Please check out my Hawaiian Vacation Review to read about the Kauai Marriott where I actually stayed. These hotels are ones I only "inspected" as a travel agent.
The first resort I checked out on
THE PRINCEVILLE RESORT is built on a hill, so you can’t take an elevator from the lobby at the top down to the pool at the bottom. Think…terraces, where you take an elevator from the 10th down to the 4th floor (considered ground level), and then walk forward and take another elevator down a few levels to the pool. The rack rates at the PRINCEVILLE RESORT ranged from $465-$820 per night, not counting the huge suites. The sales lady giving me the tour there said it would be a great perk for me to remember to book my clients into the mountain/garden rooms as they nearly always get upgraded to partial ocean view or higher. That’s because THE PRINCEVILLE RESORT belongs to the Starwood chain of hotels and the points program reserves all the mountain/garden rooms for those using points at all times.
THE PRINCEVILLE RESORT was damaged, along with many resorts in
The HANALEI BAY RESORT was a nice place, also in Princeville, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time discussing it. Most of the resort is now timeshare owned, and within the next couple years the last, remaining hotel rooms will be sold to timeshares as well. It’s a beautiful resort, right on
The SHERATON KAUAI RESORT at Po’ipu Beach was quite an interesting place. There is a “by the water” section, a road running through the whole place that leads to the parking lot, and then the other section on the other side of the road. WELL, I started by looking at a beautiful ocean front room on the water side and was really impressed. The room was nice, the view of the ocean was nice, the pool area was nice. I loved it. I got to view a corner room, and it even has TWO lanais, one facing the ocean and one facing the pool. Truly wonderful. This category would be Deluxe Ocean Front and the rack rate is $575 per night.
Now comes the interesting part…step across the street into the garden view rooms area and you enter a whole different dimension. The garden view rooms are very old looking with 70’s décor, wicker, etc. The gardens and pool on that side are fabulous, but wow, what a difference in the rooms! Obviously, the hurricane in 1992 wiped out the buildings along the ocean, and they’re all re-done and nice, but the garden rooms were not harmed. I’d suggest the ocean view here, but not sure about the garden. I don’t think I’d want to pay the $335 rack rate for one of those garden view rooms, no matter how lush it is. Please note that the “
The last property I looked at on
The WAIMEA PLANTATION COTTAGES cost between $195 and $735 per night rack rate. They only have maid service every third day according to the listing, so this would be a get-away if you really wanted to live somewhere with your own little place or something for a while, do your own cooking, etc.
(Great if you want to run off to
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