Where do I begin? We stayed two nights and BEGGED the Radisson Resorts to give us a room for our remaining 4 nights.
The problems with Aloha Beach Resort range from minor to serious. First, the "minor" problems: We booked an oceanview room at the Aloha Beach Resorts -- and we got the room. However, the windows were SO dirty, we couldn't really SEE the ocean view that we paid extra for. It didn't help to open the door because there's no step-out balcony for you to step out into to enjoy the view. The showers were TEENEY. I am 5 feet tall, 105 lbs and I felt totally cramped in that shower. They're very skimpy on toiletries. Bring your own. Carpet was very dirty too (I usually go barefoot but not at this hotel!!!) The "oceanview" room was actually very very far from the ocean since the park separates the property from the beach. Yes, you see the ocean. But it's very far away if you're ok with that. The beach, by the way, is littered with endless beer bottles that the partyers carelessly discarded. Not exactly my idea of pristine paradise. The two swimming pools they have are like the showers-- extremely small and always crowded. It's like swimming in a sardine can. I never even dipped a toe into the pool water because the pools didn't look clean at all. Maintenance doesn't seem to be a prime concern on this "resort."
The bigger problems: The hotel borders Lydgate Park, which is a prime party destination for the locals on weekend nights. They partied on till 1:30 a.m. both weekend nights we were there (because of the time difference it was actually 4:30 a.m. California time). Once the partying stops, the roosters (which are ALL OVER the island) woke us up religiously at 4 a.m. EVERY morning with annoying cockadoodling. Roosters are everywhere on the island but they seem to particularly favor the Lydgate Park, which is a breeding ground for them.
The plus side: The restaurant is good (so is the snack bar). The parking is free. The staff is very friendly (except for a guy who is infamous for being rude -- his name is James and when we complained to the front desk about him, they said that many other guests have complained about him too). Why he's still there is beyond me. The hotel doesn't seem to care about complaints. Whether it is about the room or staff. Like they brushed off our complaint about James, they did the same when we told them about the rooster problem, waking us up at 4 every morning, they brushed it off as "roosters are everywhere on Kauai." The best thing about the Aloha Beach Resorts is that it's only 2 miles from the BEAUTIFUL Radisson Resorts ... which boasts 4 major beautiful pools with waterfalls. Free cocktails/drinks every night from 5-6 at the pool bar and a free hula dance (which was a better and more breathtaking performance than the dances we saw at the $60-per-person luau!) and torch-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. every night. Thank god for the Radisson, that's all I have to say.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 216-room beachfront resort rambles across ten landscaped acres next to the scenic Wailua River. The hotel features newly renovated rooms and one-bedroom cottages, a variety of on-site dining options and Kauai's only protected swimming beach. The resort offers a great central location from which to explore Hawaii's Garden Isle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Aloha Beach Resort
- Aloha Beach Hotel Kauai
- Aloha Beach Kauai Hotel
- Aston Aloha Beach Hotel Kauai/Kapaa