Beautiful Hotel A review of St. Regis Princeville Resort
We stayed at the Princeville in late February, 2003. It was one of the most elegant hotels I have stayed in. Driving into the area, you are surrounded buy green golfing fields and fountains. It is very lush there and it rained frequently, on and off, during our stay. Even so, it would be hard to top the surrounding landscape at the Princeville. It is paradise. The bell service was friendly and helpful with complementary leis upon arrival. The hotel is built on a hill in sections. To go to the beach from the lobby, guests need to take one elevator down to the 4 floor and then walk to the other one that goes down to the beach/pool area. The Princeville is known locally as one of the finest hotels on the island. When we took a helicopter tour, the pilot pointed out the hotel and allowed everyone to look at the hotel by air. We also spoke to another couple on the Big Island that were traveling by cruise ship. They were especially impressed with what they had seen and heard about the hotel and were a little envious that we were going to be staying there. (Inter island Air One helicopters had a 2 hour tour landed at a waterfall to allow guests to go swimming and have a box lunch. It was an excellent tour but there were no doors on the helicopter, only seatbelts to hold you in.) We had a garden view room on the 5th floor. The bathroom was beautiful, marble with 2 sinks, a large tub, and a window between the bathroom and bedroom that was clear or opaque with a flip of a light switch. All of the free bathing products were Aveda. The bed had a light blanket and a heavy comforter with 4 king sized decorator pillows and a couple of throw pillows, as well as the ones use to sleep with. It was the most elegant hotel bed Ive seen. The rooms do not have balconies but do have very large windows and a ledge inside the room to sit on. The windows can be open or closed with closeable screens also. We loved the hotel but didnt spend much time there. We were busy touring the island. The guests seemed to wear more button down shirts, polos and blouses than t-shirts. The hotel restaurants are expensive, i.e. the buffet breakfast is $28 per person. There were some mosquitoes in the evening also. The more sunny side of the island seemed to be the southern half where we stayed at the Sheraton Kauai. I liked both hotels for different reasons. Kauai has beaches everywhere. Hawaii is much more beautiful than common Mexican and Caribbean destinations and worth the flight time.