I recently spent 7 nights at the Sheraton Kauai resort. The beachfront amenities are wonderful. The pool is nice, with great towel service. The beach is incomparably perfect... just 20 steps from the property, with golden sand bottom and great temperatures. The staff were really friendly and quite helpful, from the concierge to the cleaning staff, to the excellent bartender at RumFire (Benjie).
However, I was overwhelmed by their zeal to zap you for another $40 every time you turn around. The onsite dining was overpriced (walk to the north end of the beach and eat better food at the nicer Koa Kea resort for better prices, especially at lunchtime). The coffee shop charged $4.50 for a drip coffee. The resort fee is $25, and while they offer all sorts of classes, I didn't find the value worth the cost.
I had no car for the first three days and this was fine. It's reasonable walking to all sorts of dining, shopping, beaching, and more. However, if I was going to pay their full listed price for this property, I'd consider going down the street to Koa Kea, which is much more intimate and much more classy.
Finally, I was traveling solo and found that the crowd here tended to be "resort" which also means "couples" or "honeymooners" or "elderly people from New Jersey." Again, I think a more boutique hotel would have provided better opportunities to meet and mingle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach in Hawaii has the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa, water sports, two pools, a weekly Auli'i Luau, and 50,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Kauai Hotel Poipu
- Sheraton Poipu
- Poipu Sheraton
- Sheraton Kauai Resort Poipu