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“Beautiful Setting. Great Amenities. Charming Decor. Central Location.”
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Fern Grotto Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
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Houston, Texas
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“Beautiful Setting. Great Amenities. Charming Decor. Central Location.”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

This was a great choice for a business trip. Plenty of privacy for team members at the end of the day, and a good common workspace at the Ohana House (large table in the kitchen with good lighting). Good central location. Lovely setting. The amenities (wireless connectivity, laundry facilities, well stocked kitchen) were ideal.

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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

We wanted a place that was centrally located and was reasonably priced. The River cottage at Fern Grotto Inn was the place. We slept well, it was totally clean and full of every amenity. It was private and the kitchen was perfect for breakfast and for preparing lunch while we were out and about. We ate dinners in restaurants...this was a vacation, after all! The laundry room had good machines, was free and easy to use. The only thing I would change if I could would be to eliminate the roosters crowing in the night. Of course, that's just part of Kauai's charm...they're everywhere on the island!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shelley, Idaho
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed 10 days in the Coco cottage and had a WONDERFUL time. We had a full kitchen that had everything to make meals when eating in, which was a big plus.
The living area is open and appointed with lovely antiques/artwork and outside is a beautiful private yard with BBQ. Laundry is included which was a huge help.
Everything was very clean and well maintained. Paul is very friendly and always available to answer questions.
You are pretty centrally located. Only a block from the beach, and 5 minutes in any direction puts you in town or at the airport...nice!
We will definitely be back.
Go and enjoy!
Aloha

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

This was our first time to Kauai. We stayed in the Coco cottage.
We enjoyed having a full kitchen to make coffee in the morning and sitting out in our very private backyard. We appreciated how clean the cottage was, super comfortable bed and peaceful. The location was superb and we were minutes away from the airport which allowed us to have one more Banana/ Coconut cream pie at Gaylords before going home. Thank You Paul for creating such a nice oasis. We will be back.

  • Stayed November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Really well-located cottages a couple of miles south of Kapa'a. (You will hear a hum from the road nearby). Paul is extremely friendly and laid-back and even offered to drive us to the luau a mile away as we mentioned we were going to call a cab. The complimentary equipment he offers makes the accommodation even better value, particularly the kayak, which would cost $50-80 to rent elsewhere.

We stayed in Coco cottage, which was tastefully decorated. The bed was super comfortable, with linens that are even nicer that the ones we have at home!

If you are an avid cook, you might find the hob/microwave set-up slightly awkward, but that would be my only small gripe. Paul clearly takes great pride in his rental properties and requests suggestions for improvements.

The property is easily missed so when coming from the airport, look out for the first minimum 35 miles per hour sign after the Wailua Visitors Center. This sign is directly opposite the Inn.

Room Tip: Coco Cottage is the only cottage with direct access to a parking space. This might be useful if you...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed in Ohana House for 6 nights in late October 2013. Walk in the front door and the house is so warm and welcoming, you are sure to love it immediately. Tastefully appointed, it is clean, well cared-for, with plenty of amenities and impressive island art. It is a house so comfortable, it is a pleasure to return to at the end of the day, or to wake to in mornings. All three uniquely charming bedrooms have bathrooms (good water pressure in the showers, etc.). The master bedroom has windows on three sides, providing plenty of natural-air ventilation. The kitchen table seats 6-8, and there are plenty of provisions for cooking and serving. With family living nearby, the Ohana was a great place for us to convene, relax and make / enjoy meals together. Take the bikes out along the coast for a fabulous experience! The other cabins of Fern Grotto are in close proximity so in that sense it is not entirely private. Also there is road noise. As a tradeoff, it is centrally-located for all island destinations. The grounds are very nice with beautiful plants and bonsai trees, and the river is adjacent. Although a block from Kuhio Highway, Fern Grotto Inn is surprisingly secluded and is sure to please.

Room Tip: We did not see the inside of the other smaller cabins, but Ohana House is the crowning jewel. It is...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Sorry this review is way overdue ! We travelled through 3 island in Hawaii from Scotland. I absolutely loved every minute of it. Paul's cottage was our splurge stop ! He was kind enough to come around to say hi and show us around the grounds. I fell ill during my stay - It was pretty hot and seeing that I come from Scotland - and Paul came over to see how I was doing. It is a really great place to relax and unwind and thank you so so much for the tip to have dinner at Hukilau Lanai it had the BEST AHI ever ! Stay here and look no further.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fern Grotto Inn
Address: 4561 Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1419
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fern Grotto Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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