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Reviewed January 23, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights with a small hiking group. We all had very different cottages and loved them all. Ours was small and old fashioned but had everything we needed. I loved sitting on the porch and having a view of the ocean while I wrote postcards. We had a light meal at the brew pub on site and thoroughly enjoyed listening to some local musicians play. The ukulele player was 89 years young! We sent a text to our son to put it on his list of potential honeymoon spots.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

We just returned from 2 nights at WPC. I choose to begin our week in Kauai at this location to be near to the Waimea Canyon (Do the "3 waterfall" hike!) and to enjoy the sunnier, warmer weather that the West side is known for.

After reading the other reviews I was a bit wary of staying here but was able to reserve a cottage near the ocean - and it was just for 2 nights so we decided to try it. We stayed in cottage #57 and liked it. I think the key is being certain that you can stay in a cottage near the ocean. Some are listed as "garden view" but look at the map and get something as close to the ocean as possible. I would avoid all the cottages from halfway back to the rear of the property.

The cottages are old Hawaiian style as pictured on the web site. The bamboo furniture is okay to sit on but not great for cuddling up in front of the TV. The bed was fairly comfortable although I was chilly the first night and wished there was blankets IN the closet. But, I wanted to sleep with the windows open to hear the ocean. (I had a blanket sent over the next day.) The cottage was very clean. There was some rusty spots around the tub but, these are old buildings so that is to be expected. The kitchen was okay, very old fashioned. We did not cook in. We could see the ocean while laying in bed and hear the waves.

As noted, the beach here is not great because the Waimea river opens into it, making it muddy looking. But, it is still nice to look at. Beautiful sunsets! The grounds are very well maintained and look like you have stepped back in time into Hawaii from the old days. At night they light tiki torches and it is very exotic and tropical feeling. There are chickens with baby chicks and roosters everywhere. I am a light sleeper and YES, they crow all the time but, it is kind of fun and you get used to it. Kids would love this. Besides, they are pretty much everywhere in Kauai.

We were not impressed with the cute looking Waimea Brewing Company on the grounds or the restaurant. Okay for lunch and beer but dinner was overpriced for what you got. Try the Wrangler steak house, the Shrimp Shack and Jo-Jo's shave ice for the best treats on the West side.

Overall, this is a good choice for a few days. Depending on your length of stay, this is a great place to start your adventure and totally decompress. If resort's and fancy pools are your thing, this may not be the place for you. Also, the location is pretty remote so, if you plan to visit Hanalei and the North side while staying here, this is pretty far away. This is perfect base for those who plan to hike the canyon. We stayed here for 2 days and then moved to a deluxe ocean front room at the Sheraton in Poipu to get the best of both worlds. Next time, I think we would stay in Hanalei. We loved the more tropical side best and it was sunnier and warmer over there!

Aloha!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

My new wife and I were very impressed with the cottages and loved how intimate and romantic they felt. We stayed in Cabin 39 and really enjoyed hearing the ocean at night and being able to BBQ as the sun went down over Niihau. While the beach wasn't swimmable, there were plenty of other great beaches in the area and it was a great place to take long walks and enjoy being out of all the congestion of the other resorts. The restaurant and brewery had great local live music and we really enjoyed strolling over to take in some of the mellow tunes every night. We had an amazing time and will definitely return in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2010

If you're tired of battling for pool chairs at the Hyatt, this may be the place for you. In the tiny town of Waimea, with easy access to park at Waimea Canyon, this set of historic plantation cottages (with kitchens) has a graceful, old-Hawaii feel, with friendly, helpful staff and guests. The cottages are set on beautifully landscapes grounds, and there's small pool and toddler's pool. Spring for an ocean view cottage- it's still a real steal! The only downside is the muddy ocean water and dark beach sand, as the beach is near the mouth of the Waimea river. Tiny spa on site, and beachside yoga lessons most days. If you want to sleep listening to the waves, and breathing Hawaii's air, in stead of air conditioning, this is the place for you.

Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

If you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing stay in the Islands, away from crowds and the low-brow touristy atmosphere of Waikiki, Waimea Plantation Cottages may be just the setting you desire.

On the other hand, if your idea of a perfect holiday destination includes wild nightlife, shopping 'til you drop, 24-hour room service and the usual corporate room decor -- all in air-conditioned comfort -- you may want to consider looking elsewhere.

Our recent stay in cottage number 84, a three bedroom, two bath garden-view unit was simply wonderful. The kitchen was well-equipped for simple cooking, we had a comfortable living room, a large well-furnished lanai, a separate patio, and nice-sized bedrooms with good beds. The living room and each bedroom had excellent Hunter ceiling fans, the linens were good, and the decor, while not extravagant, was pleasant and in keeping with the rather old-fashioned rustic nature of the cottages. Our cottage had television, but we never turned it on. Free Wi-Fi is available in the breezeway of the reception building, but not in the individual cottages.

The cottages are genuine worker's houses from the days of the big Kauai sugar plantations. Each cottage has been rescued from demolition, relocated to Waimea and restored. As a matter of fact, if you stroll over to the west side of the resort property, you can see a number of dilapidated and transplanted cottages that are still awaiting renovation. Once restored, they'll provide additional accommodation. Each of the restored cottages is different and has a unique charm with evidence of its past.

The laid-back ambience of the resort suited our expectations and desires to a tee. We were five adult family members getting together for a brief holiday. Having our own cottage allowed us to enjoy a relaxed self-catered breakfast each morning on the lanai, then set out for the day to explore Waimea Canyon, cruise along the Na Pali Coast, or just wander according to whim. In the late afternoon, we could return to our cottage, get cleaned up, then enjoy drinks on the lanai and a simple evening meal, prepared communally in our well-equipped kitchen (groceries are available from a reasonably well-stocked market in nearby Waimea town, although the wine selection is VERY basic!). Overall, our accommodation worked perfectly for us.

There are however, two or three caveats to keep in mind. As mentioned in several other reviews, the beach here is not good for swimming due to the turbidity of the water (and the lack of lifeguards). If you want to swim in the ocean, you'll want to stay in Poipu or on the North Shore of Kauai. There is, however, a large swimming pool, practically on the beach. Also, if early morning rooster crowing will disturb your peace, you may want to consider a different island. Feral chickens are everywhere on Kauai -- there's simply no getting away from them. Neither issue caused any problem for us. We're not beach types, and we found the chickens to be rather entertaining, especially the hens with baby chicks. We also can't recommend the brew pub restaurant on the premises. Service was way too casual and the food left a lot to be desired.

That being said, over all, we loved the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Friendly staff, beautifully maintained grounds, and an ambience that reminded me of the Islands in the 50's when I used to visit as a kid. I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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