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“Beautiful grounds, but better places on Kauai” 3 of 5 stars
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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Princeville
Portland, Oregon
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“Beautiful grounds, but better places on Kauai”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

First of all, the staff at this Westin is fantastic. Jana, in particular, is awesome. Having said that, if I were to stay again in Kauai, I would more than likely stay somewhere near Kapaa, only because of where it's situated on the island. If you are going to Princeville to totally get away from everything and not plan on traveling around the island, then this is a great place. If you are planning on going to see Waimea Canyon, hang out down in Poipu, or just see Kapaa and Lihue, then Princeville is a ways out and you will be driving a lot. It is a small island, but traffic here has actually gotten much worse, believe it or not, and there's only one road around the island. It took us 45 minutes to get to the airport at 5:30 in the morning! The grounds at these villas are beautiful with nice sunsets and views of the ocean. This place is located high up on a cliff, so there is no beach on this property. They do have a gravel trail leading down to a nice beach, but it's very steep and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over the age of 50. The rooms are nice and they will try and upgrade you using your promo to get you into their 1-bedroom villa. If you are staying there more than a couple days, it is worth it. One tip, stop at Costco in Lihue before heading up there and stock up on milk, water, snacks, coffee grounds, because their prices are high, like everything on Kauai. This is a vacation ownership place, so they are really working to get you into their program. We were in there for over two hours, after which they brought in a "closer," which was pretty annoying, so be warned. But it's a good program ONLY if you want to spend 60k to get in, then another 3k a year HOA. We didn't take the bait, but you can do the math....Anyway, very nice place, but I have to say I wouldn't stay there again just due to its location and after seeing many home rentals located within steps to the beach or other condo rentals with better beaches and easier access.
It is, however, very kid friendly and there is a nice fitness center on site. Oh, one thing you should know is that Kauai is the land of the mighty rooster chicken. There are roosters, not hens, running around everywhere. While it may be cute at first, it does get a little bit annoying after a while when they are waking you up at 5:30 in the morning and while you are sleeping by one of the pools and they're doing their ER-ER-ER-ERRROOOO all day long all over the grounds. They are beautiful birds, but people are feeding them so they will come right up to your patio/lanai to be fed, thus the early morning wake-up calls. But it's part of Kauai, so you accept it. This is a nice place with great staff, but location is just okay.

Room Tip: Building 4 facing the golf course with views of ocean is nice.....
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha hankypanky505:
Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the property and recognized the friendly staff including Jana. The North Shore of Kaua’i offers many attractions including beautiful beaches, hiking, zipline, kayak, etc as well as historical sites such as Kilauea Lighthouse and Waioli Hui’ia Church. The other areas of Kaua’i also offer a number of sites to visit as well. Many of our Kaua’i visitors choose to stay a few days on the North Shore and a few days on the South Shore. This enables them to set their itinerary and visit both destinations and alleviate the long drives. Starwood is fortunate to have The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on the North Shore and the Sheraton Kauai Resort on the South Shore. We hope this helps with your future visits to our beautiful island and we look forward to welcoming you back. Mahalo.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is a very nice hotel. Truly a 4 star resort. We stayed in a suite with full kitchen and it was great for our family with 2 kids. The location is best if you stay in the Summer because the beach on the north shore is often too rough for swimming in the Winter. We had to drive all the way to Poipu for snorkeling. Beside that, everything else was close enough to make this hotel our favorite place to stay on kauai w/o breaking the bank.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha jennie_hp: Thank you for recognizing our AAA 4 Diamond and TripAdvisor 4.3 rating. Our villas are truly comfortable accommodations with amenities such as the full kitchen, washer/dryer, whirlpool tubs, DVD players and more that make this a home away from home. The beaches on the North Shore of Kaua’i tend to have higher surf in the winter months and our Concierge team is always available to make recommendations based on the ocean conditions for the day of safe beaches that our guests are able to snorkel that may be in the area or in closer proximity to the Resort. We hope you will stay with us again on your next visit to Kaua’i. Mahalo.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We went to Kauai for the first time this year and were so taken with the island, we already have another trip planned for November!! We stayed at the Westin in Princeville, and true to the Westin style, it was a wonderful place to stay. The buildings are set on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and the grounds are beautiful. You also have access to the beach down at the St Regis as a guest at the Westin. The food is pricey, but everything in Kauai is expensive compared to the mainland. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear jolifive: Mahalo for your wonderful comments. We are so delighted that you enjoyed your experience at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and for highly recommending others to stay with us. We are fortunate to be located on a beautiful ocean bluff with lush landscaping and between two world famous golf courses, the Prince Course and the Makai Course. . We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Aloha until we meet again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We just returned from the Westin in Princeville. We had a great week with perfect weather!
We stayed in the full 2 bedroom villa in building 5 on the second (top) floor. I had requested other buildings but it turned out that this was absolutely perfect! The end of the building is only 2 stories tall and we had a perfect full ocean view with only the big lawn and massage tables between us and the ocean view. Absolute heaven. We never heard our neighbors and no one was above us.
The unit was lovely and very clean. Looks just like the photos. The roosters were crazy loud but we never heard them inside our unit. Lots of cute little baby chicks about plus geese and other beautiful birds.
There are gas grills everywhere and we had no problems with them not working. We grilled many nights, filet mignons and ribs!
The pools were all great, we liked the infinity pool the best but we were never able to get chairs there since we would spend our days going to beaches and return late afternoon to the pools. The water was warm and the Jacuzzis were quite hot. The food service at the main pool was excellent and fast.
We ate at Nanea one night and did the 5 course tasting menu with the flights of wine. It was amazing! The risotto with truffle oil was so good that my husband surprised us with an order of it to go the next night. The pizza from the Marketplace was also pretty good, nothing amazing but did the job.
We had a fantastic week and staying at the Westin made it absolutely perfect. All the service was friendly and they took care of all our needs, even a small repair which was taken care of immediately and followed up with phone calls. Excellent service. No one bothered us about doing the timeshare presentation either. We can’t wait to go back some day!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 May 2, 2013

We are owners and took advantage of the new ability to bank points in the SPG system to be able to come here for a week and Maui for a week. We thought Maui was good but for us this was amazing. Buildings, grounds and facilities great. We are in Bldg 4 top floor with a great golf course and ocean view just what we wanted. To wake up each morning and look out to that view is incredible. We have seen whales out on the ocean from the lanai. It is very peaceful and less crowded than Maui. We love the island and lots of places to eat in Hanelei Bay and to be able to use the St Regis beach is a huge bonus. Concierge helpful, undercover parking to keep car a little cooler. Great staff all friendly and helpful. We are in a 1 bed villa and it is great, very well equipped and great floor to ceiling windows for that view!!! So pleased we came.

Room Tip: Some rooms look out onto other buildings and have no view, top floors have better views, some near t...
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Beautiful resort for relaxing on the north shore on Kauai. This was a timeshare exchange for us and not our home resort. All the comforts of home and then some. Staff is top notch and everyone is attentive. Would definately stay here again. Golf is great, lots of good resturants nearby and a very laid back atmosphere.

Room Tip: Ground floor, no waiting for the elevator.
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was a timeshare exchange. We have probably exchanged about a dozen times to many beach locations (Maui, Mexico and Caribbean) and for a resort experience, this is the best place we have ever stayed. Also, by staying at the Westin, you have access to the amenities of the St Regis. This is good as the best beach in the area is at the St Regis.

The rooms are fantastic and include a larger than expected kitchen area, huge bathroom including a whirlpool tub, washer/dryer, and TV with a Bose Stereo and DVD player.

There is 3 pools, and two of them are smaller and the family/kids seem to stay away from. Given we don't have kids, we opted for the smaller pools... though we did have to contend with the ducks who also liked these pools too.

Westin also has the best food at any restaurant in the area (Nanea). We ate here several times, as well as eating at most of the other area options (including all the options at the St Regis) and thought the Nanea has the best food. Every restaurant is more pricey than what we pay for in the states.

I will always look for a Westin resort first when doing my next timeshare exchange.

  • Stayed April 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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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Aloha lzfowler. We are very happy that you had a delightful stay with us at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. Our Villas offer the comforts of home with nice amenities such as the DVD player, Bose Stereo, equipped kitchen including full size refrigerator with ice machine. It is also convenient to have the washer/dryer in each unit. With 4 pools on property, our guests are able to enjoy different pool experiences whether it be the quiet Malie pool setting or the ocean bluff Na Pali pool. Nanea Restaurant offers delicious island inspired cuisine and also includes a 5 course tasting menu nightly. Always available for dinner are also the Gluten Free menu and the Vegan menu. We hope to see you soon on your next visit to Kaua’i. Mahalo.
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Address: 3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Princeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 4*
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