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“Ok condo, fabulous pool, but aggressive sales people” 3 of 5 stars
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Kauai Beach Villas
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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92 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Ok condo, fabulous pool, but aggressive sales people”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

As the other reviews have indicated, the condos are outdated. However they are spacious (1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms) with all the amenities... lots of closet space and hangers, dishes, dishwasher, washer dryer, blender, wine opener, etc. We had a partial ocean view and a partial BMX motor Raceway view. You don't usually see the people racing, mostly just the dirt of the track.

The three best things about this hotel are 1. the location (easy drive to South or North part of the island, plus the towns nearby have great little restaurants; good hiking trails nearby like the "sleeping giant"), 2. the ability to walk for a great distance on the beach, 3. and the pool. The pool is equipped with a small waterslide, two hot tubs, three or four pools, and it is nicely landscaped. You can get drinks served to you and there's a tiki bar where you can order food. I recommend the Lava Flow drink...They've got the best one on the island.

One word of caution...The salespeople. They'll invite you to look at their Bali Hai location, but one thing they don't tell you is that the location is sold out. So the entire time that you are touring the Bali Hai condos and learning about how you can own property with celebrities like Will Smith, they're actually selling property on Oahu. I'm not sure at what point in the process (if any) that most people discover this. We found out because I asked to see the specific condo they were trying to sell us, and that's when they revealed that the property was in Oahu. We also got some pushback for not purchasing, but we would never purchase property sight unseen. Also, back at the hotel, we tried to book a helicopter tour. We had done our research in advance and knew the company we wanted to go with. When we tried to book that with the sales agent at the hotel she got very upset and tried to insist we use a different helicopter group. Even when I noted that the helicopter group she suggested didn't have tours w/out doors, which is what I wanted for photography purchases, she still tried to talk me out of it. I'm guessing she got a higher commission with the one company. So we booked our tour on our own.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Sheri S
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Spokane Wa
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

By reading some reviews of the KBV, we were a bit skeptical. However, upon entry into our unit, we were pleasantly surprised. We were in unit D1, which is a ground level, 1 bedroom unit facing Kauai Beach Resort. We had requested a ground level unit as we have toddlers who ike to climb and were concerned about the balconies. There's a large fountain between our unit and the resort, so it blocked the noise wonderfully. Our unit was nice, and clean with newer appliances, I even had to peel the sticker off of one of the range. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed. We cook at least 2 meals a day in the unit, so a fully stocked kitchen is wonderful. There were also outside grills steps away from our lanai which was a bonus as we used them alot. We had an apartment size washer and dryer which was nice for washing our towels and dirty clothes for the trip home. I found nothing wrong with the furniture, it suited our needs quite nicely. My daughter and I slept on the sleeper sofa, which surprisingly was quite comfortable with a memory foam mattress.
We loved the pools at Kauai Beach Resort which we were able to use. There is a toddler pool filled with sand, a 4' pool with a slide and then a separate area with several pools including beautiful waterfalls. The pool at Kauai Beach Villas was rather small, but good for the older generation without kids as it was much quieter.
Kauai Beach Resort (right next door) has a restaurant which you can eat at if you dont want to cook or go anywhere.
The room had a blu ray dvd player, a stereo with an ipod/iphone docking station, and a large flat screen tv in the living area as well as the bedroom.
The location of the resort is great, centrally located on the island so you can go north or south without much hassle. It took us 30 minutes to get to Princeville and about 30 minutes to get to Poipu. Kapaa is a very close 5-10 minute drive north to shops, dining and groceries. Lihue is the largest town which is also a 5-10 minute drive south where you can find shopping, dining and groceries as well. We went to Walmart to get toiletries and Costco for our coffee in Lihue.

The only complaints we had were that the living area gets quite warm during the day even with all the windows open and fans on. There is a window AC unit in the bedroom, but it only seems to cool the bedroom area. It would be nice to have one in the living area as well. The roosters are also a nusiance with their 4 am wake up calls, but hey, you are in Kauai, what else would you expect?
We loved it at the Kauai Beach Villas, and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: buildings G, H and F have views of the ocean, buildings G and H are beach front. Ground floor units...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was our third stay at Kauai Beach resort over a period of about 10 years, and our first stay in a condo (these are now mostly owned by Wyndham).

The location is superb, both for the excellent (not safe for swimming, but great for walking) beach, and closeness to Lihue Airport (great if you need to catch an early flight out).

We stayed in a third-floor condo (one bedroom, two baths) with a superb ocean view. The condo was clean and generally well maintained, but long-term maintenance (like removing corrosion on the lanai doors caused by the closeness to the ocean) has been deferred due to the lagging tourism. There was no elevator (and no one to haul our luggage), so if you have physical limits, do ask!

Because we are Wyndham owners and this was a "free" four-day stay for us, we much enjoyed the view and also enjoyed not having to drive from more remote resorts to the airport. The somewhat aging aspects of the condo did not really bother us.

Our past two experiences had been with the hotel (formerly a Radisson), which seems in great shape and offers a lovely pool, and a very nice beach bar for enjoying small meals and drinks outside, overlooking the ocean. The staff there have been charming during every visit. The hotel amenities are available to condo guests.

In spite of the deferred maintenance issue, I do recommend the better room (that is, those with a good view) in the Wyndham resort, and I do recommend the hotel, which is well maintained.

This is a very good place to spend a few days before moving to another island or back to the mainland. It is very isolated, but still very close to Lihue.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank ecblisa
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WAUPACA
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The property is beautiful. Love that they keep smoking to very limited areas.
We stayed in a one bedroom condo on the second floor. No elevator. It was very comfortable and perfectly furnished. There is a separate bedroom and one large bathroom with a cubby which works well for a make-up station. An open concept full kitchen with all the gadgets with living room. Nice flat screen TV with DVD player. A well sized balcony attached. A nice washer/dryer is in the unit with laundry supplies!
We were near the office so did not have a view of the ocean but did have a pond with fountains view. The Kauai Beach Hotel pools and spa are available to the Villa's residents.
My only complaint is the cost to use the gym which very few used, why not put it to better use for overall wellness. For walking, the beach extends north about 4-5 miles to Lydgate Beach Park which is so convenient. There is a shallow water barrier you must cross to walk north so we used water shoes for walking on the beach. Also, a heads up to flying golf balls as the walk is adjacent to a golf course just north of the resort. No swim beach at the resort but you can swim in a protected by a reef area at Lyngate Park.
Farther north in Kapaa are two very nice grocery stores and an awesome approximate 6 mile walking/biking trail, "the Path that Goes by the Coast". It is beautiful and built entirely by the ocean where you can watch the whales play in season, approximately January and February.
The condo is located between the north end and the south end on the east side. Really splits up the drive in both directions. If you want sun, move and you shall find it, mostly on the south end. There was even a cooler supplied to take a picnic lunch!
Gas is cheaper on the south end.
Small town art show every Friday night in Hanapepe.
Kayak Kauai in Hanalei is awesome with 24 hour rental for stand up paddle boards/kayaks. There is stream from the facility to the river. No having to haul anything. Right takes you on a beautiful trip up the river with natural dropping hibiscus flowers. Left takes you out to Hanalei Bay. A highlight.
Always fun to take a snorkel/whale watch/dinner cruise out of Port Allen. We decided on which catamaran based on the dinner menu. We chose Kauai Sea Tours for the teriyaki chicken and mai tais! Heard Captain Andy's is awesome too.
We missed but should not have, the helicopter ride. Rave reviews from other vacationers. Pricey.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sumner Washington
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed in building H-4, second floor facing the ocean. 2 bedroom very nicely furnished. Sat on our deck and watched Whales leap in the distance. This is a beautiful resort and well maintained. We had use of the pools next door at the Hilton and they are very well kept. Enjoyed the evening music there and the "South Pacific show" I would give the show 3 1/2 stars just so-so, but a nice evening out. We booked thru Kauai Vacation Rentals and I would use them again. Only down fall is that it is not a swimming beach, but made for lovely walks.

Room Tip: would upgrade to ocean front. Have to be on upper floor to view the ocean. Ground floor cannot see...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

The Kauai Beach Villas in Lihue, HI is a secluded oceanfront property connected with the Kauai Beach Resort. Staying in the condos gives you the best of both worlds with the conveniences of a condo, i.e. seperate bedroom/bedrooms, full kitchen, washer/dryer, BBQ's with the extra amenities of a hotel. The pools, one with sand surrounding it with a full poolside bar along with a large traditional type pool. There is also a water slide on property. Lots of extra activities with live entertainment nightly in the Shutters Lounge, a complimentary hula dance program including mai tais, a for fee wine tasting along with a Broadway version of The South Pacific.

Room Tip: Buildings G & H are oceanfront - F is the next best location. All 1 bedrooms face over the park...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jmjEastside
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Philadelphia
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Previous reviews are pretty accurate, beautiful pool area, gorgeous beach but outdated units. The facility itself is fine, good central location and easy to access from the airport. Our main challenge here is that after staying at 3 other Wyndham properties on Kauai, this one is set apart by the rudest, most unhelpful and frankly bullying timeshare staff we've encountered. Halfway through our stay they left a message saying we'd have to move from our unit 3 days before our departure date, although the day we checked in we were told by the representative that we were confirmed in this unit for our entire stay. Only after we declined to attend a second timeshare presentation did our room reservation suddenly become a problem. When we called to get to the bottom of the issue, we were told it came from Wyndham corporate and we'd have to call them ourselves and the resort rep promptly hung up. We called Wyndham corporate and they said it had to be dealt with at the resort. Unhelpful, rude and insulting staff all around. A disappointing way to spend our family vacation.

Stay elsewhere. Even if you have your reservation details confirmed in writing, this resort operation is shady and does not live up to Wyndham's reputation.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Property: Kauai Beach Villas
Address: 4330 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-8102
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Lihue
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Lihue
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kauai Beach Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
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