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“Terrific Motel in Gateway to Kauai”
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Garden Island Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Charleston, South Carolina
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70 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Terrific Motel in Gateway to Kauai”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

We chose this Inn because our flight got in to Kihue mid-afternoon and we had a helicoper ride planned for the next morning at 10. Can't imagine a better choice! Easy to get to from airport, darling room with water/park view, flowers blooming every place on the property, colorful garden art in the room and patio. Walk practically next door for number of dinner choices and office for transport to the helicopter pad was right there, too. Coffee, water, and munchies are for the taking at the front desk and it was wonderful to have mini-frig, microwave, and coffee maker in the guest room. Friendly staff allowed us to leave our vehicle in the parking lot while on the helicopter ride. Will consider for a base on next trip.

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd or 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

This is a good place to stay if you are doing business in Lihue. It's very convenient to town. Unfortunately, it is on a main road and can be quite noisy. Also, there's a waterfall (man made) in the back of the building which contributes to the noise. The rooms are basic and clean, so if you don't mind the noise and won't be spending much time in the room anyway, this is the place for you. There's free WiFi, but that's the extent of the amenities I used.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Our family really enjoyed our visit here. We needed a kitchen and so stayed in the two bedrrom condo. Our room was simple, clean and comfortable and the kitchen well appointed. There are marvellously colourful (and no doubt quite valuable) original paintings in the rooms. The friendly helpful staff were informative and obliging. Complimentary use of beach towels and beach mats, and morning snacks at reception gave a special feel to the inn. It is close to restaurants, and shops and of course the beach. We will most certainly stay here next time we visit Kauai.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Kingston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

We love these kind of motels. This was clean and comfortable with friendly staff and within walking distance of many restaurants. Refrigerator, microwave & coffee maker are in each room. Beach items are available for your use and the beach is accross the street. A great place to stay if you are renting a harley the pick up hut is directly across the street. We will stay here again if we get back to Kauai.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worthington, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2012

We loved staying at the Garden Island Inn. We were traveling with our adult daughter so the
2 BR condo fit our needs. The kitchen was well equipped so we were able to fix breakfast there each morning. The rooms were clean, have nice bedding and plenty of space for three adults. We appreciated that the Garden Island Inn is close to the airport and if you plan on a helicopter ride, they leave from the airport area too. Exploring the north or checking out the south areas, Lihu'e is right in the middle. Very convenient! I travel with earplugs but didn't need them. Friendly staff and a good price. We would love to go back to Kauai someday and we would stay at the Garden Island Inn again.

Room Tip: For three adults, ask for room K-131
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2012

We really enjoyed staying at the Garden Island Inn during a November visit to to Kauai. The rooms were simple, but had everything we needed, and were exceptionally clean. We had a great view of the beach, and it was only about a one minute walk to get to the beach. The staff were so nice, and in addition to being friendly, they had towels and snorkels and books available to take for the day. They also gave good recommendations on restaurants and what to do for our few days there. I would definitely return to the Garden Island Inn.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2012

Since we arrived very late, the key to our room was in an envelope taped to the office door and the lights in our room were on. The people who run this inn tried very hard to be warm and welcoming, besides being very helpful.
Doors to each room were handpainted with beautiful flowers. Our room was small but efficient. Real mugs were provide for coffee as well as bowls for cereal. Granola bars are available in the office.
The Garden Island Inn is within walking distance of the beach, ABC store and other shopping as well as restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We found an information sheet "Where is Everything" to be very helpful in finding our way around. This was something not found in any larger hotel that we stayed. Towels, chairs, boogie boards, coolers and more were available for use in the office.
Only one small downside - road noise which we were used to by the 2nd night. A good bargain for the price.

Room Tip: Lower rooms have good access to the gardens.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Garden Island Inn
Address: 3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9590
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lihue
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#1 Family Hotel in Lihue
#4 Business Hotel in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garden Island Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garden Island Inn is a quaint, affordable boutique hotel by the lovely Kalapaki Beach and Bay, the Kauai Marriott and Lagoons and the Nawiliwili Harbor. Kalapaki Beach offers safe surfing, stand up paddle boarding, canoing, kayaking, sailing for beginners to intermediate, fishing or just plain relaxing and sunning.This is Kauai's center for shopping, live music and dining with a choice of 10 of Kauai's finest restaurants all within a short leisurely walking distance from the Garden Island Inn Hotel.The Garden Island Inn has quick and easy access from the Lihue Airport and to all the sights and activities Kauai has to offer. Let us be your home away from home while you discover Kauai! ... more   less 
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