We spent five nights in the Hale Iki (one-bedroom) cottage, and it met our needs and expectations in general. Since there are so very many reviews of this property, hardly anything good or bad about it came as a surprise.
- The location in Wailua on the central east coast of Kaua'i makes it ideal if you intend to explore the entire island, which we did in our rental car.
- As the property website and many reviewers have pointed out, the house is very well equipped with practically anything that you could need if you plan to "move in" and treat this as a home away from home (i.e., not as a hotel with daily maid service, etc.).
- The house is immaculately clean.
- The bed is excellent and we slept extremely well.
- The entertainment center includes a DVD player. We very much appreciated being able to bring our own DVD's for entertainment.
- The availability of a washer and dryer and the ability to do laundry is a great asset.
- There are several small restaurants within easy walking distance. We particularly enjoyed having breakfast every day at the very friendly and delicious Passion Bakery & Cafe. About a quarter of a mile away is the upscale Hukelau Lanai restaurant, one of the best on the island, which we enjoyed very much.
- The nearby beach, a five-minute walk from the cottage, is fine and offers a public fresh-water shower for rinsing off when you leave the beach. I can't imagine why other reviewers have found fault with this beach.
- The owner with whom we had all of our e-mail and telephone contacts, Jeff, is extremely anxious to be helpful with suggestions and information about sightseeing, etc.
- The television is on the small side and a larger one would have been much appreciated.
- The interior decor of the cottage is cheerful and very tasteful although somewhat sparse. In my opinion, an upgrade of the decor such as curtains on the windows (instead of roll down shades), just a few more decorative accessories, and perhaps bamboo flooring (to go with the Japanese/tropical theme) instead of painted wooden planks, would all make this cottage more luxurious. With such upgrades I think that I would have paid $50 to $100 more per night and felt that it was worth it.
- The two cottages are built on a single lot that would ordinarily contain only one single-family home, and so they are fairly close to one another; hence, the sense of privacy is not great.
- A great deal of the property is occupied by gravel-covered driveways and parking areas, and the lush landscaping is confined mostly to the perimeter of the property.
- The 17 Palms Kauai property is clearly the very best on the little street (Wailua Kai) where it is located; adjacent homes are a little run-down (e.g., cars parked on the lawns, general untidiness in the yards, etc.). The nearby Coconut Marketplace is a half-dead open-air shopping center, which does nothing to make this a lively and vibrant area. Of course, the owners of 17 Palms Kaua'i cannot control these things. However, I did not in any way sense this to be a dangerous neighborhood (as some reviewers alleged), and indeed it felt like the sort of place where one could leave the door to the house unlocked (although we of course did not do that).
- With the exception of the Passion Bakery & Cafe (already mentioned) and the Hukelau Lanai, we did not like the other nearby restaurants recommended by the owners in their comprehensive guidebook: Monico's Taqueria is very popular with locals (we had to wait quite a while for a table), but the food was bland and sub-par for Mexican (we have higher expectations, being from Texas!). We found the food at the Kintaro Japanese restaurant, also very popular with locals, to be mediocre.
Summary: I am a very careful travel planner, and I am satisfied with my choice of 17 Palms Kaua'i. Due to some of the deficiencies listed in the "Cons" section above, I would consider other properties as well if I were returning to Kaua'i.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17 Palms Kauai is comprised of two Kauai vacation cottages in a garden setting chosen by Conde Nast Traveller Mag. As "one of the 5 perfect places to stay on Kauai" - a private oasis adjacent to Wailua Bay, one of Kauai's most popular beaches (made famous in Elvis' Blue Hawaii). Everything you need during your Kauai vacation is a short walk, located across the street from the beach path and one block from tons of restaurants and shops, rentals, live music, coffee roaster, farmer's market, etc. These are fully equipped, free-standing homes with complete amenities including complete kitchens, laundry, dishwasher, sharp knives!, Wi-Fi, and many other niceties, a true home away from home. ... more less
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