The Kalalau B&B stood out amongst several other accommodations we had in our week on Kauai. This truly was a budget place for anyone really needing to save approximately $40-$50/night versus other pleasant options on the north shore (that’s $110/night versus $160 elsewhere).
If you’re into saving the money (fyi, I’m talking the equivalent of eating one meal out in Hanalei with your sweetie), you may be prepared to take the slightly dingy and musty room in stride. It’ll be nostalgic, full of memories of hostels you stayed in while backpacking in your early 20’s! If you’re in the budget spirit, you’ll appreciate cooking in the dark on the communal bbq (the only cooking appliance) and the unneeded expense of covering the area with an awning or the like as the the storms pass overhead soon enough. You’ll also appreciate that in staying in the Kalalau Room, the residents are actually have you staying in a room in their home that shares a wall with their kitchen. You’ll feel like you’re at home with pots and pans clanging in the next room - this isn’t no fancy-shmancy resort! If you appreciate cutting corners on expenses, you’ll appreciate that their dogs haven’t been to any upscale obedience classes and fight and yelp like the best of them. There is one area where the Kalalau B&B didn’t skimp out and that’s the generous free Hawaiian (and random 70’s/80’s tunes) sing along concert (6pm-11pm) that they provided just on the other side of our shared wall, so that we wouldn’t miss a single word. I was told this was a rare event (only a couple a year), so don’t get your hopes up that you’ll get that special event packaged in with your stay at the B&B.
In the end, we decided that we weren’t really budget minded like the residents of Kalalau B&B at all. They kept their apologies (and our other two nights of pre-payment) to themselves and we not only generously gave them the room in their home back but generously handed over another $320 of our money to an establishment back towards town for two respectful and generous nights in a clean and quiet four star villa.
- Also Known As:
- Kalalau Bed And Breakfast
- Kalalau Hotel Hanalei
- Kalalau B & B Hanalei, Kauai