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Kapaa Sands
Ranked #5 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Kapaa
Sacramento, California
1 review
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“Low key and comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

simple affordable great ocean front condo....stayed in unit 12...studio unit. Small but space is
well used. Bathroom recently remodeled. Nice staff....really enjoyed the small size of the complex
and well maintained private grounds. Enjoyed watching the locals fish off the coral/rock shelf in front of the complex. No a/c but "no worries" very comfortable air circulation. Some street noise
would be the only drawback...even though the complex is off a fairly lightly used side road. Would/will stay here again.

Room Tip: ocean front units are well worth the cost
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

This condo is over 40 years old but very well kept up. There is not air conditioning but the cool sea breeze blow through lots of windows. We fell asleep each night to the sound of the surf in our ears and the beach, while small, has a nice shade tree and a protected area for safe wading. We sat with our beach chairs at the waters edge. There was a fishing pole available for use on the deck as well as a cooler and beach towels.

The kitchen is full size but narrow. This full size is nice when you plan to eat in and save some coin like we did.There were also lots of good pots & pans and utensils. However, the bathroom was comically small...but it worked (see picture). The neighbors were nice and the pool was clean and close. The grills are clean and the neighbors are nice. The pull out cutting board in the kitchen had not been cleaned and the faucet in the bathroom cam on full blast only but still, I would stay here again.

Room Tip: This place is much nicer than those giant cookie cutter resorts that feel sterile. This place is qua...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colorado
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

We liked this place well enough but it all depends on what you're looking for. It is a very basic, simple place--has its pros and cons.

regarding the complex in general:

Pro's: it's in a fairly convenient location in Kapaa (a little ways south of Kapaa town), which is centrally located for drive trips either north to Hanalei or south to Poipu area. There is a small beach right behind the waterfront units which is very nice with easy access from steps right from the complex lawn. The pool area is of adequate size and contains two large picnic tables and two nice large gas grills, in addition to lounge chairs and side tables, the usual pool furniture. The complex is on a side street off of the main road so there is not much traffic noise, like some of the units of the Wailua Bay complex next door. There are about 5-6 restaurants within a five minute walk from the complex.

cons: a lot of the guests here cook their meals on the grills so finding one of the grills open during dinner hour is a challenge. The office staff is not particularly friendly or helpful. The laundry is only open on Tues/Thurs/Sat from 9:00-5:00 with only three washers and three dryers, and because of this, if you're not there right at 8:45 to wait for it to open, you will end up having to do your laundry in the middle of the day, when you'd rather be out enjoying the island. Too many guests for the limited laundry facility and available hours.

with regard to our unit in particular: We stayed in Unit #1 which is a two story, two bed, one and one-half bath.

Our sliding doors opened up right onto the grass and the beach access. This unit is very close to the water and the sounds of the ocean are just fabulous from there. You have a nice view of the water, but the problem with THIS unit is that there are a couple of BIG trees right in the way of the view. It's still a pretty view, but you don't have the "wide open view of the ocean" that you'd like to have. The waterfront units in the center of the complex have unobstructed views, but then these units are much smaller, many of them studios with murphy beds. Unit #1 is on the end which affords privacy from the rest of the complex. HOWEVER, the public access to the beach is RIGHT next to this unit so there is a constant parade of people walking past your living room and kitchen windows all day. you pretty much have to keep those shades closed the entire time.

The queen bed we slept in was very comfortable. Since there were only two of us, we used the other bedroom as a changing room. The bedrooms were small and there were no wall switches to turn on the lights. You had to walk into the room in the dark to turn on the bedside lamps and get some light. The back bedroom had a nice balcony overlooking the water and because the bedrooms were on the 2nd floor you felt safe leaving the slider/windows open at night for the breeze and surf sounds. There is no air conditioning in this unit. We were there in Feb so it was not too hot, but I think it might get somewhat warm during the summer months..don't know. There was a safe in the one bedroom and that was a nice feature, we were glad for it...especially since the slider on the first floor didn't lock very well and was very flimsy.

If you are renting this unit as a couple, do not think for a minute that you'll be able to cook together in this kitchen. The configuration and size of the kitchen makes it impossible for two people to be in there at the same time, even just to get something out of the frig while the other person wants to cut up a pineapple. Seriously, only one person at a time in the kitchen. So kiss those of thoughts of romantically cooking a dinner together...won't happen, trust me.

I could not recommend this unit for people with kids over the age of 10--just plain too small. And if you have kids under the age of 5, be very wary; the staircase is LONG and STEEP with a shag carpet that can be very slippy. I did notice they provided a baby gate in the closet, but I would still be worried. The stairs also made it very inconvenient as opposed to condos with the bedroom on the same floor as living/kitchen area.

The unit is very dated and was definitely WAY overpriced at $200/night, but everything on Kauai is overpriced. It should be more in the range of $125/night in my opinion. We stayed a week and it worked fine for us (a couple in our mid-50's) because we prefer simple and don't like resort areas. But if you like the amenities of the resorts and nicer accommodations, I would recommend you look to the Hanalei area. It is really much nicer up there than Kapaa.

Room Tip: Make sure you understand which units are studios and which have separate bedrooms. If a studio is ok...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

We stayed here April 1-14 - 20, 2013 and enjoyed our time at this resort. Very clean and comfortable accommodations. Very friendly and efficient staff. Amy was very pleasant and always very helpful. We stayed in a unit away from the Ocean and would have loved to stay right on the Ocean next time.
Our only complaint would be we wish we had a hot tub by the pool.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Medford, Oregon
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

We LOVED this place. We'd been at the Hyatt in Poipu for 6 nights before coming up to Kapaa and turns out we'd pick this place over the Hyatt any day. No real way to compare them apples to apples, but we loved the location, staff, convenience and the views it offered. We were in unit #9 and although it could use a deep cleaning, new coffee pot, and new shower head, everything else is just what you need. A few bugs at night but we did keep all the doors/windows open. If you go to Kapaa, you must go to Passion Bakery across the street and get a macadamia nut sticky bun (or anything) and Monico's.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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133 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

Kapaa Sands is an absolute gem. The units are quite small studio apartments, laid out for the utmost in privacy. Even though we just had an ocean view, what an incredible view it was. The manager and staff were absolutely excellent - they were attentive and informative and responded quickly to each and every request. The place is spotless, and the grounds and pool and BBQ area are immaculate. It is within easy walking distance to the Coconut Marketplace, and, if you like to walk, many other restaurants and attractions. It is centrally located and is a very easy to drive either to the north or south attractions on this wonderful island. Our only issue was with a group of 6or 8 couples who monopolized the BBQ's and eating area for each entire evening - made us feel like total outsiders when we went down to use the BBQ's. However they appeared to have checked out and left partway through our stay, and it was much more friendly and comfortable using the BBQ and eating area after that. I realize they were all friends just socializing but I have never encountered that attitude in the common BBQ facility at any other vacation condo, ever. Aside from a bit of an issue with the WiFi (it is being replaced with a new system next week) it was pretty much as close to perfect as one can expect.

Room Tip: Any unit here is wonderful.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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grande prairie ab
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

If you want a super close spot to the water,this is it.nothing fancy but has it all at the same time.very quiet,close to lots of attractions to.discounts for long stays also.beach front and back rows of rooms are both good.pool is not heated and a bit cool,but feels good when it is hot,BBQ area with picnic tables are great for meeting the other guest.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rotormec
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Additional Information about Kapaa Sands

Property: Kapaa Sands
Address: 380 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1440
Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kauai's centrally located, intimate, 24-unit boutique beachfront resort. Rentals at Kapaa Sands include both studios and two-bedroom oceanfront and ocean view condominiums, all with full kitchens, allowing you to keep your vacation meal costs down by eating as many meals as you wish at the best table on Kauai, your view lanai (deck). Every condo is an end unit, meaning 3 exterior walls with windows, tropical breezes, and light. Sleep to to the sound of the surf and wake to the sunrise. Conveniently located across the street from Kinipopo Shopping Village with restaurants & specialty stores. Two supermarkets are within a mile from your door. Take advantage of nearby hiking trails (walk to Sleeping Giant), scenic waterfalls, and Wailua River kayaking. ... more   less 
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Kapaa Sands Hotel Kapaa
Kapaa Sands Kauai, Hawaii

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