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Nice, affordable small apartments on Kauai
Pleasant, well-stocked small apartment just off Kauai's highway 56 in Kapaa. Only a tall hedge separated our lanai from the highway, but the bedroom was surprisingly quiet with the air conditioner murmuring softly at night. Facilities include a coin laundry, three swimming pools, and a putting green. Not directly on the beach but close enough. Conveniently next-door to the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center and a short drive to large grocery stores where even the island-grown produce carries a hefty price tag. Driving distance to the north shore and the south shore is nearly equal, making Kapaa a good location. Not at all luxurious but very satisfactory.
Great Value, Great Place
The Plantation Hale Suites is a great place to stay! We were a little wary of booking this place because of its exceptional value, we figured it must be a cut under the other resorts. However, this was not true. We absolutely LOVED the place the week we stayed there. It is by no means a 5 star full-service resort, but it is a lovely place to stay if you want a nice, clean room to sleep in while you explore the island during the day.
The place has lovely walkways, gardens, pools and hot tubs scattered among its buildings. The place was well kept, clean with relatively modern furnishings and decor. The suites contain a sitting room with couch, chairs, TV and table, a full kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom and vanity area. You also get a porch/balcony area accessible from both the bedroom and sitting area. All rooms are considerable sizable and not cramped like other "suites" sometimes can be.
Plantation Hale is also next to a shopping mall and near other resorts as well. This gives a great opportunity to go out for dinner or shopping in the evenings. However, traffic and parking was never a problem. Its location on the island is also central so that driving to the north or south of the island is not too much of a chore. Its also near to several nice beaches and Lihue. Its about a 2 minute walk to the beach in front of Plantation Hale or to the mall or other hotels. However, the beach in front of Plantation Hale is not swimmable.
Only two minor drawbacks to this place:
1. The bathroom (sink and shower/tub) is a little dated and probably could use renovation. However, it is not dirty.
2. The A/C is a little too weak and difficult to control. There is only one wall unit for both the bedroom and sitting room. However, generally the temperature was moderate enough in the morning and evening to open the porch doors and use the ceiling fans for a nice breeze.
We thought the Plantation Hale turned out to be an EXCEPTIONAL value, with little sacrificed from other hotels. Overall, I highly recommend the Plantation Hale Suites. We would not hesitate to go back again and have already recommended it to our friends.
They lie about upgrades
Plantation Hale offers an upgrade to returning customers and to senior citizens, but when we arrived we were told that we had already been upgraded. Our room was next to the laundry room, so we were jolted out of our sleep by people banging the laundry room door very early in the morning and late at night. We stayed 14 nights and never received the upgrade which two different managers promised us. Our condo faced the highway, so we also got the traffic noises, including sirens.
There are not supposed to be any pets allowed in the condos, but there were a few barking dogs. Long-term renters are allowed to have pets.
Plantation Hale is among the least expensive condos on Kauai, and the beach is only five minutes away. There are 3 small pools and 2 hot tubs. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is not the place for you.
We could have stayed forever!
We stayed at Best Western Plantation Hale Suites during our visit to Kauai. I loved every minute of our stay there. The rooms are excellent for the budget concious traveler. Over there, you really can call your own suite your hale (house). It has a full kitchen with everything you need (almost everything) and it was just a lot of fun thinking of what kind of food to prepare. We save a lot of money too that way. It was home for us for less than a week. I just wished we could've stayed longer. If you book a room over there and plan to go to a luau, you can try Hiva Pasifika Luau in Marriott hotel which is just a stones throw away. You can just walk from your room. I would love to come back. I was so sad when we left and went back to our real world this side of California. I definitely recommend this hotel. The staff was friendly too. Thanks Plantation Hale! You guys made our stay more memorable.
We just returned from 2 weeks at the Plantation Hale. This was our second time to stay. The rooms are clean, bright and comfortable. This time we had a second floor ocean view which was very nice for early morning coffee. The sun rise trash dumpster pick up schedule detracted from the early morning ambiance, but it is short lived and the birds soon become the dominant sound. The kitchen is more than adequate. We also used the outside grill which was excellent. There seem to be a substancial number of guests that stay for several months and many of the suites are now individuly owned. I believe this makes for a more relaxed atmosphere with less hustle and traffic. The location in Kapaa is central for visiting either the South or North shores but plan your trips to avoid rush hour traffic around the whole island. High end "Development" is moving in all around the Island including Kapaa. Plantation Hale is not a resort but more an excellent home base for all you come to Kauai to enjoy. We plan to go back.
Best deal ever
Best Western Plantation Hale Suits is the right place for you if your travel budget is tight. Their suits are very comfortable, well equipped and clean. The kitchen has everything you need to make your meals and even to prepare a milk shake. Separate bath and dressing area were very convenient for us (especially that there were 4 of us to share this suit ). Our apartment had one big TV in the living room area and another one in the bedroom. We had a big lanai with small table and chairs and we had a nice view over the garden. We could walk to the swimming pool through the garden from our lanai. We did not even have to worry about a beach towels, because you could get them from the reception and they would exchange them for the fresh ones each time you ask about it. Also, they do not have additional charges for nything and extra guests.
Rooms with mountain view might be a little bit noisy (because of the highway on this side of the hotel ), but if you have a garden view suit, the highway will not be a problem at all. I would definitely stay there again.
It's a nice place and worth returning to. Good location except between 4 & 6 in the afternoon when traffic all around the area is dreadful.
The suite was a nice size and well appointed. The kitchen well stocked with pans/dishes/etc. We were on the side with the little access road to street, the side with The Coconut Grove Shopping Center, and it was noisy at 7am when they emptied the garbage at the restaurant across the way. Otherwise, very quiet and pleasant location.
You gotta love the lobby which is outdoors. They have a computer with internet access and the other guests seem considerate about using it quickly to let anyone waiting get online.
3 pools...they are small but nice. Both jacuzzis were a little cool and weak but adequate. I'm a member of the timeshare across the road (and got this trip to the Plantation Hale free thanks to it) so I was able to use their pool...which is amazing.
Sabrina, the concierge, has great knowledge of the island. Be sure to ask her anything...she'll know it. Make sure you ask if the nearby waterfall viewing area is still under construction. They are building a fence and the waterfall is almost completely blocked from view. Not worth the drive until it's done.
I'd stay there again even if I had to pay for it.
This is where I'm staying when I go back..
Good points: Condo-style accomodations, friendly staff, good location for getting to the north and south shores, very clean. Great for families. Affordable.
Bad points: Not "on the beach" (you have to walk to get there); you have to drive to get to the sites.
I thought it was a great value and I plan to stay there again when I return to Kauai.
My wife and I stayed in unit B6 for one week in May 2005. They do have a roach problem here. My wife and I saw several during our stay. The front desk staff was not very friendly. We asked for a unit away from the road and we were told the hotel was completely booked, even though the parking lots did not not seem to have that many cars in them. One day we were waiting in line for beach towels behind a group of women that were checking in. This group was put in a unit on the second floor. They aksed for a unit on first floor because they did not know if they could carry their luggage up the stairs (there are no elevators here). They lady at the front desk said they were full and said to them "you can't carry your bags up one flight of stairs?" The rooms were decent but could have been cleaner. There was a dead Gecko smashed on our bathroom door during our entire stay here. We left our A/C on the entire time to help drowned out the road noise. Despite these problems we did manage to great time on this beautiful island. I highly recomend a helicopter ride or a boat cruise along the Napali coast.
Looking for a good place to stay for 4 nights in May 2004 that is nice and affordable. Would like a condo so that I can have kitchen facilities. Interested in places to see and the most must do things on the island. Celebrating 25th wedding anniversary.
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The Plantation Hale is nice, but not right on the beach, you have to walk about a block. The room rates are very reasonable.
If you can stay an extra night, Expedia.com has a fifth-night-free plan at some hotels.
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Go to www.outrigger.com or www.astonhotels.com
They are the initiators of 5th night free.
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We stayed at Lowe's Areca Cottage (I hope the hyperlink works) in Kapa`a on Kaua`i's east side. It's a nice one bedroom house with a loft for extra sleepers. It's a free-standing unit surrounded by a tropical garden. We loved it! And the price was good, too. Keep in mind that there are cows just down the street from here and roosters (they are all over the entire island) who may make some noise through the night. If you're a light sleeper, wear ear plugs.
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OK...no hyperlink......here's the address: