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Hanalei Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

This isn't a luxury resort and the parking gets pretty packed. That being said, it is located in the most beautiful part of the whole island. The view from the grounds and from the rooms facing the mountains and ocean are absolutely incredible. The price is reasonable. Not a bad base from which to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth. We enjoyed all the birds that visited our balcony!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

It never occurred to me that the hotel wasn't on the beach, but in the end it didn't matter. Its walking distance to the beach and the fancy Westin hotel. The swimming pool at the resort was really pretty and the views in every direction were stunning. Don't know about now, but back then (maybe 20 years ago) there were no phones, no TV. We brought tapes of Howard Stern and it turned out to be all the entertainment we needed (Does anybody remember "Angry Young Meg" to the tune of Billy Joel's "Angry Young Man"? She was the DJ that came on AFTER Howard that HATED Howard. Ahh the memories.... ;) We did the Na Pali hike and it was a lot longer and rougher than we expected but the beach and river at the end were worth it. One of the hotel workers let me take a joy ride in a golf cart.... I just remember sparkling sunlight, beautiful birds, a lot of peace and quiet, nothing much to do.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is our second trip to the north shore area and our first stay here. Great views and location. The beach area is nice and you are able to rent equipment from the St. Regis such as surf boards and stand up paddle boards. The grounds here are beautiful. Beware that the parking lot is a nice stroll away but they do have carts to drive you back and forth if needed. The staff is very easy to work with and never had an issue while here.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My family travels to Kauai every other year and always chooses Hanalei Bay Resort to stay at. The views are absolutely breath taking, the pool area(s) are amazing and a nice place to relax at, also it is walking distance to the beach (Hanalei Bay) with is superb! HBR is near a very convenient shopping center/grocery store so you don't have to travel far to get everyday items plus beach supply which comes in handy for the many beaches only maybe tens minuets or less away from the Resort! I would say if you were looking for a nice place to stay on the North Shore HBR is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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4  Thank Kauai_Hawaii_1
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We just finished an 8 night stay - our 2nd over the years - at HBR. You can rent a very nice condo here for a fraction of what it costs to stay at the top rated St. Regis and get nearly the same idyllic view. The grounds are impeccably maintained, the staff is courteous, warm and attentive, and the views from many of the buildings across Hanalei Bay to Bali Hai are breathtaking. One cannot overstate how nice it is to have a full kitchen and a washer/dryer, which many units have. Dining out is exorbitant on Kauai and the ability to mix it up with periodic dining in, makes ones stay more homey. The grill cabana is conveniently located and has 3 very nice Weber grills. This is one resort where your experience will hinge to some degree on location. All the buildings in the 8000 series and the front building in the 9000 series (the Plumeria and Bamboo buildings) abut an adjacent bird sanctuary, which makes for a very wonderful view and experience as your serenaded on your Lanai by the birds. Almost all of the buildings have water views, but it is prudent to consult a resort map carefully and ask questions before booking - there are some buildings here I would never want to be in. If you like tennis they have numerous beautiful courts. They have a very nice lagoon style pool with a waterfall and an adjacent hot tub. Access to the beach is down a long path but, frankly, we spent most of our time on other nearby beaches due to better snorkeling and boogie boarding. It will be a 5 star resort again once the restaurant and bar are rebuilt - a process that has taken innumerable years, but is supposed to be completed soon. We think it is the nicest place to stay on the North shore for the money and will be returning again.

Room Tip: Opt for a unit with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer if possible. Carefully consult a resort map b...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank raftman55
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We have stayed at Hanalei Bay Resort many times, as recently as January 2014 to as far back as February 1990. Many of the units are quite dated in their decor, as they are individually owned and have been around for awhile now. The services have changed over the years, especially after the fire which destroyed the old Bali Hai Restaurant as well as the Happy Talk bar. Fortunately they are nearing the end of the rebuilding process and these two venues should be back in service.

Having said all that, we keep returning for one reason: this place is paradise! The quiet and peaceful setting, the incredible views, and the consistently well-maintained grounds are unforgettable. We've had some units that have been updated and some that are badly in need of this. However the bottom line is that we really don't care that much about the inside! Once you step out on your lanai with your coffee in the morning, you are sold!

If you have mobility issues, this isn't the place for you. There are no elevators and the paths around the property are steeply inclined in certain places. There is golf cart service for check in and check out, and they will also drive you around the grounds when needed. Access to the beach (which is adjacent to the spectacular St Regis Hotel) is by a steep, winding path and even if you walk down, you can use the phone at the bottom to call for a lift up. If you are in good enough shape and don't mind the walks, you will love it!

Room Tip: Closet to the pool with good views would be buildings 3, 5, and 6. Buildings 4, 8, and 9 have more...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank LizV212
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We stayed at Hanalei Bay for a week for our honeymoon in Kauai. We were very pleased with the staff, the rooms, and the grounds. Everyone was so helpful and nice! We worked with Dai at the concierge desk and she was so nice and was very helpful with getting information about our excursions. The pool is a lagoon style pool and is very pretty! The hot tub was unique in that it had stones as the bottom; very cool! The room we stayed in was newly redone and we loved it! We actually had a one bedroom/one bathroom but then we also ended up with the adjoining room with a kitchen, living room, and another bathroom. The bathrooms were huge! The appliances in the kitchen were all new and it came with a coffee pot, blender, and toaster! We were happy to have the blender to make Pina Coladas since there was no bar on site to get drinks. That is why I gave it a rating of a 4 instead of a 5. The restaurant, bar, and lobby are under construction (and from what we heard, have been out of commission for 5 years). I am sure we ended up saving a lot of money making our own drinks, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise! We went shopping at the Foodland in Princeville, which was 7-10 minutes away. I signed up for the Makaya club (only by giving my phone #) and saved a bunch on prices! It was very convenient!
The grounds of the resort are really pretty! It is very hilly and steep - which add to the character. We didn't mind the walk down to the beach (and back up!) but if it's too much for you, you can call up the front desk and they will send someone with a golf cart! We did that for using the laundry facilities but found out it was much closer than we thought!
I would recommend this resort if you want to stay on the North Shore! It was a pleasant stay and was close to some of the excursions such as Ke'e beach, kayaking, hanalei bay, etc! If you want to do other excursions on the south side, you will have to drive an hour to an hour and a half to get there!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
Price Range: £187 - £355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hanalei Bay Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloha Guests, Mahalo for choosing Hanalei Bay Resort. We’re delighted to have you as our guests! Lush, relaxing, and as comfortable as your own home, our Princeville accommodations offer all the perks of a vacation rental along with award-winning service from our friendly staff. Located on Kauai’s North Shore, Hanalei Bay Resort captures the island’s beauty inside and out. A Daily Resort Fee of $20 plus tax will be collected at time of booking. Please note repairs to a select group of lanais will be taking place January 5, 2018 through April 27, 2018. You may notice a minimal amount of noise between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Every effort will be taken to reduce the sound as much as possible and respond to any concern. Once again, mahalo for your understanding and cooperation during this emergency repair work. Warmest Regards, Resort Management ... more   less 
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