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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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“What we Loved, Gripes & Suggestions, Cheap/Local Eats, and What to Do”
Reviewed August 14, 2008

We’re writing this review from the living room of our 2 bedroom lockoff at the Westin Princeville. It’s the second to last day of our vacation before going home to the mainland. While details are still fresh, let’s talk about what’s great, what’s not so hot, where to eat and where to buy groceries, and exciting Kauai activities.

What we Loved about the Resort:

Check-in was smooth and quick. Kudos to the front desk staff for a good first impression. The concierge team is a top-notch group. We called the Westin’s concierge team several times before arriving in Kauai to ask questions and obtain recommendations. Although we spoke to several different individuals on the concierge team, they were consistent in helpfulness, friendliness, and displaying the Starwood service owners have come to expect.

The Westin Princeville is a wonderfully designed and beautifully maintained property with a very relaxed atmosphere. Truly, this is a great place to spend some quality time with ohana (family) – whether it’s your spouse, the whole family, or friends. There are many onsite activities – e.g. craft sessions such as lei making and coconut frond weaving (fee for materials), intro to surfing, wine tasting, and SO much more. Since this property just opened, everything in the villas is brand new. The layout is similar to many other Starwood vacation properties. We always take advantage of the fully-stocked kitchen and use the amenities, e.g. refrigerator, stove, microwave, washer, dryer, DVD player, etc. Friends traveling with us loved the fact that free Wi-Fi is available.

Gripes and Suggestions:

The mid-week cleaning is less thorough than other Starwood owner properties (villa resorts). We checked in on Saturday and our mid-week “tidy up” was scheduled for Tuesday. Upon returning to our room late Tuesday afternoon, I discovered our dishes were still piled up in the sink and the kitchen had not been cleaned. We intentionally left the dishes knowing housekeeping was scheduled to take care of our room. I called Service Express and asked what normal housekeeping procedures included. I was less than pleased with the response – “since you’re owners, your tidy up only includes replacing the linens and towels and taking out your trash.” Admitted, the front desk gave us a 4”x 6” card at check-in explaining what housekeeping services came with our one week stay (obviously, we didn’t read it!). However, at every other Starwood resort we’ve enjoyed, our mid-week housekeeping visit has included a much better cleaning – kitchen, dishes, linens, towels, facial tissue and paper towels replenishment, and much more.

It would be great if each lanai had a barbeque/grill. This is a luxury we’ve enjoyed at the Mission Hills (Rancho Mirage, CA) and Mountain Vista (Avon, CO) properties. Instead of private grills, the resort has stations around the pool areas and between buildings.

Where to Eat and/or Buy Groceries:

Groceries in Princeville are more expensive than other parts of the island. Instead of shopping at nearby Foodland supermarket or buying from the Princeville Market onsite, you can pick up groceries at Costco in Lihue (near airport) or at Safeway in Kapaa on the way to Princeville/North Shore. We suggest bringing some packaged goods from home (e.g. pasta, instant noodles, cookies, granola bars) to help save money.
Our fave meal by far was at Pono Market in Kapaa. We ordered a plate lunch with kalua pig and rice, Hawaiian style. Hawaiian style means your plate lunch comes with poke and lomi lomi salmon. The fresh poke at Pono Market is delightful and highly recommended by locals. If you’re in Lihue, enjoy lunch at Sone’s Deli & Catering. This very casual restaurant is located in the Kukui Grove Shopping Center near Costco. For more local flavor, the following were recommended by our concierge: 1) Kintaro – Japanese restaurant in Kapaa, 2) Hamura Saimin Stand – ramen noodles in Lihue, 3) Garden Island BBQ – another place for good plate lunches in Lihue.

The Westin does have a Mon-Fri breakfast buffet special. It’s a 2 for 1 deal from 6:30-8:30 A.M. Regular price: about $20 per person.

Things to Do in Kauai:

There are lots of great snorkeling spots around Kauai. We snorkeled at Anini Beach, Tunnels Beach, and the beach off of the Princeville Hotel. Tunnels Beach surely beats out the other two. Don’t even bother with the beach at the Princeville Hotel. You can rent inexpensive snorkel gear at the Hanalei Surf Co. For the adventurous, sign up for the Jungle Valley Adventure with Princeville Ranch Adventures. It’s a 4.5 hour tour that includes ziplining, kayaking, and hiking. We had a blast! Last but not least, skip the helicopter and book a flightseeing tour with Wings Over Kauai (W.O.K.) W.O.K. is the #1 rated TripAdvisor activity in Kauai!

Overall, we had a wonderful time in Kauai and enjoyed the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. Next on the Starwood list: the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun!

  • Liked — Spacious villa and beautiful pool area
  • Disliked — Below average mid-week cleanup
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

Beautiful property, beautiful rooms and great service from the hotel staff, restaurant and market. The only drawback is that there is no direct beach access. The property is brand new so the rooms are clean, well furnished and well decorated. However, in terms of housekeeping, they need BIG improvement. For example, the carpets had not been vacuumed well b/c we found toe nail clippings, confetti, dried up pieces of food, etc. I had to vacuum the whole room myself (the new vacuum in the room worked great). Also, my husband found dried up urine stain on the floor of the toilet room, a used Q-tip on the bathroom floor and the soap caddy in the shower still had dried up globs of soap on it. In the kitchen, the bowls and glasses still had the stickers on them (they had apparently never been washed or the stickers removed). We reported the problems to management and they apologized and gave us a nice snack basket. If housekeeping was improved, this would have been a "5" experience.

  • Liked — Great rooms and pools
  • Disliked — Housekeeping
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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New Hope, PA
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Reviewed July 25, 2008

The Westin is brand new and beautiful. Staff are very attentive and the place is very clean and welcoming. Pool area is very nice. We only stayed one night-we extended our week long stay but couldn't stay in the condo we had reserved. Would come back again. Villas are well appointed and the shower was perfect. Beds super comfortable. Nothing to complain about-except perhaps there is no beach here but there are so many gorgeous becahes to explore nearby anyway.

  • Liked — The staff, the pool, and the well thought out villas
  • Disliked — No beach for swimming
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Burlingame, California
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Reviewed July 16, 2008

We just came back from two weeks at the new Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on the Northshore of Kauai in Princeville. They are fabulous! The property is on a bluff, over the ocean, over Anini Beach. We had a two bedroom lock off unit with great views. This is a Westin property that can be rented and/or is also a time share.

The pool(s) are beautiful! Infinity pool with lava rocks. The grounds and landscaping are lovely. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. The bed is the terrific, well known Westin bed. Each unit has a lanai with two chairs.

This Westin property is still under construction but largely complete.

The staff was warm and friendly and accommodating. They responded to any request. The restaurant was excellent but the service was slow.

Kauai is truly a tropical paradise and the Northshore is magical. We enjoyed the 15 min. walk from the hotel down a "jungle path" to Anini Beach and the pool at the resort. We did the Movie Tour (the "land tour"), a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour, toured tropical gardens, shopped, explored, relaxed.

Having a spacious "condo" type room, rather than a hotel room, and a kitchen and a lanai, was wonderful. We will plan to go back again next year!

  • Liked — space and view
  • Disliked — wish there was a closet or area to put suitcases away.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2008

We stayed for 17 nights, it is a beautiful place. Westin is a family condo place with alot of children. The front desk was great, Stephanie and Jennifer were so friendly and helpful. Shannon the bellman was always trying to help us and always would remember us and never forget to open our door when we would pull the car up. We were in building 7 third floor. We could see a little of the ocean and lighthouse in the distance to our left, to the right we could see the large pools, across from us was building 3. You need to get a room with the higher numbers to get a ocean view. The place looks nothing like the view on the internet. No large mountains around you. You can see a little of the top of the mountains, so if it rains you will not see the water falls. Only if you walk to the parking lot near Bldg. 6. At the 6 & 7 Bldg near the ocean there is a smaller pool with about 4 grills and also at Bldg. 3 & 4 have a small pool and a bar. These 2 sections are nice for adults. The large pool most of the time had children screaming and jumping from the rocks and the Westin had a sign saying do not jump from the rocks. The children that did almost jumped on our heads. It seemed like the parents had no control the weeks we were there. This did not happen at the other places we stayed. The small pool was great for little ones with a slide. I did hear the pool lady tell the kids they neeed to be with their parents. The Westin is trying to get everything together but they still have some kinks to work out. We had a studio and it was very nice. The kitchen had a full frig. micro. no oven 2 top burners and a wet bar sink and a small dish washer. You need to use the stove top to work on. We got by ok for the 2 of us. You get free laundry soap and coffee. We had a queen size bed, large sofa, small table and 2 chairs, 32' flat screen TV. Bath was nice with 2 shower heads and whirlpool tub. The housekeeping forgot to come a few times, then when we asked about it, they would send 3 to clean up. We were told they were under staffed. Some days they would ask if we needed our room done. This doesn't seem like Westin standards. When they get more help I'm sure it will be better. If you are a owner you do not get daily service. We did have a wonderful time. We paided a very low price under $200.00 a night. I would only come back if I could get a good price.

  • Liked — They were new and a good price.
  • Disliked — Too much noise at night at the large pool.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Address: 3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5507
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 346
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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