Kauai Banyan Inn
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The Perfect Kauai Retreat
My stay at the Kauai Banyan Inn was delightful. The rural setting was perfect. If you're seeking a bucolic setting in Hawaii, this is the place to stay.
My room was very comfortable, and the deck was a wonderful spot to begin and end each day. A well-appointed corner kitchen was included, and the bathroom was very spacious.
The inn is the perfect base for exploring all of Kauai, especially off-the-beaten-track West and South Kauai. Great snorkeling is nearby, as is the small town of Koloa, where you can stock up on groceries, send postcards, rent snorkel gear, treat yourself to a restaurant, etc.
If you're not in the mood for exploring, you can enjoy your stay among the wonderfully landscaped grounds of the inn
For those arriving from the Mainland, the inn is a pleasant 20 minute drive from the Lihue airport, yet worlds away from urban sprawl.
Lorna and John are the perfect hosts, and they rescued my Kauai vacation. During a desperate telephone search to escape the concrete jungle of Kapa'a, I was referred to the inn and reached Lorna, who told me a room had just become available and she'd have a loaf of macadamia nut bread waiting for me. What a welcome!
Site unseen, I was at the inn in an hour and realized my ideal Kauai vacation had just begun.
I've attached a few casual photos of the inn. It never crossed my mind to take an indoor photo of my room. Cozy, comfy, clean, large, and delightful--that'll have to suffice in describing the room.
Thanks for the wonderful stay, Lorna and John.
We loved out stay at the Banyan Inn. It has to be one of the best deals on Kauai. The room was beautiful and offered us everthing we needed during our stay. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. A convient location for exploring the south and west end of Kauai. As everyone else has mentioned, Lorna couldn't have been a better hostess. Fresh fruit, banana bread, and other treats greated us in our room at arrival. Beach towels, chairs, cooler, etc. were all conveniently provided. We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay. Lorna was even kind enough to mail us a T shirt we left behind before we even noticed it was missing. We hope to return someday!
My personal treehouse...
Mahalo to Lorna!
What a treat to wake up to sunrises and birds each morning! Wood floors and ceiling, everything I could need for a relaxing stay. Breezes blowing all the time.
A very secluded setting...my only regret...she only had the room available for one week! Here's to my 'Nani Loa Suite'.
We'll be back -- again and again!
My husband and I just returned from a week on Kauai at the Banyan Inn. In a word: Fabulous! We both agree that we've never had such a positive experience even in any fancy hotel. Lorna is an excellent host, a wealth of local information/recommendations, and an overaul dear! Our stay in the Banyan Inn's Nani Loa suite was comfortable and peaceful. The hillside location was ideal -- just a short drive to the beach/Poipu, Hanapepe and Waimea. The suite was tasteful and a home away from home! In-room massages by Lorna's daughter are highly recommended -- what a way to relax! Also enjoyed local restaurants in Koloa and the Kalaheo Cafe in Kalaheo. We hope to return to the Banyan Inn again and again. :)
A Beautiful Retreat
We stayed at the Kauai Banyan Inn for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it! The Ulu suite was beautiful with a gorgeous view. The suite was much nicer than any hotel suite I have ever stayed in. The beach was just a short drive away, as well as restaurants and shops. If you are looking for a quite, relaxing place to stay, then this is the place. Lorna was a wonderful host. We definitely would recommend the Kauai Banyan Inn and hope to go back someday!
First Class Value!
Lorna Hoff runs a terrific inn in the hills above Lawai on the sunny south side of Kauai. The accommodations are excellent in quality with beautiful wood ceilings, floors and doors. The decor is tastefully done in Hawaiian style. My wife and two daughters (ages 2 and 4) stayed in the Ulu Suite for 2 weeks and it was terrific. The suite has a large lanai with great views looking to the south and east. It also has a full size kitched with nice modern appliances. Lorna is also an excellent host. She provides great information and all the beach items you'll need (towels, chairs, cooler, floats, boogie board, etc.). The room also has free wireless internet service for your notebook. My wife enjoyed the surf lesson offered through her son's surf school (see photos). Definitely try the Waimea Brew Pub - I am from Portland "beervana" and the Waimea has great beer in a great old Hawaiian setting. Overall, the Kauai Banyan Inn offers first class accommodations and is a great travel value. The geckos seem to agree! Enjoy!!
Kauai Banyan Inn - A Gem
We just got back from visiting the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands and the trip was wonderful. I had spent a large amount of time looking for a place to stay that was nice but also a value. When I found the Kauai Banyan Inn, I was very impressed by the pictures of the view and the rooms at the Inn. After talking to Lorna who lives there, I had no doubt that we would be happy there.
Lorna is such a sweetie! She is a person who you immediately feed very comfortable around and is one of the most hospitable people I've ever met. The room was beautifully decorated, immaculate, and had a very nice view. Lorna offered to get us discounted surfing lessons and provided chairs and other items that are very helpful at the beach.
Before making our trip, my wife and I had discussions about whether or not to stay on the beach or not. We decided not to and it was the right decision for us. The beach areas are more crowded and the Banyan Inn was a nice quiet place to return to after spending all day at the beach or doing other activities.
The Kauai Banyan Inn is a real gem and as well as a fantastic value. We will stay there again if we are able to return.
Absolutely loved it!
I am a very picky traveler and was not sure what to expect from staying here. My room far exceeded my expectations and rivaled many of the 4 and 5-star hotels I have stayed at.
The views were great, I had total privacy, my room was decorated in a very pretty, clean, crisp and relaxing Hawaiian style and I had amenities I didn't expect - like a full-size fridge and all the modern appliances I might need to cook a small meal.
Straying from a recognized brand-name hotel/resort can be scary but rest assured that you will be absolutely delighted with your stay at this very affordable, pretty and comfortable inn that is secluded but not too far off the beaten path.
Home Away from Home
Although we only stayed there one night, we were very impressed. We arrived in Kauai very late at night and wanted to stay near the airport before moving on to our final destination on the island where we had reservations for a week. Our family reserved two 2- bedroom units in the complex and both were very roomy, clean and quiet. I had requested a porta-crib in one unit and was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Banyan Inn to find it already in the unit ready for a very tired little baby. The manager met us in the lobby and was very kind and helpful; he even assisted us with our luggage. The complex is a mixture of rentals and permanent residents and very well maintained. It has a nice gated pool and barbeques. We were impressed with the location. There is a big grassy area out front for the kids to run around on and we could walk to the stores and the Marriott Beach Resort across the road which had a wonderful beach perfect for kids. If you are not looking for elegant or room service, but rather family-style condominium living, this is a perfect place.
The Wonderful Banyan Inn
It's cliche but it's true and has to be said; Lorna has thought of it all! We were lucky enough to stay in both the Milo and Ulu Suites and both were incredibly clean, beautifully decorated, and each has a private porch (lanai) for you to relax and let the sun soak in even more after a day at the beach...all while admiring the view. (Take note that Poipu beaches/shops really are easily reached from the Banyan Inn...we were pleased with the location!) Safety, beauty, privacy, and very well-appointed. For the price you just CAN NOT get a more fabulous place to stay. What more could you need?! The only criticism I'd offer up which is true of many locations all over the island is that you hear roosters crowing intermittently.
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