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June 14, 2016

Kauai Shores Hotel - Beachfront Lodging on the Coconut Coast



Our family recently vacationed at the Kauai Shores Hotel (an Aqua Hotel), a beachfront property along Kauai's Royal Coconut Coast.

The recently-renovated hotel has 200 rooms, including 24 studios with kitchenettes, and boasts a variety of amenities included with the daily hospitality fee.

After a short drive from the Lihue Airport, we arrived at the lobby, where vibrant hues of greens, blues, and pops of oranges welcomed guests.

Valet and self-parking available
Loved the open, spacious lobby
After a warm and welcoming check-in, I was given directions to our 2-queen bedroom in the Lei building, one of four buildings on the property.  The room was adorned in colors just as bright and fresh as in the the lobby, and included a 42-inch TV, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and Playstation 3 console.

Bright, fresh decor
2 queen beds

TV, desk, chair
The beds and pillows were extremely comfortable, and my kids often fought over who would sit in the cool blue / green chair.

Both an air conditioner and ceiling fan is in the room.  The air conditioning unit was quite loud, which initially made it hard to sleep at night, but we discovered that putting the a/c in Fan mode with the ceiling fan on kept the room cool without it being so noisy. 

The bathroom was compact, and the vanity was especially small, but overall the room provided adequate space for our family of 5.
Bathtub
Vanity
Toilet
Closet
Microwaves are available in the Lei and Lani building foyers if you need to heat up any leftovers.
Microwave and vending machines in the Lei and Lani building foyers
If you prefer a room with a bit more space, a larger bathroom, and a microwave, book a studio with kitchenette.

Studio with kitchenette
The lanai looked out to the lush, green lawns and foliage, as well as one of two pools.
Lanai
Lush lawn
I was very impressed with the grounds of the property.  They were always kept clean, and I often saw employees tending to the plants and trees.

The property has four buildings, each with 2 floors, but no elevators, so if you have an issue with stairs, be sure to request a bottom floor.

Two-floor buildings
We were in a second floor room, which the front desk employee said tends to be quieter than ones on the first floor.

For the most part, the noise level throughout the hotel was minimal.  We could hear a few loud guests early in the morning or late at night, but for the most part, noise was muffled by the air conditioning unit whenever we were in our room.

Because of the two pools on property, the beach being just steps away, and several restaurants, shops, and attractions nearby, we were not in our room very often.

Larger pool

Smaller pool
There were plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas at each pool, and neither pool got very crowded during our stay - we never had a problem finding an empty chair.

The kids loved playing at the beach, which was literally just steps away.

Beach fun!
Being right on the beach meant gorgeous sunrise and sunset views!
Sunrise
At Kauai Shores, use of pool/beach towels is included with the daily hospitality fee.

Also included are complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor yoga classes, and my kids' favorite amenity - the unlimited DVD and Playstation rentals.
Outdoor Yoga

Unlimited DVD and Playstation rentals!
On site is Lava Lava Beach Club, where we had a fabulous breakfast (you can read about it here), and there are numerous other restaurants just a short walk or drive away.

One of my favorite features of Kauai Shores is the wristband key.  You can wear it in the pool or at the beach, and you don't need look through your wallet or dig through your purse to find your hotel room key.  Simply wear the key on your wrist and wave it in front of the sensor on your door to get into your room.  Easy!

The wristband is so much more convenient to use than a card key!

Employees at the Kauai Shores Hotel were all so helpful and friendly.  I was greeted by name when I returned to the front desk with a question, housekeeping promptly provided us with extra necessities that we were short on, and maintenance did not give up when our ceiling fan needed to be reprogrammed.

The wonderful service, the numerous amenities, convenient location, and renovated rooms all contributed to a very pleasant stay at the Kauai Shores.

Click here for more information on Kauai Shores Hotel.  Kama`aina rates available.

Kauai Shores Hotel
420 Papaloa Rd
Kapaa, HI 96746
(808) 822-4951



Mahalo to Kauai Shores for hosting a portion of our stay.  Gratuities and meals were paid on our own.

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