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“A wonderful place on Kauai's North Shore”
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River Estate
Ranked #3 of 5 Hanalei B&B and Inns
Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful place on Kauai's North Shore”
Reviewed 20 March 2009

River Estate is a true gem. Nestled by a stream in the forest on the far side of Hanalei, River Estate is a two-bedroom guest house. The house has been recently remodeled, is tastefully furnished, has one of the better-equipped kitchens you'll find, and is set in a beautiful pastoral environment. The only sounds you'll hear are those from nature -- birds, the stream, the wind, and an occasional dog. You walk outside every morning and, in the middle of a first-class garden, pick the fruit you're going to eat or squeeze from juice. The house is not on the beach, but is within a five minute drive of several first class beaches.

This is not a typical condo vacation home. If you're looking for that sort of environment, with swimming pool, restaurants, and development, River Estate is not for you. If you're looking for an comfortable, elegant stay in a quiet, romantic setting on the North Shore of Kauai, then you couldn't do better than River Estate.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

This isn't a hotel but rather a rental house. It is a GREAT house, immaculate, well furnished, top quality hardwood floors, granite counters, teak furniture, superb AC, washer dryer, HD Aquos TV, all top quality stuff. It is oversold as a semi beach place. In reality beach access requires a car. It is very close to the beach, but not easy to get to the beach by foot. However, it is right on the banks of a gorgeous fast flowing small river (with frogs, big catfish, freshwater prawns etc.) It is a very tranquil place. I would definitely come back for a second visit. The owner, Mark, really takes pride in this place and it shows. I have rented many times on Kauai and this was the ONLY place that was actually better than the ads said it would be. No rusty refrigerators or mildewed walls here. This place is top notch. It seems like it is in a remote jungle but you are only a few hundred yards from the main highway. It is very quiet with the exception of some neighbors dogs who bark form time to time. I give it high marks.

  • Liked — Immaculate with high quality fixtures and furnishings
  • Disliked — A bit dark, not for sun worshippers, but sunny beaches a a three minute drive.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 11 May 2007

My first visit to River Estate was in 2001 and I will be making my 6th visit in two weeks. River Estate is simply paradise! I can't say enough good about the owner Mark, the location, the grounds, the house (and I haven't seen the remodel yet!). I have stayed in condos and 5 star resorts on other islands and nothing compares to Guest House. You are lulled to sleep by the soft sound of the river right outside your window, and wake to the birds singing. Everywhere you look it is tropical, green, and beautiful. If you are looking for wonderful accomodations in a perfect tropical setting on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, this is it. It won't take long to forget your "regular" world and feel like a local! This is one time that the reality is even prettier than the photos on the website!

  • Liked — location, privacy, spacious and comfortable
  • Disliked — there's nothing not to like!
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Estate

Property: River Estate
Address: 5-6691 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Hanalei
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Hanalei
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Estate is one of the first Kauai vacation properties on the internet and we are still here. I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment you book. 45 years here helps in that regard. So please feel free to ask me about all Kauai has to offer and let me help you make the most of your vacation time here. There are two homes at River Estate (One 2 bedroom 2 bath called the Guest House and one 3 bedroom 2 bath called the Riverhouse) Please google River Estate to see all the details for both homes on the River Estate website. Both homes are on the estate grounds next to the river in the same proximity to the water yet far apart. The property location is centrally located in the middle of the prime North shore area. You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed the moment you arrive. Privacy and peace. On Site Staff and Owner Available 24/7 Top Quality Accommodations Affordably Priced A Completely Unique Central North Kauai Location Tastefully Furnished Homes. Quality Furniture Air Conditioning. Each Room Controlled Individually A Romantic and Spiritually Rejuvenating Experience Ultra Privacy in a Completely Unique Natural Setting Two Acres of Pristine Riverfront Botanical Gardens Comfortable Living Spaces With Many Deluxe Amenities Allergy Free Zones. No Mold or Mildew Inside or Out Very Close to World Famous Beaches and Landmarks Float to Beach and Back From the Property Easily Fully Equipped Large Kitchens With New Appliances In House Travel Agency. Multi Island Vacation Packages Complimentary Beach Gear and Quality Beach Towels Hotel Grade Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths Quality Bedding, Mattresses. High Thread Count Sheets Tile or Chinese Slate Floors in Kitchen and Bathrooms Quality Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors (Living Areas) Well Ventilated Homes Cooled By the Trade Winds Flat Panel TVs, DVD Players, Cd Players With iPod Docks Large Master Bedroom Suites with Flat Panel TV's Free Long Distance, WiFi Internet, Wireless Phones Large Collection of DVD's and CD's in each Home Washer/Dryer, Gas BBQ, Quality Lanai Furniture Selection of Kauai Guidebooks and Books on Hawaii ... more   less 
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