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“Very Nice - And I Consider Myself "Picky"”
Review of Kauai Beach Villas

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Kauai Beach Villas
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Reviewed April 3, 2010

My wife and I spent a week here in November, celebrating our 20th anniversary. I will admit that after reading some of these reviews and wasn't sure what I was expecting but we were gifted the accomodations and were basically grateful just to be in Hawaii. After several months back I just dropped by TA and read some more reviews so I thought it was time I added my 2 cents. First, there are roosters but they are not "everywhere". You might see them anywhere but it is not like you wake up to finf 20 of them sitting on your car or porch. I thought they were great. My gosh, if that bothers you then spend your vacation in a concrete jungle somewhere. Next, yes the swimming pool is small but it is big enough to take your young children, or for older folks to get some sun. The property will advise you this in person when you check in make available the swimming facilities at their other property if you need to swim in a concrete pool. We were there in November. The property grounds were emmaculate and every day maintenece crew was obvious, keeping the place tidy. The beach, as mentioned, is not a swimming beach but nice to walk on. Recent storms left a lot of trash but it was all moved over to one end. Very beautiful. Like others have mentioned, we requested ocean front but got a unit where we could just see a slice of the ocean from our patio but we could see the mountains. Again, it is what it is. Big deal. It was beautiful. The unit itself was spotless. The window unit A/C in the bedroom looked brand new and kept the entire unit cool so no complaints there. As for people that complain about the outside appearence, I also went there expecting a run down place but not until the very end did I even notice that some of the air conditioning shells (I don't know what you call them-the external things that enclosures that cover the A/C - were rusty but they seemed to be behind palm trees and the such and if you are focusing on that instead of the island beauty- whatever. I travel frequently as part of my job and stay in decent hotels and I can skimp on air and rental cars and stuff but I don't like junky accomodations and I can honestly say this was very nice. The only downfall was that the wireless was a little flaky but I didn't go to Hawaii to surf the web. The staff was great and I would without doubt gladly stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

It was as other reviewers had noted, even if you asked for an ocean view unit, you are unlikely to get one - they will give you any number of excuses! The Customer service was intermittent, like their internet protocol - which forces you to get a coupon with a code in order to access wifi in your room. They said it was for 7 days, but it was for 7 uses - they later explained. But actually, after a couple of log ins, it would stop working and you'd have to refresh the code or get a new code from the Concierge.

The condo's were dated, and could really use some upgrading, the grounds were nice, but we requested an ocean view and did not get it even though it looked like it was not full.

The bed was incredibly uncomfortable, the sofa bed was worse, and my brother-in-law ended up sleeping on the couch, and my sister slept on the chair cushions to avoid sleeping on the bed - cuz it was too hard and uncomfortable. The a/C unit in the bedroom was too noisy!

The washing machine & dryer was really old and loud, and the vent brought in dampness on the flooring in the kitchen when we ran the dryer.

We could not get the DVD player to work with the TV, so even though we brought movies to play, we couldn't get the TV or any remotes to make it work!

Other than all those issues, the unit was nice and large, the kitchen had enough dishes, etc. But not enough dishwashing detergent for the dishwasher.

We had a good time, probably because we were gone alot.

I booked this through Shell Vacation, and they always tell you that you got the last unit...and it's a lie. It was near empty when we got there, and it was never more than maybe 30% capacity.

But the beach that is in front of the property is very wild and pristine because there's hardly anyone there. You can't swim in it cuz it's too rough, but it's nice for walks.

Oh, and the wild chickens will stroll into your room if you let them. They are EVERYWHERE on the island, and definitely there's alot of chickens here, if you don't mind the crowing at 5 a.m.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank whitewolfstar
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

There are few positive qualities about a property that has gone beyond it's prime. Yes, it is beachfront, but the beach is non-swimming and only a few units even look out on the beach. Yes there is a pool, but it is clearly a depressing afterthought - probably the secondary pool from the former Hilton resort next door. Yes, it is midway between the more beautiful Northern coast and the more intersting Southern coast, but being stuck midway on the traffic-clogged island just clarifies why one should stay either North or South, but not in between.

The real problem here is maintenence; there isn't much. I understand that some of the units are being renovated - if you stay here, insist one of those. WIthout it, the units have succumbed to the ravages of the salt air: rusted air conditioners (placed only in the bedrooms, not the living room), rusted door frames, salt-caked fixtures. Everything about the units needs updating; the appliances, the beds (oh, my aching back), the sofa, the chairs. At one point, these units must have been fine - not any more.

So - you will have a roof over your head and access to the beauty of Kauai. But don't count on too much else from this property.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mdwpdx
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

We stayed for 2 weeks in unit G-20, which is in a beachfront building, ground floor. Building's G and H are the best. Beautiful views of the ocean, sunrise and beach. Our parents stayed in G-24 which is on the 3rd floor, and the views were amazing! The beach out front and to the North were fabulous for long walks, playing in the water and swimming was perfect at the first cove past the little stream. Our condo unit was nice. It had updated bathrooms with granite counters and tile floors. The kitchen was ok, cute with white tile and glassfront cabinets. It could use a really good deep cleaning and new paint job, lots of scuffs, and peeling paint, but was otherwise pretty nice. Our parents in unit G-24 had a gorgeous condo, with lots of new updates including granite counters in the kitchen, and bathrooms, and new Cherry cabinets. All in all, would definately stay here again. We did not mind the $15 per day to use the pool facilities next door, as they were much nicer and more fun than the condo's pool. Pick a beachfront condo if you can! Makes for beautiful sunrise views! Loved going either North or South for the day from this central location. P.S. We enjoyed the ducks and chickens visiting every morning...very cute and friendly.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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7  Thank Bella-Bellingham
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

After spending four nights at the Bali Hai Villas in a 2 bedroom presidential unit, we arrived on January 27, 2010 to complete the rest of our week's vacation at the Kauai Beach Villas. Spoiled by the Bali Hai, we were pleasantly surprised and delighted by our 2 bedroom deluxe upper unit, even though we had used our wyndham points for a lower unit.. Overlooking the pool, the view was beautiful and peaceful., even with the chickens and geese gathering on the lawn below everyday. Compared to no air conditioning at the Bali Hai, it was heaven to have air conditioning in our bedrooms. Granted, the air conditioning units are positively ugly looking and rusty on the outside, making the whole resort look worn and tired-looking. But inside our unit, we enjoyed the colorful, calm decor with three plasma tvs and bright kitchen. Our only issue is the front door, which is the old fashioned door type, hooked up on top to an lever that automatically closes the door behind you. It slams and shuts with a loud bang unless you close it yourself quietly. So close to the airport and to all points south of the island made this resort worthwhile to stay at. Their pool is adequate but the Aqua - Old Hilton right next door is much nicer and larger but going there to swim comes at a cost - $20 for party up to 4. Don't forget to go to Costco after you leave the airport in your rental car (must have!) to stock up on water and pog and food. Saved alot of money but Foodland wasn't that bad at all in prices. Would definitely return to this resort.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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3  Thank susienew
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

My wife and I stayed here as a base to see the island, and for that purpose the location can't be beat. But as other reviewers have said, the place is a little run down. They have room air conditioners only in the bedrooms, many of which look dilapidated on the outside, which make the place look cheap. But fortunately we had an ocean view and good ventilation so we didn't need AC. The exterior is in need of refurbishing and a good paint job. For the interior, our unit, G18, had peeling paint in almost every room. It had wireless internet but no TV, which was a drag because we were there during the Super Bowl, so I had to go over to the hotel next door.

As others have said, there are chickens all over the place. They're annoying and in my opinion, really detract from the vacation experience. It should be an easy problem to solve.

Near the end of our stay we visited the Hyatt Regency in Poipu. Now that's a resort! We checked with the front desk and we got a good enough rate, so we checked in there for the last two nights, since we weren't particularly enjoying our stay at Kauai Beach Villas. My wife referred to it as "vacation triage." Beautiful grounds, impecable service, and the food prices were not as bad as we feared. And no chickens!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Broomy57
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

Just returned from a month at this resort and can truthfully say that it was entirely enjoyable. The 2 bedroom unit was quiet, clean, comfortable and well equipped. Office stafdf are polite and eager to satisfy any problem brought to their attention. Although we weren't assigned a beach or sea view unit, it was an easy 3 minute walk on resort grounds to an adjacent beach that stretched for miles. The resort is ideally situated 10 minutes from the airport and is between Lihue and Kapa'a for easy shopping and meals out when not eating in. The smallish pool was always clean and never crowded and the resort grounds were kept tidy at all times while we were there. Nothing to complain about and we'd go back and not hesitate in recommending the resort for a week or a month or however long for relaxation. The island is lush and beautiful but if you want night-time action, you shouldn't be going to Kauai.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lihue
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
Price Range: $212 - $392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kauai Beach Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kauai Beach Villas is set in Hanamaulu, 43 km away from Princeville. The accommodation is fitted with a cable TV. Some units have a balcony and/or patio. All units feature a kitchen fitted with a dishwasher and microwave. A refrigerator and kettle are also offered. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hair dryer. Bed linen is provided. Kauai Beach Villas also includes an outdoor pool and a hot tub. No elevators. Dear Guests, Resurfacing of our stairwells leading to our guest units will be taking place September 5, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Passage through these work areas may be required to access guest units. Additionally, you may notice construction related noise and dust between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Every effort will be taken to reduce the sound as much as possible and respond to any concern. Once again, mahalo for your understanding and cooperation during this emergency repair work. Warmest regards, Resort Management ... more   less 
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