Kaua'i Island

Banyan Harbor

Many of the condos here are long-term rentals and some are timeshares, but there are still lots of vacation rentals at this property. Few pay the rack rate we list, so check for packages. On the 2/2 units, the single-level layouts (ramblers) are better because they...

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Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort

From the immaculate, garden-like grounds (complete with birds and koi) to the smashing pool area, this place works. The overall feel is calming. They have tons of artwork strewn around the resort. There is an unbelievable circular pool with a bridge to the center...

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Kaua‘i Palms Hotel

This is probably your best bet in Lihu‘e for a small hotel (but it is a bit pricier). It has small, clean rooms and few amenities, but the present owner has made an effort with the décor and property. They provide free coffee and tea in the mornings in the lobby....

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Motel Lani

They claim this “was probably the first hotel on the island.” Maybe it's true. It’s pretty disheveled with old furnishings, and it’s on a busy intersection. They were renovating rooms on our recent visit (something they always seem to be doing). Rooms are small...

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Tip Top Motel

Let’s face it, the name Tip Top Motel does not exactly instill confidence. The rooms are very basic (hard beds, linoleum floors) and have not changed in all the years we’ve visited. However, they did reopen the rooms directly above the restaurant. They could use...

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Marriott’s Kaua‘i Lagoons Kalanipu‘u

Though opened as timeshares in 2010, this condo property often has vacation rentals available. These buildings sit overlooking very pretty mountains, golf course and more distant ocean views. Overall, the views are best from higher floors. The units are modern and...

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Kaua‘i Beach Resort

We just like the feel of this place on every visit. It’s relaxing, laid back and not too big. This resort has been through many management changes, but its latest is one of the better ones. They renovated most of the rooms, lobby and common areas. The new room...

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Kaua‘i Beach Villas

Though these condos vary in décor, we found them to be overall in good condition. We especially like the layout of the 2/2s. The bedrooms are very well separated, making it a good value for two couples. Buildings G and H have the best views. Much of the resort is...

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Kaha Lani Resort

Kaha Lani

These condo grounds are well-tended, and the area is less built up than some places on the east shore. The buildings themselves feel cheaply built (and sound carries pretty efficiently), but they are well-maintained. Most of the units are reasonably decorated,...

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Hilton Garden Inn Kaua‘i

Located adjacent to Lydgate Park (the safest place to swim on the island—it also has a playground), this resort is great for families with small children. This 1968 property, after going through many changes (not all of them good), was finally reborn as the Hilton...

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