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“Our First trip to Hawaii” 5 of 5 stars
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Poipu Kapili
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   2221 Kapili Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756   |  
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Ranked #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Stoughton, Wisconsin
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Our First trip to Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Kauai. Our stay at Poipu Kapili
#29 was wonderful! It was very spacious and clean. The condo had all the amenities that we needed for cooking etc..The view from the lanai was spectacular! The grounds were well manicured and the staff was very helpful! The location is perfect with walking distance to the shops and restaurants and only a short drive to "outfitters" for our adventures.We will definitely come back only next time for 2 weeks.
Thank you!
Todd and Barb Thiermann Madison WI

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Ho Chi Minh City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Poipu Kapili is a great place to stay on the south shore of Kauai. It is clean, well managed and has easy access to everything the south shore has to offer.

Here are some tips:

- Do not rent units 3, 4, 5 or 6. They face the ocean (which is fantastic) but there is a parking area in front of the ocean so often times during our stay there were guys in pick up trucks drinking beer and playing classic rock right in front of our unit. It felt like an invasion of our privacy and blocked the view of the ocean. The other units directly on the water do not have this issue.

- Bring your own kitchen knives as the knives supplied to us were quite bad.

- The pool is no great shakes so book a resort if you're planning on spending a lot of time in the pool.

- The master bedroom has a breathtaking ocean view. The second bedroom looks onto the parking lot... This is fine for a family but if two couples plan to share a unit, they should find something with two good bedrooms, not just one. Also, when the lights are on at night in the second bedroom people in the parking lot can see in even when the doors are closed. This is because the wooden slat blinds angle directly toward the line of sight of anyone standing in the parking lot.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

My boyfriend has stayed at the place many times with his family, so we stayed here on my first trip to Kauai. The staff were friendly, the room was clean and quite big, the view was wonderful and it was nice to have a pool. There's a beach a short walk away. It was nice to have a condo so we could cook some of huge nights, they also have bbqs you can use, and a fresh herb garden which was really nice.
I will stay here again!

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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed seven days with our neighbors in unit # 51 in early October. We were not disappointed. The unit had all the conveniences of home and more. 2000 sq feet with two master bedrooms on the top floor with one having a wonderful ocean view and the other a nice garden/pool view both with toe balconies. The kitchen and living room downstairs were excellent for the four of us to use all seven days. (roomy and comfortable) The unit had a washer and dryer,beach towels for going out, boogie boards, snorkel equipment and two great lanais off the living space. The house was decorated with cool and comfortable wicker furniture. The complex was going through some drainage construction but all the workers were quit and professional. The pool was very nice and clean, location is perfect, and the owner(Cam) was excellent to deal with. We will stay here again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed in Poipu Kapili for 5 nights in October and we enjoyed our stay. It's one of the best condo complexes to stay in south Kauai, and I'll explain why

PROS :
1) The views : condo 26 definitely has the best, direct ocean view. Of course the family suites have better, "closer to the ocean" views, but this is the best you can get from a 1 bedroom condo. Look at their website for a floor map, and you'll see why 26 is the best. It's in the middle of the complex and overlooks the pool directly to the ocean.
2) Huge units : and I really mean it. We were really impressed by the size of the kitchen, living room and bedroom. It's at least 1000 sqft, which, for a studio, is huge!
3) 1.5 bathrooms : Even if you don't need them, you still have 1.5 bathrooms, with a separate shower.
4) Newer units : one of the main things that made us choose Poipu Kapili over Kuhio Shores was the better looking units. It's definitely newer in Poipu Kapili, but choose your condo carefully as many of them aren't updated! Condo 26 is beautiful though.
5) Air Conditionning : this also helped us choose over Kuhio Shores, but I have to admit in October trade winds made it comfortable enough to sleep with windows open. In fact, we never even touched the a/c unit. We just opened the patio and bedroom glass doors, which face each other in a straight line, and we had a beautiful breeze all night long. The sound of air brushing through the trees was so relaxing!
6) Swimming Pool : we never had the chance to swim in the pool (because we spent too much time exploring Kauai), but this is another point that made us choose Poipu Kapili over Kuhio Shores and others.
7) Fully-equipped kitchen : with everything piece of equipment and utensil you need, literally.
8) Parking : although parking isn't rare in Kauai, we loved that we had our designated parking spot right in front of our condo door, which made it easier to bring stuff from and to the car.
9) Location : Within walking distance from shopping and great restaurants. 5-minute drive to a full sized grocery store.
10) Peaceful : Quiet and peaceful. We almost never heard a noise, not even during the day. The pool was almost always deserted.
11) Cleanliness : everything is clean and very well maintained. Nothing looks run down or in a bad shape.
12) Sunday room service : we were surprised to have a note on our door about Sunday room service. We didn't expect that in a condo!
13) Discount for reparations on the premises : we got a great discount because they were running reparations. This adds to the great service. We were warned about noise, but we never heard a thing!
14) Rates : last, but not least, price was a major attraction for us, as this was much, much cheaper than nearby hotels or even comparable condos.

CONS :
1) Sometimes the complex looked almost too peaceful, as if there was no life! But it didn't bother us because we were out of the unit for most of the day.
2) A tiny street separates you from the ocean. That didn't bother us as we still enjoyed the views. Cars rarely drove by.
3) The ocean in front isn't swimmable. So if you have kids and/or want an easier way to the beach, I suggest Kuhio Shores, or walking a few minutes to the nearby hotels.

All in all, I strongly suggest Poipu Kapili, and especially condo 26!

Room Tip: Choose condo 26!
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Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Danville, California
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We have been coming to the Poipu Kapili now for over 20 years, and we think that Kauai is the best Island to visit and Poipu is the best place on Kauai. And for us, the Poipu Kapili is our home away from home: it's wonderfully situated, with great views of the ocean, a perfect place to view the sunset as well as the many sea turtles (and whales in whale season) that frequent the shoreline. The condo where we stay in the Poipu Kapili, #32, is modern, with the latest in electronics (TV and Stereo components) and kitchen appliances, and very comfortable furnishings to boot. It has a beautiful view of the ocean from the living room (and front balcony), and althought we did not use them this time, a great pool and barbeque right near our suite. And near the Condo, are any number of fine dining experiences and great golf which we always take advantage of when visiting. I highly recommend that anyone coming to Hawaii should take a good look at the Poipu Kapili as it's a great value in a place that is not so inexpensive to visit. Too bad we were only able to spend one week there this visit.

  • Stayed November 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
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Howell, NJ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

My wife and I went island hopping in Hawaii for 10 nights for our 25th Anniversary and this place was our favorite. The complex is awesome; the unit was great; and people were fabulous ! Very peaceful and great location

Room Tip: They have a map of the units on the website and it's lists what they have - we had Unit 22 and i...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2221 Kapili Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Poipu Kapili 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Poipu Kapili is a collection of privately owned condominiums in an idyllic setting on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Kauai. This private resort boasts spacious 1 and 2 bedroom condos ranging in size from 1120 square feet to 2600 square, all with ocean views and private lanais. ... more   less 
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