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“More intimate than the generic condo blocks elsewhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Makai Club

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Makai Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Princeville B&B and Inns
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Kelowna
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“More intimate than the generic condo blocks elsewhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

These condos and cottages are well appointed,and they are a good base to stay in the Princeville area.The condo and the grounds were clean,and the our one bedroom unit was comfortable. This is a small group of condos and cottages grouped together. There are some shortcomings: pool and no tub are quite small,the club house has enough room for the receptionist desks,but really nothing else. There is no fitness area, and Lei O Papa Road is busy and noisy during the day(thankfully the gate is closed at night.) Equipment is average: our gas stove had exactly 1 1/2 burners that functioned. A non stick pan was so scratched and beaten up that it was no longer useable. (Housekeeping replaced it with something gently used.) Despite a promise from the concierge "it will be fixed before tonight"there was no action to repair the stove.
If you are willing to put up with some imperfections, this place makes a good base to explore Kauai.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

*Blankets in the unit were torn and stained. *Pillows were nasty under a pillow cover.
*Both bed covers were stained and comforters weren't change
*Sofa pillows stained and smelly
*Wooden windows were filthy and moldy.
*Sides of furnitures very dusty
*Stove top has burnt food
*Oven racks were not clean
*Chipped porcelain dinnerwares
*Frying pan all scratched up
*Some knives on the block were rusty
*Missing bouillon spoons
*Rock glasses white streaks that's been stuck there for ages
*Windows sills filled with dead bugs and dust
*Patio railings lots of cobwebs
*Carpet stained and tack strips cut my son's toe
*Shower drain has a fowl smell
*Vanity light covers very dusty
*Vacuum bag was full by the laundry area
*Draperies seemed like it never gotten wash since unit was renovated
*Maids were yelling at each other in their own language from different cottages

  • Stayed January 2013
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Falher, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

we got to stay in the handicapped unit (505) even though none of us were... very nice cottage, clean and very spacious. Large bedrooms with lots of closets king size beds. Modern decor. We loved it... also loved the chickens which are everywheres on that island.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Caledon, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 ) Free Parking 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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