My first trip to Kauai - I had low expectations because I was worried about rain. (Nothing worse than a rainy beach vacation.) My husband had been to Kauai in the past and mentioned that the North Shore was more rainy. However, we still chose to stay on the North side because of the new Westin. We are fans of Westin because of their Heavenly Beds. Luckily, it only showered our first day. The rest of our 5 day visit was sunny and beautiful.
We had read the reviews about poor service at this resort and so we were prepared to be annoyed. However, it appears the hotel has made major improvements in its service. Our room was made up in the morning (before noon). We had some problem working the DVD player and we had maintenance in our room in 2 minutes.
For a new place, I must say the room was surprisingly "beat up" (scuff marks on the wall, stains on the bedspread). But I chalk it up to the many families (i.e. kids) who have stayed at this place. I have to say that there are too many kids and infants at this resort, but that is pretty much par for the course when it comes to Hawaii. (By the way, no need to go to the Princeville Hotel - the beach is not worth it.)
We did enjoy the condo amenities such as fridge and microwave. We saved a few bucks by having dinner in our room 2 nights. The hotel also makes it really easy to dine in with their deli/grocery store on the premises. (great pizza) We also drove to the supermarket down the street and loaded up on eats - very convenient.
We did eat out for lunch and some dinners. We never ate at the hotel nor the Princeville Hotel because we heard about the costly meals which were not very good. We like good food and would not want to waste a meal so we ate at off-hotel places like C.J.'s and a great lunch place in Hanalae (sp?) - Kalypso.
We took a helicopter ride and it was awesome. I got a little motion sickness, but it was worth the ride. Tip - book with an outfit called Cheap Tours / Island Helicopters - they had the lowest fares around.
Another tip - no need to drive the winding road to see the "grand canyon" - you get a better view from the helicopter ride.
Also, you must rent a car or you will not be able to go anywhere except the 2 places the hotel shuttle goes to. But navigation is easy so do rent a car.
- 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