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“"Trying not to let the cat out of the bag...."”
Review of Kapaa Sands

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Kapaa Sands
Ranked #5 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Kapaa
Henderson, Nevada
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26 reviews
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“"Trying not to let the cat out of the bag...."”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

I am not going to reveal which oceanfront unit we just stayed in a few days ago, but was a ground floor, even number unit. The reason I am not going to say which unit we stayed in, is because we don't want too many people to know about this incredible place to stay on Kauai. Our unit was even better than expected and we concur with all the positive remarks about Kapaa Sands resort. Kapaa is centrally located in Kauai and many fine places to dine or shop is just walking distance away. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, shave ice, gift shops all very close by or just minutes away on foot or by car. Our unit was fully stocked with kitchenware and the maid service every other day was prompt, very thorough and efficient, they do a great job! The garden and botanical area was very well kept and impressive to say the least. The sound and sights of the nearby ocean was incredible! I never slept so well in all my life, from the first night to the last! "The ocean too noisy?" No way, not for us, we LOVED the sound of the surf all day and night! Oh so much to say, but will make this review short. Kapaa Sands, we will be back for sure, it holds a special place in our heart like no other in Hawaii.

Room Tip: Don't stay here it's only for me and my wife!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We really loved Kapa'a Sands! The unit was clean, smallish but plenty of room for us. We really loved the patio, and having our own little stretch of beach was great too. We even had a monk seal conk out directly in front of us! They blocked off the beach so people wouldn't mess with him, but we had a great view.

In addition to being a great unit (calm, relaxing, clean, etc.) we really liked the location. It was a quick walk to plenty of restaurants (Korean, Japanese, pizza, etc.) and even a bar with live music (Trees Lounge).

We didn't actually get the particular unit we had reserved (I think we had reserved 9 and got 14 instead due to renovations), but it worked out well anyway.

Room Tip: We were in #14, and it was great. Definitely spring for a oceanfront unit.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

We stayed at Kapaa Sands (in Unit 22) for 6 days, and, while it was eventually a pleasant experience, it was not without some kinks. The most pressing issue was the noise, which, as we were staying in an oceanview unit, was considerable. You can only hear it in the second bedroom, but it was so bad we had to shut the windows every night, use earplugs, and the noise machine I brought for my toddler. The second bedroom, also, is TINY, which made a tight fit for me and my husband, and the double bed was so short his legs (he's 5'10'') hung over the edge. The master bedroom, where my mom and baby stayed, was really nice, though. The unit's furnishings were fine, if not spectacular, but the chain for our fan broke and we had to unscrew a part each night to adjust it.

We found the staff generally nice and accommodating, although the laundry hours (9-5) were a slight nuisance because it meant that you had to plan your day around washing your clothes. The kitchen was fully stocked-- so stocked, in fact, that we had nowhere to put the pantry staples and things that we had brought with us, and had to leave them scattered all over the counter.

The location is excellent, though, and I would strongly but not definitely consider returning again.

We had a few ants, and saw a single, large and very dead roach. It happens.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

I am writing this review in response to a few bad reviews written by folks who seem to confuse this place with a $600 dollar a night resort. We stayed a few days in both #6 and #9. For $150 a day we enjoyed a great on the ocean view that was exactly as billed. Both condos were clean and comfortable, though we prefered the upstairs of #9 for privacy and sound. The staff were just great and acomidating in all regards If you want to stay on the East side as a place to base out of, Kapaa Sands in most excelent. If you are looking for a high end resort, go north to St Regi$.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Hillsboro, OR
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

We were in unit 12. There are 22 units total, which gives a very private and quiet feeling to the whole place. We traveled with 3 other couples so we were able to see other units as well as number 12. There were variations in furnishings as each condo is individually owned, but generally all were similar. The bed was comfortable. The kitchen was well furnished with pots, pans, and utensils, microwave, range, coffee maker, blender and an emergency kit of candles and matches. Cable t.v., 20 inch LCD. There was a roomy closet and safe. The bathrooms seemed to be an afterthought. They were adequate except for the shower wand which would not stay affixed in the 10 cent holder. Also it would be my guess that the wand would be too high for anyone shorter than 5 foot 2 inches. The grounds are nice with many flowering plants. There is a pool which is good for a dip but too small for lap swimming. The immediate beach at low tide was about 4 feet of coarse sand adjoining a rocky ledge that was usually submerged under a few inches of water. Most of the North Shore beaches are “short”, ours was shorter than most, but the lawn was lush and only 5 feet above the ocean. Although we never saw the housekeeping staff our unit was meticulously cleaned every day. Sharon, the office manager was a true gem, informed, informative, and very business like. It was a great place to stay if you want to do most of your own cooking and do not want the huge resort experience with the crowds and clatter.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kapaa Sands
Address: 380 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1440
Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Kapaa
Price range (per night): $119 - $245
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kauai's centrally located, intimate, 24-unit boutique beachfront resort. Rentals at Kapaa Sands include both studios and two-bedroom oceanfront and ocean view condominiums, all with full kitchens, allowing you to keep your vacation meal costs down by eating as many meals as you wish at the best table on Kauai, your view lanai (deck). Every condo is an end unit, meaning 3 exterior walls with windows, tropical breezes, and light. Sleep to to the sound of the surf and wake to the sunrise. Conveniently located across the street from Kinipopo Shopping Village with restaurants & specialty stores. Two supermarkets are within a mile from your door. Take advantage of nearby hiking trails (walk to Sleeping Giant), scenic waterfalls, and Wailua River kayaking. ... more   less 
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Kapaa Sands Hotel Kapaa
Kapaa Sands Kauai

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