This was my second visit to Kauai. The first time I stayed at the Hyatt on the south shore. It was as nice as everyone says it is, but nothing compares to the north shore. It's far more beautiful here and has a laid back, tropical and less touristy feel to it. If you're active and willing to explore, the Princeville/Hanalei area is the place for you.
The Westin Princeville is a CONDO resort. That's the experience you get when you stay here. It's best when you're willing to buy your own groceries (hit the Safeway on your way from the airport for better prices), cook your own food throughout the week, rent a car to explore the island and use the condo for a home base and pool time. The condos themselves are modern, well decorated, spacious and contain almost every amenity you'll need. It was very comfortable for our 8 day stay.
We had a one bedroom condo overlooking the pool area. It had a fully equipped kitchen (with everything but an oven), a six person dining room table, a living room area with a couch, coffee table, chair and TV/DVD player, a separate bedroom with a TV, a sizeable bathroom with jacuzzi tub, and a small porch with chairs. It's also equipped with a washer/dryer. The pictures online are accurate but really don't do it justice. There are outdoor BBQ grills and communal tables available for your use as well.
We checked in and were basically left alone for the duration of our stay. You can even opt out of housekeeping each day and get a $10 food voucher in return, which is nice. There was no pressure to attend a timeshare presentation. We weren't offered an upgrade (which was initially disappointing) and had no ocean view but it didn't matter in the end. If you want beach and ocean time there are far more stunning views and beaches if you're willing to drive 10-15 minutes down the road. You won't regret it if you do. I recommend Tunnels Beach in particular. It's outstanding.
If you're looking for a typical hotel experience where you're taken care of at every turn and have your hotel, pool, beach, nightlife and/or dining options (including room service) all in one place, you will be happier elsewhere. Although the rooms here are great, and the grounds are immaculately maintained, the resort itself isn't necessary beautiful. It's a collection of condos with some hotel-like perks (a concierge, a general store, a restaurant, pool bar and small menu of spa services). If you approach your stay here with the understanding that it's not a hotel and that you actually need to get in your car to experience the island, you'll have a great time and appreciate this place for the gem that it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas are atop the lush, emerald cliffs that line Kauai, this retreat is perfect to savor refreshing Pacific breezes while gazing at the sparkling ocean. Stay in spacious one and two-bedroom villas with up to 1,310 square feet accommodating up to eight adults. Each villa includes fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, generous living and dining room areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Hotel Princeville
- Westin Princeville Ocean Hotel
- Princeville Westin
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Kauai, Hawaii