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Class act place
I have stayed at the Embassy for the last two years and am leaving in a few days for another week there.I love the whole resort;especially the wonderful ,helpful staff. We had a problem with the microwave-called the front desk-and the guy was there in 15 minutes to replace it!The zipper on my suitcase broke,so i asked at the front desk for a suggestion on where to take it in town. the sweet girl-Lelani-not only took it (her father owns a shoe repair shop) but also brought it back to me-good as new. One of the friends i was with was recovering
from surgery and she needed an extra pillow.when they brought it,they also sent a huge,beautiful tropical flower arrangement. we enjoyed it the whole two weeks!!I have never been to a resort that has such an attentive staff.
the grounds are a botanical garden,the views are breathtaking,the saturday breakfast and wednesday private luau are an extra treat. i love sitting on the rocks watching the surf and the turtles and do not mind at all the 2 minute drive to poipu beach (voted best beach in the world in 2000). the adults only spa is so nice without noisy children. the complimentary Mai Tais ,wine and munchies in the lobby is a great twice a week idea.
the units are huge,spotless,and a two bedroom could easily accomadate 6 people in comfort. to me, a vacation is to wind down-and the lani-wrap around ground floor-is the perfect spot to relax,read a book and sun. and it's a front row seat for the beautiful kauai sunrise. i will go to the embassy as often as i can-they do it all in style!
The Embassy is a disappointment. The condo could use some better cleaning, and the decor is boring and sparse. The living room furniture is inadequate for 4 people. The airconditioners are noisy both inside the suite, as well the other suite's conditioners on the outside, so the noise is annoying if you want to sit out on the lanai. The lanai furniture is old and could use a good cleaning, and I wouldn't recommend bare feet, as the lanai floor is filthy.
The Embassy appears to be trying to sell condos to the public. I would be curious to see what suites they are showing potential buyers, because if they were showing this one, I wish them good luck.
On the plus side. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes.
ASKED FOR OCEAN FRONT WOODS RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER MESSED UP
The Embasssy Is a clean accomodation. But if you are looking for ocean front as shown on the internet they don't exist unless you own one. Views of the "garden" are marginal at best. . If you need reservations for other activies on the island I reccommend you do it your self.. The "sand" around the pool are more like tiny bebbles, so wear your shoes.To get to the beach on either side you must walk over a lot of lava rocks or drive. . There is no beach in front of the Embassy. My all round experience there was not what I asked for or expected and I would never return to that vacility.
A Vacation in Paradise
We stayed at the Embassy in Poipu from Jan 1-8, 2005. Needless to say we loved it. 5 years ago flew to Kauai to get married & stayed at the Embassy. When it rained on our wedding day (which is good luck in Hawaiian) we were desperate for a place to hold our nuptials, the Embassy quickly stepped in & offered a covered outdoor area for free for our ceremony (the Hyatt next door wanted $300). As soon as the ceremony started the sun came out & it was a beautiful day. Back then we made friends with our bellman (a native Hawaiian), who told us about the local hot spots & even took us around the Island to places only locals know about. This time we had an ocean view room. The rooms are nicely decorated but not crowded with furniture. Honestly we spent most of our time outside in the sun enjoying the beautiful sites of Kauai. Although the resort is on the ocean, the beach for swimming is a short hike. The beach was fun but bring "aqua shoes" because there are lava rocks that can hurt your feet, with aqua shoes you never even notice the rocks. (Hint: do not remove or take the Lava Rocks, our friend who is Hawaiian told us that legend says that there is a curse from the Volcano Goddess Pele on anyone that takes the lava rocks off the island-he said people come back just to return the rocks because their luck has been so bad after they leave the island-interesting, huh?) Anyway, we renewed our wedding vows at sunset right outside the Embassy on the point overlooking the ocean. Our former Bellman & now close family friend was our bestman. The wales were spouting in the background & the sea turtles were below us in the rocky water. It was great. We had a traditional Hawaiian ceremony which the Embassy crew helped us to set up. The staff & crew were excellent & unbelievably helpful. After our vows, we had great reservations at "The Beach House" (restaurant on Foodnetworks "Best of Hawaii") that the Embassy set up for us -we were right on the ocean while we ate-the food was excellent. The grounds at the Embassy are beautiful there are tiered, koi ponds that kept our 3 yr old facinated (they let the kids feed the fish at 8:45AM every morning) & the lagoon style swimming pool was gorgeous -although it was a little chilly (great in the heat of the day but night time swimming would make you shiver). We loved our stay, we love the island, we love the people, we love the staff & crew, we love the Embassy.
Great for families
We have been there twice now and plan to go back again in April 2005. Its perfect for families - sloping "walk in" pool, multiple bbq areas to use on first come first serve basis, washers and dryers in all the units.
It isn't high end, like the Hyatt next door. We walked over to the Hyatt for drinks a few nights, and also to try the world famous spa Anara. (Embassy Suites does offer massages, which take place in a open cabana over looking the koi pond.).
The rooms are good size, the outdoor facilities well maintained and extensive. Furnishings are pleasant but again, not luxury 5 diamond level. And they are right on the beach. Good value for the money.
And there was a modest, free Happy hour every day between 4-6, or something like that. Free craft session or activity for the little kids everyday.
Nice place to visit but...
Stayed at the Embassy the week of OF 2/5 - 2/12/05. We did not have an ocean view room but the room was very clean and decor was up to date.
We spent a lot of money on this vacation and I expected a more "upscale" resort.. The remote for the bedroom TV did not work as well as the clock radio was broken. Only 1 pool and the though large, it was not deep. I went down to the pool one morning early and could not get a lounge chair. Sat around on an arm chair waiting for one to become avail but finally left. when I came back 2 hrs later there were plenty.
Grounds were very nice but not exciting or out of the ordinary. Next door at the Hyatt, it was more of what I expected, very lush and upscale. We went there to feed the Koi.
Also disappointed that there was no restaurant on the grounds except
for the pool bar that closed at 8 pm. Staff was very friendly and
Parking late was terrible and often could not find anything near our room
Happy Hour was fun and FREE.
went with a large family and loved it!
We have been to this facility twice and loved it both times. The first time we stayed two weeks in a ground floor garden view, the second two in an ocean front - both were great and VERY CLEAN! The pool was ideal for kids. We never had trouble getting a lounge chair even though we had a large party (7) and went during spring break. The Hyatt next door is also a plus, though don't expect to use their pool without one of their beach towels.
On the downside, the Embassy has VERY thin ceilings/floors. We went with kids and grandparents and had more than one conversation with neighbors and staff concerning excessive noise complaints (one after all but grandpa had gone to bed). I chalked the complaints up to our downstairs neighbors being fuddy-duds. There are no posh restaurants on site and happy hour is not free as has been stated in other reviews. Happy hour was a huge dissapointment. Drinks are expensive at the bar ($5-7), and during happy hour they drop a buck or so. A few days a week they do crowd 50-100 people into a 30x30 lobby for free drinks (four ounces and a long line at a time), but Kauai is not about staying in your hotel - It's the GARDEN ISLE.
For those that have not been to Poipu or The Islands, your search should start and stop with the Embassy. We own in two resorts on Kauai and skip them to pay to stay here. Aloha.
Great 2 BR condo... get ocean view
We spent 7 nights at the Embassy and thought it was great. Huge 2 BR condo with a really nice kitchen (granite counter). There's a path to the ocean but it's rocks (no beach, you have to go to Poipu).
The staff was pretty friendly - although like everywhere else the concierge pushes their preferred vendors. We went to the orientation breakfast our first morning and won a 2-for-1 coupon for a helicopter ride... saved about $300!
It's close to the Hyatt if you want to go for a special evening at the restaurant there (I think its called Trade Winds?) - a bit pricey but god Asian fusion, mostly seafood. Ask for a table near the waterfall.
A little bit of Heaven!
My family just returned from the Embassy in Kauai. I was a little concerned after reading some reviews of this resort. I wanted our first trip to Hawaii to be wonderful. No worries, we arrived late on Monday night and I was prepared to spend hours waiting to check in. We were greeted by a beautiful young lady with a very warm smile (it almost made the memory of the 12 hour flight vanish), we were checked in and on our way to the suite in less than 20 minutes. Although we didn't have an ocean view it was the first thing we could hear as we parked the car. The island is even more magnificent than any of the descriptions we read. The people of Kauai are unbelievably friendly and the resort staff will bend over backwards to make you happy, one of our air conditioners wasn't working, we call the front desk and someone was there in 15 minutes. The rooms were spotless. The kitchen was clean and well stocked with everything you could possibly need (except the food). We are from New Jersey so the prices in the supermarket didn't put us in a tailspin, however a loaf of bread is about 5 dollars. If you require everyday maid service this is not the place for you. You only get mid-week maid service and if you want to replace your towels before then it will cost you ten bucks for clean ones. The only downside is no restaurants on site but you are surrounded by great places to eat, the Hyatt next door has several and its a short walk. There are also two good places in the Poi Pou shopping center just a mile up the road. We had a first floor unit which could get a little noisy with heavy footed upstairs neighbors. Next time we will request an upstairs unit. We suggest you invest in the Ultimate Kauai Handbook it was very helpful with info about the island. ps: you will need to rent a car in order to really enjoy the sites they are quite reasonable.
Beautiful, Large Accomotations & Convenient
This resort is top notch. The grounds are beautiful, check-in was pleasant, although they didn’t warn me of the $4.33 timeshare tax that I had to pay daily. The activities were plentiful and they give a free breakfast. Our two bedroom had updated furniture and comfy beds, they didn’t even skimp on the sleeper sofa. The kitchen was huge with a breakfast bar, separate table for dining. We like to get ground level because our kids can run and play while we eat dinner with the backdrop of the ocean. I called 2 weeks in advance and requested ocean view, 1st level by the pool and playground and they gave us building 7 unit 101 which was all that I ask for and more. The cabana bar near the pool offered snacks and we indulged a bit, as well as used the grill area for cooking and eating by the pool. The walk area from the resort to the Hyatt and Shipwrek beach was gorgeous. Also, if you are taking small kids the best beaches are Lydgate or Poipu, as well as those aren’t as crowded as some of the others. For Internet and business services you can go the Hyatt’s business café. If you have small kids the Nai Pal Botantical Gardens are a hit with the children’s garden.
The cemetery at St. Raphael’s.