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“WBV #204 - Perfect base for our trip to Kauai” 5 of 5 stars
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Wailua Bay View Condominiums
2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Papaloa Road, Coconut Coast, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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“WBV #204 - Perfect base for our trip to Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying in Wailua Bay View #204 from 09/12/2012 to 09/20/2012. When researching a condo to rent on Kauai, our priorities were something affordable, not on the ground floor, killer view, and centrally located so we could easily explore the whole island. Wailua Bay View #204 was all that and more.

The Owner:
Working with the owner, Chuck, was a breeze. He was very responsive and beyond helpful. The amount of information this man has compiled on things to do on the island is insane. Definitely a huge aid when planning your trip.

The Location:
The condo is located pretty much in the center of the east coast of Kauai, which is ideal for day trips either to the south or to the north. It’s a few minutes south of Kapaa, which we found to be a wonderful town. The town is large enough to have a couple of grocery stores (i.e. Safeway) and a large selection of restaurants, yet small enough to explore on foot. We met a number of shop owners and artists, some of whom we’re still in contact with!

Wailua Bay itself is a nice, uncrowded beach, used mostly by locals for fishing and body boarding. We swam there often with no issues – it’s a very short walk from the condo.

The Condo:
In short, the condo was perfect. You enter the condo basically at the end of a long hall with the kitchen/living room at the other end. As you enter, the bedroom is on the left, which contains a queen bed, large dresser and a closet with plenty of hangers. There’s lots of room to unpack and store your clothes. This room also has a large TV and DVD player, and an air conditioner. This room does face the front of the building, which faces the main road and a gas station, but noise really wasn’t an issue. We did sleep with the a/c fan on for white noise, which is what we do at home, but honestly we slept fine.

Next down the hall is the bathroom on the left. But before you actually enter the bathroom, there’s a small linen closet on the left with a supply of towels (beach and bath), extra linens and detergent for the washing machine. On your right is a closet with the stackable washer and dryer – which to my surprise, were actually a good size and did a decent load of laundry.

The bathroom is a little on the small side, but perfectly adequate. There is storage in the vanity and medicine cabinet, so it is possible to keep the counter space clear. There is a shower (no tub) and one sink – water pressure was good. I should also note that the whole condo has obviously been recently renovated, so all the fixtures, counters, cabinets and appliances are new.

Continuing down the hall you enter the kitchen (on your left) and living room area. There’s a pretty good chance that this kitchen is better equipped than your own. You could make Thanksgiving here. Really. At one point I had to stop and think about which of the many pots to use to make hot dogs. In any case everything you need is here; full size fridge with robust ice maker, microwave, coffee maker (with filters), full size stove, garbage disposal, dishwasher, pots and pans, dishes, glasses, cutlery, silverware, even a rice maker and blender. Martha Stewart would want for nothing.

The living room, separated from the kitchen by an eating bar with stools, is a good size containing a couple of chairs, sofa and coffee table, as well as a small dining table and chairs. The room is also equipped with a large TV, DVD player, stereo system, internet modem and router. To be honest, we really didn’t spend a great deal of time in this room as it just got in the way of us getting out to the wonderful lanai, which is where we ate our meals, drank our mai tai’s, and enjoyed the killer view. A lot.

In closing, there’s no need to post a bunch of photos as the one’s posted by the owner are exactly what you’ll find. Including the view. Trust me, you’ll come home with an embarrassingly large number of photos of those two palm trees.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for your very detailed review of Wailua Bay View and condo #204. It sounds like you had quite a memorable stay on Kauai. Our condo rental company helps rent this condo out with Chuck, so we will be sure that he sees your kind words.

Mahalo and hope to see you again in the future,

Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

If you don't need or like the resort scene and wall to wall people this place is perfect. Central location with easy airport access and several tasty restaurants within a 1 block radius where you don't have to spend a fortune. Washer and dryer in the room/condo is pure gold to me. Just don't expect maid service or a concierge. But they keep the condo supplied with helpful extras like beach towels/mats, sunscreen, etc.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I was here in January 2012 for 3 weeks. I'm back for another 2 weeks. I really love this place. Wailua is a great location for quick access to most of the Island. The condo I stay in is 109. The bed is very comfortable. The aero-type beds are very comfortable too. I prefer to sleep on one of them in the living area near the lanai doors to hear the ocean all night. I love to lounge on the lanai and just watch the ocean or the people surfing. The kitchen has been updated in this condo and it is stocked with just about anything you would need. There was even stuff in the fridge. Beach chairs, umbrellas ,coolers. Just about anything needed. The pool area is attractive and never crowded. All sorts of beautiful flowers growing on the property. When I first arrived there were ants in a box of brown sugar that hadn't been closed up well. They evidently felt threatened by the bottle of vinegar I set on the counter cause they all took off. Having a washer and dryer is a plus. If you are looking for "comfortable and reasonably priced" this is the place

  • Stayed September 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
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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for your kind review of the Wailua Bay View. We do not manage unit 109, but appreciate your kind comments about the proeprty and views.

Happy travels,

Keith
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The ocean view from our condo was very beautiful and private. The building was on a hill high above the street, and we were on the third floor. We felt very safe over all. There was a balcony which was like our living room, we ate food and relax...very nice. There was a washer/dryer in unit and that was a huge plus traveling with kids in Hawaii. The living room was smallish but cozy, and had free WiFi. The condo had no maid service during our stay but it was very clean. The building was well maintained and cleaned, and we saw people walking on the carpeted stairs with bare feet. Only downside was this area. We read "The east shore is a shopper's paradise" in the famous Blue Book, but where?! We didn't see anything like that. There were a dilapidated weird looking hut right next to our building and huge rusted ruins across the street! It turned out they were destroyed by a monster hurricane two decades ago! The hut used to be a restaurant and the ruins turned out to be "Coco Palm Resort" which used to be one of the best hotel in Kauai. ELVIS stayed there and made the movie " Blue Hawaii" in that place! There was a famous snorkeling beach called Lydgate Beach Park close by. But when we got there, the visibility was zero and we couldn't see anything in the pools. We did boogie boarding outside of the pools, but the waves were too rough for kids.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for your review of Wailua Bay View. I am glad you enjoyed the oceanfront views, private setting, in-unit amenities, and cleanliness of your condo. As for the location on the east shore, I guess it all depends on your preferences. While Princeville to the north and Poipu to the south house some of the 5-star hotels on Kauai, some visitors prefer Kapaa/Wailua as it is close to the airport, less “resorty”, and centrally located, making visiting all areas of the island much more convenient. We hope to see you again on a future trip!

Mahalo,
Keith
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

I did not have any idea before I came this place. Feel like someone already live here. The refrigirator had lots of staff in it, there are several sunscreens to use, the kitchen had lots of staff even all kind of cooking staff. Binocular, Wierd ornaments. Snorkeling gears. Used candlles. Detergent for dirty clothes. As i said, feel like , Someone just left before you come. If you don't mind to use someone else's house, this place is a good option. You can cook and do all kind of home staff such as watching DVD s. however, if you are picky and don't like to use someone else's place, go snd find a real hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for your review of Wailua Bay View. It sounds like you may have stayed in a condo that is managed by its owner or possibly and off-island representative, who may not be in the condo on a frequent basis. We at Condominium Rentals Hawaii make sure each condo we manage at Wailua Bay View is professionally cleaned before and after each arrival. Besides the “lived-in” felling you got from the condo, it sounds like you enjoyed your stay. We hope you choose to return to Wailua Bay View on future trips!

Mahalo,
Keith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We spent 10 awesome days this summer at #204. The condo is bigger in person than it shows in the pictures and it’s in the perfect central location on the island for sight seeing. This unit had everything we needed including beach towels, snorkel equipment, ice chest and a washer and dryer. The view of the ocean was fabulous! I spent every morning as the sun rose on the lanai reading Princess Ka’iulani Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People. The beach was easily accessed and there were great places to eat close by. While you are on the island you should eat as many hamburgers and steaks as you can. The grass fed beef is out of this world! Buy fresh fruit and flowers for the condo at a local farmers market (they are all listed in the binder in the condo). The information in the binder also helped us locate a doctor when my husband got sick. Thanks Chuck for the info binder, it’s a great resource for your guest. There is also a DVD that shows you highlights of Kauai and the other islands and a guide book to use while you are there. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to the island. Maholo Chuck from one Texan to another for sharing your piece of paradise with us.
Our favorite eating places on the island…..
Brick Oven Pizza (across the street)
Eggbert's (in the Coconut market by the Hula girl sign - The best omelets we have ever had)
Hukilau Lanai (by the Coconut market – The best calamari on the island)
Olympic Cafe (Great food and good happy hour specials)
Puka dogs in the Poipu Shopping Village (My favorite dog was a spicy Polish sausage with Lilikoi Mustard and Pineapple relish)
Keoki’s Paradise in the Poipu Shopping Village (try the hula pie)
Wrangler's Steakhouse
JJ’s Hawiian BBQ
You must try a Shave Ice with coconut ice cream.
Must do’s on the island…….
Go to a Luau – we went to the Luau at the Kilohana plantation (then come back during the day for the rum tasting)
“South pacific” play at the Hilton Kauai beach (on wed. nights)
Take a river cruise to the Fern Grotto – The dancing and music are great!
Island Soap & Candle Works (my favorite souvenirs are soap and these are fantastic) Old Koloa Town Shopping Center.
Holoholo charters catamaran for the Napali coast and Niihau super tour (take 2 bonine sea sick pills before leaving port) the seas can get rough out there but the trip and snorkeling is awesome!
Blue Hawaii helicopter tour
If you play golf you must play at the $9.00 golf course. Yes, you read that correct I said $9.00 to play 9 holes and $9.00 to rent clubs and $9.00 to rent a cart for a total of $27.00. Kukuiolono golf course. 854 Puu Road in Kalaheo.
Snorkel at Ke’e beach
Church services at Waioli Church in Hanalei (singing is in Hawaiian)
Check out the view at Hanalei bay from the St. Regis
Drive the Waimea Canyon
Visit the lighthouse
See some waterfalls
Kamokila Hawaiian village (across from Opaeka’a falls)
Mountain tubing
If you happen to be on the island on July 3rd the US Navy opens the missile range for a great fireworks show that’s a must see!

Carrollton, TX
June 27th – July 7th 2012

  • Stayed July 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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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Aloha Carrollton,

Thank you for the kind review of Wailua Bay View and unit 204! It sounds like you were very active and got to see/experience much of Kauai. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Chuck.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the future.

Mahalo,
Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I booked at the Wailua Bayview upon the recommendation from a friend and we were totally excited. As it got closer to the date of travel I started looking at reviews and I got REALLY nervous!!!

Thankfully when we got there things weren't as bad as some of the other people had written about other unit. Now, that isn't saying they were perfect BUT for the price we paid it was tolerable. I wish there had been newer carpet (you could see the brown paths where everyone walks) and I wish the bathroom had been cleaner but again, the price for 9 days in paradise was hard to beat.

I loved that when you looked out from sitting on the couch all you could see was ocean! Just ignore the comments about the restaurant. Yes - it is run down but we never saw anything besides a chicken around or in the condo but the chickens are EVERYWHERE so if you are afraid of chickens don't even both going to Kauai.

If you are looking for a cheap place in the middle of the island with easy access to everything and near the beach this is the place to stay. We'd ceratinly go back here if we go back to Kauai!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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araikes, Manager at Wailua Bay View Condominiums, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you for your review of Wailua Bay View and unit 312. I am glad that you would certainly come back and stay at our condo again for a future Kauai visit!

Happy travels,

Keith
Condominium Rentals Hawaii
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Address: Papaloa Road, Coconut Coast, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty lodging in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wailua Bay View Condominiums 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wailua Bay View is a three-story oceanfront condominium complex overlooking Wailua Bay, a popular surfing and kite surfing beach in Kapaa. Each condo has a private lanai overlooking the ocean, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and private bedroom. ... more   less 
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