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Lae Nani Resort Condos
Ranked #31 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Kauai
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful but too many bug infestations”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

We rented unit 521 for 2 weeks March/April 2014. The condo was beautiful; awesome view, very nice furniture and lovely landscaped grounds. However, we were very turned off by ants in the kitchen for which we had to spray 3 times ourselves. Worst of all, we had 4 night-time swarms of newly-hatched flying termites in our bedroom. We reported the first swarm to our rental agent...he stated it happened occasionally but he wasn't worried about it. This was not a pleasant situation for us. We will not book there again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stayed in unit 326 and it was very nice. We booked this through vrbo and everything went very smooth. The condo is nicely decorated, has a nice view from the lani of the ocean, nice stocked kitchen - including spices. The pool is very nice and the grounds are really pretty. We liked staying in Kapaa because it is easy to go to any part of the island without it taking long. I would recommend this unit and would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: 326 was a very nice unit.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We were in unit 234 and it was really great. It is certainly not luxury, but we were very happy with it. We booked off of VRBO. And it was as advertised, great view of the pool and ocean.

All the amenities were present, and it was very spacious. This resort has a wonderful pool, clean and well maintained. Fantastic grounds that are also well maintained. We traveled with a little baby and she had room to play and crawl on the shaded grass, or the beach. And best of all was the natural 'baby ocean pool' that is formed by a ring of rocks. Really cool!

It is really close to two major grocery stores, and other places for food and supplies, so i would recommend this place highly for families with kids.

Reading reviews below, it really seems like people need to research the unit they get, we liked 234 a lot. Our only issue had to do with ants that could get into our food if you are not cleaning up continually. But other than that, our unit had boogie boards, towels, and all the kitchen stuff we needed. Two flat screen tvs and wi fi. perfect!

Enjoy!

Room Tip: 234 was our unit and worked well for us. I think that being on the ground floor could be noisy if y...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Avoid unit 225 - it is very dated, very rough, and not worth the the price. Sold as an ocean view it is more like an ocean glimpse and overall is very poor value. We checked in late and the next morning moved to a 2nd floor unit in bldg 5 that has a real ocean view and has been nicely updated. Unit 225 is obviously a straight up rental property with no pride of ownership.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is **THE** place to stay on Kauai! We spent 12 days here in June '13 in unit #323. The property alone could be a tourist attraction! The entire grounds are a beautifully maintained botanical garden with stunning plants, flowers and trees everywhere (check out the pics)! The condo complex is just the right size with a huge open lawn right on the beach. And, you don't have the HUGE crowds of the big commercial resorts. Many times we were on the beach, lawn and pool all by ourselves. This east side of location on Kauai has many benefits compared to the north and south locales: 1) it's much cheaper - accommodations, restaurants, groceries; 2) it's less touristy and crowded; and 3) you're more centrally located on the island to hit all the great spots with a short drive. Some east side locations can be windy, but Lae Nani is in a protected cove (look at Google maps image). We rented unit #323 through kauaicondovacations.com, but it was also listed on vrbo.com. It was great to have a full kitchen to cut down on eating expenses and it has an amazing view of the grounds and ocean. I don't know why people pay so much for a 'resort' hotel room when you can have a complete condo for less! An added benefit of this place is that it's completely gated so you don't have to worry about roosters making it hard to sleep (a well-known Kauai problem). Most units here are privately owned, so the condition will depend on the owner. Our unit was perfectly nice & clean, though it could use a little updating. I would definitely stay there again - the price, locale and amenities are fantastic! P.S. There's a great, paved cycling path on the east coast and you can rent bikes in Wailua/Kapaa. And, a kayak trip up the Wailua river to the falls is a must!

Room Tip: Look at pics on the travel websites to choose the right unit. We liked #323 (1 bdrm, we foldout sofa...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We booked this unit directly with the owner on VRBO and it was a smooth process all the way. The Lae Nani complex is beautifully maintained and has a real Hawaiian ambiance - loved the tiki torches in the evening. This unit had a nice view of the bay and gardens from the second floor, and was well laid out with all the comforts you need. We travelled with friends who were in other units that had been really modernized, but we have no complaints about #327 and recommend it highly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We were extremely disappointed with the terrible state of disrepair that unit is in. We were given a dilapidated place I would never consider renting on my own. Frankly, it felt like we were being taken advantage of by a slumlord. The location of that unit is also very poor as it is tucked into a corner mainly facing another building, which made it also much darker than one would expect for an “ocean view” unit.

I told the front desk at Lae Nani how unhappy we were with that unit and asked if they could give us something else. They said that was all they had available. I then called Pleasant Holidays customer service number at 4:15 p.m. and got a recording, even though their flier states their hours run til 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. I left a message. I also called the after-hours number later that night, but the person I reached said he was just a driver and that I should call in the morning. Sunday morning I called again and finally reached a real person – Brenda – who helped us transfer to another property.

We basically lost a day of our vacation dealing with and trying to rectify this problem, not to mention the stress of being put into such a miserable unit and not knowing whether we’d be stuck there for the rest of our vacation.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lae Nani Resort Condos
Address: 410 Papaloa Rd, Kauai, HI 96746-1410
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai
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Ranked #31 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Kauai
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Papaloa Cove near the Wailua River is the perfect spot to relax or get your morning swim before an exciting day on Kauai.Lae Nani has been a favorite for visitors for over 30 years and has been recently renovated with lush gardens and a large grassy lawn on the way to the beach. Nearby Wailua river has many activites including the Smith's Tropical Luau, a must do! Check us out! ... more   less 
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