Sealodge at Princeville
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSealodge at Princeville
The condo we stayed in was so much more than what we expected. We had a view of the ocean, the condo had a beautiful kitchen, separate bedroom, a day bed in the living room over looking the ocean and was decorated beautifully. Only a 2 min drive and you were in Princeville where there are shops, restaurants, gas station and grocery store.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sealodge at Princeville
Nice ocean view - crappy place
The view was the ONLY good thing about this place. There were 3 towels, 2 washcloths and 3 hand towels, none matching - and all smelled awful so I had to wash all of them before using. No bar soap for the shower/bath. It had not been cleaned very well at all yet we paid, as had the people before us, a $97.00 cleaning fee! Other condo's in the place were much better and we should have checked the web further for a better place. The cleaning lady was a total grouch - do not ask her ANY questions lest she bite your head off!!
We were told we had 'beach access' - heck, the beach was down about 100' and it was straight down and rocky at that! There was a trail but my husband couldn't walk down it due to a bad hip. We were not told that on the phone - we were told it was a short walk to the beach front! We would not stay here again on a bet. Remember this is unit A-7. The entire place looks like a midieval fortress! A real letdown from what we expected - be sure to check out online what you are getting!
Great views, great deal
We just returned from a 3-day stay in unit D9. I can't speak for all of the units at Sealodge, but D9 was all that we expected and more.
It's worth noting at the outset that one should not expect that a rental condo will be comparable to the Four Seasons. The furniture, for example, is pretty plain, and the towels and sheets aren't the best quality.
Having said that, our experience at Sealodge was nothing but positive. Our unit had a fantastic view of the Pacific from every room save the bathroom and had a nice balcony with a table and chairs for enjoying the view from the outside. Although the windows can lead to a warm condo, we found that by leaving the windows open for only a few minutes, the ocean breeze would cool the place down. Unit D9 has a washer and dryer (and dishwasher), which is nice when you're on the tail end of a long vacation.
By staying at Sealodge, you get a discount rate at the Princeville golf courses. Hanalei is a short drive away, as is the Na Pali coast. The Princeville Hotel is a mile down the road and is a must-do for sunset drinks.
All in all, I'd recommend Sealodge (and especially unit D9) to anyone looking for an affordable (about $130/night) place with ocean views, space, and a great location. If you want luxury, head down the road and stay at the Princeville Hotel.
Good location, good price, needs some work.
Just came back from my first stay in the project, and my first stay anywhere on Kauai's north shore. Location-wise, a great place to launch explorations. Our unit was fashionably decorated, and affordable. But: 1) the unit was falsely advertised as including a washer/dryer; 2) some things didn't work: garbage disposal, light in microwave, nitelight in bathroom; the shower control pulled out of the wall; 3) the kitchen didn't have any cutting boards; 4) the lone ceiling fan was over the dining table, which we never used; fortunately, we found a floor stand fan that we moved to where we spent time (living room, bedroom); 5) the unit faces the afternoon sun and the thin curtains did a poor job of shielding from the heat; 6) due to the configuration of the structures, the unit was shielded from most of the cooling breezes. Still, we would probably go back because of the good price and the location.
Sealodge - just okay in our experience
We are frequent travelers to Kauai, & this was our first time staying in Sealodge (unit E10). First the good things - 1. You can't beat the view! 2. The Princeville location is amazing. 3. The price is reasonable (we paid $130/night) Now the not so great things - It is pretty run down - and I don't mean the outside. The decorative pillows on the bed were stained & the sheets & towels were very dingy. The couch & bed were ridiculously uncomfortable and both could use an upgrade. Lots of rust and mildew in the bathroom. The fridge had rust spots all over the outside. Obviously, none of these things ruined our vacation (it was amazing!) but I wouldn't stay here again. I think you could do better (for the same amount of $) elsewhere.
Loved the Sealodge
We stayed at the Sealodge last May and loved it. It's a great value. The condos are perched on a cliff with an amazing ocean view. The room was clean and a nice size. Loved having a full kitchen and a washer/dryer. There aren't a whole lot of places with good beach access, especially on the north shore, so that was not a big deal for us at Sealodge. The view was worh it. We stayed in J-7, which had a wonderful view as it was a corner unit. We will stay at the Sealodge the next time we visit Kauai.
Sealodge is wonderful
I stayed here for two weeks, I found a site called Kauai Holidays for the exact room that I rented. The room was beautiful and very comfortable. There is a private beach that is a short hike away but would not recommend it if it has been raining it could be dangerous then. The path is hidden but is there just look for the sign. Watched the sunset everynight from the bench across from the main entrance to the building. Only set back was tradewinds were coming from opposite direction and there was no air in the room and not any wind blowing so in the late afternoon it was too hot in there but still worth it. Very quiet area. Geckos all over at night and a rainbow everymorning. Would definately go back. This is located on the beautiful garden island of Kauai.
Great North Shore Find!
We just returned from a 7 night stay in Kauai. It was our second trip to the island and so we chose the North Shore this time around. Sealodge was a great deal for a Princeville condo. The condos are perched on a cliff above the ocean, many in Princeville are set back or have no view. We stayed in Building C, one of the closer ones to the cliff. The unit we stayed in was nicely appointed - each one is decorated differently so if you care about that, make sure to look online or ask for pictures of the unit. The particular unit we stayed in had a washer/dryer but it was in a locked closet so we couldn't use it.
There is a trail heading down to the ocean by Bldg. A, a bit muddy so wear shoes vs. flip flops. The beach was small but not many people, decent snorkeling and an endangered Hawaiian monk sea lion spent a day napping on the beach for us to watch.
The one negative were the ants that would appear in the kitchen looking for food. I think that it's either due to the time we were there or a problem overall on the island and not something specific to the place. I heard from someone that the island has an ant problem.
We liked this place, especially for the price and will return there!
We just returned from our 4th visit to the island of Kauai. We stayed in a condo at the Sealodge in Princeville for the first time, and we are so glad we did! We have found no other view as fabulous as this one...our lanai was just a few steps from the cliffs overlooking the ocean. We were able to see sea turtles feeding on the reef. The birds were friendly. We saw both the sunrise and the sunset from our large windows. Although there is no immediate beach, it is a simple thing to drive or hike to a beautiful, quiet beach. The condo was well equipped with anything we needed: beach chairs, picnic basket, fully equipped kitchen, binoculars, telescope, hair dryer, etc. The owners provided a guest book, in which visitors have written over the years. From that, one can get helpful hints to help plan activities. The quaint little town of Hanalei is just minutes away. I can honestly say that we will be returning soon. One point to be aware of is that each unit is owned by a different person, so the amenities may vary. Also to be noted is that certain building clusters are better situated on the bluff for the good view. We found buildings D, A, and C to provide the best locations. Be sure to check location prior to renting.
Very nice condo
My husband and I stayed in a Sealodge condo for 8 nights in Sept 2003, and we enjoyed the place very much. It was clean and well-equipped, with a wonderful view of the ocean. It's on the cliffs so not that easy to get to the beach, but we drove to beaches throughout the North Shore so we didn't mind. Very reasonable for the price. As another reviewer noted, the outside doesn't look great, but the inside is fine. We would definitely stay here again.
Great value and relaxing views
My husband and I just got back from our trip to Kauai. We stayed at the Sealodge for 2 nights, in Princeville. We were dubious at first, but we ended up completely satisfied! The outside of the condo is definitely in need of renovation (its wooden and worn, and the ocean air has taken its toll on the aesthetics. However, when we entered our condo, all those fears dissapeared. It was well furnished, clean, and what we were expecting. While there is not air conditioning, the ocean air and the huge windows make for adequate ventillation. We would def stay there again, especially with a family.
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By 8am I was at Ke'e Beach swimming with Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (look it up on Google). This time I ended up parking in the overflow field as I followed a snail all the way from Hanalei. He was probably driving like I did the first time I drove to the end of the road. He drove at 15-20 miles per hour and was hugging the middle of the road when he could. Must have been scared of the drop down to the ocean. Don't know why! :-) At least they've laid some concrete on ...
... I've been in the water here and it nearly knocked me off my feet. It's deceaving. Also I found myself literally in deep water more than once, when some big waves lift you off the bottom. Didn't like that (will never be a surfer), so only stayed an hour. There's still hardly any breeze which is not usual, and the temperature was unbearable. You couldn't even walk on the sand without sandals.
Nest stop, Foodland to stock up on a few bits, including factor 100 sunscreen. ...
... things, so the river always goes rust coloured when it's been raining. There was a tree down in the car park near the old Hanalei school and leaves everywhere, but hardly any localised flooding. Seems like the storm ditches are working. I popped into the health food shop and grabbed a sandwich and an almond and sesame slice before braving the drizzle and heading to Lihue to Walmart. Kat, I went in search of your FB scrubs. Will email you a pic.
I couldn't see Coco ...
... Napali Coast - the waters were a little *bigger*. I was fortunate enough to keep everything in check, however, there were about 6 or 7 people using the Aloha Bucket!
I met some really fun people from Arizona - Neil & Neli. Turns out they are also staying at Waipouli Beach Resort too! Go figure.
Once we arrived to the rugged coast line of the jagged cliffs of Napali, you can really get a sense of how huge they are and every shade of green imaginable. There is ...
... again and again. Their show went on for about 10 minutes when they moved on. It was so great to see them in the wild where they belong.
After a couple of hours, I could tell I was overheating and despite wearing a rash vest, I knew it was time to take a break from the heat so I headed into Hanalei for lunch. Today, you guessed it - more shrimp, I had garlic shrimp with brown rice and green salad at one of the little shacks near Ching Young village. ...