I've read some of the reviews of the cabins in Kokee, and I wanted to just put in my two cents worth. I think folks' expectations must be skewed. I live on Kauai and have spent time in the cabins at least 20 times in the last 14 years. I spent 5 nights (the maximum) up there on my honeymoon and have celebrated many holidays and birthdays there, year around. Winter is one of the nicest times to be there, even though it's cold. Some of the cabins are fancier than the others, but all of them are simple and unpretentious. They have always been clean and the linen, while not fancy, has always been ample and clean. We have never lacked for hot water for showers or washing up. The staff has always been helpful and kind.
Yes, some of the cabins are a bit shabby. Some of the paint is cracked, some of the fridges are rusty. I've never seen mold up there. One of our favorite cabins has a bullet hole in one of the windows. Character! Yes, you need to bring your own food and especially your own potable water. The ovens on the cook stoves may not always work, so bring food that can be cooked on the stove top. We generally make up a big pot of chili or soup to bring with us, and don't make too big a deal out of expecting gourmet cuisine. If you don't want to cook for yourself, the Lodge serves good basic meals. It will be cold at night - as is appropriate at 4,000 feet elevation. Bring firewood or better yet, presto logs, which light immediately and give off warmth for at least 2 hours. The cabins warm up fast.
There aren't many "amenities" included - unless you value peace, quiet, the most beautiful place on earth. The small museum has some interesting exhibits and a really good small bookstore. No internet, phones, or TV. We bring games, art projects, the guitars, and an appreciation for the simple gifts of nature. We play, sing, and talk to each other. We've had so many lovely vacations up in Kokee at these cabins.
If you are looking for a resort environment, room service, daily housekeeping, a hermetically sealed room in a building and grounds that have been thoroughly sprayed with insecticides, air conditioning or instant heating, nightclub entertainment, or fine dining - these cabins are not for you. There are many fine resorts in the visitor destination areas in Poipu, Lihue, and Princeville that may be better suited for folks that want those things.
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- Also Known As:
- Kokee Hotel Waimea
- Kokee Lodge
- Koke'e Lodge Waimea, Kauai