Best Hotels in Kauai

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Kauai based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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    Princeville Resort
    Princeville, HI
    #1 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3199 reviewsTripAdvisor (3199)
    Free WiFi

    Walking into the lobby of the Princeville Resort, you know immediately that you are at the top – the top of the hotel that is. That's where you'll find the lobby, affording jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Kauai's lush coast. Between Hanalei Bay and Kauai's rugged mountains, the resort's stunning location sets this property apart from the competition. According to previous visitors, the guest rooms are just as impressive: Princeville Resort forgoes the kitschy tropical decor in favor of decorative accents that touch upon the resort's natural surroundings with rich, earth tone color palettes. Rooms also come with home theater systems, 300-thread-count linens and, in some cases, balconies. The Princeville Resort also houses multiple distinct restaurants, all of which use ingredients that have been grown or produced on the island. And it's home to an incredible infinity pool – dubbed one of the world's most beautiful. Despite the properties world-class amenities, some past guests feel the Princeville Resort is in need of a refresh.

    Princeville, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3199 reviewsTripAdvisor (3199)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
    Koloa, HI
    #2 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2461 reviewsTripAdvisor (2461)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. The property hosts 121 rooms on a spectacular portion of Po'ipu Beach amidst fierce competition from larger brand-name resorts nearby. The Koa Kea's design is more urban-chic than easygoing tropical, with guest rooms sporting contemporary furnishings and amenities like flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access, espresso machines and iPod docking stations. But visitors find plenty of relaxing solitude here: Not only do accommodations boast private lanais (balconies), but the Koa Kea Hotel also houses an intimate spa (with only five treatment rooms), a lagoon-style, lava-inspired swimming pool, an oceanfront lawn with firepits and direct access to the beach. As for dining, there is the Red Salt, which showcases Hawaiian cuisine in an intimate setting. And according to recent guests, the staff is accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2461 reviewsTripAdvisor (2461)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
    Koloa, HI
    #3 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7484 reviewsTripAdvisor (7484)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Some say the Grand Hyatt's exceptional staff will make you feel right at home. However, your home probably doesn't have immaculately kept tropical grounds, a sand-bottomed lagoon pool or a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. This resort treats Kauai travelers to a relaxed getaway, with guest rooms outfitted with flat-screen TVs, complimentary refillable water bottles and private lanais (balconies). But you'll likely not be spending much time indoors, as the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort offers plenty in the way of island activities. On the property, you'll find several pools and lagoons worth laying by, as well as a variety of cultural performances taking place on any given day. Visitors enjoy indulging at the Anara Spa and teeing off on the gorgeous Po'ipu Bay Golf Course. And when it comes to dining, travelers say you really can't go wrong with the Grand Hyatt's restaurants, which serve up a variety of cuisines ranging from Hawaiian to Asian to Italian. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is along the south coast of Kauai, east of Po'ipu Beach. Members of the Hyatt Rewards rewards program can earn and redeem points here, which helps offset the pricey hotel's nightly room rates.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7484 reviewsTripAdvisor (7484)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
    Princeville, HI
    #4 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2312 reviewsTripAdvisor (2312)
    Free WiFi

    "No beach" – words that could horrify any vacationer to Hawaii. But at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, you shouldn't worry: Guests of this Westin property can access St. Regis' stellar sands via a complimentary shuttle ride. And there is enough at The Westin Princeville to keep you occupied: The resort grounds feature multiple pools and a fitness center, and staying here will put you within easy reach of the fairways at the nearby Makai Club Resort. Guests regularly described rooms here as spacious, coming outfitted with whirlpool baths, kitchens, flat-screen TVs and Bose stereos. While there is plenty on-site, some guests were still pretty hung up on the fact that there is no beach and found it inconvenient to have to travel for it. Though many were in agreement that the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Princeville, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2312 reviewsTripAdvisor (2312)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa
    Kapaa, HI
    #5 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1551 reviewsTripAdvisor (1551)
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    The spacious Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort is one of Kauai's best options for families. The resort hosts spacious suites that include one- or two-bedrooms, ample living space and full kitchens. According to many recent guests, the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort has all the comforts of home — with a few extras thrown in. Although you can certainly do your own cooking, you can also forgo dish duty in favor of a fresh seafood meal at the Oasis on the Beach restaurant. Meanwhile, the waterslides, lazy river and man-made beach are fun enough to draw you and your kids away from the beach. And the in-house Spa by the Sea offers a wide range of Hawaiian-inspired massages and body treatments. You should also note that the Outrigger's isolated location in Kapaa can be either refreshing or frustrating.

    Kapaa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1551 reviewsTripAdvisor (1551)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
    Koloa, HI
    #6 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2247 reviewsTripAdvisor (2247)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting pretty on Kauai's southeastern coast near the popular Po'ipu Beach, this resort earns rave reviews from recent guests for its spacious studios and villas (studios start at 475 square feet). Rooms feature up to four bedrooms and include full kitchens or kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and oversized balconies. Though lodgers praise the roomy accommodations, recent guests had some complaints when it came to housekeeping services. When you're not lounging in your digs, you'll find plenty of resort activities to keep you occupied, including volleyball, soccer and snorkeling. If you've got kids in tow, take your brood to the new 350,000-gallon Signature Lagoon Pool, which recently opened in the spring of 2017. For a more peaceful dip, head to the adults-only Tranquility Waterfall Pool. For more pampering, book an appointment at the spa or join in on complimentary yoga. And now that this sprawling resort is a member of the Marriott family, Marriot Bonvoy members can earn or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2247 reviewsTripAdvisor (2247)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Kauai Resort
    Koloa, HI
    #7 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2606 reviewsTripAdvisor (2606)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Visitors enjoy the Sheraton Kauai Resort's friendly personality, which is propagated by welcoming staff members, as well as family-friendly activities like ukulele lessons and lei making. Guest rooms here feature wood furnishings, flat-screen TVs, Internet access and private lanais (balconies). Although the hotel's 394 rooms and suites are spread out across multiple buildings, all lodgings offer easy access to the ocean and a hearty chunk of sandy beach (Po'ipu, to be exact). This Sheraton property earns praise from travelers for its scenic surroundings and its ample amenities. The resort boasts two swimming pools (guests say that the oceanfront pool is worth a swim), as well as a fitness center and the full-service Hawaiian Rainforest Spa. Also on the property is the fancy RumFire restaurant specializing in Hawaiian cuisine. For an exciting taste of the islands, the Sheraton invites you to attend the 'Auli'i Lu'au, held weekly. What's more, guests say this resort is a good bargain, especially if you're a Marriott Bonvoy member.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2606 reviewsTripAdvisor (2606)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kaua'i Marriott Resort
    Lihue, HI
    #8 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3127 reviewsTripAdvisor (3127)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Boasting the largest single-level outdoor pool in Hawaii, along with flowing fountains, lagoons and a prime stretch of beach, the Kaua'i Marriott Resort surrounds its visitors with plenty of water. Travelers say that the resort's grounds are impressive, and many describe the guest rooms here as comfortable. Accommodations at this Marriott property feature red- and orange-hued decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access (for a fee). Travelers highly recommend requesting a room with a balcony so that you can enjoy the resort's pleasant surroundings and excellent views. However, the Lihue Airport is only 2 miles north, meaning that the isolated resort tranquility can get quashed by the sound of a passing plane. So it's not the best place for a quiet, romantic vacation. Still, a stay here will grant you easy access Kalapaki Beach, not to mention the soothing Alexander Spa and Salon, 18 holes of championship golf and several restaurants. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can earn and use points here.

    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3127 reviewsTripAdvisor (3127)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kauai Beach Resort
    Lihue, HI
    #9 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2651 reviewsTripAdvisor (2651)
    Free WiFi
    Kauai Beach Resort is a 4 star hotel located at 4331 Kauai Beach Drive in Kauai. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 2651 reviews.
    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2651 reviewsTripAdvisor (2651)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
    Kapaa, HI
    #10 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1115 reviewsTripAdvisor (1115)
    Free WiFi

    Situated on the east coast of Kauai – about 7 miles from the airport – the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay provides convenient access to Lydgate Beach Park, one of the island’s more family-friendly beaches. Each of the 216 guest rooms features an ocean, mountain or garden view, plus a microwave, a minifridge, a coffee maker and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Alternatively, upgrade to a cottage for separate living and sleeping areas and an outdoor lanai-style patio. An on-site restaurant and bar serves breakfast and dinner, and there’s a 24-hour convenience store available for snacks and sundries. The grounds also feature two outdoor pools, a hot tub, a fitness center, and walking and bike paths. Most recent guests loved this Hilton’s location, next to Lydgate Beach Park; though, other visitors were disappointed by the hotel’s lack of resort-style amenities, like complimentary breakfast and beach chairs. Members of the Hilton Honors program should keep in mind that they’re eligible to earn and redeem points by choosing to stay at this property.

    Kapaa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1115 reviewsTripAdvisor (1115)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Villas at Po'ipu Kai
    Koloa, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    Free WiFi

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    Po'ipu Beach(0.43 mi)
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    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Wyndham Kaua`i Beach Villas
    Lihue, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 601 reviewsTripAdvisor (601)
    Free WiFi
    Wyndham Kaua`i Beach Villas is a 4 star hotel located at 4330 Kauai Beach Drive in Kauai. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 601 reviews.
    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 601 reviewsTripAdvisor (601)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    O'Luina
    Kalaheo, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    Free WiFi
    O'Luina is a 4 star hotel located at 5150 Kikala Rd in Kauai.
    Kalaheo, HI
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences
    Lihue, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    Free WiFi

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    Kalapaki Beach(0.34 mi)
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    Lihue, HI
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Palmwood
    Anahola, HI
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    Free WiFi
    The Palmwood is a 3.5 star hotel located at 6867 Koolau Rd. in Kauai. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 172 reviews.
    Anahola, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi

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