Kauai Shores, An Aqua Hotel

Address: 420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, 96746, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located on 420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, is near Kayak Wailua, Coconut Marketplace, Opaekaa Falls, and Smith's Tropical Paradise.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsKauai Shores, An Aqua Hotel Kapaa

    Reviewed by t_b_blanchard

    Good for a one night stand.

    Reviewed Jun 19, 2015
    by (1 review) Ckarkston, MI , United States Flag of United States

    Clean comfortable hotel at a reasonable price. On the ocean, with pools and a small beach. Room had two double beds, fridge, TV and internet

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Kauai Shores, An Aqua Hotel Kapaa

    Nice Location


    I stayed with my daughter at the Kauai Sands Hotel from 02-13 to 2-17 2004. I was leery after reading some of the reviews, but since it was our first time in Kauai I figured as long as we had a place to rest our heads at night this would be more incentive for us to be out all day exploring the island. I was pleasantly suprised! The room was huge, and included a kitchenette. There was a large balcony and although we were in the far back wing we had an ocean view if we stood at the edge!

    Since I had booked a moderate package I was pleased to have any ocen view. The grounds were very spacious and nice with two pools and huge lawns. There were chairs and lounge chairs on the beach during our stay, and we spent some enjoyable time reading here. The room does have a very 70's decor, but so what - they were clean. You do have to check out a hair dryer at the front desk, and use an iron in the laundry room, but I just did without. The hotel is very well located. We spent a day on the east side, the north side, and the south-west, so the location was great. We had a great stay - horseback riding, catamaran sailing, kayaking (make sure you get a map), and a luau. There are plenty of beautiful sites, and lots of hiking if you want, I wish we had time to do more of this. I would love to go back, but you really need more than 5 days. I would consider staying at the Kauai Sands again if the price is right.

    Good value


    For the value, this resort can't be beat. The rooms are far from fancy, but are neat and tidy. We stayed in the section farthest from the beach, but had the luxury of one of the pools right outside our sliding glass door. Extremely handy for travelling with a baby/toddler. The location is central to everything, and the beach is beautiful. This island is worth repeat visits! If your looking for great value, and not a fancy room, you have found it in the Kauai Sands.



    Just back from a three week stay. Glad to have a place to give opinion as the hotel didn't ask and could care less. Good points--beautiful grounds, nice pool, great beach out front. Actually I found that the beach was better for snorkeling than Lydgate State Park, which is down the road. But not a wading beach because of the very close-in coral, which is the reason for the snorkeling of course. Rooms are clean. I had no bugs as described by others. Hotel--friendly staff. Bad points--Rooms are "motel basic" and not very comfortable. They are also INACCURATELY DESCRIBED in the literature. What "garden view"? My room faced the back, was dark and claustrophobic, and I had to pay $25 to get an "ocean view" room that actually faced the side (though you did have a "view" of the ocean off to the right. So don't go here unless you pay no more than $70 a night and are not spending any time in the room. Lousy restaurant, cruddy service, mediocre food. I agree with the other reviewer about the constant nickle and diming. To stay late for ONE HOUR (I had a late flight) they wanted to charge $15! Nice way to treat someone who'd been there for three weeks. No ocean bar. No beach chairs. You have to glom them from the timeshare next door, which probably is tired of people from the low-rent place taking their chairs. So go here for the very bottom of barrel--cheap but not a bargain. You get what you pay for and no more.

    Zero amenities


    Just back from a week, and very mixed feelings. Hotel staff generally nice--accept for the surly restaurant crew--but this is a bare bones place with zero frills. Bed, bathroom, phone which didn't always work.

    Zero amenities, not even chairs for the beach. Mediocre restaurant with poor service--I went for one breakfast and never came back. The rude, awful waitress actually charged for the milk in my coffee when I didn't want Coffee Rich. This gives you an idea of the constant nickle and diming. They even wanted to charge for a late checkout. Don't believe what they say about a "superior room" with "garden view." Mine was dark and faced the back. What "garden"? I noticed that one person at checkin was offered a standard room at the same price. It is cheap, which is why this isn't one star. But coming back? No way.

    Lovey oceanfront hotel at a great price


    Just spent a week at the Kauai Sands and loved it! It's a beautiful oceanfront property and through a promotion with the Entertainment Book we got a room for only US$55+tx! Even for us Canadians who have to add 33% exchange, it's still a great bargain. The main pool( there's 2) is in the central courtyard which is immaculately maintained. The beach in front of the hotel is lovely but too rough for swimming. However, just half a mile away is Lydgate State Park with a lovely swimming/snorkeling area protected by boulders that gives protection from the surf but still lets the fish through. The Sands has a restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. It's not gourmet, but very adequate coffee shop style with good service. If you want something fancier, there's the Hukilau Lanai restaurant at the Kauai Beach Resort just a short walk down the beach, that is excellent. All in all, the Kauai Sands was a great value and a very convenient base for our exploration of Kauai. I'd return in a heartbeat.

    Nice place


    Had to pay $10 extra a night for a room overlooking pool & just about the sea. Worth it. Right on beach. You can swim in sea (though need to be physically fit) - not for very young or very old. Good location for driving up to north or down to south. V.Friendly staff - remembered my name all the time behind reception. Travel office - Marleene? runs it - v.laid back, but sorted me perfectly and v.cheaply for my inter-island & return flight to SF. Incredible! Yes, nicer beaches, nicer scenery in the north of island (but its good).

    Pretty good for the price


    Stayed here for three nights at a very cheap rate we got online, they put us on the worst possible location, right on the hotel driveway, first floor. We thought it would be noisy and bad but it was fine, the AC made enough white noise to block out street noises, the room was big and spacious, it even has a little fridge. The decoration is a little garish but for the rate we paid it did not bother us. The hotel is right on the beach, which is not for swimming but great for watching the full moon at night and for walking to the shopping center next door. The hotel's restaurant is almost right on the ocean, dinner was just ok but worth it for the view. The pancakes in the morning were really good but they stop serving breakfast at 9:00 am. We would stay there again if we can get it as cheap as we did this time.

    Spectacular island; pleasant stay!


    Pleasant stay; room comfortable though hardly adequate AC; limited power points. Spectacular beachside location. Limited dining ...

    breakfast and dinner only (with fixed menus with additional choices at dinner only on 2 of 4 days I was there) ... and only available for short time after respective opening times of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ; food was also available in adjoining Cocoanut market bars, cafes, stalls and bars from 6.30 a.m. to after 9.00 p.m. but not very interesting choices ... hotcakes and eggs for breakfast with some 'tropical' touches; some fish and steak dishes for other meals; some take-away sandwiches and good iced coffees and fruit "smoothies"; Mexican, Italian and fish snack and takeaways also available there.Helpful travel office worked out quite good selection of tours for my 3 full days; checked and reconfirmed pick-up times but did not provide very exact or correct details on length of time of tours and expected return to hotel times.

    Excursions were well organised and locales visited ranged from pretty to just awesome!

    Affordable, but marginal


    The best thing about the Kauai Sands is its proximity to a nice, low-traffic beach. Even the worst room is less than 1000 feet from the ocean. In the morning, you can often find one or two Monk Seals sunning themselves. It's a cheap thrill. You can also walk down the beach to some more expensive resorts. Since the Kauai Sands has no bar, you may want to visit those at neighboring pools.

    The restaurant is to be avoided. We ate there twice. The breakfast was not cooked to order; often it was cold or somewhat reconstituted. Also they close at 9 A.M. The service is questionable and the "You're a Redneck If..." daily calendar by the cash register sets a curious mood.

    "The Kountry Kitchen" 1.5 miles up the highway in Kapa'a is your best bet for a good breakfast.

    The rest of the hotel holds tightly to its 1970's roots. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If you're in the right mindset, it can be charming. The rooms are really the weak spot. The bed was hard. Very hard. Like sleeping on a slate pool table hard. The carpet was better padded. The linens were clean but rough. The room was lit entirely by fluorescents--even the bedside lights gave off a bus-depot flicker that was unsettling.

    The nights-stayed to cockroaches killed ratio wasn't too bad: 2 to 1.

    The maid service was good. Our lanai had no view to speak of, but was useful for sand removal and beach towels drying.

    If you're going to be hiking and beach-going all day, the hard bed won't keep you from a good night's rest. If you want to lounge about, look elsewhere.

    Kauai Sands hotel--a great bargain


    We stayed at the Kauai Sands from Dec. 28-Dec. 31, 2002. While not luxurious like many of the resort hotels in Hawaii, Kauai Sands is a clean, comfortable, well run hotel. The rooms are a good size and the beds are comfortable, and the beach is nice, although the surf may be too rough for swimming on some winter days. The location, on Kauai's east coast is convenient to many of kauai's major areas, and the short walk to the Coconut Marketplace, with nice shops and restaurants is a real plus. Since the hotel is U-shaped, only the few rooms closest to the beach have true ocean views. The rates for this hotel are probably the lowest on Kauai, particularly using the "Entertainment" card, which gives a 50 percent discount and an upgrade to a superior room. They also have a 48 hour canellation policy, which is far more flexible than most. Stay at the Hyatt or Marriott if you want luxury, but this hotel is a great alternative if you are watching your budge!


    NOTE: definitely request a room overlooking one of the pools. A small percentage of the rooms overlook parking lots, and I would avoid those.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Kauai Shores, An Aqua Hotel Kapaa

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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