I was a little nervous about staying here because the rate seemed too good to be true, but it completely exceeded our expectations. We stayed for 5 nights--Nov 1-6... cost was $125/night (actually $156, but 5th night was free).
We stayed in the Niihau building, which is one of two that are just feet from the sand... I assume it is these 2 buildings that are considered the "oceanfront" rooms. Note that all the buildings are narrow (one room "thick"), so no rooms face away from the water... the doors for entering the rooms are on the opposite side while the sliding doors and terraces face the beach. The other buildings seem fine, but I can only highly recommend the oceanfront rooms, because that's all we experienced first-hand.
We were on the second floor, which seemed nice because we weren't as shy about leaving the sliding doors open during the night... but the ground level rooms looked like they could be nice for walking straight out onto the beach.
The lobby has free wireless internet (as well as kiosks for a small fee). It's possible that some of the buildings near it have rooms that can reach the signal, but the oceanfront rooms could not. The lobby has comfy chairs to sit in, but it's outdoors, so you may need some mosquito repellant during some parts of the day.
The grounds are very simple--no extravagant landscaping--but very well maintained. The trees were continually dropping flowers, and yet it seemed like they must have been cleaning them up more than once a day. The grass was well-groomed.
The poolside bar was still closed when we were there. It sounded like it would still be a while before they opened due to regulatory constraints (construction is complete--they just aren't allowed to open yet). All construction has been completed, so no need to worry about that.
The restaurant nearby is closed. The Coconut Marketplace behind the hotel is unremarkable... nice to have some shops right nearby, but they all seem to be carbon copies of each other, selling the same touristy gimmicks. You won't spend much time there.
"Downtown" Kapaa is right nearby too (perhaps just outside of what you'd want to walk), and that was very nice. They have a couple of full-fledged supermarkets, starbucks, and some great smaller restaurants, including the Olympic Cafe, which we highly recommend for breakfast (it's an open air cafe on the second story of a building right near the main intersection).
Our strategy was to stay on the east side of the island so we could scuttle up to the north side and the south side at will. This approach worked well.
We only stayed at the Islander, but we explored a few other places:
- we had brunch at the Princeville one morning; we found the hotel to be pretty, but kind of sleepy... we weren't impressed
- we fell in love with the Hyatt in Poipu; the lobby is designed to frame the ocean view, and it worked perfectly; in the evening (around 6:30p on a saturday), they had a little mini luau on the terrace facing the water that we just happened to be sitting at when the music started--we recommend you stage such a "coincidence" on purpose while you're there; can't speak of the rooms though
- the Kauai guide we had said the Smith's luau was the best on the island; we found it to be okay but miss-able
- the guide also recommended an ultralight flight; while it was good, it was not as good as...
- the helicopter tour on Inter-Island was awesome! This was the one without doors, which we loved, but is definitely for more adventurous folks. We got to sit in the front seat, which appeared to be better since you can see out the front (even though one of us had to sit in the middle next to the pilot). Our pilot was not very friendly (even covered his face when I took a photo of the copter), but it didn't detract from a great trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Aston Islander on the Beach features a sparkling pool with a poolside bar, lush gardens for strolling, and a beautiful beachfront location - popular for viewing Hawaiian monk seals. Enjoy the convenience of the adjacent Coconut Marketplace's 60 boutiques and restaurants. It's impressive oceanfront and plantation-style charm make this relaxing resort the most enticing retreat on Kauai. Please note: The hotel collects a daily amenity fee which includes DVD movies and Playstation 3 game rentals, Airport Shuttle service (must call hotel direct at least 24-72 hours in advance to make arrangements), a voucher for a refreshing Mango Lemonade OR Imua Coffee per paying adult, per one time per stay, daily newspaper, daily coffee and tea, in-room safe, WiFi internet, and local & toll-free calls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Islander On The Beach Hotel Kapaa
- Aston Hotel Kapaa
- Best Western Kapaa
- Resortquest Islander Beach Kauai
- Islander Beach Kauai
- Aston Islander On The Beach Kauai/Kapaa