I give the hotel "5" for location, value, service and "2/3" for the room. If I were to do it again, I would consider staying here again, but I would definitely get the nicer rooms instead.
The hotel has two types of units, I think - "nice" rooms in a building facing the beach, and economy rooms in a different building. I booked an economy room, which wasn't a great idea; it's just an average room. The economy rooms are close to the road, the main highway, and there was a lot of road noise; and it made it hard to sleep. Fortunately, I got some earplugs from Walmart and they helped quite a bit. The other deficiencies of the room were the lack of a desk (inside) and wifi (the signal does not reach the room even one teensy bit, you have to go down to the lobby, where the wifi worked very well); they were minor pains. On the plus side, the AC worked great in the room, as did the shower, tv, etc. The bed was soft for me but that's a personal preference.
The hotel is in a good location, right along the beach, and the beach facing units must have nice views of the ocean. It's along the Kauai (Coastal) Path, so there's a nice walk or bike path right outside the door. It's in the middle of Kapaa, so you can drive / walk to restaurants, shops in little time. Kapaa is about midway between the "north" side of Kauai and the "south" side, so it's convenient if you are exploring the entire island. It's only a few minutes to the airport.
I found the hotel staff to be super nice, but I dealt mostly with one person, and he was very patient and kind (I listened to him dealing with some difficult customers, and boy he was nice). They have a nice little pool there. I liked the breakfast, but I also found it slightly annoying that they didn't have real sugar or milk / cream (they have truvia and non-dairy creamer). I wonder why, because they have some pricy items for breakfast, like fresh fruit, yogurt, mini babybel cheese, etc. They have a few chairs on the porch and it's very nice to sit outside and have breakfast. I rented a bike from them. It was only $5 for two hours, plenty of time to do this section of the coastal path.
The economy room was very cheap, and even though the room was meh, I would consider it an excellent value. The website is a little unclear as to what kind of room you're booking, because everything seems to be described as a "garden suite". The only clue that you're booking the cheap room is the price.
- 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