Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

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Overview
Perched 200ft above the Pacific, this deluxe resort features luxurious studio, one bedroom suites and a wonderful activities program. Along with Westin's Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths, suites also feature Bose stereos and modern kitchens.
 
Location: Princeville, 48km from the Lihue Int'l airport

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  • Bill7Nott :
Wonderful experience

The view is great from building 5. The lady at the desk (China) was extremely accommodating and friendly. The grounds are beautiful. Even the housekeeping personnel went out of their way to make our stay pleasant.

  • a123nt : Indianapolis, Indiana
Disappointed

After booking a vacation to Kauai, we received an offer from Vistana (Starwood’s vacation ownership group) to stay at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. After doing a fair amount of research, including reading many reviews, we decided to accept the offer. While it did not spoil our time on Kauai’s fabulous north shore, it certainly was not a highlight.The good:Rooms are spacious and well appointed. The washer / dryer was invaluable, especially since nothing dries on its own in Hawaii’s damp air. The kitchen was very helpful. Unfortunately, the bed had not been Westin Heavenly in quite some time. It included the dreaded canoe effect that pushes or pulls you toward the center, and was less than supportive. We were assigned an ADA room (accessible), which resulted in a poorly laid-out bathroom including a fold-up seat in the shower. This detracted from the luxury feel. I would recommend avoiding this room type, unless needed.Grounds are well maintained and contribute positively to the setting. Speaking of which, while not beachfront (as well documented in other reviews), the resort is situated on a corner of the coast offering the potential for spectacular ocean views in two directions. Unfortunately, the rooms are set well back from the coast. And making matters worse, some buildings have “L” or “T” caps on the ocean end rendering what could have been many lovely partial ocean views into garden views. Very poor architectural decision. In addition to in room kitchens, grilling stations are set up throughout the resort for those who chose to cook for themselves while on vacation. And an onsite mart includes fresh meat and fish. A Foodland grocery store is nearby at the west end of the Princeville Shops just west of the entrance to the Princeville resort community. Prices are higher, and selection is modest, compared to grocery stores on the south side of the island. But convenience is high.The bad:Parking is both limited (reasonably close to the doors) and outrageously expensive. To charge a parking fee at a non-urban, non-destination resort is poor form. At least they are clear about this in all reservation materials we received.Service levels were lacking. Front desk was an exception, as we encountered several friendly staff members there. Although we had requested housekeeping throughout our stay, housekeeping was missed days 1 and 3 (of the four available days in our 5-night stay). If you select this resort and want housekeeping, be very clear that you wish to decline their no-housekeeping offer at check-in. Although they will tell you that they have you set up for housekeeping, apparently their default setting is no housekeeping (they offer BOGO breakfast is you select that option). And when we reported that housekeeping had not been in day 1, the compensation they offered was the BOGO breakfast that we had already turned down. They said that was their standard offer in such cases. Highly insulting. Summary:Some positives were more than offset by the negatives during our stay. Even at a bargain room rate, I left wishing we had stayed elsewhere. An important note is that this resort seems to be very family-friendly. At least it was during our visit. If traveling as a couple and are looking for a peaceful, romantic setting, you should probably look elsewhere. Cannot recommend.

  • weluvspg : Los Angeles
Updated Review: The Villa, Food Recos, Where to Save, Where to Splurge

Just came back from the 4th...maybe it's the 5th time...visiting Kauai and staying at Westin Princeville. This review is for the Villas but will also tell you where to save, where to splurge, and how we stayed on a food budget of $300 for 4 nights/5 days for 2 adults and 2 little ones (3 and 6 years old).Let's give some context here.- We're traveling with kids.- There's a time difference. - We've been to Kauai in the past.- We love good food.- We're frugal but not cheap.Room - We've always stayed in a 1 bedroom premium, the big side of a lockoff, in the past. This time we booked the studio or smaller side. It worked out just fine with a queen and the sofa bed. You still have a shower and separate bathtub. Owners, this is a great way to max points/StarOptions - staying in the smaller side when possible.Washer/Dryer - This makes packing ridiculously easy. Pack 1/3 to 1/2 less than you were planning. As light as we pack, I didn't wear 1/2 the clothes I brought. How light do we pack? We checked in 0 bags. For the four of us, we had 2 carry on rolling luggage pieces and one backpack for hubby, one for me, and one for my 6 y/o. The 3 y/o had a mini backpack filled with toys for the plane. :) In the rolling luggage, we even had 1 kid-sized life jacket, 1 puddle jumper, and snorkel masks for the kids. Detergent and fabric softener is always provided by the villas.Buildings - you can request a building with an ocean view. My only preference is that our balcony does not face a parking lot. This time we stayed in bldg 5 because that's what was ready when we arrived for early check-in. The view faced the interior of the property - beautiful view of the lush landscape. We could have waited a couple hours for building 7 or 8, where most owners request. I've stayed in 7 - gorgeous view.Service - A few hours after checking in, I received a welcome text letting me know I could message any requests. Love this!!! Yes, you can still push the Service Express button on your in-room phone but this made things so much easier and accessible when we were off property...or when the kids were sleeping and I didn't want to pick up the phone. Everyone we encountered at the Westin was kind, friendly, and helpful. Mahalo to an amazing team. Property - This place is maintained beautifully. It never disappoints and does a great job of slowing things down for us to enjoy the local pace. Kids loved the Keiki Pool with a water slide. We spent most of our pool time there and at the main pool. Westin also has quiet pools. No beach access, no big deal. You're in Kauai! Take your pick of a beach hangout...let's move on to beaches...Ke'e Beach, Anini Beach, Hanalei Bay - All 3 of these were perfect for us and the kids. We visited Anini Beach early in the morning around 8 AM, before our 10 AM tour at Kunana Dairy Farm. Anini has shallow waters and you might see a turtles if you go early. For Ke'e, we left the Westin around 6:40 AM to avoid parking in the exterior lot that's a further walk. Picked up sandwiches at Foodland Deli first and arrived at the end of the road around 7:20. Sounds early but remember the time difference? First lot was already full but we got lucky with someone leaving. Ke'e is my fave beach, tied with Tunnels (which we skipped this time). Calm waters in the morning, lots of fish, lots of fun. Like Anini, Hanalei Bay is close. We enjoyed calm, shallow water. The beach is huge, easy to find a little space of your own. Unlike Ke'e and Anini, there's no shade at this beach. We brought the rain umbrella from the Westin to shade our stuff from getting too hot. I periodically hid under there too. Food(!!!) - We eat like the locals. Returning to Kauai feels like homecoming for us. Plate lunch every day. It's a deal. It's delicious and it's filling. Our first stop after picking up the rental car was Konohiki Seafoods, 5 min from the airport. Got a kalua pork plate lunch, an extra side order of poke, and a shrimp + chicken bowl. That was plenty for the 4 of us. Try the lobster poke! So good. On our 2nd day after the dairy farm tour, we visited our island fave Pono Market in Kapaa for plate lunch - lots of choices. We went for pork lau lau, with lomi lomi salmon and spicy ahi poke for our sides! Go early before noon, if you want their fried chicken. It always sells out. Pick up some manju at the register. We love the apple kind, tastes like apple pie. After Pono Market, walk over to Wailua Shave Ice for dessert. On the 3rd day coming back from Ke's Beach, we stopped at Hanalei Taro & Juice Co for plate lunch and visited Wishing Well across the parking lot for shave ice. Dessert was our food splurge, between the shave ice locations and Lappert's for ice cream. More Food (supermarket) - Get only what you need from the grocery store, even if that means you visit Foodland everyday. We skipped Costco this time - too much in terms of quantity and didn't want to spend time in the store. Bought all groceries from Foodland in Princeville. Signed up for the Maka'i card for savings. Just like at home, I looked for what was on sale. Get the meal card if you plan to buy sandwiches, prepared salads, or bentos. Buy 7 and you get one free. I spent a little time cooking but nothing laborious. We're talking boiling frozen dumplings, bacon and sausages (in the microwave), noodles. We bought easy breakfast foods like muffins and yogurt. Plus simple snacks like fruit, string cheese, chips, and coconut bread. We loved the chef-prepared salads, sandwiches made with Boar's Head meat, various poke, all available at the deli.Budget - I tracked what we spent on food, restaurants and grocery store, to keep us in check and not break the bank. My kids, although little, can eat and love to eat. No joke. Total food spend was $305.22 for 5 days, including the $18 spent on breakfast at LAX the day we left for Kauai! Kunana Dairy Farm - This tour was sooooo fun and our splurge activity. Easy access too since it's North Shore area. We sampled fruit, honey, chèvre. Got to feed goats, hold baby goats, and much more. I just wrote a TripAdvisor review on it - details there. Awesome for adults and kids. Cost for 2 adults and 2 kids was $143.Other tips: 1) Book your rental car in advance with Costco. Get an economy car - it will be easier to park in tight spaces, especially if you're traveling in peak season and visiting high traffic beaches. 2) Bring insect repellent, particularly if you know you're prone to bug bites. You can buy travel size bottles and/or wipes so you don't have to check in bags. 3) Pack a small cooler or insulated lunch bag so you can keep your sandwiches cold on your beach trips. 4) We've had the luxury of visiting Kauai several times so we don't squish in too many organized activities or tours. Don't overbook or you won't feel like it's vacation. Past trips we loved Wings Over Kauai, hiking, kayaking, and ziplining. 5) Rent snorkel gear from Hanalei Surf and get the Westin discount. 6) Buy gifts from Foodland, like chocolates and coffee on sale. I also like the decorated Foodland shopping bags. Fun and easy to pack flat. Aloha!

  • scfamily : Orange County, ca
Relaxation

It was very nice!!! Melanie checked us in and couldn't have been nicer. All the employees we came across were polite and friendly. Our unit was great. I loved the large jacuzzi tub. Our view was of the quiet pool, which was very quiet. All the pools were very nice. You could choose to not have your unit cleaned every day and get a credit to use for a breakfast buffet. We had breakfast twice, and our waitress Darcy was excellent. The grounds are very lush. It's a quiet complex.

  • denise s : Boston, Massachusetts
Great stay at the Westin Princeville

We stayed here mainly because of the suites available at a reasonable (relatively speaking) price. We had a studio and a connecting one bedroom suite. The one bedroom suite was very spacious and well appointed. The studio was also well appointed but felt a little cramped with the kitchen. Washer dryer in both units is a bonus. Made coffee every morning with the coffee provided. Everything in the rooms was clean and high quality. We chose the free breakfast in lieu of housekeeping but we were still able to get fresh towels, more coffee, etc as needed. The grounds are lovely - immaculate and very pretty. Views are great. We used all three pools and found them to be pretty quiet. We were told the resort was full but it never felt crowded. There are gas grills all over the property so you can cook your own food. The market at the resort was well stocked and reasonably priced - you could get meat to cook on the grills and all sorts of grocery items for reasonable prices as compared to a typical resort store. Great Starbucks coffees and pastries as well.We only ate breakfast at the resort - buffet was ok but the birds are kind of a nightmare. The servers were all really helpful and willing to guard your food if you needed to get up.The rest of the staff was helpful - front desk, concierge, valet - no issues at all except the poolside service is a little limited if you want to order something. I know that some of the reviewers mentioned feeling pressured into the time share sales pitch and while this was offered to us by the concierge, we did not feel any pressure to do it.Wifi was exceptionally good.Location is great - plenty of good restaurants in the area and activities to do in Hanalei. If we are back in Kauai, we would stay there again.

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  • 346 Villas
  • 3 Pools
  • 2 Whirlpools
  • 3 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Deli
  • BBQ
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Games room
  • Spa services (fee)
  • Water sports
  • Wi-Fi
  • Business centre
  • Golf (fee)
  • Tour desk
  • Parking
Island View Deluxe Studio includes:
  • One queen bed
  • Sofa bed
  • Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Ceiling fan
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Washer/dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Internet
  • Lanai
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm clock
  • 512 sq ft
  • Maximum occupancy of 4, up to 3 children
Island View Deluxe One Bedroom includes same as above, with:
  • One king bed in bedroom
  • Sofa bed in living room
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dining area
  • 799 sq ft
  • Maximum occupancy of 4, up to 3 children
Island View Deluxe Two Bedroom includes same as above, with:
  • One king in master bedroom
  • One queen bed and sofa bed in second bedroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Maximum occupancy of 8, up to 7 children
For the Kids - Kids club and pool.
Bonus - Complimentary shuttle within the Princeville area and Stay at one, Dine at all program.

Weddings & Honeymoons - Wedding and Honeymoon packages are available. Please visit the resort's website for more details at http://www.westinprinceville.com/weddings/honeymoons

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
    Lihue,United States

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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5507

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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