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“Loved this hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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3528 B Mana Hema Place, Lawai, Kauai, HI 96765   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Lawai B&B and Inns
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Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Loved this hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed here earlier in June. When we arrived, my husband wanted to take photos of our room. He has never done that before in our travels. The location on the island is great because you are close to a main road, but yet away from lots of traffic. I woke up early one morning and sat on the lanai soaking up the fresh Hawaiian air. It was unique for me to see and hear the sheep as well as the roosters. (The horses were out, but quiet, the one afternoon.) Watching the sun rise up over the ridge and thru the clouds was mesmerizing. I was glad for the tray in the fridge as well as the basket of goodies on the counter. We were able to take the taro rolls with us and eat them when we weren't "home." Also, we left shortly after 6:00 one morning to catch our Na Pail Experience boat ride and it was so nice to have just a little something before leaving (Captain Nate said go minimal) and then enjoy bagels and fruit when we came back from that wonderful excursion. Lorna was extremely nice and gave us a quick tour so we would know where to go for the hot tub, beach gear, guidebooks, wet towel drop off, laundry, etc. When asked for suggestions for supper she gave us some yummy places to check out. We arrived home yesterday from a 15 day trip to four Hawaiian islands. This was my favorite place that we stayed!

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This place is situated in Lawai, close to Poipu (famous beach on Kauai) and Lihue so that it is easily reachable and a good starting point for any kind of activity. (Waimea Canyon, hiking or beach activities on the east shore and of course anything around Lihue)

Lorna gives helpful tips for any kind of activity. There are plenty of trip books, movies and literature of any kind available as well as beach equipment, washing machine and dryer. There is even a small cooling box for beach days in everyone's room.

This is just no B&B as no breakfast is served and as everyone has its own room and lanai you do not get to know anyone else staying at this place.

With the fully equipped kitchen in even the smallest room you can cook complete meals and do not need to take care of usual herbs, oil, vinegar and similar basics.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My parents stayed in the Pueo Suite, and my friend and I stayed in the Milo Suite during our visit at the Kauai Banyan Inn. This was a perfect combo of rooms, because the Pueo Suite had a kitchenette with a stove, etc, while the Milo Suite had a hot plate and smaller kitchenette. Both rooms were wonderful!! We enjoyed breakfast/coffee every morning out on the large balcony of the Pueo Suite. Beautiful view, and the birds are lovely!! We stayed in Kapaa the first week of our vacation, and then stayed at the Banyan Inn the last 3 nights. KBI is wonderful for many reasons, especially because it is off the beaten path, and there is not nearly as much traffic in Lawai. Yet you are still close to lovely beaches and sights to see. As mentioned in previous reviews, Lorna is a wonderful hostess!! She is so welcoming and kind, and has so much knowledge about the island. She was always willing to give us recommendations on where to go and what to do. Loved all the beach gear she provided (towels, chairs, boogie boards, snorkel gear, etc), the local treats she leaves for her guests in the rooms, and the hot tub :) I would go back to the Kauai Banyan Inn in a heartbeat!! P.S. I got a 90 min massage from Lorna's daughter Koi, and it was awesome! Highly recommend it! Price was much more reasonable than prices in Kapaa.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Nani Loa room, that had a US queen (UK king bed). There were screens on the window plus ceiling fan, this kept the room cool so no need for air con. The bathroom and room were clean. Every second day the bathroom towels were changed and rubbish collected. There was free wifi in the room.
There was a full kitchen and a selection of breakfast items were provided on arrival. I would suggest to improve this is that items are replenished each day. We queried this and were advised that there were shops near by where we could buy more things. We stayed three nights which totalled $493. The least that you would expect is breakfast to be refreshed each day, not be told to buy yourself.
We would suggest bringing ear plugs as it was noisy at night due to the local dogs barking a lot and various cars coming and going (ear plugs were provided in the room but didn't stay in our ears).
You could borrow snorkelling equipment as there was a large selection available.
This was a nice hotel in a good location. We would stay here again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Ulu suite for 6 nights, and we could not have been happier. Arriving after dark, we got a bit turned around trying to find the inn. We called Lorna, and she zipped down to meet us and lead us the rest of the way up the road to the inn. This typified her welcoming and helpful demeanor, which we experienced throughout the duration of our stay.

The Ulu suite is breathtaking. The room is lined by a "wall of windows"--for lack of a better term--which overlooks the amazing scenery of Kauai. What an incredible view to wake up to every morning! There is a very large balcony as well, on which we enjoyed breakfast every morning to the sound of a chorus of birds singing all around us.

The room was extremely clean and well maintained. The kitchenette was perfect for our needs. Lorna provides some various necessities and a tray of local breakfast items, which we really appreciated.

The inn provides beach necessities such as snorkel gear, towels, chairs, umbrellas, etc., making trips to the beach hassle-free. For the unwelcome rainy day, there is also a hot tub under a covered area, which we did "have to" enjoy on one day of our trip! We found the location to work well for us. It is removed from the hubbub of the resort area but is less than a 10 minute drive to beaches. It was also a convenient location from which to drive to various excursions around the island.

My husband and I were so sad when our stay at the Kauai Banyan Inn ended. We sincerely hope to return someday and would recommend a stay at this inn in a heartbeat. (Some of our family members are already considering plans because of our wonderful experience!)

Room Tip: The Ulu suite was incredible. It is a little more expensive than some of the other rooms but is com...
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  • Stayed April 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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Fairbanks, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Milo suite for our honeymoon. We loved Lorna's hospitality and all of the goodies she left waiting for us. Waking up to the songbirds and roosters were our favorite and we could spend hours on the porch overlooking the view. The property was very convenient because it had literally anything and everything you could possibly need: a grill to cook fish, a hottub, all the snorkeling gear and towels... it was a home away from home. We particularly liked that it was away from Kapaa and all the busier parts of the island. It was in a perfect central location, just a short drive to the store or beach.

I would have rated it a 5 because it was an awesome place to stay; however, the walls were pretty thin and we would wake to toilets flushing and our neighbors washing dishes in the early hours of the morning. That was kind of annoying. The Milo Suite was beautiful but I think next time I would secure an end room if possible.

Our recommendations for new visitors to Kauai: Luau Kalamaku for a luau... Hukilau Lanai for a delicious and romantic dinner... Captain Andy's for the friendliest service on a dinner/sunset cruise... MUST see Waimea Canyon... Best fish tacos are Verde in Kapaa... Anini Beach for snorkeling... Lastly, if you're looking for cheap car rentals, look into Discount Hawaii Car Rentals!
We will definitely recommend the property to friends and family. Thanks Lorna for making our week memorable!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed in the Ali'i suite for our belated honeymoon. We are so glad we chose to stay here. Lorna was a perfect hostess! She welcomed us with a hug and a smile on arrival and showed us around. The Ali'i suite was gorgeous (from what I understand it is the biggest unit and in my opinion had the best view!) We actually kept saying we were looking to "going home" for the night. We were so comfortable here. The goodie basket met our breakfast needs for the majority of our stay, and Lorna's hospitality was tremendous. The location of the inn was very central to everything! Many good restaurants in Poipu about 15 minutes away. For those concerned about the roosters (they are everywhere on the island!), ear plugs are provided (but we didn't need them), because we went in March the nights were cool, so we just closed the windows, and we used a fan that was in the room as white noise and barely heard them. Not sure about the review saying not well maintained- I completely disagree, our room was very updated I would say its kept very well. I would absolutely recommend the Banyan Inn to anyone!

Room Tip: The Ali'i suite has its own balcony and a 180 degree view...can't beat it!
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  • 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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Address: 3528 B Mana Hema Place, Lawai, Kauai, HI 96765
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lawai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Lawai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on a Lawai Hillside surrounded by pasture land and a century old Banyan Tree, is the Kauai Banyan Inn. Only 8 minutes drive to the world famous beaches of Poipu, world class golf courses and a myriad of shops and restaurants, the Kauai Banyan Inn is centrally located yet secluded and private. Cooled by trade wind breezes the seven private self-contained suites each with a private lanai look out onto an extinct volcanic mountain range, the South Shore ocean and the century old banyan tree that graces the entry of this secluded one acre estate. ... more   less 
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