For the most part our unit was decent. Really nice view, right on the water and the chairs on the lawn were great to have. Furniture isn't new, but is reasonably nice. Kitchen has what you need, bathroom was slightly upgraded. Did find hair in our towels and the 2 beach towels in the hot water closet were old and stained from use. There are a mix of units here, with units managed by Vacation International, WorldMark and residents. Ours was with VI so not sure if other units are in different shape. It did have flat screen TVs in the living room and bedroom, and the pool/beach area was nice and even had a hot tub.
Can't swim in the water off of the hotel because it is rocky and strong currents, but that is similar to most places near there at this time of year (October). There are several beaches nearby though with lifeguards.
However, the incredible amount of noise from the pool and the parking lot, along with the terrible beds, ruined our stay. Since there is no AC, you have to have the windows open on either the parking lot side, or the pool side, at the very least. Even with just 2 people in the pool talking, you can hear everything. The barbeque area was right outside the rooms and with large groups of people congregating for dinner, it was like they were in our unit with us. Finally, you can hear the TV through the walls, and it's like a heard of elephants with even just 1 person walking (or moving furniture) in the unit above you. We wanted to go to bed early and get up early, but the noise kept us from doing that. The pool is open till 10pm and often people were using it (with and without kids) that late. The queen bed and the murphy bed in the 1-bedroom were small and incredibly uncomfortable, so don't expect any quality sleep here. The bedroom is on the front hallway facing the parking lot, so anyone returning home and walking from their car can be heard (with the windows closed). There is an information sheet in the unit detailing that the walls and ceiling are thin and asking that people please walk quietly, but that sure didn't help.
If you just expect a basic place to leave your stuff while you explore the island then this place is ok. If you are expecting a luxury hotel with lots of amenities for your vacation, you'll be very disappointed. We expected the former, but not being able to sleep at night kept us from enjoying our activities the next day. We won't be returning.
- Also Known As:
- Kapaa Shores Hotel Kapaa
- Kapaa Shores Kauai, Hawaii