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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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111 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We went in late February with brother in law and his family. he is an owner so no sure how the service differs. My husband and I have two daughter 5 and 7 and they have a 5 year old daughter and a 6 month old son. We are all close but it felt like there was enough room for everyone in the two bedroom unit. the two bedroom units are actually a one bedroom ajoining a studio. I think it would have been hard to stay a whole week in a studio unless you are using it more like a hotel room. really no storage, very small kitchenette (but did have a full fridge.) only extra space is when the sofa bed is put up. no real table just a coffee table and one a laptop would fit on. A one bedroom would work well with one family though, full kitchen (no oven), lots of kitchen storage space, full table, more space to move around in. plus a full bedroom and large two sink, spa tub, large shower bathroom. both units had a washer and dryer.
Brother in law got there before check in time, they held his bags, put food in a cold storage and allowed them to use a large hospitality room with a bathroom in it to get cleaned up and changed and ready for the pool (even brought their suitcases to them and then delivered to our actual villa.) We were offered to use this room after checkout if needed also.

We were lucky with kids this age to get a ground floor close to the ocean view pool. easy to get in and out of the room, let the kids play on the beautiful grounds. we were also close to one of many BBQ areas. We cooked most dinners there and ate a few out there enjoying the ocean view also. My husband commented that he would have liked a sink at the BBQ area to wash hands or utensils after touching raw meat.

Although we were aware before booking there was no ocean access it was still a little sad to see the beautiful ocean and not be able to walk in the sand at dawn and dusk, with either coffee or a glass of wine in hand, one of my favorite tropical activities. I was expecting a little more room to walk around the resort. the resort is green and tropical and all the plants and flowers just like you would expect in manicured paradise but felt a little cooped in. I thought there would be trails along to the bluff to walk but you just ran into the golf course on both sides of the resort. there was a sidewalk that you could take back towards the town of Princeville and explore the residential neighborhoods, but no ocean view walking paths.
the husbands took the 7 year old down the path to the ocean. it was steep but wide and well kept. they thought it was nice enough and not as scary or hard as others have reported.
There are four pools, the one near our unit (building 7) was the ocean view pool, the large main, two level pool, and close to it a kids pool which was more suited for younger kids, a small slide did entertain our kids for a while, also a "quiet pool" on the other side of the resort, we snuck over there several evenings after dark on our evening walks to dip our feet in, we only saw someone there once, it was probably busier during the day, but we had great fun tiptoeing over to it and "shh ing " each other to stay quiet.

There were kids at the resort but not a ton. maybe because it was not a school break.

We did not eat at the restaurant. we did use the small market place only a few times, prices about 50% higher than a grocery store, but sometimes worth it for a thing or two. Here is a good hint, you can buy their salad dressing sides that go with there pre made salads for $1, much cheaper than the kraft bottles, fresher, and for our covered a large salad that fed us all for dinner.


We spent several days in the small town just north in Hanalei. the town is quaint. the bay is amazing. we took surf lessons one day and another just rented boards. nice sand, good beginner surf, amazing mountain view. It will (or should) take your breath away. and less than 10min from the resort.
We did not have to pay for parking or get harassed about a presentation, but again maybe because we were with an owner.
We hiked about a mile in and back of the napali coast trail. felt like 5 miles with the terrain and recent rain, but a highlight of the trip. not too many people get to say they hiked not only through a waterfall but up one as well. (bring bug spray, we did not)

We stopped at Costco on our way in. after we all convened and we took inventory we went to the local foodland grocery store which is only minutes away and got the rest of what we needed. actually I went at 6am the next morning when they opened because I was awake anyway.

The only resort activity we did was the nature walk. we did this at the westin in Maui and had a really educational tour of all the plant on the ground by the head botanist. Here it was lead by a nice girl who seemed to have a lot of local knowledge and lead a fun tour (the kids stayed interested the whole time) but did not seem to have as much botany education and could not answer questions that deviated from her prepared talk. it was still worth going and we all learned something.

This was our first trip to the Island. it was everything we expected. At first I was disappointed we had gotten a north side resort when the most swimmable and snorkable beaches are on the south in the winter. but our last day when we toured the south, I was glad we were in the north. both sides lovely, but north felt quieter, more relaxed, and I thought prettier. We were lucky to get great weather the end of winter. a few days with a few hours of drizzle but mostly sunshine and great views.

chickens were everywhere. we live in the country and have chickens so I did not expect to be bothered at all. but one night we slept with the glass door open (nice breeze) and were awoken very early, like 4am to roosters crowing right outside the door. did not notice on nights when we kept the door closed.

Items I am glad we brought: reusable water bottles, ziplock baggies of cereal, camera, several small baggies of spices, laundry detergent (little pods,) light jackets, various sizes of ziplock bags, collapsible cooler, tablet and laptop- good internet connection, cash- we usually just use our cards but plenty of places including surf lessons did not take credit

Items I wish we would have brought: coffee filters (meant too but forgot,) bug spray, more bathing suits- the kids could have used 3 a piece.

Items we did not need to bring, some we did and some we didn't: dishwasher soap, use half a pack, combine the packs from the two rooms, you will have plenty; 1/2 of our clothes- with the washing machine we could have left half of them at home; snorkels (I am sure this was specific to us but we did not end op snorkeling and that was a lot of weight to bring 4 sets back and forth, might just rent next time); hiking shoes, the hikes we did were better suited to keens or tevas; beach towels, the resort provides;

I am sure this is more than enough, do not hesitate to book here.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Dear mommysunshine: Thank you for taking the time to provide a detailed review on your recent stay. It is nice to hear that you and your family had a wonderful vacation with us. We appreciate you providing information on the experiences that you had with our resort programs, resort amenities and staff encounters. We hope to see you in the future on your next visit to Kaua’i. Mahalo and Be Well!
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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

We were met with smiles from the curbside attendants to the rooms attendants, the service was awesome. Cons: they charge for parking whether you valet or self park, same rate; check-in is at 4pm, and check-out is at 10am; hotel is not on the beach. Pros: after checkout they offered us a complimentary hospitality room for 45 mins to clean up later that day. The hotel is on a cliff with spectacular views of the ocean, and they offer complimentary shuttle to the St.Regis Hotel beach near by. The rooms are very spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchen, dining table, living-room, separate bedroom, large bathroom, washer/dryer, really beautiful. Location is close to many hikes and other activities. Overall this is a winner.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Dear Trakerbrat: Mahalo for your review and for your comment about the great stay and awesome service you encountered during your stay. We are delighted that you enjoyed the spacious accommodations with the in villa amenities that you outlined in your review. The resort is located on an ocean cliff and does not have direct beachfront access, however, we are fortunate that the north shore of Kaua’i has many beautiful beaches located within a short drive from the resort. The staff provides a beach guide that provides information on the nearby beaches, what facilities are available at the different beaches, driving directions and ocean safety information. The resort does have a parking fee. We do not have a resort fee and amenities such as high speed internet access in the rooms and throughout the public areas at the resort in complimentary. We hope you will consider staying with us again on your next visit to Kaua’i. Mahalo and Be Well!
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Just stayed at westin princeville and for the most part enjoyed ourselves. We are owners at this property and we noticed some wear. The carpet was buckeling in areas. And we didn't think the bedding was as nice. Don't know if heavenly bedding is still being used.

Stayed February 2014
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Dear S J: Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves on your recent stay. We are pleased that we will be refreshing our villas with a soft goods renovation in the fall of this year. Carpet replacement is included with this refresh along with other enhancements. All of our villas include the Westin products including the Westin Heavenly Bed, Bath, Robe and bathroom amenities. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay with us. Mahalo and Be Well!
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Book your stay here and you won't regret it. The service was great, from Dan who checked us in to the valet guys.

The units are impeccable and the beds fantastic. You will stay in a fully equipped studio or condo, and if you like to grill something one evening there are several grills at each building for your use. The grounds are beautifully kept and the view is to die for.

The Princeville location is truly a much better choice than the south end of the island, unless you like all the hustle and bustle, as well as crowded beaches. Here you can find many long, empty beaches within 5-10 minutes drive. I just love this island and I will be back.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Aloha susannahSeattle: We are delighted that you had a great stay with us. Thank you for recognizing the staff members including Dan at the front desk and our Service Express Attendants that greet and service our guests in the front porte cochere. It is great to hear about your positive experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay with us. Mahalo until we meet again,Stay Well!
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Basseterre, St. Kitts
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

This timeshare property is located on a cliff in the Princeville community. Many have noted the lack of direct beach access but there are paths to the ocean and the easy access to the lovely beach at the St. Regis makes this a charming property for couples and/or families that don't mind driving to the fantastic beaches of the North Shore. The staff here is very friendly and helpful and there was no pressure to attend a timeshare presentation-just an offer which we passed on. The weather in March on this part of the island is tricky and brilliant sunshine can vanish to dark clouds and rain. Flexibility is crucial here and it's what makes this island so special. Lots to do at the Westin and a great jumping off point to the sights of this area.

We used the baggage delivery service affiliated with US Airways to transport our luggage here. No waiting at baggage claim and the Westin stored it until we arrived (following a COSTCO run)! Great service when you are arriving after a long day ($49 for 4-10 bags).

Room Tip: We were in Building 4 and took a first floor room. Beautiful view of the ocean and golf course. Fami...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Aloha William S: Thank you for your review and comment about The Westin Princeville being a great resort of the North Shore of Kaua’i. We especially appreciate your comment about staff friendliness and helpfulness as they make every effort to ensure our guests have a great experience during their stay. I am certain that readers of your review will appreciate your tip on the US Airways baggage delivery service. We hope we will see you back with us again soon on your next visit. Mahalo and Stay Well!
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Olympia, WA
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We like adventurous travel, but the Westin 6 day 5 night $800 including rental car credit offer came on a dark night after a bad day at work, and I succumbed. They aren’t our people but they live very
comfortably and we enjoyed their friendly staff, fancy sheets, luxurious towels and great location!

We were in building five, looking over the parking lot to the golf course and ocean. Super well insulated room so always quiet, kitchenette with everything but an oven (and we managed to bake our calzone in a BBQ so no impact0. Our concierge Tracy gave us lots of ideas for exploring areas we had not visited (like the Buddhist monastery). We agreed to go on the Timeshare presentation (not required but a $100 resort incentive is offered) and that was quick and painless since they identified the lack of a vacation match quickly.

Great location a ten minute walk from Anini Beach which offers the best swimming on the island and 15 minutes drive to Hanalei where we rented SUP for the river and ocean from the guys in trucks at the pier.

Princeville is really spendy so if you get a visit offer, take it! Stock up at Costco and Safeway and enjoy the resort life for a change!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mandan, North Dakota
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

My wife and I recently took a trip to Kauai with my parents and stayed at this resort. The grounds were very beautiful and so were the pools. We stayed in a timeshare unit so we didn't hear word one from the concierge, which I thought we may. So the pressure to sign on as an owner that we heard about didn't apply to us. Kauai is a small island, so getting around wasn't that big of a hassle. This resort was located near Hannalei which was a fun town to walk around and explore. My only problem was that when you walk into the room, as a husband of a smoker, you look at the smoking policies in the provided resort rules and regulations book. On one of the last pages it stated specifically that you could not smoke in the room, but could on the Lanei or balcony. My wife, knowing this, smoked outside for 4 days, no problems. Then on day 5, we get a call that the neighbor was complaining and were told to quit. I walked down to the front desk and talked to someone there. I was told that on Jan. 1st, they instituted a new policy of no smoking but in an area in the parking garage which was not close to our room and one other area. She also stated that they were in the process of reprinting the policy books. I was thinking, ok, until I was walking around resort and saw other people smoking on their balconies and also smoking cigars around the grounds. 1. If you are changing the policies, you should hand out a piece of paper when you check in stating the change. 2. make that policy for everyone.

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WestinPrincevilleMgr, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Aloha Todd M,

Thank you for choosing The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas for your recent visit and for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our grounds and the pools, as well as our beautiful island. With regard to our smoking policy, we apologize that your in-room compendium included outdated information due to our transition and are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We have since completed the transition and are pleased to note all in-room information is up to date. We hope you will consider our resort for a future visit, and look forward to the opportunity to be of service again. Mahalo.
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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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