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Historical Traveler Reviews Kauai Sands Hotel Kapaa
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Pleasant stay; room comfortable though hardly adequate AC; limited power points. Spectacular beachside location. Limited dining ...
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.
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!