This was our first visit to Kauai and the Islander on the Beach. This was an excellent centrally located place to stay. Our room was clean, the staff was friendly, and the grounds were kept immaculate...even got to watch them climb and trim the palm trees. The hotel was right on the beach, and although the water gets a little rough (probably the time of year added to it), you could still get in and enjoy the water. Parking area was small, but we knew that before we arrived and they do have an overflow area that is right next to the hotel parking area, so not an issue for us. The Coconut Market Place located adjacent to the hotel property has small eateries, but you need a car to find restaurants. In fact, if you're going to Kauai, you definitely need a car to get around. I think not having an on-site restaurant was probably the only negative, but isn't enough to keep us from going there again. Construction of the ocean-front rooms was going on, but didn't bother us since we were usually out during the day. Expect to pay a $10.00 daily fee for safe, internet access, and DVD rentals whether you use them or not. It was worth it to us, but don't understand why they don't just include the price in the room rental since everyone has to pay and you don't have a choice.