My partner and I stayed in #68, a two-bedroom, two-bath, ocean-front cottage for 5 nights in mid-May. We decided on Waimea Plantation because it offered all we were looking for within our price range: a laid-back part of the island (not Princeville of Poipu, away from the towns and traffic), the sunny side of the island, an oceanfront cottage or house (no condo or big resort hotel room), a pool, and full kitchen. We wanted a retreat from the typical resort, something unique to Kauai'i.
The cottage was perfect for us--mostly comfortable, quiet, charming, and unique to the Hawai'ian islands. The kitchen had adequate dishes, cookware, utensils, salt, pepper, coffee, and tea. The bathrooms had basic amenities (soap and shampoo), claw-foot tubs, a walk-in shower (master bathroom), and fluffy large towels. (Beach towels are supplied at the front desk.) The cottage was furnished with antiques and wicker furniture, a good mix for an "old Hawai'i" feel. The beds were too soft for us and the pillows lumpy--these were the not-so-comfortable parts of our stay, but this didn't matter when lulled to sleep with ocean waves and awakened with bird calls and the scent of plumeria. The cottage had three lanais, two with furniture, and a front yard with a grill, table and chairs. The front lanai was the best--a view of the lawn and ocean where on two mornings we watched dolphins and a turtle. Given some of the disparaging reviews I'd read before we arrived, I was anxious that we wasted our money, especially given that the cottages seem a bit pricey compared to other rentals on the island. But, I was very happy and relieved with the quality of the cottage, service (all very friendly and professional), cleanliness, and all-around experience. Yes, the chickens are loud, but they are everywhere on the island and part of what makes Kaua'i unique. (We also stayed several nights at friends' house in a quiet Kapa'a neighborhood and the chickens were loud there too.) The overall grounds of the resort were beautiful and clean with lovely landscaping and tiki torches lit at night. Overall, we would stay here again.
Why I gave it a "very good" rating and not "excellent": old/too soft mattresses and lumpy pillows, broken toaster and non-working DVD player--which we reported to the front desk but we were never given replacements.
I also think that Aston as a company doesn't seem to be as well run as it could be--the website appears dishonest because it only shows photos of very updated cottages rather than a range of what accommodations that they actually offer at the plantation.
We had lunch one day at the Grove Café, which wasn't a place I'd return to because of the service and just so-so food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private, individual plantation cottages set on a historic 27-acre coconut plantation in a beachside setting close to Kauai's famous Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon. Each self-contained cottage has been fully restored with modern appliances, full kitchens, and amenities. The simple, comfortable charm, genuine history and beautiful grounds allow guests to enjoy a unique experience unlike any other in the islands. Waimea Plantation Cottages offers beautiful settings for Wedding Celebrations, Anniversaries, Family Reunions, and Corporate Business meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages Hotel Waimea
- Resortquest Waimea Plantation Cottages
- Waimea Plantation Cottages Kauai