We walked off the plane in Kauai at 2:45 and we at our hotel at 3:15. That 30 minutes includes a stop at baggage claim, picking up the rental car and taking a wrong turn in the airport.
The check in process was easy. We paid a little bit extra for an ocean view room and when we got to the room, it wasn't quite ready but I didn't really mind. We dropped our stuff off in the room and took a stroll around the grounds.
We stopped at the poolside bar and had ourselves a drink while we watched a few minutes of the NBA Finals game before walking over to the beach. Chris never once complained about all of the pictures I insisted on taking. :)
The beach at the hotel isn't a "sit back and relax/take a dip in the ocean" beach. The waters are very rough and there is sharp corral not far off the shore but it is a great walking beach. We took our shoes off and walked along in the wild wind.
An hour had gone by so we figured it was safe to go back up to our room. I was pleased with the view!
Beautiful flowers can be found all over Kauai.
I didn't take a picture of the room but it was a decent size. We weren't in there much! The restaurant is a bit over priced but most hotel restaurants are. There is happy hour at the pool bar and the indoor bar (Shutter's) that we enjoyed. The food was pretty good. They have nightly music played at Shutter's and plenty of seating in the lobby so you can relax and look out at the pool area. We had okay weather, not great but not horrid. Tuesday was the worst day as it rained on and off all day and mostly "on" throughout the evening hours. But really....a rainy day in Kauai beats a sunny day back at home.
The downside of this hotel is that it isn't really close to anything. Kapa'a is a 15 minute drive and you can hit some awful traffic going to and from that cute city. Lydgate Beach (planned to go there but didn't make it because of the weather on Tuesday) is close by and as stated before, the airport. Wailua Falls (will post about that soon) isn't too far and a Wal-mart is just about 7 minutes away for incidentals.
If/When we go back to Kauai, I'd like to stay on a different side of the island but the Kauai Beach Resort is a great place to stay for first timers. It is a 40 minute drive to the Princeville area on the north end and a 40 minute drive to Poipu on the south end. The Marriott property is just about 15 minutes away as well.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here. The staff was very friendly and nice, the property was gorgeous and we had no problems during our 4 night stay.
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