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“Coral Reef Hotel--It's Genuine Aloha!”
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Hotel Coral Reef
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Kapaa
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Lavista NE
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37 reviews
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“Coral Reef Hotel--It's Genuine Aloha!”
Reviewed 7 June 2011

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.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean-front king room...great views!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fresno, Ca
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

This is an older property with small but nicely renovated rooms. Our Ocean view room was a double queen, nicely furnished with comfortable beds & A/C. Modern bath with a jet tub and rain shower head and blow drier. Very small, with no refridgerator (they lent us a small ice chest) and no microwave. Rooming with 2 other friends was a challenge in this tight room, but the view can't be beat and we were literally steps away from the ocean. The staff was friendly and helpful. They offer free use of beach towels, chairs and ice chests. No dining to speak of- most things are a short car ride away in Kapa'a. There is a small grocery store across the street. The "continental breakfast" was some granola bars, fruit salad and coffee. Very busy road with lots of construction traffic, but our room was quiet. After visiting other towns on Kauai, I would not stay in Kapa'a again, better weather and beaches either to the north or south. This hotel was fine for a quick stay for a wedding, but not a 'resort' experience! We got what we paid for- 3 nghts for the price of 2, just under $500 total with taxes etc.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2011

wow what a nice place management and staff very nice clean rooms with rope lighting that you can change the coloer's and close to the beach.

Room Tip: ask for the hd room
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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reefwalker123, Manager at Hotel Coral Reef, responded to this review, 23 May 2011
Aloha,

Thank you for the review, we are truly grateful that you took time to review our property. Our goal is to give our guests the best experience our Garden island has and make them plan for their return trip to our lovely home and spend more time in our parlor.....
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2011

This is a charming hotel in an excellent location. Staff were very friendly, beautiful location and rooms were well equipped. And free wi-fi!
Beware the pillows - Very uncomfortable!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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Reviewed 25 April 2011

We hadn't booked anywhere in Kauai, and stumbled across this hotel when night was appearing fast. We were very impressed at the standard and location and the great hospitality of George and Rhonda. And compared to other hotels it was great value for money and we only wished we could have stayed there longer. The room was everything we needed and we had the cheaper room closest to the main road and we could not hear the traffic at all. The local Kapaa village is very unique and has great cafes and restaurants all within walking distance.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Volcano, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2011

Other than a few concerns about the reservations in advance, which were then warranted by some mistakes in the type of room (two beds v. one but were resolved because they had extra rooms available), the stay there was wonderful!
The location just steps away on a nicely maintained lawn to the beach with a little area to sit (but no swimming!), was so warm and relaxing.
The upgraded rooms were gorgeous with granite bathrooms, jacuzzi tubs. A small refrigerator in the rooms would have been nice, but all the other touches were wonderful.
The hotel is right on the bike/walking path and you can get some exercise. Also in short walking distance to several great restaurants in Kapa'a including the best fish tacos I had in Hawai'i and a great Indian restaurant!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2011

We have been staying at this hotel for forty years and each time it gets better. Rhonda and George were excellent hosts for this hotel on the beach that has been upgraded three times in the years that we have been coming. It is a 3 story modern "motel like" structure about 100 feet from the beach and a short walk to the town of Kapaa and a few good restraunts. Room rates have always been reasonable and our stay was friendly and great. George and Rhonda can advise you of the places to visit. If you are looking for a place with room service, strumming ukes, luaus, and hula shows, you better keep looking. If you want a quiet and friendly place on the beach with out spending king's ransom, this is it. Ample on-site parking.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Coral Reef
Address: 4-1516 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1830
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Coral Reef 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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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