If you are looking for a quiet and restful hotel on Kauai, this is the place. Yes, it is a big pricey but, in my opinion, worth it. First of all, don't expect to be entertained; don't expect a luau; don't expect big families with lots of kids running around the pool; and don't expect the other guests keeping you awake at night. This is not a place for kid or teenagers- they will be bored..This is also not a hotel for everyone. The Koa Kea is very laid back. The service is excellent and friendly and everyone is pleased to chat with you and to give you inside hints on Kauai. Within a very short period of time, everyone knows your name. The check-in is smooth and friendly.The bar area is really classy and do go there every night for a nightcap.The bartenders, Jim and Michael, provide great service and are very personable. The Sushi Chef at the bar, Justin, is very creative with his presentations. The cocktails at the bar are a bit pricey but they do a big pour. They serve a beer called "White Ale," which is excellent. The bar food is fabulous and reasonably priced for the high quality. In fact, I ate most of my meals at the bar.The Kobe burger and Mahi sandwich are the best in Hawaii and I have tried them all.About $20. I recommend for breakfast not going with the buffet but rather ordering off the menu some of their more creative pancakes and waffles and breakfast meats. The breakfast burrito they serve, in my opinion, is just so-so. But again the service is great, as is the coffee and complimentary muffins. Again, the pool is very quiet, as is the Jacuzzi.. I feel that the Koa Kea appeals to a more refined and older traveler. Everybody I spoke to was very happy they were there and not on the other mega-resorts on the island. In contrast to the one of the other reviews I read, I felt the Grand Hyattand Sheraton were way too large, too noisy and impersonal. In fact, one night I went to visit the Grand Hyatt. They were actually having a disco party on the laws with music so loud that you could hear it a mile away. The guests I spoke to said they couldn't even sleep.So if you like disco and to be around a mass of drunken people the Grand Hyatt is the hotel for you.. I liked the rooms. They had very high-quality bedding, flat screen TV's, good air-conditioning and beautiful bathrooms and toiletries. Yes, they aren't that large but they are very high-quality. Try to book a room with a partial ocean view as close to the ocean as possible inasmuch as some of the rooms in the back do face adjoining properties. The hotel faces a part of Poipu Beach, which the tourists don't frequent, which, in my opinion, is a real plus. The sound of the wind through the palm trees and the surf lulled me to sleep. I also really appreciated the cool expresso machines in each room and refrigerator, where I was able to store drinks and fruit. I will definitely stay at the Koa Kea again. One last thing--parking is strictly valet, which is very convenient. Before you leave your room, call the valet and, by the time you get to the entrance, your car will be waiting for you. The valets even cleaned my windshield. Tip the guys a dollar or two when you pick up your car.Roys and a variety of family restaurants as well as a small grocery store are within walking distance.Also go to the Koloa Fish Market in Koloa Town , buy a fish plate or some sushi and bring it back to the Koa Kea and have lunch by the pool. A great value; or go to the Savage Shrimp and bring back a shrimp plate to eat by the pool. $10 to $12 for both. It doesn't get any better. If you are staying more than a few days you might want to stay at the Koa Kea and then move to the ST.Regis on the North Shore to enjoy their beach. Aloha!
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