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“Convenient location, comfortable amenities, but not perfect”
Review of 17 Palms Kauai

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17 Palms Kauai
Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

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.

Pros:
- 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.

Cons:
- 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.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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palmshi, Owner at 17 Palms Kauai, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2013

Mahalo nui loa to our guests for writing their honest opinions. We are happy to see that they enjoyed our accommodations like so many other visitors do and invite other guests to visit our website for current photos to see our design aesthetic and choice of accessories, property layout, landscaping, and privacy. 17 Palms Kauai sits on over a quarter acre parcel and one cottage (Meli Meli) is built at ground level while the other (Hale Iki) is built on a 3+ foot rise, providing for separation and greater privacy across a lush garden. We think simple is best, but best is no always simple. We strive to keep our property in excellent condition and our prices as affordable as possible. We don't judge others but simply do the best that we are able and offer excellent amenities and options for all of our guests. The shopping center mentioned became a victim of the recent economic downturn but was recently purchased by new owners (ABC Stores of Hawaii) and we expect to see many changes. It is even home to a local farmer's market two days a week. Within a three+ minute walk out the door, there is: Passion Bakery & Cafe, Cakes by Kristin, Monico's Taqueria, Korean BBQ, Cafe Coco, Kintaro's, Mema Thai Cuisine, Trees Lounge, The Fish Hut, Harley's Tropical Barbecue, Kauai Hula Girl Bar & Eggbert's, Lappert's Ice Cream and Coffee, TC's Island Grill, Zack's Famous Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, Kilauea Fish Market, Hukilau Lanai, and many shops and other convenience spots. Not to mention the east-shore multi-use path is literally just out the back gate! And this is all without getting into a car! We hope future guests venture out more and discover all of the simple and easy amenities our area offers. Kauai is an easy-going, unplugged kind of place and we are happy to share it with everyone at 17 Palms Kauai. Come and enjoy our beautiful island!

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is our 8th trip to Kauai so we have had our share of accommodation experiences. Our stay at 17 Palms Meli Meli cottage was one of our best. The location on the Island is ideal for exploring and it is conveniently situated in the town of Kapaa, allowing for easy access to a great beach, the awesome bike trail, shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend renting a bike. I got one from Cocunut Coasters for our entire stay and just locked it up outside the cottage. The cottage is super comfortable and well set up, offering excellant cooking facilities and everything you need to make great meals at home. Try Cakes by Kristin just down the street for DELICIOUS cakes and pastries (lilikoi curd is a taste of heaven), Passion Bakery right next door has wonderful Hawaiian sweet bread (makes awesome "french" toast) and Monicos Taqueria (I have dreams about the carnitas plates) is also found in the same shopping complex. I have to mention the Hukilau Lani restaurant, found in the Kauai Coast Resort about a block away, as one of my favorite dining experiences on the Island. The food is all delicious but the fish is exceptional! Ask for the server Andrew, he's the best (not to mention my little brother)! Ok, now back to the accommodations..... love, love, loved the concrete floor in the cottage. It's really quite beautiful in its own way and keeps the cottage at a pretty even temperature. The bed was super comfortable, the linens great quality, so nice to sleep with the window wide open! Especially when the temperature at home that week was
-40C something with the wind chill factor!! The beach supplies were also great to have available. Jeff and Ross, the owners, were excellant hosts, very helpful and are quite concerned for the comfort of their guests. They made themselves completely available and we even had a chance to meet them in person, which was a pleasure. I highly recommend the 17 Palms Kauai Meli Meli cottage and the Island of Kauai. My favorite vacation destination!!

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Hale Iki cottage at 17 Palms is the perfect piece of paradise for my kind of stay in Hawaii. Close to ammenities but quiet and private, Hale Iki provides quiet comfort in a private setting. Completely outfitted as if you lived there, the cottage is comfortable and charming.. We were steps away from the beach as well as great food.
It was our ideal base for daily trips to hike and explore Kauai. I highly recommend it as an option for those who don't require a resort to feel the island experience.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We really lucked out finding this house (Hale Iki) at the last minute. Of all vacation homes, this one had EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Ross and Jeff stayed in contact the entire time to answer any questions and provide us with little tips. Location was great as we went to both ends of the island for hiking, biking, and could also walk to shops, restaurants, swimming.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed at Meli Meli in August. The cottage is well-kept and well-stocked -- we found reef shoes that fit everyone in our family of four, boogie boards, and soft, fluffy beach towels. There were also first aid supplies and various sundries donated by previous guests. The location is great for seeing the whole island, and in the mall across the street a fish hut selling delicious fish tacos and sandwiches. The owners are very gracious and go out of their way to make visitors feel at home.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Our first trip to Kauai and we got lucky! 17 Palms' location, midway on the east side of Kauai, made it very convenient to explore the island both north and south. As it is within walking distance to supermarkets, bike rentals, trinket shopping, etc. everyone could go about independently even if they didn't have a car. Beachwise, depending on the weather/wind, there are swimmable areas nearby, but, not the greatest. So a car is recommended.

Meli meli cottage is very well set up for housekeeping, with nice quality & clean cookware, dishes, and applicances. Beds are very comfortable, linens of nice quality, and a bounteous towel supply. It was very easy to live there and the place was spic and span.

So, other than bringing your own clothes and shopping for your own food, nothing more is required of you in order to have the makings of a very comfortable stay and a great vacation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our first trip to Hawaii was one of our best vacations ever. Stayed seven days in the Hale Iki one bedroom cottage, and the whole experience couldn't be better. Their website doesn't exaggerate, and the owners are exceptionally helpful. Go and enjoy it. Just save us some time next year--we'll be back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ed T
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Additional Information about 17 Palms Kauai

Address: 414 Wailua Kai St, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1457
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
Price Range: $288 - $540 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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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