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Aston Islander on the Beach
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Kapaa
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Reviewed 16 October 2006

We booked the Islander on the Beach after reading other Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Our room was beautifully appointed and very comfortable - staff was pleasant and accommodating and the location is just absolutely beautiful! The tropical grounds are well maintained and the beach there with all the coconut palms is just magic. It is so quiet and peaceful there. And, this hotel is a really great value for the price, given its quality and beachfront location. One tip - we came in at night and had trouble finding it, because it is not right on the road, it is behind the Coconut Marketplace ~ we had to call the front desk for directions! But once we got there it was well worth it - we look forward to going back!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2006

My fiance and I stayed at the Islander for a much needed vacation. We were very happy with the impressive views (from the 3rd floor over the lobby) and relaxed atmosphere. We had wall to wall oceanviews without being in one of the "oceanfront" buildings. The room was also air conditioned (via remote control) which was great as Kauai can be very humid at night. We even snorkeled on the beach just steps away from the pool area, not the best conditions, but we saw fish and even a sea turtle. One of our favorite things about our stay, aside from the quiet atmosphere, was the immaculate grounds and the ambiance at night. The pool area was lit by tiki torches and the pool side bar was a nice touch. There was no restaurant at the hotel itself but excellent dining next door, both at the Coconut Marketplace (Hula Girl) and at the adjacent hotel (Huki Lau Lanai). We had a great time and will definitely stay there again when we return to the island.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank abby'shouse
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Reviewed 10 October 2006

My wife and I got into Kauai late and stayed here for our first night. You pull into the Coconut Market place and the hotel is behind the shopping center to the right. We stayed in an Ocean Front room in the Kauai building and it was very nice inside. The room was on the third floor and there are outside stairs to get up there.

When we got to the room it was extremely hot. The a/c was not working so we called the front desk. They said it was motion detected and would start soon. 15 minutes later it was not running and they suggested we try holding the remote control right in front of the a/c unit. Still nada. Finally someone came to the room and pressed a “reset” button behind the couch. They very well could have just told us to do this over the phone, on the first call. I had read about another poster having this problem, but it was late at night, and I had forgotten.

The rooms are very close to the ocean and we slept with the patio door open and the wonderful sounds of crashing waves. This place has the closest ocean front rooms to the ocean of any place in the area. The pool was nice and neat and the grounds were well kept. The only other problem we had besides the a/c was the TV remote control had no batteries.

This is no luxury resort, but it was clean and comfortable. The price was right and the closest you can get to the ocean.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank edboogie
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Reviewed 9 October 2006

This was our first week on our honeymoon and we wished we had stayed longer. We had an oceanfront room about 50 yards or less from the water. Unlike many big resorts, this place is very intimate. Beautifully landscaped and romatically lit during the evenings. This is a great place for peace, quiet and enjoying the view. Nothing fancy, but just quaint and wonderful. Staff were very accomadating and friendly. For a quick meal, we loved walking to the Coconut Market. We plan on returning again.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank lisaatucla
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Reviewed 6 October 2006

We just returned from eight days in Kapa'a, Kauai. The last time we were there was 12 years ago. The place has doubled in size and in population, but it is still paradise none the less.

Last time we stayed in Poipu and this time I wanted to stay somewhere different so we tried the ResortQuest Islander on the Beach. It met our expectations. We had an oceanfront room and watched the seal and the turtle swim in the ocean from our lanai everyday. It was blissful! The bed was a bit hard but I spoke to Suzie at the front desk and she provided me with a foam cushion top which solved the problem.

Snorkeling in front of the hotel was pretty good, next door at Lydgate Park it was awesome with clear visibility and lots of fish to see. We also snorkeled in Poipu which was good.

The food at Safeway and Foodland was exorbant! $6.49 for a loaf of bread, all fruits and veggies sold by the pound. Bring lots of money.

If you love Hawaiin music, we purchased "IZ" he has a voice that will melt away all of your stress. Remember to eat Lappert's ice cream and see Java Joe if you want real authentic Kona or Kauai coffee (a must) drop by Java Kai's on the main street in Kapaa.

If the weather is good, hike the Napali Coast. It is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. It really is.

Good places to eat for reasonable prices: Pizzetti in Popoi/Koala for lunch, the Lighthouse Bistro in Kiluaha, and Casa Di Amici for a blissful dinner in Poipu. They have fantastic mushrooms sauteed in white truffle oil with shavings of black trufffles. It was my birthday dinner, but it was my husband who ate the mushrooms and watching him in bliss eating these was the best birthday present a girl could have!

All in all a wonderful location. Spring for the extra bucks to get the ocean front room, it's well worth it!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Kini'i
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Reviewed 30 September 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Islander on the Beach for a week in early September, for our anniversary. We had a second floor ocean view room. This was our first trip to Hawaii. The room was very clean (much cleaner than ocean hotels in Florida where we typically go) and absolutely great views. We were able to watch terrific sunrises each morning from our balcony.

During the week we traveled the island, including a visit to the Grand Hyatt for an anniversary dinner, as well as dinner at the Princeville. While those were nice hotels, they were very busy and certainly would not provide the excellent views and quiet times we had at Islander on the Beach.

Keep in mind that the pool is small and if you want to spend your time at a resort pool, this probably isn't the place for you. If you are like us, however, and want a quiet, romantic place to watch the sunrise and take a nice stroll along the ocean front before or after visiting the rest of the island, then this is the perfect spot. I should say the pool may be fine if you have kids along.

The hotel does not have a restaurant, but the Beachboy condos next door have a decent one and Coconut Grove has a few restaurants, including a couple that are great for breakfast. (Coconut Grove is a small shopping area right across from the parking lot.)

Also, I'm not sure we would recommend it as highly for any rooms other than the ocean front rooms. All of the grounds and gardens that the other rooms overlook are impecably maintained, but the reason we stayed there was to have the ocean right outside our door.

You can swim, boogie board or snorkle on the beach here, it's just a little rough water -- definately wouldn't let the kids out in it. There is a beach, but it's a little steep which is why lounge chairs are mostly up on top of the beach at the grass line.

The outdoor pool bar is great and is open late at night, well past when others we noticed were closed. Their "rules" are that you can't take your drink out of the pool area, but at least you can still be near the ocean.

My wife says I should also mention the beach towel exchange program. While (of course) the actual bath towels, etc., are exchanged daily for the room (they kept the room very clean) the beach towels are received at the front desk. At anytime during your stay, you can exchange your beach towels for fresh ones. A few days we exchanged the beach towels a couple times during the day to have clean, dry towels for more ocean time. This was a really nice extra that we haven't seen before.

The bottom line -- we had a great time in Kauai and Islander on the Beach was a perfect place to stay at a reasonable cost. (But get the ocean view room.) We'd highly recommend it and do intend to go back in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank Jon&Kathy
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Reviewed 24 September 2006

We split our stay btwn the North, South and East paying 3x as much for our north and south shore accommodations(though we really enjoyed those stays as well) as we did for this little gem. Once you understand the scale of lodging rates on the island, rooms under $200/night (or even $300/nt) start to seem a little dicey (according to the online reviews) so this place, at a rate of just under $150/nt turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.

Very lowkey, unassuming little property along the jumble of accommodations on the busy east shore. It's not nestled in the mountains and the approach isn't picturesque but the grounds itself are quiet and the beach fronting the resort is very peaceful. Never a fight for chairs or a piece of shade, we found the waters to be fairly gentle relative to some other Kauai beaches. It's not caribbean calm and you do need some swimming ability to ply these waters but the waves were more playful than aggressive-at least in the opinion of this very basic swimmer.

The pictures of the pool did seem small and humble and I did not imagine being tempted to swim there but I did swim as well as try out the hot tub. Though the resort was almost at capacity there weren't hordes of other guests jockeying for space. Which brings me to another observation: the friendliness of the fellow guests. Not in-your-face chatty, but there were always easy smiles and greetings as you passed. As much as I did enjoy our pricier digs north and south, a couple of days break from mainland attitude was nice. (not to be unfair and say that there was a lot of 'tude at the big resorts-just a different ,more distant vibe there.)

We wanted to launder our hiking and other active gear and the Islander had coin-op machines for guest use.$1 /wash, $1/ dry.

Parking was a little tight but there's always the Coconut Marketplace. This resort forced us to go and hunt out different restaurants and markets. I'll miss Java Kai in Kapaa(as well as their Hanalei location). And Hamura Saimin (which is also convenient when you're on the south shrore). Also, convenient to the Islander is the Hukilau Lanai restaurant right next door at the Beach Boy Resort (or something like that). It’d seemed very popular and a lot of fun when we discovered it our first night so we decided to go the next evening- a Monday-only to discover they’re closed on Mondays. They have a very appealing breezy ambiance. We did try Eggbert’s one morning-super convenient, quick service and decent food.

The ROOM-nothing fancy here , no robes or slippers and you might not like the bath amenities but overall very clean and well-kept. Cool tile floors, lots of storage space. Bathroom had plenty of counter space and a nightlite. The lighting in the room you might find inadequate, however. There’s a hanging fixture over a table and one bedside lamp, I don’t need it to be flooded with light but it just seemed dark to me. As mentioned by other posters, there’s a fridge, mic, sink and coffeemaker, all in good condition. As for the AC-it did cut out on us at one point and we took one look at that remote control and realized what other posters meant by ‘confusing’. After pressing the stop/start button (duh) and every other button in a variety of sequences, I thought I had confused the thing enough and called maintenance to have them talk me through. Someone came up instead, fiddled with the remote, then finally just pulled the couch away from the outlet and hit the reset button on the plug. So, there you go.

Pool bar was open for business but, as with other Kauai resorts and hotels, you are not permitted to take your drink past a certain point-like to the beach or your own lanai. But also as with other resorts there are ways of getting around it if you must. It’s just a bar with drinks, no grill(at least I don’t think they offered any food).

As for location-the East was more of a rest stop for us. There were some hikes and the Wailua Falls to kayak-but not much else in this area that we'd priortized for this visit. Given this, if we could do this trip over again, we MIGHT consider skipping the stay on the East shore only because of the driving. We hadn’t pre-planned our itinerary before arriving so when upon arrival we tried to book tours or popular restaurants either on the North or South shores, the only days we could get sometimes overlapped with our East shore stay. And though other posters will tell you how convenient it is, the driving can be a real drag, especially if you wanted drinks with dinner. So I guess the advice here really is to plan as much as you can ahead of time-booking your north shore items for when you are up north and your south shore excursions for when you’re in the south.

All in all, the Islander is a terrific value for those who want peace, comfort and a beachfront on a budget.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank jphare
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Address: 440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kapaa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#6 Family Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range: £127 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston Islander on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Aston Islander on the Beach features a sparkling pool with a poolside bar, lush gardens for strolling, and a beautiful beachfront location - popular for viewing Hawaiian monk seals. Enjoy the convenience of the adjacent Coconut Marketplace's 60 boutiques and restaurants. It's impressive oceanfront and plantation-style charm make this relaxing resort the most enticing retreat on Kauai. Please note: The hotel collects a daily amenity fee which includes DVD movies and Playstation 3 game rentals, Airport Shuttle service (must call hotel direct at least 24-72 hours in advance to make arrangements), a voucher for a refreshing Mango Lemonade OR Imua Coffee per paying adult, per one time per stay, daily newspaper, daily coffee and tea, in-room safe, WiFi internet, and local & toll-free calls. ... more   less 
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