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“Great accomodation in a convenient location”
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Garden Island Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great accomodation in a convenient location”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

I spent 5 nights at the garden island inn. I travel a lot and the garden island inn ranks highly on my list of places i have stayed at. Directly outside is the lihou shuttle bus stop. The staff at the garden island inn are super friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Complimentary use of beach equiptment is available at reception and there is free cake. Cereal bars and water/coffee too

  • Stayed July 2014
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
We are glad you found us and enjoyed your stay. Your comfort, safety, relaxation, convince & having a home away from home is what we strive to provide. Our wonderful staff, tropical art, kitchenettes in every room,free available beach gear, snacks & goodies, gardens and waterfalls, is symbolic of the Hawaiian Aloha life style. Please come back and visit us again soon.
Mahalo, Lis & Steve Layne
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Ridgefield, Washington
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife and I have stayed at the Garden Island Inn several times. A very Hawaiian hotel of the 60's, it is enough different to make it very special. The rooms are not large, resort style but are clean and very comfortable. What makes it so nice is the personnel,- they want to serve you just a bit more. Delightful snacks always available in the office. Maps, directions to attractions and just great 'locals' information from the staff. The Inn is close to the cruise ship dock, as well as small shops and several good restaurants right across the street. We have a timeshare at the Marriott on Kalapaki Bay just a block away, and we frequently stay at the Inn before or after to get the best airline rates. I would recommend Garden Island Inn to anyone, from newly-weds for an affordable honeymoon to seniors like us.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Mahalo for your kind words and repeat visits to the hotel. You and all of our guests are our main priority. The staff happiliy provides extraordanary guest service. We will pass on your compliments to them as we also appreciate their ALOHA, every day! Kalapaki Bay and Nawiliwili are gems of the island, our location perfect to walk to activities, eateries and the white sandy beach. We are so glad you have discovered the magic of Kauai and are frequent visitors. We look forward to your next stay with us. Wishing you the best, Lis & Steve Layne
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

For the price point, this is a great value with a very convenient location. It's within walking distance of shops, restaurants, Kalapaki Beach. I got up in morning and watched the sunrise in Nawiliwili Bay. It was gorgeous, peaceful, and awesome. The room was very nice. It's not modern, but not old. It's very Hawaiian feel. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and nice. There's beach gear you can take from the front office, as well as sun screen and bug spray. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
We have great value, a great location, and great guest like you, who enjoy a beautiful sunrise at Nawiliwili small boat harbor! We love to share this tropical paradise with everyone! Kauai is the "Garden Island" and we like to preserve the harmony with nature, arts and culture at the hotel. Mahalo for your stay with us and your good feedback. Sincerely, Lis & Steve Layne
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were meeting a large group of friends and renting a condo, but arrived one night before everyone else. Absolutely loved the Garden Island Inn from the moment we pulled up and saw the beautiful little garden area in front and the colorful rooms. We were warmly welcomed and "upgraded" to room 9. We found the waterfall provided a restful background. Balconies overlook the water across the street. The Marriott and stores are also just across the street/within easy walking distance. Super friendly people. Microwave, fridge, bar sink and some disposable utensils along with coffee maker. Snacks and coffee in the office in the morning. We were paddleboarding in the morning and running a little late; they were more than happy to give us a few extra minutes to shower off and check out. I told my husband I could easily stay there for the week and he agreed. No, it's not the Ritz, and yes, it is "dated" in a charming way. It is also extremely affordable for what you get and an amazing bargain. Our instructor the next day knew the hotel and also was a fan.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Tammy W
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
So glad to know you enjoyed your stay with us. We love getting our guests feedback and hope you will stay with us a bit longer next visit. We take pride in giving you great value and like to add extras when we can, like an upgraded room, loan of a paddle board, healthy breakfast goodies in the morning. Camile Fontaine blessed us with her art work which we display in all the rooms and exterior of the hotel, even the mail box! Our staff's genuine aloha spirit is easy to spot, and the gardens, koi, and our guests seem to flourish here. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Kauai, visit again soon! Lis & Steve Layne
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently stayed at the Garden Island Inn, and I was not impressed. Room 15 was very small. My husband could not even get out of the bed on his side because the bed was right against the wall. The box springs looked like something we would find in a dump. I didn't look at the mattress or pillows because I was afraid I would never lay down if I did. Room so tight there was not room to open suitcases. Navy towels. I don't know if they were clean or not. Mold on grout in the shower. Balcony so small only one person could sit there at a time. Very noisy with the road traffic. I am not a person to write a review, but after all the positive reviews I read before booking, I wanted to give my impressions. I can say that the people who worked there were very nice, friendly, and helpful.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Deborah C
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
We want to stress the importance of calling the hotel for your room selection, not booking on line, as all of the rooms and suits vary in size and shape. Room 15 is a small corner room perfect for a single person or two persons for a short stay. The bed does have a new mattress, superior mattress pad, and new pillows. The house keeping staff takes care with every room, as well as all rooms are checked before every guests arrival. This room was too small for your comfort and we may have been able to change your reservation to another room had you addressed your concern upon your arrival. Thank you for staying with us. We are glad the staff made you feel welcome and provided good service. Sincerely, Lis & Steve Layne
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

The stayed in the Banyan harbour apartments which the Garden Island Inn lets. The service is great, with complementary beach gear which was great. The decor in the apartment is very Hawaiian which I liked. Some of the kitchen ware was a bit dated. We did go over to the Marriott and enjoy the amazing pools...no one seemed to mind. We brought drinks and food from the poolside grill and swam with a sea turtle in the bay. One of the pools is for kids...with a little waster slide....all good for my 7 and 5 year old.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Kdme
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you for your review. The Banyon Harbor Condo option is a great choice when traveling with children. The 2 bedrooms one & 1/2 bath with full kitchen and decks allows your group to spread out and still enjoy all of the Garden Island Inn services and location. Kalapaki Beach is enjoyed by our neighbor the Marriott Resort and timeshare and Marriott Lagoon golf course! It is a beautiful bay with every beach amenity, lessons, rentals, restaurants and shops! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, looking forward to your next visit. Aloha, Lis & Steve Layne
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Anyone who has flown to Kauai from East of California knows that the travel day is a killer! Having never stayed in Lihue and needing a place just for one night, it made sense to find one near the airport. Boy was I happy to have found the Garden Island Inn. I had been to Kauai before but my young adult sons had not. This was a great place to stay for the first night. It's kitschy, artsy, friendly, comfortable and best of all, walking distance to Kalipaki Joe's, that has great Poke btw! The folks that run the hotel are great and happy to help you make the best of your stay on the island.

Room Tip: We got room 20, upstairs, by the waterfall, nice balcony to relax and unwind on. Or enjoy coffee as...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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steve l, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
So glad room 20 was a good choice for you and your adult sons on your first night. Your enthusiasm about great Poki makes us smile and hungry. We are spoiled to have such a good selection of Poki on Kauai with so many variation and preparations We hope the rest of your stay on Kauai was great fun. Thanks for the nice review. Your response movatates us to keep the Garden Island Inn filled with Aloha. Mahalo Lis & Steve Layne
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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 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#1 On the Beach 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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