this was a nice hotel, very clean, nice staff, well landscaped. BUT, I would not stay here again. If we never left the hotel grounds, I'd have no idea I was in Hawaii. It comes down to the location and not feeling as though we really "departed" the mainland and arrived in beautiful Kauai. Definitely there is no feeling of hawaiian authenticity like there is in Hanalei, or any other Kauai community for that matter. Just as another reviewer just recently wrote, there is no beach, and why did you go all this way to hawaii to stay somewhere with no beach?
It felt as though we were staying on the mainland with people who are crazy about golfing in their little protected commune. I did not realize that Princeville is the affluent "suburbia" of Kauai, full of time shares, well planned cul-de-sacs that could be in arizona or florida for all I know, golf courses, and strange marble statues of people emerging from oyster shells that is 30 feet high. I really felt as though Princeville had no "soul" if you know what I mean...no character or culture--just a prefabricated experience they were trying to build for a tourist. You can get groceries and gas and souvenirs at the little strip mall in Princeville too--you'd never have to leave and you'd never guess you were in Hawaii.
so...if you stay here, you will have a lovely modern room in well manicured gardens. It is great for families with young kids. But my guess is that is not why you went to kauai-- just go to Palm Springs, Orlando, or Anaheim if you wanted a clean, new, hotel room and a nice pool.
A few tips if you are seriously planning on staying here:
- parking is $9/day
- wireless or high speed internet are both available for free
- if you have the deal with the $50 food credit/day make sure you understand what you can use it for--we checked out and had $100 extra on our bill for food that one person told us was included on the credit, but the front desk said on our last day they had given us wrong info
- don't bother going to St. Regis hotel beach. it is the worst beach--full of st. regis guests already, sand is brought in and has gravel in it (ouch), the water is brown and murky, there is a coral reef right when you go in the water which I imagine is dead already from people walking on it but it's not a sandy bottom. definitely didn't feel welcome there. there are DOZENS of beautiful beaches a 10-15 min drive away towards Hanalei where you'll be 1 of 5 people on them--it is so worth leaving the compound to spend your days at these other beaches.
- very few of the BBQs around the resort are functioning. remember your BBQ etiquette--we had 1 fellow hotel guest nose around our food, lift our BBQ lid up to look at what was inside, and when my husband said, "please don't do that" he rolled his eyes at us and said, "okay there," sarcastically. I don't think it was unreasonable for us to ask him not to do that, but the bottom line is BBq-ing here is not as straightforward as it seems :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas are atop the lush, emerald cliffs that line Kauai, this retreat is perfect to savor refreshing Pacific breezes while gazing at the sparkling ocean. Stay in spacious one and two-bedroom villas with up to 1,310 square feet accommodating up to eight adults. Each villa includes fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, generous living and dining room areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Hotel Princeville
- Westin Princeville Ocean Hotel
- Princeville Westin
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Kauai