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“Sealodge F9, just okay” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sealodge at Princeville
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Sealodge F9, just okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We just got back from a 3 night stay in Sealodge F9. It was an okay place to stay, but nothing special. The location in Princeville is nice due to proximity to north shore beaches and the price was ok for $130 a night. The unit is on the top floor, which is nice because there's no noise above you, but bad because it was extremely hot in there with no air conditioning (just 2 fans). There is wifi now (previous reviews stated there was not). Overall, the furniture and amenities were just a bit older and worn. We had friends staying in Sealodge C3, which was MUCH nicer and more modern amenities. Definitely would look for somewhere else to stay (maybe a different unit) next time we are in Kauai...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is a great condo it is 2 bedrooms 1 queen with twin beds up stairs and a window bed down. Two full bathrooms. The grounds are clean and the area is quite. The pool is small but refreshing. The beach at the st Regis is great parking is free at the resort such a nice change. Just tip nicely! The pine beach or hanalei bay beach is a great little beach too but if you need shade bring an umbrella. We will for sure be back here next year!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

My husband wrote a review on this unit, so I'll just add a few details that I wish I would have known, which may help you decide what to pack or plan to buy there.
I will say that the view from the bed, of the sunrise coming up over the ocean, was my favorite part of this wonderful trip. I went to bed early every night and awoke naturally around 6 AM to this glorious sight. Overall, great condo, and I would definitely recommend it.

Beach equipment:
2 beach towels, almost unlimited white bath towels
2 beach mats
4 or 5 boogie boards of various sizes
5 sets of flippers, of various sizes to fit adults or older kids, good quality
2 snorkels but no masks (the local shops rent snorkel and mask as a set, and The Hanalei Surf Company and probably others rent masks equipped with optical lens based on your glasses prescription, very worth the cost to rent for a week)
I think there was a beach chair and beach umbrella
2 sizes of coolers - helpful for grocery shopping, not just picnics
camping tent, etc which we didn't use or examine enough to tell you what was there

Kitchen:
-Decent supplies overall except the knives were pretty terrible, smallish and dull. If you are planning to cook for the week, it might be worthwhile to buy an inexpensive knife set and leave it there.
-No spices, condiments, oil, etc provided except salt and a pepper grinder. It appears that the kitchen is thoroughly cleaned out between guests so don't expect anything to be left behind for you to use. In retrospect it would have been helpful to plan meals ahead of time and bring little ziploc bags with spices. I would suggest fish tacos if you are looking for ideas.
-Adequate paper products, dish soap for hand washing and machine-washing, etc were provided except there was only enough laundry soap for one wash. Some random stuff like white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, etc is onhand from what folks have left behind. (Vinegar is supposed to be good for sunburns.) There's a stash of sunscreens, aloe, and bug spray that others have left behind, enough to get you by for a day or two til you get your own.
-There is NO GRILL. The listing for the place implies that there is a central BBQ area for the complex.... there is, but it is as rustic as you can get. It's just a brick fixture where you could build a fire, etc, so you would need charcoal and the whole deal. There is a picnic table there so you could make use of it, but it's not what I would ever call a grill, and unfortunately we planned our meals around grilling and that was a bust.
-Everyone warns how expensive food is in Hawaii. Some things are outrageous, but lots of stuff is comparable to what we are used to paying at a natural foods store. Many reviews suggest using Costco, but if you are a couple staying for a week, that kind of quantity is too large. A good alternative is Cost-U-Less in Kapaa, right off the main road (on the non-ocean side of the road). Prices comparable to Costco, but smaller quantities, their produce is better quality overall, and I was pleased that they offered organic butter, cheese, etc for fair prices, as well as milk from local island-raised cows (not organic, but its local so not factory-farmed and so that's better than organic to me). The Foodland in Princeville seemed decent to us, and if we go again we'd probably get a lot of stuff there.

The nearby beach:
The hike down is slippery in spots, and Kauai mud in general is very slippery, so pack shoes with tread for getting down to the various beaches. Any beach that has a short (or not short) shady hike is likely to have mosquitoes, so consider wearing long sleeves and long pants for your hike-in (since it's not good for the water to apply bug spray before swimming). I got about a dozen bites on my way to this beach, and overall the beach itself wasn't worth it. I'm a novice snorkeler and didn't know til later that to get to the good stuff, you have to find the canal and swim out. I was trying to snorkel in the shallows and it didn't work. The coolest thing about this beach is the very course textured sand and some nice small shells.

Rental car:
You will definitely want a car for this location - I wanted to do it without a car, but glad I didn't. It's a decent drive from the main road back behind a golf course, which would be like a 20+ minute walk just to get to the road, and there are no restaurants or anything within an easy walk. With this location, you get the ocean view without paying for a beachfront unit. I wanted to visit different beaches each day, so that worked for me.

Security: Hide any valuables cleverly when you go out, and don't leave them sitting in full view at night. We saw a way that these units could easily be broken into (like most beach homes, frankly) so we were cautious. No problems though. We still felt safer leaving them at the condo than locked in the car.

The cleaning crew was responsive and courteous when we locked ourselves out. It's a husband-and-wife team. When we left, I asked if we could leave food in good condition behind, and they assured us that they would put it to good use. So that's good.

Overall, a very positive experience!

Have a great trip!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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80 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

The location of Sealodge is incredible. We are here right now in G-5 and we love it. We fall asleep to the sound of waves and palm trees and wake up to the same. G-5 has a loft bedroom which our kids love, a main bedroom for us, two baths, a lanai overlooking the ocean, and a living room with a daybed next to a huge sliding window that opens to ocean views and breezes. The unit is not fancy and the furniture is a little dated, but who cares? This is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. Sit on the lanai, look at the ocean, and feel all the stress melt away. This is a wonderful spot and a great value for the price.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PearlieGirl
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We just got back last night (8/11/2013). I had been a little nervous, given the reviews and my wife's sensitivity to odors.
The place was great. We stayed a week. The sound and view of the ocean, waking up to beautiful sunrises, the ocean breeze, the closets full of gear (camping, snorkeling, beach mats, beach towels, etc), quiet neighbors, benches right on the bluff, the brilliant red crested cardinals and endangered Nene that would stop by just in case you had an extra tomato or mango. We had a terrific time.
About other reviews: No, there is no one hanging out in the parking strip in an RV, I didn't get my gas siphoned, never heard anyone call it the Ghetto of Princeville. On the contrary, it is a very nice area. The age of the buildings or the furniture did not seem significant when we were there, everything was functional and even attractive.
Smell - The room is right at the top of the bluff, which means amazing views of the coast and a good strong breeze coming off the ocean. It also means more humidity. And the room doesn't have (or need, really) air conditioning. So, yes, the room smelled a bit closed-up until you opened the windows, cooked something, or even just left out a guava. Not a strong smell, but if you are looking for something to complain about, there it is. The worst spots were the laundry area the first time we pulled back the screen and the back closet by the camping gear. The couch to me smelled a bit like a guest brought a dog. My wife wasn't disturbed by the smell, which was my main concern.
Bugs - We found 2 mosquitoes in a week and two very cute geckos. An ant or two. No spiders.
Cooking - The unit has full kitchen, with all of the utensils and pans you are likely to need on vacation (and a dish washer). How well it is stocked my depend on the last guest - there wasn't much in the kitchen in terms of staples for us. Also, none of the units appeared to have a grill, instead there is a grill area that is a grate over concrete. More of a party-size than just a quick grilling for two.
Laundry - There is a washer and dryer in the unit, what was very useful.
Privacy - You will have people wander by your windows occasionally, mostly looking for the path down to the beach.
Security - It seems pretty secure, but when we accidentally locked the door handle, we discovered how easy it would be to non-destructively break into any of these units. (No, we aren't telling.)
Other - There is a small pool that was nice to swim in. There is a tv with basic cable and a stereo. The management company and cleaning crew are fairly responsive. The windows are cleaned every day or so. There is a small library of books, which came in handy. There is some sunscreen, aloe, etc left by former guests. The bathroom fan is VERY noisy.
And there you go, I think that covers everything. You'll have a great time if you have reasonable expectations. If you have the money to be pampered, check out the St. Regis just down the way.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We have spend 8 nights in condo A1 in Sealodge enjoying both sunrise and sunset just in front of our condo. Falling asleep and waking up only to the sound of rolling waves was amazing! Well proportioned condo and good location for going to the beach, hiking the Na Pali coast, not far from Lihue. Definitely recommendable!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DrPlesner
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a few days during our honeymoon. As this unit is on the ground floor, it was much more accessible to bugs and we'd often find ants and spiders crawling around. It also smelled completely musty and mildewy and the sheets smelled AWFUL, like body odor. Once we did laundry (and made sure to wash the sheets) the condo became a lot more bearable and we were finally able to enjoy our surroundings. The view from E2 is truly incredible and you won't be able to find the same thing at this price point. However, it definitely came at a cost.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sealodge at Princeville
Address: 3700 Kamehameha Rd, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5342
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sealodge at Princeville 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breath taking views. 1 Bedroom 1 bath with a sleeper sofa. Sleeps 4. The unit has recently been updated with new kitchen and bathroom granite counter tops, new appliances, fresh paint , tv and much more. You will not be disappointed. Sealodge beach is a 5 minute walk down the hill. Swim, snorkel, and watch whales from your private patio. Historic Hanalei town is just a 10 minute drive away. ... more   less 
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