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“From Fremont to HBR” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hanalei Bay Resort

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Hanalei Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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Fremont, California
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“From Fremont to HBR”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We spent a delightful week at HBR. The view of "Bali Hai" from our unit was stunning. It will be nice when the bar, restaurant, and front office are re-opened. The walk down to the beach was very nice, and the beach chair rentals were first-rate.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Stayed march 22-29 in condo 5202. Fantastic views from ex lg Lanai,well appointed condo,washer/dryer,full size fridge,coolers,beach chairs. Very nice/clean gas grills by pool. One of the nicest pools I've seen with waterfall & hot tub. Great beach with easy access for snorkeling. Hanalei Bay staff was excellent,you can catch a golf cart ride to & from beach anytime. If you have a car drive north about 8 miles to end of the road and spend 1/2 day at Ke'e beach,very Nice!! Great restaurant in Town of Hanalei (about 15 min drive) Dolphin Restaurant, Fresh fish is their speciality and it was marvelous! Also don't miss Kilauea Light House a short drive south,wonderful views from point & next to light house is another great beach " Anini Beach" great for swimming very safe.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Woodruff, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

We have stayed at Hanalei Bay many times in the past 14 years we have seen the good and the bad, the resort, now being owned by the owners themselves seem to be going in the right direction. The room remodels are a very big improvement, add that to grounds that have always been perfectly maintained and a view that we have not found on any of the other islands. Once the restaurant and lounge open they will be hard to match anywhere else. The staff, many of whom have been there for 15 years or more are friendly and helpful and give you the feeling of family after a few stays. Kauai is the garden island and Hanalei Bay shows you why.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

We enjoyed our first visit as owners. The views are very beautiful and the grounds are very well kept. The rooms are in the process of being renovated and we were in a newly renovated one which was very nice! We did have an issue with the room which caused us to move to another renovated unit on the third day and although it was a hassle to move we give credit to Jim, the manager for understanding and offering compensation for our few days of troubles. We enjoyed the pool/hot tub area and the beach has great snorkeling and a backdrop that makes you just want to sit on the beach and gaze. There is a hill to the beach but they have a golf cart that will bring you to and from it. We are happy with our purchase and look forward to the restaurant and lounge being completed next year when we have our children along to experience the beauty of North Kauai!!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

HBR is an exceptional resort because it is located in paradise. The resort itself is very nice and is in the process of being significantly upgraded but the really fabulous part of the this place is where it is located in the middle to Kauai's north shore with a fabulous view of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hi. The staff are helpful and committed and all have long term relationships with the resort. We highly recommend this resort to anyone who loves the outdoors, a true tropical environment and a relaxing stay. You cannot find a better place in the Hawaiian islands.

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Green Features: Very good environmental practices but you should also know that the resort and its staff are very involved in contributing to their local community, you can feel really good about staying here...
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

My husband and I stayed in a studio room recently. It was nicely maintained and we had a wonderful view from the balcony. The resort is very close to the St Regis and is a short walk to the beach. It is an exceptional value for the North Shore. This is our second trip to Kauai and we wanted to stay on the North Shore. After much research on hotels/condos, this was a great find. The sunsets are beautiful. Will defintely

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Mid March we spent a week in one of the two-bedroom timeshare units at Hanalei Bay Resort. We have been coming to the resort every other year since 2003. The recovery of the resort from previous years of mismanagement has been outstanding!
The grounds are beautiful and the views fantastic- most better than those of the very expensive St. Regis.
Our unit was one of the few that has not yet had the kitchen and bath remodeled. Yet all the furniture was new, new flat screen TVs, new kitchen counter appliances, all carpets are less than 3 years old. Free basic WiFi. When the remodeling is complete (fall 2014) all units will have new granite counter tops and all new major appliances. In the meantime, one can ask for placement in one of the remodeled units (about 2/3rds are done).
We had no issues with cockroaches! Some small ants which were quickly controlled by ant bait located under the kitchen sink. This is the tropics!
Resort staff is excellent. Always pleasant and anxious to provide good service.
Things to be aware of:
o Reconstruction of the burned out main lobby/restaurant building not yet finished- estimated completion is late August 2014. So no restaurant on site until then (good eating options in nearby Princeville and Hanalei). There is also construction from unit remodeling and redoing roof shingles on some buildings. The reservation staff has a construction schedule and can indicate which buildings may have construction noise.
o Housekeeping is routinely available once a week with a minimum 3-day stay. More frequent housekeeping is available upon request (extra cost).
o This is not a high-rise (and price) condo resort pampering to inactive guests! Buildings are no higher than 3 stories (no elevators) and spaced to optimize views on the hillside overlooking Hanalei Bay. Be prepared for the possibility of what some may consider long walks between the parking area and your building (but through the beautiful grounds with great views). Golf-cart shuttles are available (no cost) and promptly respond. Again, contact the reservations desk if you are concerned about the distance from parking to your unit.
o Beach access (beautiful views of "Bali Hai") are shared with the St. Regis Resort at the base of the hill. A steep and scenic walk but shuttles are available both ways.
o Two types of units are available: timeshares and private condos (rented through a property management company or by owners through VRBO). Decor of the private units is variable. Timeshare units are centrally managed with consistent facilities.
o Expect rain on Kauai, especially on the North shore. Temperatures in the low 80s year-round. Light raincoats or umbrellas are sufficient. Longer-duration and heavier rains, but generally not day long, are typical in winter months. Lighter showers (liquid sunshine) in summer. Usually if it is raining on one side of Kauai, it will be sunny somewhere else.
If one wants to experience the best low-stress 'aloha' feeling of the Garden Isle, with the current resort management we again feel that this is THE PLACE to stay on the northshore of Kauai!
Aloha!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Hanalei Bay Resort
Address: 5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5109
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hanalei Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 134
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