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“Pleasantly Surprised!!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kauai Palms Hotel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2931 Kalena Street, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Lihue
Lubbock, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“Pleasantly Surprised!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed at Kauai Palms during the holidays and it suited our needs. Clean room, good internet, great coffee, great view from our porch. Reminded me of a roadside "tourist court" from the 1960s. Very friendly staff!!!!

Room Tip: Room 2 was great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Southbury, CT
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My husband and I went to kauai for our honeymoon and did not plan on spending much time at our hotel since we wanted to explore the island. We were also on a budget and the Kauai Palms was perfect for just that. I usually have a hard time getting comfortable at night but the bed was so comfortable! You might want to get a room with an A/C to muffle out the sound of the roosters other wise they will wake you at 4:00 am. There is a local breakfast/lunch place within a few blocks walking distance as well as a nice beach and shopping strip mall with other restaurants if you don't mind walking about 2 miles each way. We did this the first day until we were able to rent a car.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The room is small. I am very happy with the level of cleaniness. Everything looks new and modern and super clean. Small charm place for a budget stay. We extended a night stay in Kauai and the hotel we were at were sold out for the last night due to late booking, so I just picked a place close to the airport for a night stay. This place is beyond what I expected for the price. Very happy.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Private
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48 hotel reviews
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211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

For a first time visit to Kaua'i on a budget this location suited my needs. However, I will definitely look for other accommodations the next time I travel. I always stay in locations under a $100 a night, so I am pretty tolerant. I did not sleep well the ENTIRE week due to the noise. Also, the cleaning service was spotty. The upkeep is nice, but the condition of the towels and overlooking basic cleaning caused me to question.I am going to take the pros and cons approach:

Pros: Cons:
Nightly Rate Traffic noise from staff and locals
Location Loud pipe system when other guests take a shower
Amenities (see below) Noisy refrigerator (I was befuddled too.)
Upkeep Sometimes hearing neighboring guests talking
Roosters crowing

Amenities: in room refrigerator, cable, complimentary coffee, lobby microwave, lobby internet, laundry and ice facilities

I would say that although this was not suitable for me, others may find this location the ideal budget option. Perhaps upgrading to a large room would have made the difference. I was in the smallest room: 6-9 right next to the parking area. If you choose to stay, around the corner there are two highly recommended local spots: a BBQ place next to Robert's jewelry and a noodle place across the street. I tried the local BBQ place and it was AWESOME! They are perfect after a long day of sightseeing. Just walk around the corner down the side street. It looks scary, but there are no scary alleyways in Hawai'i.

Oh! One more tip. The refrigerator is exceptionally small. Do not anticipate storing large amounts of foods. Also, perishable items must be sealed and placed at the back or they will spoil.

Okay last tip, if you are traveling during the rainy season. The rain is most prevalent on the north and east sides of the islands. I experienced this personally. The south and west side rarely sees rain. The only draw back is that you have to drive further to head east or north. The majority of the beautiful beaches and shopping is heading North. Lihue is exactly in the middle, so the longest drive is an hour to the end of the highway in either direction.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms 6-9 next to the front office and parking area.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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81 hotel reviews
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

What a superb property and superb staff. I was a little worried about getting a non air conditioned room, but it was amazing. In fact the non air con rooms on the ground floor don't get the natural breezes. It was perfect, comfortable, clean, LCD TV, toiletries, fridge, ceiling fan. Things looked relatively new and for the price - it's great. There are also plenty of food options nearby including one of Lihue's most famous next door. Ample parking at the front of the property - not sure what people were complaining about in earlier posts and the property was full too.

The staff are amazingly friendly and helpful - there are on-site laundry facilities, tea/coffee, and yes there are roosters, which make noise early in the morning, but there are Roosters everywhere in Lihue and Kauai - so you can't escape it, trust me.

Overall price/value proposition can't be beat, highly recommended, A+++

Room Tip: Get a room on the upper floor without the air cond, careful the month though.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The hotel offers basic rooms, with AC, TV, Coffee maker, microwave oven, sink, refrigerator and a hotplate. Clean bathrooms, free parking and open WiFi was also a happy surprise.

Kauai Palms is just a 5 minutes drive from Lihue airport.

The staff was friendly and so was the owners(?) cat, Princess, which screamed outside my room until I open and said hi!

The vending machine provides you with Pepsi etc 24/7 for 1.50 USD. Free computer with Internet access is available in the lobby.

The location isn't perfect, but the Island is small so it's not an issue. We decided to live here for our two last night because of the easy access to the airport. A good choice. Beachfront wasn't important as we travelled around a lot, as most people do on Kauai.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed here 4 nights. The small ground floor room had twin beds converted to a very comfortable king bed.
The bathroom was small, but updated with new tiled shower and sink. Very clean. Quiet location. No stores, restaurants within walking distance, so a car is a must. Friendly staff. No sleeping in - the roosters will wake you, but they are part of the island.
This is a nice, well maintained, small hotel - no pool, beach, but a nice place to call home while visiting Kauai.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2931 Kalena Street, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kauai Palms Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in Lihue, gateway of the Garden Island, the Kauai Palms Hotel offers affordability and stylish comfort. ... more   less 
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