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Nestled in Lihue, gateway of the Garden Island, the Kauai Palms Hotel offers affordability and stylish comfort just minutes from the Lihue Airport. Looking for an affordable Kauai vacation getaway? The Kauai Palms Hotel affords the budget-minded traveler a centrally located, cozy and quaint hotel that places you minutes from the Lihue Airport, shopping, dining, the beautiful white sand beaches of Kalapaki and Kauai attractions. Tastefully decorated and modernly appointed, the Kauai Palms Hotel offers quality and Aloha Style at a reasonable price, so you can spend your vacation budget having fun! Rooms with Air Conditioning, Kitchenettes and Full Kitchens are available as well as studio and 2 bedroom cottages.

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rookiegolpher wrote a review Jan 2024
Neenah, Wisconsin100 contributions22 helpful votes
This was one of the more affordable accommodations on Kauai at $200/night. Room was clean, beds comfortable, hot shower and central to locations we wanted to visit. Downside: it is older and small. The window air conditioner sounds like a plane taking off, but glad we had ac. I wore earplugs and ac noise was tolerable.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Small parking lot in back. Loved our compact-sized car.
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Aloha rookiegolpher, thank you for staying with us and yes, we are one of the more affordable accommodations on Kauai. We pride ourselves on providing clean, comfortable accommodations while imparting a vintage experience of Kauai in the by gone days. We were built in the 1960's and have always provided accommodations visiting our Beautiful Garden Island. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your next visit. Mahalo!
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Krysteena wrote a review Jun 2022
Washington52 contributions6 helpful votes
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We stayed here 2 nights and had a wonderful experience. The staff are amazing and Ron, the general manager, is a true gem. If you get a chance, ask for Ron to “ talk story” with you. You can find out the history and legends of Kaua’i along with seeing many interesting artifacts. You will also hear about many fascinating sites to visit during your stay. We learned so much about Kaua’i and the Hawaiian islands. Ron was entertaining and very knowledgeable and kept us engaged and interested. Hotel room is vintage, is very clean and has everything you need. We were able to drop our suitcase off early and explore the island the day we arrived. Lots of people here from different European countries during our stay. Great food options a couple blocks away and the brewery even has 4 ounce sample sizes so you can try several of their different beers in one sitting. Thanks Ron for imparting some of your knowledge to us. We loved our stay and hope to be back again. Mahalo!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Ron Kikumoto, General Manager at Kauai Palms Hotel
Responded Jun 27, 2022
Aloha Krysteena from the Beautiful Garden Island! Thank you for staying with us and it was our pleasure to share the rich history and culture of Kauai. As you mentioned, it makes visiting the various locations more meaningful and relevant, for Kauai is truly special. Again, thank you and we look forward to your next visit. Mahalo!
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jgrogan2017 wrote a review Dec 2023
Littleton, Colorado10 contributions2 helpful votes
The room was comfortable and there’s plenty of hot water. Glad we got a bigger room this time as the small one we went to years back we could hardly move around in. Nice to have a fridge, hot plate and microwave. So loved the free history presentation of Kauai offered by Ron the hotel manager. Be sure to meet the hotel kitty “Mango” he is loving and adorable.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Located In a rather industrial location but near the Kauai Diner which is GOOD!
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Aloha jgrogan from Colorado! Quaint, charming and cozy, that describes our little property here in Lihue, 5 minutes away from the airport. Did we mention convenient? Also, we offer different types of accommodations from Studios, units with kitchenettes, full kitchens to 2 bedroom units with living room and full kitchens. One unique aspect is that we share the history and culture of the islands to those who are interested at no charge. Many of our guest enjoy this sharing because it brings the island to life while visiting the various scenic sites that the Beautiful Garden Island has to offer. Again, Mahalo for staying with us and look forward to your third visit to the Kauai Palms Hotel!!
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Ana D wrote a review Nov 2023
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My stay here was wonderful. A comfy bed, TV, fridge, and clean linens/towels were provided along with free WiFi and fresh coffee each morning. It's not a fancy chain hotel, so if that's what you're wanting, then this review is not for you. What this hotel lacks in luxury, it makes up for in spirit, and if you're looking for a place rich in culture to stay, then look no further. Chickens walk about the property. The hotel cat Mango may come sit on your lap or beside you while you sit in the lobby. Palm trees and a gorgeous view of the mountain surround this quaint little hotel. But the highlight of the stay has to be the "talk session" that the general manager Ron does free of charge anytime you have a couple hours to spare. I say hours because once he starts delving into Kauai's rich history, all you will want to do is listen for more. He is so knowledgeable about the history, and he also has curated a small but impressive collection of weapons, tools, hooks, and other artifacts with information that can be found in the lobby to look at while you sip your coffee. If you stick around long enough for him to go through his binder of information, he will unlock the case of artifacts and let you touch or hold them while he tells you more about them. This experience was one I was not prepared for, but that I am eternally grateful was provided. Ron is very generous and will not take money for his talks, but he just wants people to learn more about the island and spread the culture and history they have learned from him. I hope this review helps you decide where to stay. I have no regrets choosing this hotel, and when I come back to Kauai, I will surely stay here again! Aloha!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: I believe there is only AC in certain rooms, so check ahead when you book. There is no microwave...
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Responded Dec 5, 2023
Aloha Ana! Thank you so very much for the wonderful reviewl. As you mentioned, we are a quaint property that offers comfortable and clean accommodations on the Beautiful Garden Island known as Kauai. We are vintage and offer reasonable rates in comparison to our competition. We share the history and culture of the island with our visitors so that places visited come alive and your island visit becomes more relevant. Historically, we were a "oral" tradition until the early 1800's, when the Missionaries introduced the alphabet. We are now utilizing written with orad, to share the rich heritage of the islands.....and it is free. Again, thank you for visiting and we look forward to your next stay at the Kauai Palms Hotel. Mahalo!
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Jessica S wrote a review Oct 2023
55 contributions5 helpful votes
Ok, I booked this hotel and then noticed all of the negative reviews. I was a little nervous as I showed up and realized it's in a residential area. (Its not the Hilton or some fancy resort of that is what you are looking for) However, I have no idea why there are so many negative reviews! This place was great! I got a single room (rm 17) it had a gigantic king size bed, plenty of room, it was super clean, with a refrigerator and microwave. The staff was very friendly and provided great service. I had a flight issue and ended up needing to check in early. They did everything they could to accommodate and get me in as early as possible. I enjoyed my stay and will definitely be staying again in the future. And I highly recommend ignoring all the mediocre/negative reviews, and giving them a stay. Very easy access to the airport, food, coffee, gas and groceries. So, definitely check them out! Thanks a bunch, Kauai palms!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Ignore all the mediocre/negative reviews!
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Responded Oct 23, 2023
Aloha Jessica and Mahalo for your review! We do stress cleanliness for Housekeeping and customer service for the Front Desk, for these are very important tenets in the hospitality industry. We are a vintage property and do our utmost to provide reasonable rates in comparison to our competition. Rates on the whole are a little higher on Kauai versus the other islands, as we are known as the Beautiful Garden Island. Yes, we are centrally located in Lihue, midpoint between Kalalau and Waimea Canyon and approximately 5 minutes from Lihue Airport. Being in LIhue, there are a number of reasonable eating places which we recommend....eat Local. Thank you for staying with us and we would look forward to your next visit!! Mahalo!
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Frank C wrote a review Oct 2023
Brantford, Canada28 contributions7 helpful votes
Small place in the downtown care of Lihue. Homeless around the corner of hotel. Rooms very small for the $200USD+ for the night. Free coffee in the morning. No rooms have a/c so in the evening and at night ,very hot
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded Oct 19, 2023
Aloha Ontario Traveler from the Beautiful Garden Island! The room you booked without A/C is our least expensive room at $165.00 per night. With taxes, it is about $200.00 per night and in comparison to other hotels, we are one of the most reasonable. Unfortunately, accommodations on Kauai are more expensive in comparison to other islands. The exchange rate from Canadian to US dollars did not help the situation. For future reference, the majority of rooms have air conditioning, which most visitors opt for since we are in tropical paradise. Upon your next visit, we would be glad to place you in a room with a/c. For those who would like to prepare meals, we have rooms with kitchenettes and full kitchens available. Again, thank you for staying with us and I would look forward to assisting you securing the right accommodations on your next visit to the Beautiful Garden Island. Mahalo!
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John O wrote a review Aug 2023
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If you're looking for a resort, look elsewhere. My wife and I stayed here on a whim one night and it easily turned into a highlight of our week+ anniversary trip. Ron is a fantastic resource into the history and culture of the island! And Mango the cat is an incredibly friendly companion to all.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
Aloha! Thank you for staying with us on a whim. This was meant to be for sharing the history and culture brought more relevance to your visit to our Beautiful Garden Island! We are truly blessed and look forward to your next visit so that we may continue our journey in sharing who and what we are.....the Island of Aloha! Mahalo, Ron
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Kim S wrote a review Aug 2023
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It's an extremely charming little hotel. Felt like a true escape from the bustle of city life, and didn't have the industrial feel you often get from big Sheratons/Hiltons/etc. Very helpful staff, excellent location (to the airport, beach, restaurants). Clean, decent-sized room, A/C worked like a charm. Will 100% stay here again if/when we come back to Kauai.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
Aloha! Thank you for choosing to stay with us and pride ourselves in maintaining a vintage experience that is the essence of Kauai. Yes, we are not a Sheraton or Hilton and do not want to be. We offer simple and clean accommodations at reasonable prices. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Beautiful Garden Island. Mahalo, Ron
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Upstatefamily wrote a review Aug 2023
Upstate NY152 contributions105 helpful votes
Kauai Palms is a mom & pop hotel in Lihue. We stayed for two nights at the end of our week long visit to Kauai. Our room was clean and well maintained. The ac worked well and there was a small refrigerator. We did not have much space but had no need to spread out as we basically just slept at the hotel. The shower did have good water pressure and the towels were nice and soft. Check out and check in were easy and communication was very good. There’s a nice coffee truck around the corner and we heard good things about the Saimin restaurant and Kauai Brewing Company, both close by.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
Aloha Upstatefamily, Thank you for staying with us and we pride ourselves in providing clean and well maintained accommodations. Our location is great in that we are only 5 minutes away for the airport and right off the main street in Lihue. Thus, there are a number of eating places in close proximity. Again, Mahalo for staying with us and we look forward to your next visit!
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Charlotte W wrote a review Aug 2023
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We needed an airport hotel for an early flight out the next day. This place sounded great, but was not what we expected. The room was shabby, needing repairs. The shower drain apparatus was loose. There was dirt in the corners of the bathroom. The office has limited hours, closing at 8 pm. No airport shuttle. No alarm clock for that early flight. The place is a motel with exterior doors. In fairness, the bed linens were clean, the bed comfortable, and the Wi-Fi worked. There is a Chinese restaurant within walking distance.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: It’s a few miles from the airport, but you’ll need a car.
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
Aloha Charlotte, it was great to hear that "the bed linens were clean, the bed comfortable and the WIFI worked." That you enjoyed one of the dining places that are in close proximity of the property. In regards to the drain cover being loose dirt in the corner, we met with the Housekeeping Manager to walk thru the unit for we pride ourselves in offering clean accommodations. On our website, we post our office hours as 8am to 8pm and we do not mention shuttle service. Our room pricing is reflective of this, for we consider our room cost very reasonable in comparison to surrounding properties. We do apologize that we did not fulfill your expectations and assure you that in regards to the room, we will provide clean accommodations. Please contact me, and I will personally assist you on your next visit. Mahalo, Ron
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kauai Palms Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kauai Palms Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Tasting Kauai (0.4 km), Kauai Escape Room (0.3 km), and Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kauai Palms Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Kauai Palms Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Kauai Palms Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kauai Palms Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rob's Good Times Grill, Kauai Beer Company, and Hamura Saimin Stand.
Are there any historical sites close to Kauai Palms Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kilohana Plantation Estate (2.5 km), Menehune Fish Pond (2.5 km), and Kapaia Suspension Bridge (2.2 km).