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“Best location on the Island” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Garden Island Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Worthington, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best location on the Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

We loved staying at the Garden Island Inn. We were traveling with our adult daughter so the
2 BR condo fit our needs. The kitchen was well equipped so we were able to fix breakfast there each morning. The rooms were clean, have nice bedding and plenty of space for three adults. We appreciated that the Garden Island Inn is close to the airport and if you plan on a helicopter ride, they leave from the airport area too. Exploring the north or checking out the south areas, Lihu'e is right in the middle. Very convenient! I travel with earplugs but didn't need them. Friendly staff and a good price. We would love to go back to Kauai someday and we would stay at the Garden Island Inn again.

Room Tip: For three adults, ask for room K-131
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank Judychosy
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We really enjoyed staying at the Garden Island Inn during a November visit to to Kauai. The rooms were simple, but had everything we needed, and were exceptionally clean. We had a great view of the beach, and it was only about a one minute walk to get to the beach. The staff were so nice, and in addition to being friendly, they had towels and snorkels and books available to take for the day. They also gave good recommendations on restaurants and what to do for our few days there. I would definitely return to the Garden Island Inn.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ewickham
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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68 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Since we arrived very late, the key to our room was in an envelope taped to the office door and the lights in our room were on. The people who run this inn tried very hard to be warm and welcoming, besides being very helpful.
Doors to each room were handpainted with beautiful flowers. Our room was small but efficient. Real mugs were provide for coffee as well as bowls for cereal. Granola bars are available in the office.
The Garden Island Inn is within walking distance of the beach, ABC store and other shopping as well as restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We found an information sheet "Where is Everything" to be very helpful in finding our way around. This was something not found in any larger hotel that we stayed. Towels, chairs, boogie boards, coolers and more were available for use in the office.
Only one small downside - road noise which we were used to by the 2nd night. A good bargain for the price.

Room Tip: Lower rooms have good access to the gardens.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank marylou44
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Pullman, Washington, USA
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

The hotel was very nice and the staff was fantastic. It was well priced and handy to things but there was some pretty loud traffic early in the morning.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Karen S
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loofer, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Aloha and thank you for writing. I am pleased to hear how everyone staying at the Garden Island Inn is enjoying the staffs friendliness and local knowledge they share with every one. There are a dozen other reasons that make GII a great place to stay on a vacation to the Garden Island. Nawiliwili Road that passes near by creates a free and protected area for safe parking, easy access to airport and the rest of the Island. There is more traffic on the day the cruse ship docks at Nawaliwili Harbor. Kauai's Weather and Roads are similar in many ways. Its always changing and we can't do anything to change it. There is always something fun to do and beauty to observe, Rain or Shine, Traffic or Calm. We can't promise you one or the other, most of the time it's a lovely combo, but I can promise you our entire staff will do there very best to help you make the most of your time on our lovely Island and keep the Garden Island Inn safe, clean , beautiful and a great value for your money. Thank you for your business and kind words. Lis and Steve Layne
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

For our first trip to Kauai and being budget-minded, we wanted a place near Lihue airport with proximal accessibility to both the North and South shores. We had heard good things about the Garden Island Inn, not only on Trip Advisor but in major travel guides as well, and they turned out to be spot-on.
The rooms were clean and appointed cheerfully with vibrant local artwork and wicker/rattan furniture. We chose to stay on the third floor, having heard about the road noise which is due to proximity to the major thoroughfare through Lihue. We still heard the noise, but the view was wonderful. From our bed we watched the sun come up through the palm trees lining Kalapaki Beach.
There was no elevator to the third floor so if you don’t travel light as we did that might be an issue. We only stayed two nights but would have been very comfortable for a longer stay. Our room, #19, was huge. The king bed was very comfortable. The kitchenette had bowls, plates, utensils, dish liquid and towels for clean-up. There was a microwave, coffee maker and fridge with freezer compartment.
The only drawback to the room was that the shower spigot was very short in length and my 5’7” sister had to crouch to wash her hair under it. The lone air conditioner was of the window type and very rinky-dink. In a hotter climate it certainly would not have been adequate for the room, but we found the trade winds were enough to keep us cool at night. Granted we were not there much during the day so cannot attest to the level of comfort during midday. In the end we did not run the unit at all.
The nearby “mall”, mere footsteps away, had about three restaurants but they reminded me of taverns or pubs where college students and partiers would gather. Indeed on our first night our sleep was disturbed in the wee hours by partying pedestrians setting off firecrackers across the street. We ate twice at the Feral Pig there, only because we were exhausted and didn’t feel like driving anywhere else. Again, it was very pub-like. Their breakfast fare was fine but neither of us finished a large but unpleasant burger we ordered for supper one night.
The staff at the Inn was very pleasant, and I will relate one story to illustrate their commitment to the comfort of their guests. This being our first visit to a tropical island, we were rather alarmed to be greeted by a small ”lizard” when we arrived in our room. I immediately called the desk and asked if there was someone who could remove the lizard for us. The woman calmly reassured me that we were in no danger, that the “lizard” was a gecko and were quite common in tropical destinations. She said she had difficulty walking but would find a member of housekeeping to come to our aid. Minutes later, not only did this friendly limping woman show up but so did two other women, mature members of the housekeeping staff, locals undoubtedly. They assured us, not only with words but with their friendly, motherly arms around our shoulders that we would likely never see that gecko again and that there was no way it would enter our bed or be crawling on us. They said it was more scared of us than we were of it. They said besides, the geckos are what keeps bugs away so we can feel happy about that! My sister and I were touched by their response and our fears were allayed, and what’s more they were right, we never saw the gecko again!
The only reason I would look for Kauai accommodations elsewhere, now that I know the lay of the land, would be due to the road noise. You can see and hear vehicles from dawn to dusk and many of them are trucks. It is a shame because otherwise this property is most pleasant; very pretty, if tiny, grounds that look like a botanical garden, a lovely waterfall that fills your room with sound all the time, pleasant staff, supplies like towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, ice chest, books and DVDs that you can “borrow”, and a great value for the money to boot.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms are larger.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Andie2012
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loofer, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
Thank you for choosing the Garden Island Inn. I appreciate you taking the time to review the good points of your stay. The car noise at night is unfortunate, as it is just a 2 lane road with the park and beach across the street; as you pointed out to the beautiful Kalipaki Beach.
Guests who close the sliding door and use the air condtioning with the rear windows open to hear the waterfall, have reported a very pleasant night rest. The shower height is an easy fix and we will replace the shower heads to make the showers more comfortable, thanks for the "heads up".
Your repeat business and referals are what we strive for, hope to see again soon.
Sincerely, Lis & Steve Layne
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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

If you want fancy, stay at the Marriott Resort across the road from GII. This place is bargain funky. Good location. Yes, there is some road noise. Pleasant and clean rooms. Great beach a few minutes away. Close to the airport, but "almost" on the water. 2 minute walk to Kalapaki shops and restaurants. I'd stay here again! This visit was 5 nights.

Room Tip: Second or third floor.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank AmrapDallas
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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

The Garden Island Inn lets you escape the sameness of standard Hawiian hotels and resorts. It is a family friendly motel-like facility with very helpful staff (especialy Germaine), located just across the street from the pleasant beach at Kalapaki Bay. The Inn has free parking, Wi-Fi connectivity as well as beach ammenities from towels through snorkel gear. The Inn has no restaurant however multiple restaurants serving local food as well as fine dining are within easy walking distance. Rooms are adequate in size with kitchenette appliances and window air conditioning. In Lihue with easy access to the airport, the Inn is centrally located mid-way between Hanalei and Poi Pu beach resorts. Evade the tourist masses and stay at the Garden Island Inn.

Room Tip: Second story rooms have easier to see sunrise views but there are no elevators.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fred B
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Property: Garden Island Inn
Address: 3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9590
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Lihue
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lihue
#4 Business Hotel in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garden Island Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garden Island Inn is a quaint, affordable boutique hotel by the lovely Kalapaki Beach and Bay, the Kauai Marriott and Lagoons and the Nawiliwili Harbor. Kalapaki Beach offers safe surfing, stand up paddle boarding, canoing, kayaking, sailing for beginners to intermediate, fishing or just plain relaxing and sunning.This is Kauai's center for shopping, live music and dining with a choice of 10 of Kauai's finest restaurants all within a short leisurely walking distance from the Garden Island Inn Hotel.The Garden Island Inn has quick and easy access from the Lihue Airport and to all the sights and activities Kauai has to offer. Let us be your home away from home while you discover Kauai! ... more   less 
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