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“Just Average”
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Makai Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Princeville B&B and Inns
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Caledon, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Just Average”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We booked this place for 3 weeks, we got the lower level (there are 3 levels) The plus was that it was very quiet, until someone checked in above us. Wow, not sure if this person was not aware
but it was so noisey, just walking. The place has no sound proofing, as the units are old. Also, it had a very strong damp smell every time you walked into the room. l tried different things to
freshen up the room, but nothing helped. There is only a view of the trees, and the mountain, it
is very pretty. The water in the shower is not very strong, it takes a long time to rinse out the shampoo. The doors need weather strips on them, you can actually see thru the gap. Kitchen tap
could use a spray. Sofa is old and not very comfortable. All in all, the unit should be updated.
Pool is very small. You did have everything that you needed in the unit. One good thing, it was right by the Maki Golf Course. Also be warned about the roosters, they are all over the island, I like the roosters, but they crow at all hours of the day and night. I would not stay at this resort again.

Room Tip: Higher floor is better, would not have the noise
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Alabama
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

My husband and I spent a week here for our anniversary. It was far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Lihue. Very quiet...except for the roosters which did not bother us at all. (By the way, the roosters are all over the island so if you prefer the sound of gunshots, ambulances, and police sirens...you may want to stay in a big city. Princeville is more rural. The staff was courteous and helpful. The one bedroom had everything that we needed. Full kitchen with appliances, dishes, etc,and washer dryer in bathroom. The one bedroom did have a/c as well as ceiling fans. Nice shower but no bathtub. Flat screen TV in the living area and bedroom although you will probably not spend much time inside because there is so much to do on the island. It is beautiful. If you decide to stay here, let the staff help you with car rental and activities, You will save a whole lot more money with the discounts they can get. Food on the island is pricey. I shop at Whole Foods and Earthfare in Alabama (which I think are a bit pricey) but here the organic food stores were about 50% higher so be prepared for that. Shop around. prices can vary widely. I bought some spices and I saw then priced from $7 to $14 in different places on the island. The pool was small and there is no fitness center but you have access to larger pools and fitness center on the other Wyndham properties within blocks of this place. Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Ths is pur second year here. The cottages are the perfect set-up for families. There's a large, open living room with bedrooms at opposite sides. Each has it's own full bathroom plus dressing area with lots of closet space. Kitchens and bathrooms have recently been redone and re-equipped. We are in 403 overlooking the golf course. Very private with a large deck overlooking the course. We celebrated Christmas here and it felt very homey. Staff is very friendly although there is the obligatory pressure to attend the time-share seminar (they are promising a $100 Amex gift certificate for our time). The pool and whirpool here are adequate, plus we can access the facilities at nearby Wyndham properties. We've been going to the Ka Eo Kai for their superior pool. You need a car here. Hanalei, one of the world's great beaches is a ten-minute drive. Grocery shopping is close by. Good BBQs by the pool area are a great option for dinner. Kids can swim while we cook. All in all a quiet, comfortable place for our family.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Full disclosure: Im an owner and I love that the cottages! The cottages are free standing 1200 square foot houses on the golf course. Remodeled with new furniture, granite countertops, these cottages have room to spread and are family friendly. No AC but louver windows and screened doors allow for easy room air circulation. Im in 402, right on the golf course and front facing views of the Napali coast.

If you dont know this property, there are condos and cottages. The condos are typical of many timeshares, 2 story buildings with smaller condos on each floor. The cottages are free-standing houses on the property, many of which are on the Makai golf course. I notice the reviews are all confused between the two types of units.

Ive been an owner since 1992 and know the area as well as the property well.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed in a lovely 2 bedroom cottage facing the golf course. The area was quiet except for the roosters that crow at all hours. The unit was clean and comfortable. We had access to all of the pools in the Wyndham resorts in Princeville. Lovely area to walk. Close to great beaches 10-15 minute drive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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norfolk england
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A really lovely cottage...well more like a house really. The things I remember most are the space, and the noise...sadly. We were on the road, and if it wasn't the noisey neighbours late at night, it was the gardeners getting stuck in really early. ...oh and the chickens....don't forget the early morning wake up call!
It was a shame that these lovely cottages could not have been placed somewhere quieter. They themselves deserve top marks for a pleasant stay. The changing room and bathroom areas are vast! Well appointed kitchen, and fabulous spacious sitting room with great high ceiling and balcony.
Value for money place in a great location. A great place with good facitities, and just right for exploring the northern end of the island

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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on the go
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170 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This was our first time staying in a timeshare and our first time to Kauai. We arrived a bit early, an hour or so, and had to wait til check in time (a bit annoying). We sat outside waiting patiently. They had juice in the lobby. They gave recommendations on what to do/see during the week. We stayed in a 1bedroom - newly renovated so it was nice and new and clean. Wash/dryer in the bathroom was very convenient, along with a few supplies provided like detergent and dish soap! Flat screen tv's in living room & bedroom and dvd player. Kitchen had utensils/cookware, all that we needed. The bathroom was nice with walk in shower that was large. Roosters & chickens were noisy at times and you can hear the rain or other noises (as mentioned louvers were the lower part under the windows).

We didn't get a mentioned grocery store card discount but that grocery store isn't that far, and they have a Redbox if you want to rent a movie. We frequented Lotus Garden (thai tea was great and the panang curry dish) and Frederico's for tacos - both delicious!

We'd stay here again but the location of Princeville is quite a drive from any of the other attractions, such as Napali coast or Waimea Canyon. After the Napali cruise it took maybe less than 2 hours to drive home in the rain. The resort does not have beach access. We drove to the beach in Hanalei. Knowing this, I'd rather stay closer to the water next time. don't want to spend half our time driving in the car.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Makai Club
Address: 4180 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5111 (Formerly Wyndham Makai Club)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Princeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Makai Club 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Makai Club Resort is the perfect setting for both a cozy romantic getaway or a relaxing golf vacation. Located on a beautiful tropical hillside, alongside the championship Makai Golf Course, the Makai Club is truly the perfect place to begin your Hawaiian island adventure. Nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is often said to be the most beautiful Hawaiian Island. There is certainly something to be said about Kauai’s North Shore, which is home to incredible sunsets, rich tropical foliage, and the breathtaking expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching out to the horizon. The Makai Club resort welcomes you to experience with us the natural beauty and adventure that we have enjoyed for so long on the island of Kauai. ... more   less 
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