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“Great timeshare if you already know Kauai” 4 of 5 stars
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Marriott's Kauai Lagoons
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3325 Holokawelu Way, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Lihue
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“Great timeshare if you already know Kauai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

My family and I have stayed at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club twice before and decided to try the Kaua'i Lagoons property this time. If this is your first trip to Kaua'i (or Hawaii for that matter!), you would be much better off at a resort with piped in Hawaiian music, tons of resort activities, a nice long beach and several dining options. If you've already been to Kaua'i, however, know what you want to see/do/eat, are planning to rent a car, and prefer a quiet, comfortable getaway to a crowded resort, then I'd strongly recommend staying here.

Marriott's Kaua'i Lagoons was originally built as private condominiums but, released in the middle of a down economy, Marriott picked up the property and converted it into a timeshare. The property therefore has some permanent residents, but most are vacationers. There are unfinished Ritz Carlton residences across the way and lots of open grassland where housing plots were planned for but never developed.

The property is surrounded by a beautiful golf course, which is great for morning walks (if you're like me and not a golfer!). The pool has a slide, which my niece loved. It's fairly small, though, so book at Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club (which is down the street) if you prefer a resort style pool. There is also no direct access to the beach. If you take a short hike around the property and down a dusty slope, you can get to a small secluded beach. Again, if you prefer long sandy beaches, Marriott's Beach Club down the street has direct access to a nice large beach.

There are no restaurants or shops at this property, but Marriott runs a shuttle between the Kaua'i Beach Club, the golf club and Kaua'i Lagoons. We took the free shuttle down to the Beach Club - it takes 5 minutes and comes whenever you call for it. We then spent an afternoon hanging out on the beach and walking through the shops. There are several restaurants at the Beach Club, and you can charge the meal back to your room at Kaua'i Lagoons.

We had an ocean view, which was absolutely stunning. We also had a car and knew exactly where we wanted to go, where to eat, where to shop, etc. It was nice to be somewhat secluded and in a small, private development, rather than in a large noisy resort. There are only four buildings, each with four stories.

The fitness center is fairly large compared to the size of the property. The treadmills and other machines have a nice ocean view.

My sister stayed in a three-bedroom villa, which was over 1,600 square feet! Our 2-bedroom was over 1,100 square feet. Kitchens and amenities were all 5-star. We used the outdoor BBQs a couple times, too.

The location was great - we were in between Waimea Canyon and Tunnels Beach, close to the Lihue airport and close to several shops and restaurants.

Definitely recommend this place and hope to come back and stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

As MVC owners, we've stayed in some pretty outstanding resorts. This villa was without a doubt the tops in design, kitchen (SubZero fridge), open living room to the lanai, walk in closet, furnishings. The central location of the resort makes it easy to get to any part of the island. However, there is little or nothing other than the pool, which is small and has little shade. I would imagine if you had children they would be bored to death with the lack of things to do. In fairness, there is an "activity" room by building D offering little projects at different times of the day for owners.This building also houses the gym and has computers for your use. But, the main point of our stay was to see the Island, which we did! There is a shuttle service between the property and the Marriott just down the hill. However, be aware you are not welcome to use their pool unless you pay an outrageous fee daily to do so. We would stay here again even though on the path of the helicopter tours and airport landings - which we rarely noticed during our stay.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This was our second stay at Marriott's Kauai Lagoons. Our first was in 2010, shortly after it opened. Kauai Lagoons is just up the road from Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club--the livelier beachfront hotel with its fancy restaurants, shops, impressive gym, full-service spa, porters, etc. If you are looking to be pampered on vacation, Kauai Lagoons is not for you. If you are looking for something spacious, well-appointed and more on the quiet side you will enjoy this property. With 7 adults in our party, we booked their larger, 3 bedroom unit. The living area was spacious, and the lanai made it feel twice the size. The view is beautiful, excepting the abandoned construction site in the panorama. If you feel an eyesore like this (I'll post pictures of it from the first level and 3rd level) can ruin your vacation, this property is not for you. For $100 a night savings over the Beach Club, one can look right past those ruins.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Great place to stay if you want a quiet place to stay, away from the crowds, privacy, a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, a huge lanai [balcony] and great views of Nawiliwili Bay and the surrounding mountains. Not so great if you want a big pool, beach front, and closeness to restaurants, which are all available at the neighboring Kauai Marriott/Beach Club. There is free shuttle service between Kauai Lagoons and Kauai Marriott/Beach Club and free shuttle service to/from the airport, 24 hours per day. Just call the front desk and the shuttles always arrive in a short time. For those who want to cook some of the time and dine out other times, this place is perfect. One major shortcoming is the small kiddie-sized pool with very shallow steps and there is no usage right to the much bigger pool at Kauai Marriott/Beach Club. Parking at Kauai Lagoons is much more convenient though.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

If you come to Kauai for a beach or want a nice pool, this is not the place. They tease you with the option of using the Marriott Kauai Beach Club which is also on site. But after booking, if you read the fine print, it will say it is forbidden. My family was asked to leave when we sat in chairs by the beach. The attendant said "they are for hotel guest only" I wanted to strangle him knowing I was paying $350 a night and was being 86ed like a vagrant. The man said he has to do this all the time. Be advised, there is no beach at the Marriot Kauai Lagoons and Vacation Club and the pool is designed for small children.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

The property is nice. The condos are large with very nice finishes. The overall grounds are not overly impressive and if you want a beech, do not stay here. Beech is not usable and the path to get there via the golf course is not good either. The one depressing view is the unfinished, abandon foundations of phase II of this property, but other than that, beautiful Mountain and Ocean views.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Borger, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We are Marriott vacation club owners and the villas here are great! Clean, new rooms are spacious and all have great views. The only reason this doesn't receive the highest rating is the small pool on the property. We played golf and explored the island, so swimming was not a priority. Still this place is better suited for couples and adults without children.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 3325 Holokawelu Way, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Kauai Lagoons 3.5*
Number of rooms: 356
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