for a place to get away relax and enjoy a personal level of service go to the Hotel Coral Reef. We just loved every part of it

Room Tip: Oceanfront King Suite on the second floor is great.
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  • Stayed August 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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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 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#7 Romantic 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
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