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The Kauai Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2430 Hulemalu Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Lihue
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Enjoyable stay at a great price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed in a King Lanai room here on the ground floor. The room was a good size for two, and the bed was huge and comfortable. The bathroom was surprisingly large, and had a good sized shower and vanity. Our room had a little verandah out the back leading out to a cute little grassy garden looking up to the mountains above. It was a nice spot to sit and have a drink at the end of the day. Being on the bottom floor can be a negative though; while we were staying there was a family upstairs whose small child would run around the room in circles during the night, sending an unpleasant loud thudding through our ceiling. However, I'm sure that's rarely a problem! But maybe asking for a room on the top floor is the way to go.

Reception staff were very helpful and attentive, checking us in quickly and efficiently. The breakfast that is served daily is only available between certain hours - but they refill the buffet regularly so you don't miss out if you rock up near the end. The buffet consists of fresh fruit, different types of bagels, muffins, english muffins and toast. It was small but satisfying. There is also free wi-fi out in the pool area where breakfast is served. The pool was cute; it was pretty small, but not many people were around to use it during the day so it didn't matter. There is free parking out the back.

The hotel itself is in an area that seems a tad removed, down by the pier. You definitely need to rent a car to stay here. The Kauai Marriott is a short drive away, and has a couple of nice restaurants overlooking the beach. There is a small town centre nearby too. The location of the Inn is good for checking out the sights though - situated approximately halfway between Ha'ena Beach Park (1 hour drive north) and the Waimea Canyon (1 hour drive west), getting to everything is quite manageable.  

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

While the access road leaves a little to desire (the approach is through the dock area and close to the cruise terminal) once you pass over a narrow bridge, the scenery changes into a delightful panorama of hills and greenery with a little water.
Hotel is clean, well maintained, although an older property, with pool and plenty of space to relax. There are laundry facilities if you need to use them, twenty four hour coffee and refrigerated drinks. Service is excellent as is the attention given to your requirements by the staff who are in constant attendance.
The resident cat maintains his position wherever he is relaxing and doesn't complain as you manage to get past him wherever he is resting on the stairs!
My only criticism is the a/c unit which was rather noisy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Loved our stay over Labor Day weekend. Clean and well kept property. Breakfast was great, particularly since it was included in the rate. Muffin bread, bagels, gorgeous prepared tropical fruit and 24/7 coffee. Room was perfect for our needs---that is, it was a clean and safe place to sleep and de-sand after days of adventure and beach. Air conditioner kept room cool, but it was a bit noisy---I loved it because it solved a longstanding snoring issue that I have had with my husband. Also, great location because you can drive north for a day on the Na Pali hiking trial or in Hanalei/Princeville, or you can drive south for a day of Po'ipu and river tubing, ziplining, etc... very central.

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

We only stayed for one night but if was excellent and the strawberry guavas were excellent. Free fresh tropical breakfast too. So nice and lovely. Close to the airport, on a main stretch of road. Lovely views of tree line and right close to where giant cruiser ships dock. What a sight. The staff was very sweet and approachable. Questions were answered knowledgeably and swiftly. Everyone was respectful and happy and helpful. Especially Petra.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I hesitate writing this because after 26 years of coming to Kauai from a neighbor Island I finally found this place. (literally found, since I have looked many times) If you want "old hawaii" with the true aloha spirit this is the place for you. I decided to spend the nite last minute and stopped by to check and Paula, the receptionist, was so kind and thoughtful, I just had to stay. She even found a phone cord for my antique cell phone. Crystal, the humble and hardworking housekeeper could run for state congress and she would get my vote...she is bright, caring and and knows the "aina" like no other. Korine, the night manager and Robert, her boyfriend were insistant helping me with the in room tv., even though I said "no worries" I really don't need to watch TV. The property pets, 2 cats and Kauai chickens add to the flavor. The property is quaint and charming. If you are looking for a resort....don't come!....and please try not to tell too many folks or I will have to make reservations months ahead of time and that isn't local style....

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We definitely enjoyed our stay. The room was lovely even though a bit old, but it had its charm. The beds were big and comfy, it was peaceful and calming. The houskeeping did a good job too.
Close to the airport but a bit off so rental car is a must if you want to conveniently visit beaches and other towns.
The breakfast was decent, fresh fruit, jam and toasts. Ice water and coffe/tee were available at all times. There is a computer and internet available, however internet does not work so well in the rooms.
All in all we are happy with our stay. Agree with the reviewers mentioning that you get more for what you pay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We stayed for five nights during our trip to Kauai. I really liked it! Although the rooms aren't exactly up to date, they were clean and spacious. The fridge and the microwave in the room came in handy, too. The staff was friendly, breakfast ok and the pool was nice. I think you get more than you pay for.

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2430 Hulemalu Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#5 Family Hotel in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Kauai Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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