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“Perfect family vacation spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Castle Kaha Lani
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Walla Walla, Washington
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect family vacation spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

This was our first vacation involving plane travel with two small children (ages 2 and 4) -- and it was even better than I had anticipated. We barely left the condo because it had everything we could want -- a sparkling pool just outside our back door (I'd recommend getting a ground floor unit so you can walk in and out of your back door), the beach just steps away -- and in between was a great grassy area which we used for flying kites. Down the path a short walk away is the "baby beach" with a rock enclosure built around it and an elaborate play structure just behind it, as well as large covered areas and bathrooms. Unfortunately, we arrived just after the storms and both the beach and the play structure were closed. (Apparently when it rains a lot, that particular beach gets filled with sticks and it takes a long time for them to flow back out -- also the play structure seems to be downhill from a sewage treatment plant that flooded -- ugh.) But even without the extra benefits of those nearby distractions, we were completely happy with just the beach and the pool.

The condos aren't luxurious, but they are very comfortable -- and when traveling with kids, I'd prefer not to have to worry about damaging the furniture. There are some nice looking tennis courts that we never used, and lots of barbecuing areas scattered around the units as well. The gardens throughout are carefully maintained and just gorgeous. The kitchens seemed to all come with plenty of dishes and pots and pans -- we mostly ate at home and shopped at the nearby Safeway and Costco. (It's easier than keeping the kids entertained at a restaurant each night.)

If I were to do it again (as we plan to do), I might go for one of the ocean-front rooms on the ground floor. You can just sit on your back porch, drinking your beverage of choice, and watch the kids play in the grass -- with the stunning ocean vistas behind them. Our unit was located just behind the pool, so it had great access for that, but you couldn't see the ocean from our porch. Still -- it was very relaxing to sit in the warm sun and read a book. It felt like a true vacation for the first time since we became parents.

Room Tip: I'd go for a ground floor unit, and might spring for the extra $ to get one with an ocean-view...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Delta, BC
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188 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

My wife, daughter and i stayed a week here and very much enjoyed our stay. We had a 2 bedroom unit with Oceanview and it was the best view of any place we have stayed especially at sunrise. The unit was very spacious and clean with 2 bathrooms and full kitchen. Our notebook computer didn't have a proper jack so we couldn't use the WiFi but it was not a big issue, we went to Starbucks in Kapaa a couple of times and it's free there. The staff were friendly and the grounds are immaculately maintained. The whole complex was very quiet and peaceful and we heard no noise from the units around us. Kapaa is close by for shopping and Lihue not too far either. Friday is Taco night at the Olympic Cafe in Kapaa and for 2 drinks it's all you can eat taco bar from 3 to 7 and Kalapaki Joe's in Lihue has a good Happy Hour and view also. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

We stayed here after spending 8 days in Maui. We had read some of the reviews and weren't really sure what to expect....but we were pleasantly surprised! Our view (we paid for ocean front) was amazing to say the least. We had a huge balcony on the 2nd floor and enjoyed eating our meals out there. Our one bedroom was huge (compared to the one bedroom in Maui which was $50 more a night), equipped with 1.5 bathrooms and two flat screen televisions. Plus the owners had left there boogie board, snorkel set, tupperware etc out for us to use so it made it much easier to make our own meals or bring leftovers to the beach. As with some of the reviews, some appliances had rust on them HOWEVER that is due to the salt water in the air which can't be prevented. If you're picky and want the hotel amenities (IE. towels everyday, a front desk clerk at all hours) don't book here. If you want to be left alone, use your towel more than once, do your own thing and staying in a place that has the warm feel of a cottage than this is the place for you. Kauai is awesome too....we only spent 4 days there and it wasn't nearly enough time.

Room Tip: Get ocean front. Bring earplugs for the roosters at 5AM (which applies anywhere on the island).
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank JockLindsey
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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

Each condo is different, ours was white tile and spare...our friends had carpet and dark furniture. But on the whole we loved the location and accommodations! Surrounded on both sides by park land...remote feeling, yet so close to the cool little town of Kapaa. Everyone we met was nice. I would stay there again! :)

Room Tip: Ocean front was exactly that...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Zoe M
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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

If you want a pool boy to bring you a Mai Tai from his tiki hut to your lounge chair, don't stay here. If you want a fuss free vacation where you can settle in and relax, do. We loved our stay at Kaha Lani, and the best part was waking up to the beautiful sunrise off our lanai. There was nothing between us and the beach, and this meant for patio dining morning, noon and night...and you could make a cup of coffee and hit the beach for a morning walk. The pool is quiet and clean, and the entire property is well maintained-- and for being right off the ocean, that's no easy task. There's BBQ grills for your use, and they get magically spotless overnight. The check-in staff was a delight, and offer basic info about the nearest grocery stores etc. We felt at home here, and part of that was the high number of returning guests who do call this place home for a few months at a time. It's a nice little community, and you don't have to get dressed up to go down to the lobby for an overpriced coffee or escorted to a beach "reserved" lounge chair. Simple and sweet.

Room Tip: Ask for one facing the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Castle Kaha Lani

Property: Castle Kaha Lani
Address: 4460 Nehe Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9154 (Formerly Aston Kaha Lani)
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Lihue
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,556 - ₹ 22,451
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Kaha Lani 3*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kaha Lani Resort features oceanfront condominiums adjacent to Lydgate Beach Park and playground, with a walking path along the coast. Centrally located, the resort offers a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, all oceanview or oceanfront. Amenities include a pool, tennis court, barbecues, and a putting green. ... more   less 
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