Hanalei Bay Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hanalei Bay Resort Princeville
This was our first time in Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary in July 2003. We arrived at this resort somewhat concerned after reading some of the reviews.
The resort was awesome! Our hotel studio was roomy and neat and the view was better. A small (apartment size) kitchen was useful. The pool was luxurious with waterfalls flowing into it. They didn't have drink service at the pool, but this was fine with us -- it kept it less crowded and less rowdy. The grounds were well maintained. Parking was nearby.
The resort is not on the beach, but on the steep sloped cliffs abve the bay. It is a few minute (and beautiful) walk down to the beach. Golf carts can be riden to/from the beach. A phone with room key access for a ride is available at the beach. These carts arrived within a few minutes after our call.
What a bargain at the price we paid! We laughed our whole stay at the people who stayed at the Princeville Hotel who paid three times what we did. I can only conclude that those who were disappointed at this resort had a bad experience or have expectations that were too high.
Also, contrary to what I have read, the weather on the North shore was superb (always sunny). The North shore is more lush, has better beaches, more "outdoor" things to do and is less crowded. I don't really know what the attraction to the south shore is, at least in the summer -- except where it is irrigated, it's like a desert.
We will return to the HBR with our family. We can't wait!
Beautiful location, OK hotel
I just spent a few days at the Hanalei Bay Resort (June, 2003). The location and grounds of the hotel are absolutely breathtaking. The pool is also very pretty. I had a ground floor room which means I had to climb 6 flights of stairs every time I went out. The cable was out during my entire stay so I could not watch television at all. The room was nice but had a peculiar smell. The drain in the bathroom did not work and the toilet ran unless I played with the flush handle. The restaurant was pricey and the food was fair. The staff was pleasant but not overly friendly (except housekeeping). I highly recommend staying on the north shore in Kauai, but I plan to spend more money and stay at the Princeville Hotel the next time I visit.
Fantastic views from Garden view rooms
Myself and my fiance stayed in the hanalei bay resort in Dec 2003 and had a lovely time, our room was upgraded to one on the top floor overlooking the garden and was nice although the bathroom could have done with an update. The views from our room were out of this world so I would highly reccommend this resort simply for the unbeatible views. The staff were ok, not overly friendly though. The Bar area was great, lovely burgers! The restaurant was awful. Overpriced and foul tasting food. This is the second time Ive stayed in this hotel and i would return because of the outstanding views, however the first time we stayed here our room was dingy and smelled of smoke- this was a ground floor room, so its worth requesting an upgrade to a room with a view- it made our holiday. Its also worth mentioning that you have access (via a steep path) to the same beach as the expensive Princeville resort. You can even use their restaurants. it gave me great pleasure to know that although we had the same views and beach as the Princeville we only paid a third of the price!
Great cozy place. Excellent service. Close to North Shore attractions. Don't get suckered into the timeshare presentation.
To start off, I have to say that I stayed at the Hanalei Bay Resort through a package deal offered by Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, so I don't know how much the room cost.Hanalei Bay Resort is conveniently located near all North shore attractions. Queen's Bath is less than 5 minutes away, and you can easily make it to Tunnels or Ke'e Beach in less than a half hour. If you're doing a lot of activities in the south or west side of the island, you might want to find something closer that part. It took us over an hour to get to Waimea.I believe I stayed in one of the more newly renovated units (Rm 1495), and also one of the least expensive units on the property. It overlooks the mountains instead of the bay.The unit is actually pretty well designed. The toilet/tub is separated from the sink area. There are 2 closets, which is more than enough space for 2 people. Our kitchinette had a full sized fridge, microwave, coffee maker, range, dishwasher, and was fully stocked with cooking utencils and plates.The studio had a dining table in one of the corners with a stereo and tv directly in front of the bed. The balcony had a patio table and 2 chairs, which was a great place for early morning breakfast.My one gripe is that because they offered me the "limited view special" I was stuck with a sofa bed instead of the usual queen size bed. This made absolutely no sense to me because the sofa bed is never used as a sofa. So if anyone from Hanalei Bay Resort is reading this, TAKE OUT THAT SOFA BED AND PUT IN A QUEEN SIZE BED.The room was clean, and the service was impeccable. Upon arrival we noticed what appeared to be stains on the toilet seat. It was actually paint, but the chief engineer came up to inspect it at 10 p.m., and changed our toilet seat anyway -- without us having to ask. In another instance, I left a plate in the sink one morning, and returned to find it washed and stowed away in the drawer.On a side note, I would also like to remind you that Hanalei Bay Resort has timeshare owned propertieith a call to our room shortly after arrival stating that we had "won a prize," and that "it was available for pick up at the concierge's desk." They were offering us $50 dinner vouchers if we would attend a 1.5 hour presentation/breakfast. We kindly refused.
Quite dated and dingy
This was our first condo experience, although we own a ski condo ourselves. This unit was dated and dingy and not very well stocked. It had 3 washcloths for 5 people and only 4 towels. The unit had a "lovely" 70's decor. The pool was a pretty setting but dirty and bug filled. We felt pressured to visit the time share presentation but we resisted. This place was not very kid-friendly. The price did not match the quality. The second half of our vacation was spent at the Hyatt Regency in Poipu.....WHAT A DIFFERENCE! It was awesome!!!
Couldn't have been better.
We just returned from a trip to Kauai and stayed at Hanalei Bay Resort. Our trip and accommodations couldn't have been better. We loved the pool and hottub and the grounds were spectacular. Our unit had an unbelievably beautiful view of the bay and mountains. We can't wait to go back!
Very rude front desk
I recently phoned the resort to inquire about lodging and services. The front desk attendant was very rude, did not want to answer my questions and basically did not make me want to stay in the hotel. She basically told me to get lost.
Great view, dirty pool
This review is a bit dated, but accurate none the less. The staff was very nice. The units were a mix of recently renovated such as ours that were very nice. The others were a bit tired. The views were outstanding from our unit. The biggest problem was the pool. It was big enough, but it was pretty dirty and had lots of water bugs. The deck area also seemed infested with flies. The beach at the bottom of the hill was smallish but great fun to snorkle.
We had a Great Stay !
September 17-19, 2002
We had a wonderful stay recently at the Hanalei Bay Resort. The scenery is awesome, some of the prettiest I have ever seen. The pool is magnificent; I have never experienced anything quite like it before. Our room was very nice and the view from our back lanai was breathtaking.
We were never even asked about buying a time share, the information was available to us at our pleasure. The beach is a short walk (hike) down the lane and it is lovely. We completely enjoyed our stay at this resort/hotel.
Hanalei Bay Resort
We stayed at this hotel in June 2002. We were pleased overall. We stayed in the 800 section of the grounds with outstounding views of the bay and cliffs. The walk down to the beach is paved and beautiful (yes, you can call for a cart to take you back and forth) The room was alright. Nothing to call home about. We were dissappointed in out bathroom - just somewhat shabby - ex.- old vinyl flooring that needed replacing and some mildew areas. It was also quite small if you have small children to bathe. The grounds were beautiful, the pool was nice. Our main complaint, and it is a small one, is that the conceirge did not make us feel welcome at all upon arrival. She was rude, unfriendly and seemed only concerned about selling timeshares for the property.
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I was awake at 7am but couldn't bring myself to put get up so put the TV on. I got engrossed in a horror/thriler movie called "The Bridge." There was lots of blood and guts but I was glued to it until 8.30am. I got up and had a showers (still picking midges out of my hair), before heading to the pool. It was a scorcher of a day and apparently the …
Blimey, that Kinky vodka is better than sleeping pills! Had about 10 hours sleep last night. Don't think that's happened since I was here last year! It was a good sign when the alarm cocks went off at 5.30am. That didn't happen the previous morning as it was still raining! I dragged myself out of bed at 8am to see blue sky! Yeah!!! The helicopters …
It's the first night I've ever stayed here and not needed the air conditioner on! It's quite cool out and yes, still raining, although it's more like "normal" Kauai rain rather than the madness of the downpour yesterday and over night. Never seen so many waterfalls from the room either. I counted 12 on show just from my lanai (balcony). Bet they …
... Coast. By the time we were back in port, the full moon was above us. What a sight!
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Today we took our SECOND helicopter ride! The first was spoiled by having windows and doors (bad for picture taking), so, of course, my husband had decided we must have another. Living on the edge is in his nature and Jack Harter Helicopters ...
... his pic. He gave new meaning to "carpenter crack."
The afternoon was almost over, and we took off to our condo. We rested up and watched the sunset over the Poipu Bay, which was very lovely. It was going on 7:00 p.m., and dinner was on our minds.
There aren’t many restaurants around. We finally settled on Joes at Kapakali, a sports bar with a variety of food on their menu. The food was so-so, and ...