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“Nice place, beautiful grounds, great service” 4 of 5 stars
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Hanalei Bay Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Princeville
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Nice place, beautiful grounds, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The resort was very quiet and a great place to relax, swim, and explore from. The grounds are well kept, pool was beautiful, beach was nice and safe, (although too many people are ignoring the signs and walking on the reef rather than staying on the sand). Comfortable stay. Wish we had known that the building with the fitness facility and dining were not there now. Looking forward to coming back when they are rebuilt.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying in unit 3106 found on VRBO through a lovely private owner. I would say this is the way to go. The owner (Dale) has this studio unit and an attached 1br for lease. Dale was a pleasure to work with. The pictures were everything and more. His unit is near the pool, and parking lot although there are golf carts to catch rides with upon asking. The studio had a beautiful shower (2 person) with a view of the bay through the shower window which could be made opaque with a switch. The resort staff (everyone from the barbecue propane exchanger to the desk clerk and pool attendant) were top notch people eager to help. The grounds are beautiful and well tended to. A restaurant (damaged in a fire) is in process of being built. This was an excellent selection for our 9 day stay on the North Shore. I honestly have not one complaint, and I have had the good fortune of visiting Hawaii many times staying in a variety of places. This one will not disappoint you. Comfy bed also!!

Room Tip: 3106 is on the first floor near the parking lot and pool.
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  • Stayed February 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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arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

HBR 5202 was a beautiful condo and exactly what we needed to make our kauai experience complete. I ended up going with Chuck because of how well he handled communication, helpful hints and just all around knowing what we needed and making it happen. The condo was beautiful, location was wonderful and view.....you couldn't ask for more. The photo's don't do it justice because it is BETTER than that. It has everything you need to cook or just bring in and enjoy. The patio is awesome too and we loved sitting there and watching the birds. The only negative was the roosters that continually crow starting around 4am. It became funny after the second night and then really didn't mind after that as I think we got used to it. Working with Chuck was the best part though and some of his hints were right on for our experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Stayed at the Wyndham Bali Hai in Princeville, Kauai, for the first 3 weeks of our almost month-long stay on the island, which was very nice Then moved over to the Hanalei Bay Resort. Mistake!!!
The view from our room is of Hanalei Bay so it's very beautiful. In trying to say positive things to start the review, the pool area is nice and staff are friendly. Where to start on the negatives? We stayed in a two bedroom unit and both bathrooms were disgusting - from the doors that have the painted veneer surface ripped away from the rest of the door to reveal the wood underneath to the rust on metal surfaces to gaps in caulking between the bathtub and wells, etc. the bathrooms remind of those in a dreadful truck stop. Units are severely outdated (old tiling including broken tiles, doors that won't stay closed, outdated stove and some TV's, etc.). Other issues include noise (golf carts that shuffle guests between the parking lot and their units as there is generally no parking close to most units, the damn roosters begin crowing at 4:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day (yes we know they're protected and difficult to control but it's not a problem at some other resorts), no wireless connections in most units, and a $25 check-in fee! Won't stay again and definitely can't recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Rented this unit for a surfing/hiking getaway with my husband. The resort could not be in a more lovely location and it is well-maintained and quiet. Be aware it lacks amenities such as a restaurant (burned in a fire and is being redone). It is a good place if you are the type to cook some meals on your own. This unit, while a little older, is clean, roomy and has all the kitchen and beach items you need. As others have noted, you must walk to the units from you car and it can be a little challenging for older people or if you are carrying a lot of stuff. That is somewhat inconvenient (e.g. for us because we had surfboards). Wifi is offered for a charge which is sort of annoying, so just be prepared for all the extra little tack on costs.

We loved Hanalei and even though it is the northern-most part of the island it is not too far of a drive from other places you want to see such as Waimea Canyon. It is for sure the most beautiful part of Kauai, so we felt it was a good choice. The Frommer's Kauai guide was dead on with the restaurant recs, so you will find places with nice food options. But it is not a place for those who want a fancy vacation!

Also, if you love roosters, you will enjoy it even more :)

Room Tip: This unit "Banana 7202" was close to the lower pool and was down low towards the ocean. L...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cass City, MI
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We traveled far from Michigan to LA and onto the Island, rented our car and knowing we had a kitchen, we stopped to shop before arriving in Princeville at 8:30pm in the dark. Following the owner's clear directions, we did not lose our way once, although in Princeville, the roads twisted through new development and golf courses. We walked into our room and being so tired, I was a little disappointed not to find a dresser to put my clothing, but tumbled onto a comfortable bed and fell asleep. Upon waking in the morning, I opened the curtains to find an incredible view of Hanalei Bay. Surf was up, up, up and as we sipped our coffee, ate our homemade breakfast, we watched surfers paddle far beyond the waves to make their break. I was thrilled to find such beauty! The air was crisp, the breeze blowing and the sunrise over the bay so lovely, it felt like a miracle to be there.
Registration for the week was easy at the desk. There is a check-in fee, a cleaning fee and a daily fee, but these were never hidden. The owner is very responsive and sends a clear, detailed list of expenses. Once payment was arranged, he sent many attachments of directions, attractions, and rules of the condo to make your stay comfortable and easy.The grounds are fabulous and are very well-maintained. The pool, although not heated, has a sand based hot tub that warms you before and after a swim if you arrive in the winter months.
Now, those are just the details of the this resort. Wait until you experience the island. There were a few times I was near tears with the whole experience of luau, snorkeling, walking the beaches, contemplating the albatross at Kilauea Point Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge. The mountains, canyon, beaches and air offer much for your enjoyment.
Here are my highlights and tips:
* Buy a new travel guide for portable up-to-date information. Read and know what to expect.
* If you like to save a little and make your own meals, this condo has a working kitchen!
* Enjoy the resort. The hot tub is really hot. Yay!!! The pool lovely but chilly. The walk to Hanalei Bay is easy going down and a work-out coming back up. However, snorkeling is really great at the base of the path. Tropical fish abound and there are occasional turtles. It is best to snorkel in the morning. You may want a wet suit, again it was chilly in March! You can rent equipment all over, but Snorkel Bob has the best deal.
* Explore the North Shore. Ke'e Beach and beyond. Since it was winter, we did not attempt Hanakapi'ai Falls (next time?)
* Stop at Kilauea Point and visit the lighthouse. Occasional whales are spotted there, too.The lookout is awesome! There are nice places to shop in Kong Lung Center.
* Luau Kalamaku was a theatrical experience. Nicely done for visitors to the island.
* Kauai Sea Tours: What an adventure!!!! We saw NaPali Coast on the sunset tour, with whales breeching, turtles swimming and dolphins literally dancing through the waves. The captain and crew were fantastic. A nice dinner and drinks. Be mindful of the weather. If it is rough, take some medication or reschedule for another day.
* Across the street from the tour boats is Kauai's only brew pub. Some really good beers there!
* Waimea Canyon: Oh my, what a view! There are places for short walks, or long hikes. Definately check it out!
Have a great time!!!! And please leave this room for me, when I need it!

Room Tip: This room was great! I found it by browsing Pacific Summit. The owner was wonderful to work with. Ve...
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  • Stayed March 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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Saskatoon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Rented this unit as a two bedroom, two bath unit. King in one bedroom, two queens in the other. Each have a master bedroom. Well equipped large unit, clean, with an awesome view.
Rent from the owners. Restaurant-bar on site is not open and will likely be a year before it is. Large resort but it does not feel crowded. No cars allowed inside the resort so its quiet. Golf cart to check you in and out, or to bring you up from the beach. Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful. Beautiful grounds, well maintained. Even with construction on the restaurant is not noise.

Room Tip: Look at the resort map and pick a unit that has ocean views, also third floor seems to be quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Hanalei Bay Hotel Princeville
Hanalei Bay Hotel
Hanalei Bay Princeville
Hanalei Bay Resort Princeville, Kauai
Address: 5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hanalei Bay Resort 3*
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