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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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ann arbor, mi
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“Beautiful Hotel”
Reviewed May 9, 2009

We stayed in unit 1408 and the adjacent room (1 bedroom + Lockoff) in February. This was our first visit to this resort. The grounds were beautiful, and the hotel rooms were wonderful as well. From our unit, you could directly see the ocean - although you had the golf course (being renovated) in the foreground. The market is pretty bad (1/5 of the offerings of the market at the Westin Kaanapali), and the restaurant is pricey - but hey, this is Hawaii! I would recommend staying in Poipu (south part) over staying in Princeville, just because there seems to be so little beach access over in Princeville and frankly, so little to do in Princeville. We ended up driving to Lihue, Kapaa, or Poipu everyday, and thus - spent much of our vacation driving around the island.
There is no beach access from the resort which is pretty disappointing. If you go - make sure you go during a warmer season so you can fully enjoy the pool. One additional note - our refrigerator door wouldn't shut properly because the bin on the bottom was protruding too much. It was a huge hassle for us - ended up spoiling all of our food on the third day! Make sure you remove the bin before you stock the refrigerator, so you don't have to deal with it! (incredibly poor design).

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2009

The hotel was great. We had a two room villa. As you can read from the many reviews, not all rooms have a beach view. Ours did not, however we did have a nice view of the mountains.

Chickens running around everywhere and crowing at 4am isn't that much fun, but you do get used to it after a few nights.

My only problem is Princeville is far from the Southern part of the island where a lot of activities are, or should I say, a lot of activities that we did are. Try to book the activities that you're planning on doing more on the North side of the island to try and save time driving. Tunnels beach is great on the North side as well as the hiking trail that starts at the end of the highway on the North side.

The rooms were great, there were a few minor problems, however the staff was right on top of things to fix them for us. We went to costco and safeway on the way up from the airport and loaded up with food. It was nice to be able to cook and save some $. They do have an oven, however its a microwave/oven. You have to figure out how to use it, but don't plan on doing much baking while you're there.

The side pools are nice, never went to the main one because it was overtaken by kids. Didn't want to bother them while they were playing on the slide and turtles.

Try Bubba's burgers, they were great. You'll see them on the main highway.

I suggest that you do a lot of research on the activities that you're going to do. We ended up finding great deals with great companies and enjoyed all of our activities.

Try to go to Na Pali, especially the hike along the cliffs. Wow, that was by far the best hike I've ever been on, and I've done a lot of hiking in my time.

If I were to go to Kauai again, I would try to stay at a different hotel, ONLY due to the location. I would rather stay at one that is in a more central location

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Oxnard, California
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Reviewed May 2, 2009

We stayed here as part of the Starwood time share promotion, paying $750 for 5 nights plus $150 credit for car and $100 resort credit. Our studio room was 3214 which had a view of one of the three pools and a slight view of the ocean from the lanai. The key points of this review are:
The room was new, very clean and large enough for the two of us. Although the room was well stocked with our typical needs, all the leftovers from previous occupants, like condiments, had been removed. The unit came with only one packet of regular coffee so you are expected to supply you own on later days.
This island has been overrun with fowl. Expect the roosters to crow at anytime. I had to get up at 2am to close the lanai door.
Although the time share concierge signed us up for the sales presentation, we canceled at the last minute, forgoing another $75 in resort credits.
The hotel restaurant was good for dinner and average for breakfast.
Although the pool bar seemed to have enough demand to stay open later, they closed at 7pm.
Although it doesn't seem to be discussed elsewhere on these postings, there is a trail that runs between this resort and the golf course that heads to Anini Beach. When we asked the conierge about it she encouraged us not to take it because it was "wet". It ends up the one time we went to this beach we drove but I expect this trail is quite usable and probably less that a quarter of a mile to the beach.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Chatsworth, California
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

Granted, this is a time share resort so maybe I should not have expected the usual Westin experience. The units were nice, they are comfortably sized & decorated ok. We stayed in a 1 bedroom which also had a balcony. The kitchen is probably the nicest area of the unit with granite counters & the usual appliances. The staff is terrific, all very nice & very accommodating. There are only a couple of units with a view of any kind (nope, we didnt get one) & they advertise that it is on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The problem? NO BEACH ACCESS!!! If you wish to go to the beach, they will shuttle you about 10 or 15 minutes to one. And the bluff? You can't get too close due to safety reasons so while you can see water from some places, there is no "waves breaking" type of view that is usually associated with Hawaiian views. The pools are nice but other than 1 spot in 1 pool that is 4 feet deep, none are deeper than 3 feet (so if you are 6 feet tall, guess you only get wet to your waist!) We did not eat in the restaraunt but they seemed to have a decent menu. Having been to Kauai numerous times before, I was aware of how far away Princeville is & I had stayed at the (soon to be) St. Regis Princeville but that hotel's setting is so magnificent that the distance (both mileage & culturally) from the rest of island made it worthwile. Not the Westin. The setting is mediocre (although they are redoing the golf course attached to it so if you are a golfer, you'd probably love it). We were disappointed primarily because of the Westin name.....our expectations were that we would be at a Westin & I felt that "Westin" is a misnomer for this particular place.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, CA
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

Pros
Hotel is new.
Rooms are clean, modern and efficient.
Staff is friendly and accommodating!
Nanea Restaurant is delicious (try the beef tenderloin).
Drinks at Wailele bar are awesome...better than at Nanea Restaurant!
Free Internet
Grills are convenient.

Cons
Distance from airport (we arrived at night & it was a very dark drive)
Distance from Kapaa (depending on traffic, it took about 30-35 minutes with no traffic).
It rained half the time we were there (pure luck our activities were planned on sunny days).
Food and drinks are expensive, but expected in Hawaii.
Very quiet and not much to do after the sun goes down.
Timeshare presentation lasted 2 hours!
Trail to Anini Beach is a tough and dangerous hike (slippery on the way down and killer climb on the way up).
CJ's restaurant in the Princeville shopping center was expensive and had no taste...although they did have a good salad bar.

Activities
Helicopter - My husband and I took a helicopter ride through Sunshine Tours out of Princeville airport...so worth it! Words cannot express the beauty of Kauai!

Ziplining - Princeville Ranch Adventures was awesome! Weather was sunny and 80 degrees. Our guides, Deborah and Mark, were fantastic, fun, knowledgable! We did the ZIp Express with about 12 people total and it took about 3 1/2 hours.

Snorkeling - Rented gear at Hanalei Surf Company, which is on the way to Tunnels Beach (take Highway 56 almost all the way down and park across from the cave where there is a parking area) . It is a good hike through the sand to get to the snorkeling area at Tunnels beach so be prepared especially if it is a hot day and the sand is hot! You can rent beach chairs at Hanalei Surf Company and bring drinks and food. Snorkeling was good, but Hanauma Bay in Oahu still beats it!

Golf - Princeville was amazing and the prices were very good for Twilight (after 3pm)! My husband loved every second of it! New Taylor Made clubs were a plus and they even give you a monogrammed token with a golf ball to commemorate your experience.

FYI - Mema Thai Restaurant in Kapaa was the best Thai food we have ever had and the prices were good! We tried it on our last day and were sad we hadn't discovered it sooner!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Brentwood, tn
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

We stayed at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas in early April. Before talking about the resort itself, a few tips to first-timers to Kauai's north shore. When you fly into Lihue, if you are getting a car, be aware that it is probably a 45 minute drive to the resort. If you plan to cook, stop in Kapaa at the Foodland or Safeway supermarkets. There is a grocery store in Hanalei near the resort, but the prices are a good bit higher. There are many brand new gas grills at the resort, so plan on grilling your main course and doing side dishes in your villa (although some of the gas grills offer side burners). If you are not familiar with Hawaii supermarkets, they sell beer, wine, and liquor in the store, so you can stock up on all your beverage needs as well. There is a market on the resort across from the restaurant that sells groceries, but the prices are much much higher.

When you make your reservation, be sure that you indicate if this is a honeymoon or wedding anniversary or birthday. The resort will provide you with a greeting card and a free bottle of Champagne from the resort market. A nice touch!

We arrived at night and were greeted very nicely and given a card to receive a free gift from the concierge (but they had gone home for the night). We stayed in a Studio villa and it was very nice. Very modern and freshly decorated with a stackable washer/dryer and a really nice bathroom.

The resort itself was fresh, clean, and the staff very helpful. There are 2 pools. I recommend the smaller one for adults that want a quiet time. It is in the back of the resort overlooking the ocean and with it being an infinity pool, the view is quite nice. Dont ask for ocean view rooms...there really arent any. You can see water in the distance from some of the buildings but thats about it. You are 500 feet above the water anyway so its not like you can have water breaking at your door.

If you are a couple, the studio is fine. Any more than that and you need to go up to at least the 1 bedroom so that you can have a modicum of privacy. The concierge can give you lots of information about driving tours, hiking, activities, etc. Waimea canyon is a must do (but a 2+ hour drive so plan accordingly). You can buy your Starbucks in the onsite market (and its cheaper than the mainland) in the mornings. Since everyone is on mainland time for the most part, the resort comes alive early with the roosters. Yes, the resort is home to many chickens and if a light sleeper you will hear them each morning.

The restaurant, Nanea, is quiet and nice but pricey. The menu strives for a fine dining experience but its not quite there. Adequate, but probably 3 star overall for 5 star prices. Be aware of this when you consider "its late we will just eat at the hotel" so that you are properly expecting the price.

All in all, a great new place in paradise and we would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed April 11, 2009

We visited this hotel soon after they opened - there was still construction and some of the buildings hadn't quite opened. We had a nice, quiet time, but it was a little too mellow for us. We like to hang out in the sun at the pool or beach - this hotel didn't have an easily accessible beach and the pools weren't spectacular. We had a toddler with us, so we spent most of our time at the kids pool and it seemed to be the most popular pool in the complex.. The upside was that there was a constant pool service and they were always pleasant.

It was a nice hotel, but Princeville was a little too mellow for us.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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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
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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
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Hotel Class:4 star — Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 346
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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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