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3610 Rice Street, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Known for its warm island hospitality and idyllic location on the Garden Isle, The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue on Kalapaki Beach underwent a $50 million upgrade, with major enhancements to all its guestrooms, suites, restaurants and pool deck. Unique among hotels in Kauai, our resort sits on Kalapaki Bay and offers a wide variety of recreational activities, a superior beach experience and 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus championship golf at the adjacent Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. Business travelers will enjoy our 5 Star hotel's over 27,000 sq ft of flexible meeting and event space in Kauai. Guests traveling for pleasure will enjoy one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii and our spacious 5 star hotel rooms, most of which offer spectacular views and feature a balcony. Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at our hotel's on-site Alexander Spa and Salon. Discover a leader in style and service among Kauai hotels and resorts and enjoy breathtaking beachfront views at Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort.
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Electric vehicle charging station
Free internet
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Patio
Children's playground
Valet parking
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
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Business Center with Internet Access
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Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
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Body wrap
Couples massage
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Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
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Picnic area
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Shops
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Mike B wrote a review 23 Nov
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This place exceeded our expectations. I knew it was going to be good but WOW! The gorgeous property is only matched by the people that took care of us during our stay. For Cynthia and Kara at the front desk, thank you so much for your assistance. To Belinda our concierge, you planned our many excursions to a tee with no issues at all. Fantastic job Belinda. Amy and Revan (the bird man) at Kukui's restaurant, great service guy's. And to the bar staff, Richard, Sissy, Benji, Kurt, and Kristen, you are the best bartenders I have ever seen. I'm sure I've forgotten to mention the many others that mad for a memorable vacation. Thank you all so much. Everything at this resort was always comfortable and ultra clean. There were a lot of people staying there and we met many of them. Even the guests were amazing. We never had to wait in line and we always had plenty of options around the pool. I would recommend renting a cabana for the day. So comfortable. You can bet that we will be back. Fantastic job Royal Sonesta! Mike Booth
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 4 days ago
Aloha Mike, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, we are even happier to hear that the following individuals were able to enhance your stay; Cynthia, Kara, Belinda, Amy & Raven and the rest of the bartending staff at the restaurant. I will be sure to pass your comments on. We want to thank you again for choosing to stay with us and hope we get to service you again in the near future! Mahalo!
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225 Travel wrote a review Aug 2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana33 contributions69 helpful votes
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We stayed at the Royal Sonesta but the resort property is shared with Marriott Vacation Club. The pool was massive and allowed for plenty of space for all guests. There was a separate, smaller pool with slide for the littles. We could sit at the pool and overlook the beach and ocean, while enjoying poolside service. There were plenty of chairs and umbrellas for the guests. There were also chairs on the grassy area by the beach for guests, but those had more limited availability. The room was nice and spacious with an efficient balcony with an incredible view of the pool, beach, ocean, and cliffs. The resort had multiple restaurants but there was also an area across the street with multiple options and a convenience store with alcohol, some food and snacks, souvenirs, etc next door. The hotel provided complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, which we also used when we had a helicopter tour of the island. We were on an anniversary trip but we also saw several families, so the resort is great for both couples and families.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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LubbockC wrote a review 21 Nov
Lubbock, Texas36 contributions36 helpful votes
The Royal Sonesta shuttle bus coincidentally arrived no more than 50 steps from luggage pickup right as we were walking out the door. The hotel is 10 minutes away. We drive through a beautifully landscaped perfectly manicured entrance. Check in is further away from the drop-off. You have to lug your bags down an escalator to get there. Finding the Ha'upu tower using the map they provided is a little confusing. The sudden view of the pool and the beach when you turn a corner is effectively fantastic. The pictures posted on Trip Advisor is very accurate. This hotel is gorgeous. The room is big. It's on the 4th floor, but all the rooms on this floor are numbered in the 1900s. You get a wrist band as a key card. There's no carpeting and the floor is very clean feels safe to walk barefoot on. The bathroom is sparkling clean. There is a small refrigerator that you have to push a button inside to reactivate each day or it will automatically shut off. We have a balcony that overlooks the pool and a great view of the beach and the mountains. Behind the Ha'upu tower is a convenient parking lot. You have to drive around to find it and it is MUCH closer to the building than the main parking lot. There is no security from the parking lot to the main elevators of the Ha'upu building (it's open air entrance everywhere) but the hotel feels safe. The wrist band allows you to check out towels poolside. The pool feels like it is heated, because it's warmer than the ocean. There's a sidewalk between the pool and the beach that allows you walk to a small shopping area with several food trucks, restaurants and bars and an ABC convenience store.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from amor libunao, Guest Services / Front Office at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Responded 4 days ago
Aloha Lubbock, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and we apologized we did not meet your expectations during your visit. I would be happy to discuss your experience in further detail to address your concerns if you would like to contact me by calling the resort direct. Mahalo, Amor Libunao (808)245-5050
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travelbug wrote a review 20 Nov
Seville, Spain19 contributions26 helpful votes
Beautiful resort sprawled over lush greens and a Khoi pond in the middle. Largest pool on Kauai! Our room overlooked a beautiful scenery of the beach and trees beyond the pool. Located not too far from the airport. Would come back again tye next we’re in Kauai.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Great for families with children
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Response from amor libunao, Guest Services / Front Office at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha! Thank you so much for your honest review! We ae thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we able to enjoy the property and all it's amenities. We look forward to our next opportunity we get to host you here at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. Aloha! Mahalo, Amor Libunao
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Dr Laura C wrote a review 12 Nov
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This resort is amazing! Everywhere you look, there is something special and beautiful. The view is unbeatable. The bay makes it easy to enjoy the ocean. The staff is so welcoming and accommodating. I am so glad we stayed here for our trip, and I plan to stay here again the next time we are in Kauai.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jaykob Nakaahiki-Young, Guest Services / Front Office at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Responded 2 weeks ago
Aloha Laura, Thank you for sharing your experience and choosing to stay at the Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort . We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to the next opportunity we have to service you at the Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort. Mahalo, Jaykob Naka'ahiki-Young
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Elizabeth H wrote a review 3 Nov
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I stayed at the Royal Sonesta during my trip to Kauai end of October 2022. My experience was great - this was one of the best properties I've ever stayed in. I was impressed at the level of cleanliness in the room, the pool area and really throughout the entire property. The room was great and modern. The bed and pillows were so comfortable it was hard to get up from them each morning. The fitness center had slightly more options than any other hotel fitness center I've visited which I appreciated. There are several restaurants on the property and nearby. The location is great and close to some shopping centers, the only Target on the island and Starbucks. The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. There were dozens of staff working to maintain the property from the crack of dawn which is probably why it is so well kept at all times. I called and asked for some cutlery and things from housekeeping a couple of times and each time an employee came to my room within 5-10 minutes. The service overall is great. I'd definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone visiting Kauai. It is worth the price in my opinion.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha elizabethhH16OAT, Thank you so much for your honest review! We ae thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we able to enjoy the property and all it's amenities. We look forward to our next opportunity we get to host you here at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. Aloha! Mahalo, Kailee Carrillo
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EmiliaGlavan wrote a review Oct 2022
California423 contributions64 helpful votes
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Such a beautiful hotel.Gorgeous grounds ,everything so clean and well maintain.We stayed for 6 nights and we got a package thru Costco.The location was perfect for us,very close to restaurants ,airport,beach on site.We had breakfast at the hotel couple of mornings,very good food and amazing costumer service!We had a room with pool view and partial ocean view.Our soon loved the view and to stay on the balcony to watch the roosters and chickens.The pool is just so beautiful and well maintain.We had a great time and we loved put stay.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha EmiliaGlavan, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your honest review of the property and your recent stay with us! I'm so happy to hear that you all enjoyed your time here with us and were able to experience the chickens of Kauai! IT's unusual but a special part of what makes the island unique. We look forward to your return to Kauai! Until next time.... ALOHAAA! Mahalo Nui, Kailee Carrillo Front Office Manager
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Farnaz wrote a review Oct 2022
Lincoln, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful resort. The views are amazing. Biggest pool ever. Great location. Everyone was nice and welcoming. We stayed at deluxe ocean view on 11th floor. The room was very clean and modern. The beds were comfortable.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Jules T wrote a review Oct 2022
San Jose, California1340 contributions248 helpful votes
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Our flight arrived early so we had very quick Alamo car rental service and got to the resort around 10:00am. To our delight, they had a room ready and allowed an early check-in. After that, the resort was totally full and sold out so I know how lucky we were! This hotel is a 5 minute drive from the airport. That's brilliant as everyone has long flights in/out of Lihue. RS has the best pool we've enjoyed anywhere in the world! Seriously, it's huge, clean and the perfect temperature. It's heated which made it fabulous for early/late swims and it's open 7:00am-10:00pm. I live to swim so this was truly the highlight of our entire Kauai vacation! The service around the pool was impeccable - the servers were around often and brought us ice cold bevies. The towel kiosk is right there and they are happy to give you fresh towels as needed with no limit. Only negative was the other guests that thought it was ok to reserve the chairs under the umbrellas everyday and then not sit there for 3-4 hours. The sun was really hot so we would have loved some shade it would be good to have some more umbrellas for shade. The resort may sell many day-passes to cruise shippers as the pool was really crowded on two days when ships were in port - which is walking distance to RS. The rooms are newly renovated so everything was sparkly clean and nice. Very comfy beds and pillows. Netflix on the mounted flat screen a bonus. Wood floors are great as we were on ground level so feet were often wet from being in the pool all the time! Housekeeping was fabulous and they so nicely accommodated our request for decaf Keurig pods. Per usual due to time zone change, we were up around 4:00am so really appreciated lots of coffee while we waited for sun to come up and Roosters to start (we loved them - so cute)! Rooms were only cleaned every other day so we just left our trash out and they picked up. When we ran out of coffee pods, they delivered some with lightening speed! Parking can be a challenge at times. We were in the back/far building and found people were parking there to go to the public beach. That was disappointing that we could not find a spot after paying $25 to park so I wish the resort would monitor that a bit. The food at the resort is meh ... but it was convenient. I wish they would expand their menus because we would have loved to have dined in more often. There is a Duke's on property that we dined at twice. There are also come casual cafes and food trucks you can walk to. Our favorite, ABC Store, was also around the corner and they have really great fresh salads so that was super convenient when we did not feel like a sit-down dinner. It was also convenient to grab cold bevies to keep in our mini-fridge. Overall, if we return to Kauai we would absolutely only stay at this resort. The pool and the rooms are fabulous. The location is perfect for easy access in any direction - only about 25 min to Poipu for snorkeling. Our favorite restaurant on the entire island was Gaylords Plantation House. We dined there twice the food was so good! We also found the hotel's location easy to get to Waimea Canyon (go early), Hanalei (also go early), the Plantation Train, the Backcountry Tubing and the boat cruise.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Tyrus Kupihea, Guest Services / Front Office at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Responded 14 Oct 2022
Aloha Jules! Wow - amazing read! Thank you so much for providing all this feedback. It is nice to hear you enjoyed most everything you experienced while you were with us. We take pride in providing excellent services to compliment the resort grounds and incomparable backdrop Kalapaki Bay has to offer. As it were, all shorelines in Hawai'i are required to be fully accessible by the public. In an effort to be good stewards of our share of the beachfront, we do maintain the area and, as required by law, maintain the guest lot nearest the beach. However, the lot is secured at night, thus a parking fee is assessed for overnight parking as parking overnight is limited to registered hotel guests only. A comprehensive review from someone as well traveled as you is very valuable to us and we hope to exceed your expectations in the future. Mahalo!
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Christina K wrote a review Sep 2022
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We had an amazing time at the Royal Sonesta. The place was super clean, including all common areas and rooms. I haven’t stayed on a property so well maintained in a long time. Housekeeping came every other day which was fine with us. We did have the option to request daily service but we don’t normally do that anyway. The hotel is close to the airport so a few suggestions. 1. If you are renting a car- get an Uber or take the shuttle to the hotel and go back for your car later. Rental car waits are 2+ hours with some waiting 3-5 hours. A local gave us the advice I’m giving in this review and wish we had it before going. 2. If you plan to use delivery services for food they are limited. 3. Grocery stores and restaurants are all close by and there are 3 restaurants on property. I can’t say enough good things about our experience, the only bad thing we encountered was our room was right next to the elevator. While it wasn’t super disruptive it could be heard especially first thing in the morning and would be bothersome to some. We parked in the back lot by the beach entrance and it was so convenient to where our room was. We absolutely loved the pool, wait staff was attentive and available. Drinks were good as was the food. If we ever go back to hawaii we would definitely return to this resort on Kauai. We felt very welcome here which was a stark difference from our time in Maui the last few years.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 17 Sep 2022
Aloha! Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share your experience. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the resort and staff. Thank you for your kind words. If there is anything we can do to provide an even better experience for the next time we see you, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you again! A hui hou!
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US$496 - US$867 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Which popular attractions are close to The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Nearby attractions include Tabora Gallery (0.3 km), Hawaii Alive Luau Show & Dinner (0.2 km), and Unique Gift Shop (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Conveniently located restaurants include Skinny Mike's Ice Cream and Shave Ice, Duke's Kauai, and The Right Slice.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue have airport transportation?
Yes, The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.