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!
- 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