Hanalei Colony Resort
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Very good budget option
My husband and I rencently returned form a trip to Hawaii. We stayed 3 ngihts Oct. 3-7 at Hanalie Colony REesort. This is an excellent choice for those who want to stay on the north shore but don't want to pay exhorbident prices and don't mind doing with out Air condition and bell men.
We had an ocean front 2 bedroom condo (they only have two bedrooms on property) for $300 a night. THey also have garden view for less. It was VERY CLEAN, even the windows were squeeky clean and there were lots of ocean fronting windows. The furniture was rattan with both bedrooms having king beds and there were two bathrooms.
We were upstairs and had a fantastic ocean view with the ocean not more than 15 fet away. WOW what a view. we even got to see an NCL ship sail by one day. The balcony was huge with lots of room. The ocean is always rough here so going in the water is forbidden but you can walk the beach. Looking to our right down the beach we coud see the Princville resort in the distance on the other side of Hanalie Bay and looking to the left about a mile down was Tunnels beach.
They do have laundry facilities, small pool& hot tub as well as a day spa and BBQ grills. They are very informal almost like family. You are very close to both Tunnels and Kee beach. There are no TVs in the condo or phones to promote quietness and peace for everyone there. There are phones in the office and by the pool. No air conditioning ;but plenty of trade winds and ceiling fans.
The only thing which is silly is that you are so close to the ocean that unlike a sound machine you can't turn down the sound of the ocean. One night it was especially windy so that the waves were very loud and woke us up. I thought for a minute a hurricane was coming ashore :-)
It is not fancy but quiet, clean and close to everything on the north shore.
A wonderful stay
We spent 8 days at HCR in late June and early July, 2004. It is in an isolated location, near the end of the road on the North Shore, away from the crowds and amidst spectacular scenery. We loved it.
Having read the recent less-than-enthusiastic reviews before arriving, we were a little wary. However, our oceanview unit was very clean and well-kept. (Looking for any possible flaws, we found three dime-sized rusty spots on the carpet under one couch. That was it.) The view from the lanai was outstanding, through palm trees and along the rocky shore, with waves sending up occasional sprays of white as we looked toward Princeville. Although it was summer, the constant trade winds kept the unit cool. We were less than a mile from Tunnels Beach, which had very good snorkeling and stunning views of the Makana peak. Kepuhi Beach, on which HCR sits, was not swimable but was pretty and provided good walks. We enjoyed the grill, wireless internet access in the common area. We had cell phones with Verizon that worked very well on the grounds, so the lack of telephones was not an issue. Everyone from my seven-year old daughter to her grandparents had a great stay.
Why not five stars then? Because of the remote location, it has a sceptic system rather than sewer connections. As a result, there was sometimes an unpleasant odor near the back of the of the property. (We never noticed it in our unit, because of the ocean breeze, but often did near the office). The staff was pleasant, but didn't go out of their way for anything. The pool is in the back with no view, although there seems to be plenty of room for it along the beach. And it is the only place we stayed in Hawaii without tiki torches--perhaps this is just an idiosyncrasy of mine, but I think they add considerably to the charm in the evenings. These are all minor points, however. We were sorry to leave, and would not hesitate to return.
Nice space, but pricey
We spent five nights here with mixed feelings. First, it's not a "resort." I would describe it as an 80's condo/apartment complex with nice tropical flowers, an average pool and hot tub. However, the apartment we had was large, clean, bright and sunny. The furniture and décor have been updated. Although, there was some evidence of maintenance laxness - the screen door fell off when we tried to open it, closet doors were stuck open, the light next to the bed wouldn't work due to a severely corroded outlet. These seemed to be related to the humid salt air - which is surely an uphill battle for a 20+-year-old seaside place. It was skirting the edge of not-okay for $180/night.
The beach it's situated on is very pretty but unless you're a great swimmer you best not get in. We did see sea turtles from shore.
We made great use of the kitchen, which was functional and clean. However, there was not a sharp implement to be found in the place - the knives wouldn't cut an onion (though they did manage to cut my thumb), the scissors couldn't cut a plastic bag (really), and the blades on the garbage disposal were so dull I initially thought it didn't work.
A big bonus is free broadband Internet; this somewhat made up for the lack of phone, which is a real inconvenience when you need to confirm reservations, and do other "tourist" things.
The weather was awful during our 8 days in the north, three days of nearly constant rain - we usually drove to Poipu (50 minutes) or Lygate (35 minutes), where you could have sun and safe swimming. They had high surf advisories in the north and south throughout our two-week stay. If we did it again we wouldn't go in April and we would spend more time in the south, east, and Kokee Park where it's sunnier.
Loved The Place
This was the most relaxing, beautiful place we ever stayed at. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The area is the only resort on the beach. You sleep to the sounds of the waves and gentle trade winds. A great place to spend time with your kids, getting to know them again. No TV, and no phone.
You spend time with each other and enjoy the world.
Dirty, Musty, Rusted Door locks
Resort it is not! Don't be fooled by the name. It is a condo complex with each unit individually owned. Therefore, some have been repaired from a bad storm that struck there several years ago and some have not.
It is up to each owner to conduct the repairs and maintenance of their place. The room was dirty, musty, moldy - if you are prone to allergies... stay away! We saw another unit but the lock on the sliding door did not work because it was rusted out from the salt in the air and had not been replaced. So how could they consciously rent it out?!?
If you think you can leave the doors unlocked here, think again...
someone had their jewelery stolen on the day the cleaning lady was in the room. The pool was nothing to look at and the spa was a cheap above ground whirlpool with about four jets total! It reaked of chemicals...
Don't forget that there are no phones and tv's here. We did not miss the TV but the phone was missed since we needed to make some reservations for dinner or tourist stuff. There is only one payphone on site in the side alley. If we had to go back, we would stay mid-island or South Shore. The weather seemed to always be better in those spots.
We had our best dinner and FRESH fish at the Blue Dolphin!!! Definitely stop in at this place. Breakfast at Bali Hai in Hanalei Bay Resort was really nice overlooking Hanalei Bay. There is also a great Friday night buffet dinner at the adjacent property which you will need to make reservations in advance. We also suggest the river tour combined with the Luau. Don't waste time on vacation club presentations unless you really want those freebees.
Hope this helps - we relied on the reviews here. If you really want to stay in the Hanalei bay area, try the Hanalei Bay Resort - prices are good and the resort is very beautiful.
Hot, humid, Noisy in Paradise
If only the resort lived up to the scenery, it would be great. We were there over Christmas and New Years and were very hot and not at all happy with the lack of fans to help the humidity/heat situation.
Room is only cleaned every 3 days and there is no air conditioning.
Finally, occupants of apartment below were very noisy and inconsiderate and kept us up most nites.
Would not recommend this place. It is overpriced for little or no amenities.
Hanelai Bay, Colony Resort
If you are looking for a place to escape to, Hanalei Bay is the spot. Quiet, surfing village with good food and friendly people. Even the animals are laid back. However the town rolls up at 8pm and the roads are dangerous. The Colony Bay resort was clean, but there was a terrible stinch coming from the underground sewer system that totally ruined the stay. If you want a place to stay on the beach it is one of the few in Northern Kauai with fair beaches, and no tv or phones. Not quite worth the price.
A true getaway
We've stayed in several places in Hawaii, but none as special as this.
Probably the most notable thing is the lack of crowds here, and I was really surprised that, for as beautiful and pristine the beaches are, there weren't more people. We stayed for two weeks and most days the local beaches were practically deserted, especially when compared to Maui or Oahu.
The resort is like a conglomeration of bungalows, cozy condo suites with newly refurbished bathrooms and nice kitchens for coffee and breakfast on your own time. We did a lot of cooking with an always stocked outdoor BBQ nearby for grilling the local catch. (Check out the Hanalei Dolphin fish market).
Most every room has a view of the ocean and some are right on the water. The entire place is beach-side, so it's only a few steps to the water regardless of which room you're staying in. Though I should point out that this beach is best suited for sitting on a blanket with a maitai and taking in the view; there are better swimming and snorkeling beachs just a couple of minutes away by car. And let me just say this... the Kauai North Shore beaches are among the most beautiful I've ever seen, anywhere! Breathtaking mountains behind you, fine golden sand that serpentines around lava outcroppings, and beautiful aquamarine water that begs you to jump in. Just great!
This isn't a massive resort with marble fountains, restaurants and a dayspa. But if you're looking for a quiet honeymoon or a fun family vacation, and you want to be immersed in the gorgeous natural surroundings, I'd say you won't be disappointed with this intimate, well-maintained getaway.
Great Getaway! (4/25-5/3/03)
HCR motto: How do you find paradise? Just cross 7 one-lane bridges! It's very fitting. This resort is truly a find! The condos are nice, spacious and very close to the water's edge. Also, the location is great - only ~10 minutes from Hanalei and only 2 miles from the end of 560 (Ke'e Beach - superb, and the Na Pali Coast). Was very impressed w/ the front desk folks and all the planned weekly activities (Mai Tai party, lei making, continental b'fast, etc.). One of the best aspects of the resort is the pool area. No view from the pool, but it's very clean and is surrounded by tropical trees and flowers. It's really a nice way to finish up a day of snorkeling or soothe the muscles in the jacuzzi before bed. We liked the pool area so much - I proposed to my gal right there on the pool steps! Overall, a great place to stay!
An amazing place to stay!
Hanalei Colony Resort is a fantastic place to stay - if you love rest, relaxation, the sound of the surf and truly amazing scenery. We stayed in one of the ocean front condos, and the view of the sun rising over the bay in the morning was so so beautiful. We actually had our wedding on the lawns there - a perfect day - we organised it through the wedding co-ordinator at the Resort (Krystal) - she could not have been more helpful, and the setting and the weather was superb. On the subject of the weather - note that the guide books tell you that during the winter the north of Kauai gets a lot more rain than the South - believe them!! It did rain every day at some point, and although most were brief showers, one day in particular it rained non-stop and there was generally a lot of lingering cloud around during the week. So if it's non-stop sun that you want, then head to the south. So saying, it's easy to jump in the car and head south for the day to avoid the rain, whilst staying at this great place. The condo's are self catering, and there are several bar-b-q's dotted around which are great for the evenings if there's a group of you - one of the bar-b-q's is next to the pool and jacuzzi and we had all had a great evening drinking, eating and swimming. I'd totally recommend having a bar-b-q evening. The condo's are a good size - the bedrooms are separated from the living area by partitions so that it feels open and light during the day. Some of the condos had more windows than others which obvioiusly made a fair amount of difference to the amount of light coming in - it's worth noting which direction the condo's face in relation to the sun and asking for one in a particular block - some of the condos have windows on the ends as well as the sides - again it's worth asking.There are no tv's or telephones in the condos so this really is the place to relax. The people are very friendly and helpful, the scenery is beautiful, the rooms are clean and spacious and generally I would thoroughly recommend this resort.
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