We just returned from eight days on Kauai. We stayed the first 3 nights at Coral Reef Resort "Hotel on the Beach" in Kapaa, on the east side of the island. Our ocean front room was clean and comfortable. The trade winds were brisk, and the sunrises were mostly obscured by clouds, yet, glorious, and could be enjoyed from our bed! We walked every morning on the concrete/paved costal walkway, which was easily accessible steps from our room. There were people riding bikes, jogging, on roller blades or skateboards, with strollers or walking. The views were awesome along the walkway, and several state park-type restrooms along the way. Bike rental was nearby the hotel. We had fresh fruit after our walk in the lobby. No, it's not a buffet and we weren't expecting one, but, we enjoyed a slices of fresh papaya, pineapple or banana before our "real" breakfast, across the street at Kountry Kitchen, where there was delicious banana pancakes! A few shops were within walking distance of the hotel, an ABC store specifically, Ono Family Restaurant, Mermaids (the original site of the first Bubba Burgers), Bubba Burgers, a few coffee shops. Making Coral Reef Resort our home base for the first part of our trip was very wise, it turned out. We toured Wailua Rivery valley, Fern Grotto, two waterfalls, and the north side of the island, returning at night to a comfortable bed and always taking a jacuzzi bath at the end of the day. The hotel-provided bath wash smelled grand! I think we were in #1303, second level in building to right of lobby building. The rooms had been remodeled and were very nice at the time of our visit. We used Kealia Beach for our swim beach. The beach outside the hotel was for walking along and enjoying the sounds of the surf. The last 5 nights of our trip were at Poipu Beach, where we stayed at the Sheraton Resort.
- 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