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Reviewed April 21, 2009

I won't repeat what's said below. If you read the past couple pages of reviews, you should be able to decide if this place is right for you. It definitely depends on what you're looking for. And I would avoid paying full price, because that's overpriced for what you get.

As a frequent repeat visitor, I'll share a couple of tips.

Be a little picky about your cottage. They're all individual, and some are better than others. If you don't like yours, try to relocate.

Dining options in Waimea are a bit limited -- especially at night. Nothing special about the hotel's restaurant and it feels overpriced. Think about asking for a grill and cooking at least some of your dinners. There are 2 decent supermarkets in Waimea. They are across the street from each other, and I usually go to both and buy their sale items, which makes Hawaiian groceries more affordable. Big Save is generally better for general groceries, but Ishihara generally has local steaks (great on the grill!) at better prices, and more local specialty items.

Waimea is a great town -- one of my favorites in Hawaii. You'll feel like it's your "Hawaiian home town" -- not a tourist town. There's free lei-making in the Visitors Center on Fridays. And go see a movie at the old-time theatre one night -- ask the front desk for their Aston discount book which contains a 2 for 1 coupon. Jo-Jo's has great shave ice -- but remember they close by six, so no shave ice in the evening. There are actually two Jo-Jo's -- but stick to the one on the main drag. The one called "Jo Jo's Anueanue," on the side street and owned by the original Jo-Jo's owner, suprisingly had much worse ice consistency on my last visit.

Drive to Poipu at least once to swim at the beach park and see the blowhole. When you're in the area, as long as it's not the weekend when they're closed, you MUST stop at Mark's Place in Lawai, on the main highway (Rt 50) next to the post office. (He also has a location in Lihue). Mark's serves "gourmet local" takeout food, in many ways comparable to Roy's, at very reasonable prices (generally under $10 meal). Almost everything is very good. I make up excuses to drive by at meal times to eat his food. Many of his dishes reheat pretty well, so you can also bring stuff back to your cottage to eat later.

Think about spending a couple days on the North Shore. It's possible to day trip there from Waimea, but it's not a great idea. The weather is usually MUCH better in Waimea, but the North Shore has some great sights and unique charm.

Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
4  Thank Dave's_reviews
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Reviewed February 23, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for a week in January 2009 for our 10-year anniversary. We were astounded to find that we had been upgraded to a waterfront, two-bedroom cottage, but we would have been happy with a one-bedroom place. We really felt at home, and loved being able to cook for ourselves. We also enjoyed the company of a little gray cat with whom we made friends.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2009

We just returned from a night at Waimea Plantation Cottages and were quite disappointed at the condition of our cottage. We were expecting rustic charm, not a state of disrepair.

The property's Web site claims the cottages have been renovated, but that's really stretching it. Our cottage had the original linoleum flooring, tub, tile and fixtures in the bathroom. The shower floor was badly stained and missing four tiles. A huge section of the tub's finish coat had peeled off. The kitchen had newish appliances, but the original metal sink board was badly rusted. Both the interior and exterior are in desperate need of paint and wall repairs. The place could really use a good scrubbing as it wasn't clean by my standards. It had the musty old smell of an antique shop despite the nice breezes that blew through the open windows and screen doors.

We paid $250 for one night's stay. If it had been half that price, I'd say we got our money's worth. It's a shame they didn't do more to at least bring the cottages to a state of repair, because the grounds are lovely.

Although we didn't go there for the beach -- we live part time on the other side of the island -- it was also a disappointment. Because the Waimea River feeds into the ocean nearby, the water is quite muddy and the black sand is littered with driftwood that is piled quite high in places. The beach is not good for walking, sunning, swimming or surfing, but provides for a nice sound effect for sleeping.

Waimea is definitely worth the trip for hiking in and around the canyon if you're a hiker. But, I would make it a day trip.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2009

This place probably isn't for everybody, with no swimmable beach and its location far from the beaten path. The cottages are also somewhat primitive and some have poor locations. However, we lucked out and visited when it seemed not so busy, and got upgraded to a two bedroom, ocean-facing cottage (just two people traveling.) The cottage had screen windows and doors everywhere, including the two large open showers, and magnificent views of both the ocean and canyon. We sat on the huge lanai grilling fish from Waimea watching the sun set, or lay in hammocks under banyans and palm trees watching the whales. If you are looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience, both the town Waimea and the Plantation Cottages offer a unique place to unwind in real Hawaii.

Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

Beware Cottage 9. The property was lovely and the other cottages they show on the web site around the grove looked charming. We, however, were put in Cottage 9 (3 bed) which is basically off the property in the maintenance area looking out on a cemetery and a shipping container. Further, the cottage was overrun with mosquitos. We left after 2 nights switching to a wonderful condo in Poipu with a balcony over the water, great whale watching and better beaches for the kids. We were really excited about Waimea and went in knowing it was off the beaten path and not a typical resort but nothing prepared us for getting stuck with what was clearly the overflow cottage even though we asked many times about our options when we made the reservation.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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