We stayed at the Westin Princeville in early March and although the weather was unusually cold, windy, and rainy, the resort really helped to make the vacation a relaxing and restful one. The resort is quite new and we were placed on an upper floor in building 2. We are a Starwood member and although we have a corporate membership, they could not provide any upgrades due to the fact that this was a vacation property (likely would have gotten one at the Sheraton in Poipu). However, our room had a very nice view of the garden and pool and because all of the buildings are only 3 stories high, it doesn't feel like you're at a huge hotel.
Upon arrival, the staff was very friendly and helpful. They provided us information re. the grounds and was able to answer all of our questions re. the area around the resort (grocery stores, golf courses, etc). When we arrived in the room (studio), we found the room very clean and on par with what was expected of a Westin. The large bathroom had both a shower and bathtub which was great with very nice finishings. The main room was a decent size and although they indicate flat screen TV's, unfortunately the signal comes in poorly therefore you really do not get a chance to enjoy the capabilities of the TV. The kitchen in the studio is very small, especially the sink and dishwasher. It's very difficult to wash anything in the sink and it's best to fill the dishwasher after every meal (you'll likely run the dishwasher after each meal considering how small it is). However the ridge is quite big and the stove is decent.
As for the grounds, there is no beach access but there is a few pools throughout the resort which are great for families and for those "not so nice days". The resort is in Princeville (quieter than the south and much more beautiful) and there is a market close by to get whatever you may need (the prices are slightly higher than Lihue). Hanalei is also very close with a good spread of restaurants.
We spent a week in Kauai and went all over the island. To really enjoy the beauty of Kauai, we would definitely recommend staying on the north shore and the Westin is likely one of the best resorts on the island (next to the Hyatt in Poipu and the Princeville Hotel presently undergoing renovations) and definitely a great place to stay.
One last thing for golfers, the Princeville golf course is right beside the resort but you need to drive a few minutes to get to the entrance. Discounted rates are provided for hotel guest.
- 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