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“Great location/Needs refurbishing” 4 of 5 stars
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Hanalei Bay Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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Irvine, California
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148 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great location/Needs refurbishing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

A magnificent statue and water spouts greet you with a sign that says it all. Welcome to Princeville. The resort at the end of the road is spectacular with small 3 story buildings around to natural stone winding pools and clay tennis courts with gorgeous florals and native birds including Nene geese , chickens and roosters and other strikingly beautiful birds. The floral array included hibiscus, bougainvillea, Birds of Paradise etc. This all overlooked the central volcanos and Hanalei Bay and its beaches. The problem in this resort lies in that it desperately needs refurbishing. Inside our thankfully large 2 bedroom 2 bath with a living room, kitchen and dining area and room to sleep 6 (two in a King bedroom, two in a second bedroom and a Queen sized Murphy bed in a closet in the Living Room), the place was falling apart. Granted they have started rebuilding but it is far from done. We chose to sleep in the King BR because it was larger and was air conditioned but the walls had been ripped from pictures that used to be up and had holes from other objects. The other bedroom was not air conditioned. It had a fan but was hot. The kitchen was more than adequate and stocked aplenty but with a modern dishwasher and microwave but the stove and refrigerator were rusty. The smaller bathroom was great but the one in the King BR had a tub with a large and rusty hole in it. The patio was large with a chaise lounge and some chairs and tables and overlooked the mountains and the Bay. A delight. The restaurant on site burned down 2 years ago and you can watch them build a new one near one of the pools but because it doesn't exist there is no bar or snack service at the pools or anywhere else.For that we bought snacks and drinks at the supermarket in town and carried it to the pool or had lunch out. The service workers were very nice. Princeville is on the North shore and near many towns for restaurants and shopping and beaches for swimming and surfing. Helicopters and catamarans are nearby to sightsee I would go back if they repaired what needs to be done. It was a restful and magnificent vacation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed in private condo at the Hanalei Bay Resort and were welcomed by the Resort as a full guest. The resort is 5 star and lives up to it's rating. It is beautifully appointed and kept and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a lovely relaxing, pampered stay on the north shore of Kauai.

Room Tip: Building 6 is one with gorgeous views,though all ate nice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The good: Premises are clean and well kept. Plant life is everywhere, pools are beautiful, staff is friendly. Beach is a 5 minute walk away. Courtesy shuttle will cart you to/from your room.

The bad: Beach is not the best. There are a dozen beaches nearby that are much better. Depending on where your room is, it can be quite a hike from the parking lot (big hills). The pool is beautiful and clean, but the bottom can hurt your hurt (bottom is rough with loose pebbles).

The location is convenient to Hanalei Bay (where good beaches are) but it is quite a drive to the south shore. It took us 2-2.5 hours to reach Polihale beach and Waimea canyon. We only did that one day so it wasn't a big deal. The north shore is the only place I would recommend one stay while on Kauai, and the view from this hotel is amazing.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Excellent resort with a great location. Our condo had a fantastic view of the bay and great for sunset views. The beach is a way down a hill so be prepared for a small hike back up. Although in need of a bit of a facelift, the condo is generously equipped with surfing, snorkelling and other sport equipment. Due to the fire they are limited in facilities, however they do serve coffee in the morning and ice water all day in the temporary reception area. There are gas BBQ's available for use down at the small pool area. The closest shopping area is Princeville at the entrance to the resort, however, the supermarket is pricey so if you are self catering, stock up at the big supermarkets near the airport. Don't miss out on cocktails at sunset at the St Regis Hotel which is 1 1/2 miles down the road and Infigo's where you will have an amazing meal. Make sure you go over the bridge to Hanalei to access some lovely beaches, restaurants and shops, especially the food shacks that offer authentic Hawaiian food.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Have rented this unit from the owner three times in past 5 years and again this February. Excellent, great location, clean, well equipped. Don't buy spices or kitchen supplies until you see what is in the unit, its like your own home. Whats missing buy and leave behind for the next guest. Pool and hot tub great, grounds beautiful. Wish the restaurant was open.
We upgrade our travel books each trip and leave them in the unit when we check out.

Rent from owner, you know what your getting, unit has an incredible sunset view, overlooking the ocean. Located on the cliff, near trail to beach and St. Regis. Quiet well located unit.
Have stayed in lots of places in Hawaii and on lots of Islands, this is our choice for Kauai.

Room Tip: Rent though the owners - look at the pics and map so you can see where you will be
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Really nice resort. Great pool area. Very nice views and garden. Spacious lanai and room. A bit off the road, but seems like all resorts in princeville are. You do need a car to stay there. It is rainy up north, but beautiful! We stayed in kapaa for nights and here for 3 nights. Would prefer to stay here. Mind the season though. We stayed early september and had 2 days with rain all day and 2 days with sun all day. 1 day with snorkel conditions. If you want to be sure to go to the beach each day, you might want to stay in Poipu. But hey if you only want the beach and not the beautiful nature up north why go all the way to Kauai! The small beach near the resort is ok, but nothing comparred to Tunnels or Kee. They do miss a restaurant and/or a cocktail lounge.

Room Tip: The resort is large and some rooms are far away from the parking lot and main pool area. Walk to the...
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Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We have been to Kauai several times and this is our 2nd stay at HBR. Everything was perfect yet again from the prompt check in to the golf cart ride with all our luggage directly to the room to the lovely welcome gift to the perfectly appointed room with the best view...I could go on and on. This property is absolutely perfect for us. You can take a short walk down the gorgeous beach (or be transported by golf cart) or enjoy the lovely salt water pool and hot tub. HBR is in the most perfect location on Kauai with easy access to some of the most beautiful snorkeling (Tunnels, Ke'e), Queens Bath, Secret Beach and lava pools and the lovely town of Hanalei. Back to the room...in addition to what I already mentioned, everything is updated: the bathroom shower, sink area, towels, bedding, inside/outside furniture, TV/DVD and awesome kitchenette. Fabulous vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan. Huge mahalos to Kristen and her staff at Aloha Condos for taking the best care of us during our special time on Kauai. I didn't think it could get any better than last year...but it sure was. Can't wait to come back!!! Anne Claeson and Rick Becker

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hanalei Bay Resort
Address: 5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5109
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hanalei Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 134
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