We just returned from a 9 day stay at the Coral Reef Hotel and the only thing we hated was having to leave! The hotel has a great location on the East Shore, making trips to both the North Shore and South Shore very convenient. Another plus...there were many restaurants and stores located nearby. Access to the Ke Ala Hele Makalae bike/pedestrian path couldn't be any easier...it's located directly behind the hotel! George and Rhonda, the managers, even have bikes they rent on the cheap for a day full of fun.
Speaking of George & Rhonda, I couldn't complete this review without giving them a "shout-out" for their true Aloha! The pride they take in their facility and town is apparent from the moment you meet them. We received a greeting from them daily and they were always close-by if we needed recommendations. By the time we left, it felt more like they had invited us to stay in one of their guest rooms rather than at a hotel!
The room itself had everything we could possibly need and had been nicely updated. The bed was super comfy and the jetted tub was the perfect solution for the exhaustion that follows experiencing action-packed days of fun! It was great falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean and waking up to the views...which you could see right from your bed in the ocean-front king room.
Their on-site washer/dryer was a nice bonus the day we returned from getting soaked on a morning kayak adventure (the one day that the rain didn't move out as quickly as it moved in!). They had a cooler that they lent us which really came in handy on our daily explorations of the island. Beach towels could be exchanged easily and they had nice chairs located outside for when you just wanted to sit back, chill and take it easy. The free wi-fi worked better in some parts of the room than in others, but once you figured out where the "magic spot" was, it was easy to keep in touch with the "outside world" [I kept a daily blog to keep friends & family updated and to share pictures and details while they were still fresh in my mind!] The pool was nice and we even had it to ourselves on the day we used it. Parking was plentiful, and even though the hotel is located directly on the main highway, we rarely had an issue getting in or out. We were amazed when the traffic would stop in both directions to let us out...everybody was so laid-back on this island! They provided pastries and fruit each morning inside the main lobby...just what we needed to get us going. One final highlight was when we asked for a late checkout on our last day (without any previous notice) and it was available for a reasonable charge.
All in all, you couldn't ask for a better place to stay with such awesome views at such a good price! Don't hesitate to book your stay at the Coral Reef Hotel. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore beautiful Kauai from our centrally located OCEANFRONT Hotel! Hotel Coral Reef, built in 1956, is known to be the island's original boutique hotel. Located in the historical town of Kapa'a, which features a variety of unique stores and restaurants for visitors to enjoy, Hotel Coral Reef invites you to experience our beautiful oceanfront guest rooms located 50 steps from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Perched on a gorgeous coral reef area, great for snorkeling, our intimate setting allows you to connect and reflect with "The Garden Island's" natural beauty. Direct access to the Ke Ala Hele Makalae ("the path that goes by the coast") allows you to bike, walk, run, or stroll the magnificent East-side coastline. Scenic vistas offer glimpses of pounding surf, spouting whales, and if you are lucky, a visit from one of Hawaii's elusive monk seals. Our King and Double Queen rooms will allow you to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate your soul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Reef Kapaa
- Hotel Coral Reef Kauai, Hawaii - Kapaa