We planned our entire trip around the Fern Grotto Inn. My wife found the website and reviews online and decided "that's where we are going". We were so pleased with that choice and the destination. We booked the Coco Cottage for a week and just got home a couple of days ago.
Paul the owner is great, very friendly and laid back. He's there if you need him, otherwise you have total privacy. He took my daughter and I around the property on a couple fruit picking trips and we tried lots of new things. He gave me great choices and directions for dining. We used the phone, the laundry machines, and the shared items like lawn chairs, boogie boards, etc. We just loved having a little house to call home and use as a base.
The location is so central to the entire island. An hour north, or south and you've reached the end of the road. Lydgate Park Beach is minutes away and great for families with protected swimming from the waves and good beginner snorkeling, and a huge playground. Smith's Tropical Paradise is across the river and offers river boat tours and a very fun luau. The famous and abandoned Coco Palms Resort from Elvis's Blue Hawaii is right across the street with it's huge overgrown palm tree grove and lagoon!
The Coco Cottage has air conditioning and ceiling fans with roof ventilation as well. We rarely needed the air conditioning as the fans and vents kept the air moving nicely and quietly. Kitchenette had everything we needed, large double door fridge and gas range. Smaller bathroom but a large roomy shower.
10 minute drive from the Lihue airport. 5 minutes to Kapaa with great shopping and dining. Safeway is great for groceries. Lot's of shopping and dining within a few minutes drive.
If I had to be critical of anything? The island chickens can be a bit noisy (i.e. roosters), but they are EVERYWHERE, so you can't really avoid them. The island has a single main highway looping around the north, east, and south sides. The road is busy, and there is some traffic noise in the early morning as commuters head to work. I think all accommodations on the island would have these complaints unless they are further inland or on large properties with a natural buffer between them and the roads. You want to drive places since walking along the highway in this area is not really safe. The Wi-Fi was weak at the Coco Cottage because it's off to the side and separated a bit from the rest of the cottages.
If you want privacy, independence, and a house rental style of experience (ie, no hotel services like housekeeping, room service, etc) then this is a great choice for you. If you are a single, a couple, or a small family with kids willing to sleep on a sofa bed, then the Coco Cottage is a great choice especially if you like the privacy of the back yard, and the private side entrance and parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are centrally located in the perfect spot for exploring the whole island of Kauai. Just ten minutes north of the airport, the property is on the banks of the Wailua River, a few minutes from the heart of Kapaa town, walking distance to beaches and family parks. We are nestled in Hawaii's largest coconut grove in the shadow of Sleeping Giant Mountain with easy access to hiking and kayaking. We are only a block from the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fern Grotto Hotel Kapaa
- Fern Grotto Inn Kauai/Kapaa