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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Kauai to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We chose the most laid back area of the most laid back island because we wanted a relaxing vacation. The Westin is a beautifully kept resort with a great, helpful staff. We stayed in a studio villa, but took the "vacation ownership" tour and saw the 1 bedroom villa as well. In order to make a 2 bedroom villa, they give you a connecting studio and 1 bedroom. For 2 people, the studio was just fine, with a small kitchen and large bathroom. Any more than 2 people should stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the showers have good pressure, which are 2 things that are important to me on a long vacation. The restaurant onsite is good, but expensive. We received a free 4-course dinner for taking the tour, and that is the only time we ate at the restaurant in our 10 day stay. Food is also available from room service and the pool bar, or in the Princeville Market, which is the onsite grocery store. It's small but has the essentials, and is the only place you can get breakfast at the resort. Most days we chose the "green choice" option which gives you a $10 food voucher for opting out of the daily cleaning service. We bought food at the grocery store in Princeville and made most of our breakfasts and lunches in our room. There are plenty of onsite gas grills that we used 1 night for dinner. The pools are beautiful and the grounds are immaculate. There is a gym, but it's small and very popular in the morning. There is no beach access, but there is a shuttle that will take you down the road to the St. Regis where you can use their beach. I highly recommend going there as the St. Regis has the most amazing views on the island. Parking is $9/night, but worth it as it is necessary to have a car on the island, especially while on the North Shore. If you are looking for a populated area with lots to do, this is not the resort for you. But if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing resort with great staff and beautiful facitlities, the Westin is it. We had no problem driving to other parts of the island to see the sites. The Westin is only 5 minutes from Hanalei, which turned out to be our favorite city on the island, where there are a few places to eat (I recommend Bubba's & Kalypso) and a few shops. There are also many beaches to be found nearby, so the lack of beach at the resort is not a problem. Kauai has a large population of wild chickens, including roosters who will cock-a-doodle-doo all day long -- you learn to live with it. On our last day, we didn't fly out until 10 at night, but the resort allows you to hang out on the grounds after checking out, using the pool and giving you the use of a hospitality suite for 45 minutes in order to shower and freshen up before heading to the airport. I would recommend this resort to anyone and would recommend becoming an SPG member (check out their website) in order to get the most out of the money you pay.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

Absolutely beautiful resort... loved the pools overlooking the ocean where we watched the whales. Gorgeous rooms, awesome bathrooms with spa tub and shower. Fantastic kitchens and we enjoyed the outdoor BBQ's on the grounds. Only complaint, didn't enjoy the parking fees. Otherwise , all good. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2011

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your stay with us at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. We are fortunate to be able to see the humpback whales from the property during the time they are in the Hawaiian waters and that you were able to see them during your stay. At the resort, we do charge a daily parking fee at resort which is comparable or less expensive to other resorts in the islands. We apologize if this was not explained to you at the resort. We make every effort to disclose this to our guests in advance so they are aware of this fee before they arrive. We are happy that overall, you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed December 28, 2010

The Westin has great accommodations for families with a lot of activitites to entertain yound kids. There is a great market in the Princeville Center close so you can avoid the high resort prices which includes sandwiches, sushi, alcohol and even poki. If you want direct beach access then this is not the resort for you. We love to beach hop and it wasn't an issue for us. The best beach is Tunnels which is far north but worth the drive. The last trip we made 2 years earlier was at the Sheraton in Poipu Beach but we prefer the North Shore. The Westin shares the beach with the St Regis so you can take a shuttle back and forth which is very nice however you must bring your own towels. The staff there definetely distinguishes between St Regis guests and Westin guests so beware. Take advantage of scheduled cleaning if you do not need it every day you can certainly save money. Every morning you can also take in the rooster population which is rampant on the island...our kids loved it...but they are better for dinner!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 26, 2010

Having returned to Hawaii for the 20th anniversary of our honeymoon in Hawaii, we thought we'd like to stay somewhere quieter than Waikiki and Maui, where we spent our Honeymoon.
After a 3 day start in Honolulu, this resort is exactly what we were after.
Three pools, with the plunge pool overlooking the ocean were relaxing.
The Gym is great for a hotel, but was very busy and possibly could have been a bit larger with some more equipment, as evrey morning at 7:30am, all 4 treadmills, 2 cross trainers and 2 bikes were full, so there was a little wait at times.
We had a fantasic meal at the Nanea restaurant, wines matched to set menu. They changed the menue during our week there, as we met the Sous Chef and had a chat with him, but they've retained the Mushroom Risotto, which for me, a true meat eater, this was one of the nicest vegetarian dishes I've ever tasted. Bad weather set in for a couple of days, so the next time we tried to eat, people weren't leaving the reort, so there was a 1 hour wait and we decided to brave the weather and drive the 1 mile into the Princeville. Centre. This was nice and convenient, gret Foodland at which to buy Groceries.
We loved the kitchenette in the room. It was small, but we managed to prepare slads and we bought meat and fish at the Foodland, top cook at the great BBQ areas scattered around the resort. To me, this was one of the highlights of the resort, as the there were probably 20 or so BBQs at different areas, well kept and regularly cleaned, auto ignition, gas 4 burner with Hood BBQs, with lights on bendy poles next to them so you could see if the meat was cooked. The great atomsphere cooking with other holiday makers from around the US and canada, with beer or glass of wine in hand was a relaxing way to end the day. After BBQ, one night, we then walked up to nanea and had dessert and coscktils there(Nanea, fabulous deserts and mudslide cocktail).
Other nice touches were the ability to cancel housekeeping for the day and get a $10 voucher, whih we spent at the resort market/shop on coffee.
The staff were very helpful and friendly. Brady, the poolside concierge booked a sunset cruise of teh Napali coast for us, while I was sipping a cocktail by the pool.
poolside towel service with the big decanter of iced water with lemon and mint in it was refreshing.
One minor glitch was the later cleaning of our room. It wasn't done by 4pm one day, so we returned to the room after a day out and our towels were still wet and lying on the floor.
You will need a car if you stay here. They charge for parking daily, but it's only $9. We had to drive everywhere, as walking back from Princeville with groceries is just a bit too far. As there is no beach at the resort, they allow you to use the beach at the fantastic St Regis, which is 2 miles away. There is an houry shuttle, but we preferred to drive and use the complimentary valet parking.
A nice touch was the very good signal complimentary wireless internet. The north of kuaui has either country radio or christmas carols, so in desperation, we used our laptop by the pool to use radio from Australia by internet, with no breakup of signal, even skpye by the pool worked well.
The resort is a bit far from other attaractions and you need a car to get to nearby Hanahei, We'e beach, or to drive south to Lihue(Shopping...Macys, sears, walmart, etc), Pt Allen(where the cruises start), Waimea(the canyon drive + a great brewery cafe) and Poipu, where most of the other resorts on the Island are.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Westin and would come back and recommend to others.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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WestinPrinceville, Manager at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2011

Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary. We are happy that you had a delightful stay with us at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and enjoyed the facilities and restaurant. We receive many positive comments about Nanea Restaurant and are glad you had a chance to enjoy your dining experience. Many of our guests enjoy the 20 BBQ grills that we have throughout the property. It enables our guests to have a nice casual meal and at the same time meet and interact with other guests who are doing the same. Thank you for taking advantage of our “Make a Green Choice” option of forgoing the daily housekeeping service and in return receiving a $10 voucher valid for food at one of the resort outlets. This supports one of our many sustainability initiatives. We apologize that the housekeeping service was not done by the time you returned to your room. Housekeeping service is provided between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm and a preferred housekeeping service time can be requested the day prior. We are delighted that you had an overall positive experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Kaua’i.

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Reviewed December 24, 2010

we were at the princeville westin dec 19-23,2010. our stay we amazing. we booked a one bedroom villa. the best room we have ever stayed in and we travel a lot ( military family) the room was huge and very clean. my kids (ages 5,7,13) loved it. i think it was their favorite thing about our trip! we stayed in building 4, third floor. it was right on the golf course so we had golf views, mountain views and ocean views. it was not at all busy during our stay. what i liked best about the place was the staff. soooooooo friendly.its hard to come by a place were the staff all go out of there way to make you happy and to feel welcome. every staff member that passed us by gave a friendly aloha. we also stayed at the westin in maui and again.. the staff were all excellent! we would stay here again in a heartbeat. westin is doing all things right! now.as for the roosters.um yes.. they will wake you up every morning but its kauai...you just have to deal with them. the pools are fantastic as well.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

We were a family of 4 that stayed there in Dec 09. Resort was surprisingly not crowded - I actually think maybe Starwood is having a hard time getting people to come to this one. The villas are great - every unit seems to have an ocean view. However, you are high up on a bluff and you don't have beach access. In fact, you have to take a shuttle to the St Regis and go thru their massive complex to get to their beach (where you will feel like a 2nd class citizen).

We're owners of the equivalent resort in Maui and that one always seems hopping and in demand. Princeville just seems like a smaller cousin. If you're into golf, this is a good spot. If you want beach, you should've stayed in Poipu. The pool is fine; the slide is geared toward <5 yr olds. Restaurant is a little smaller too.

Again, perfectly fine vacation and enjoyed being on the north shore to take advantage of hiking and kayaking, but probably won't be coming back anytime soon.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

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We stayed at the westin on kauai for 2 days in early november.

We rented the room using points. We have gold status so we were upgraded to a suite. I think they only had 2 types of rooms - a regular room and a suite - the suite had a full kitchen and a HUGE bathroom, i think it must have been 1000sqft. All the rooms seem to have balconies.

We were in building #3. If you get building #3 ask for an even room - you get a mountain/sea view rather than a courtyard view - unless you can get an oceanview room. #1 and #2 are near the kiddies pool and might be loud if you are facing the pool. The pools by the main building are kids and families - whether they are intended that way or not. The pool between #2 and #3 and the one on the other side are adult pools - atleast they were when we were there. The BBQs are scattered around the property and are a very good idea - the rooms have cook tops but no ovens. You can go to foodland and pick up all sorts of stuff - or if you are lazy you can buy it from the shop in the main building, but be warned the the prices there are highway robbery. The restaurant is not bad - we ate there once, ~30$ an entree - but we did buy some stuff from foodland and did seared ahi with wine for a fraction of the price by using the BBQs. The fridges have ice makers. The kitchens are fully stocked. You get one set of washing detergent - so if you want to wash clothes more than once you might want to pick some up at the supermarket - or you’ll have to go to the overpriced store to buy more. You get a few packs of dishwasher detergent and a small thing of dish soap. There are glasses, bowls, plates, cutlery, frying pans, BBQ implements, salad tongs, corkscrew, bottle opener, toaster, microwave, coffee maker etc.

Other stuff - there is valet parking/self park - i think they are both the same price at $9 (we did valet and its $9/day) and the parking lot isn’t far away. There is no beach - well technically there is a beach, but you have to walk down a path either from the parking lot just before the entrance or the #3 parking lot and the beach is a potentially steep climb, it’s a good 5 minute walk and its not spectacular (atleast not in November). Being in the westin you get certain privileges at the regis. If you want to go to the regis you can drive there and valet park for free. You can eat there and have them put it on your bill at the westin, i think there was also some sort of discount on food at the st regis of 10% - but that didn’t apply to everything. You can use the beach there - though apparently not the pool. The st regis is a huge sprawling complex - to get the beach you walk through the lobby and go down one elevator, then you walk more and go down another, then you walk more and out the door and down a bunch of steps to the beach - if i remember correctly. When we were there the beach was too rough to swim or snorkle. We visited the beach once to have a look but decided it wasn’t worth the trouble to go back. The restaurants at the st regis were not as horribly priced as i was expecting, they even had a chefs tasting menu at one place (closed mondays and possibly sundays) for $70 which seemed reasonable considering what you got - we didn’t try it as the restaurant was closed that day.

Beaches - we drove up to the north end and checked out most of the beaches quickly - some that are recommended were not visible from the road and the road was covered in “NO PARKING” signs, in nov most of them were relatively rough. Ke’e - the one at the end of the road in the park - was very busy. For that one I’d recommend getting up early to get a parking spot. There were a few parking lots - if you want to hike you could park in the first one, if you want to swim you drive to the last one and hope you can find a spot.

Food: we didn’t have an opportunity to try much in the area - there is the foodland - which is great for getting fish to bbq (which is not any different in price than the one in kapaa - and overall the food isn’t that much more than food in downtown toronto, unless you buy bread or fruit and veggies that are not local), there might have been a safeway, there are tons of little restaurants - its a touristy area so there are no shortages of places to eat - plus i think the town a little outside princeville is a surfer hangout so there might be more reasonable priced places to eat there - though we didn’t try.

Last note:

forgot about the roosters
as comfy as the bed was, if you are a light sleeper the roosters may annoy you (they crow all day - not constantly, just not predictably)
i think this is a common kauai thing - though if you are a SPG person maybe this won't be a problem with st regis as its on a cliff - i also stayed at a hotel on the other side of the island and they kept the property chicken free

Think it also had free wifi - wasn't sure if we got it through SPG status or that the property has it for free

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 #2 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
Price Range: $336 - $548 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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