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Garden Island Inn

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Calgary Alberta Canada
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

Just ten minutes from the airport you will find this funky two story hotel that's full of personality and a welcome change from the beige, boring, formula hotels we all know. It's run by people who really care about their clients. It's not fancy but it's adequate and if you stay on the second floor the rooms are bright and... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

You come to Kauai to be in tropical paradise not to live in beige formula box rooms so glad you found us!! The family run hotel is a labor of love. We do take great pride in the original art, the flowering garden, waterfall & koi pond. We constantly are updating the rooms and our staff and us are looking... More 

Suffolk, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

We stayed in a small and relatively inexpensive room at the Garden Island Inn. The service was top-notch. We especially appreciated the freely available beach chairs, blankets, mats, and umbrellas. The fresh pumpkin pie was a special treat.

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1 Thank CScott_9999
Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us. We are glad you made use of the free beach gear and enjoyed the tropical pumpkin pie! Taking care of our guests is our top priority and giving you a little extra makes us very happy. Having a reputation for value and great service again puts our guest comfort and... More 

Port Orford, Oregon
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102 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

We were only staying a few days on Kauai and wanted something central for lodging but not a resort. Our aim was to do a little discovery of the island for a future trip. This hotel was perfect. The hotel was a refurbished motel that had been spruced up with bright colorful paintings everywhere. Although it didn't have the luxury... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Aloha! We sure enjoyed reading your review. Sounds like a great trip to the Garden Island of Kauai! Our boutique hotel is our pride & joy. We give all the credit to our wonderful staff from housekeepers to reservationists we operate with one goal to provide the best we can to our guests. Glad the value, location, and free amenities... More 

Fresno, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2014

After much online research, we chose to stay at Garden Island Inn. What a wonderful discovery! It's in the Kalapaki Beach area and most things (restaurants, shops, beach) are within walking distance. Although we only stayed one night before our timeshare week began, we had a wonderful stay. It was just PERFECT for us. We had 2 rooms. One for... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for giving us your 5 star review. Above and Beyond is a great headline. We have a saying why be ordinary when we can be extraordinary! We take pride in all aspects of operating a small hotel and so glad you appreciated the art, the grounds & koi ponds, the clean rooms, our location and the... More 

Bentonville, Arkansas
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104 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014 via mobile

We chose to stay here for 5 nights in room 19, the Garden Suite, after doing much research online for lodging for our first trip to Kauai. The hotel met all our expectations, and we felt like we "knew what we were in for" upon arrival. The room was spotlessly clean, and the decor was exactly as portrayed on the... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for deciding to stay with us and letting us know that we met your expectation. We inquired about the leak and learned our maintenance man did change out some plumbing but latter learned it was a leaky faucet not a drip from the pipe fitting. We have our maintenance man available 24/7 and do apologize that you had... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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85 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2014

Stayed at GII for 9 nights- first time on the island. It's true that hotels in Kauai are expensive, over-priced compared to other islands (even compared to Hawaii - my favourite!). Picked the Inn as it was the most reasonable in price, offered useful amenities (beach gear), its location, and reviews. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They even... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for staying with us on your trip to Kauai! We are very delighted to hear you made the right choice and would stay with us again. We try to do our best with environmental savings; provide a recycle container in every room, use soap dispensers instead of little plastic bottles, just installed solar panels, and have purified drinking water... More 

Arnold, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 October 2014

We have just returned from an 8 day stay at the Garden Island Inn. This was our third stay at this wonderful hotel in the past 18 months. We have always stayed on the third floor near the "waterfall", and love this location. The room is large, festive and welcoming with a nice kitchenette, great air conditioner, good bed, and... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

Aloha! We are looking forward to your next visit home with us on Kauai!! The third floor rooms are more spacious and are well suited for longer stays! Every room has the tropical original art works by Camile Fontaine, and Hawaiian style motif. We enjoy and take pride in providing our best to enhance guests' experience and expectations! Thanks for... More 

Camarillo, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 September 2014

A delightful, clean, homey place to stay! The staff was wonderful -- very kind and helpful! The beach was across the street! Office has books, magazines, movies, ice chests, beach chairs and beach toys to loan!

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

We think we live in heaven too. Thanks for staying with us and sharing your thought on Trip Advisor. Our guest are our top priority and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! Mahalo!! Lis & Steve Layne More 

Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

I decided on this hotel for price and location. After doing a bit of research on TA I booked 3 nights, Sept.16th-17th-18th. I couldn't be more happy with my decision. From the moment we arrived to our departure we loved it. We almost booked another 3 nights but had other places we needed to be. The staff are very friendly... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

THANKS FOR BOOKING WITH US! SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE CHARM AND LOCATION. Visit us again soon, we have endless ideas of enjoyable sites to see and activites to enjoy. MAHALO, Lis & Steve Layne More 

London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2014

I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews as it would seem people don't check hotels out online first... yes, there are loud pictures and artwork everywhere - that's part of the Inn's look! And no matter where you go in the world, there will always be bugs... that over and done with, here's what we found :- Staff VERY... More 

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Lis L, Owner at Garden Island Inn, responded to this review

We pride ourselves on sharing the Aloha spirit at the hotel. Our staff has been part of the hotel team for many years and we think they are exceptional. We constantly are making improvements at the hotel with all aspects in our control. We recommend if you are looking at our website and decide to stay with us, a quick... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Garden Island Inn is a quaint, affordable boutique hotel by the lovely Kalapaki Beach and Bay, the Kauai Marriott and Lagoons and the Nawiliwili Harbor. Kalapaki Beach offers safe surfing, stand up paddle boarding, canoing, kayaking, sailing for beginners to intermediate, fishing or just plain relaxing and sunning.This is Kauai's center for shopping, live music and dining with a choice of 10 of Kauai's finest restaurants all within a short leisurely walking distance from the Garden Island Inn Hotel.The Garden Island Inn has quick and easy access from the Lihue Airport and to all the sights and activities Kauai has to offer. Let us be your home away from home while you discover Kauai! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Garden Island Inn

Address: 3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9590
Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Price Range: €137 - €175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garden Island Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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Also Known As:
Garden Island Hotel Lihue
Garden Island Lihue
Garden Island Inn Kauai, HI
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Lihue
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lihue
#1 Family Hotel in Lihue
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#4 Business Hotel in Lihue
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“If you have heavy cases a bottom room is probably ideal, however staff are willing to help with luggage”
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“Second floor facing south”
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“Room 19 is a gem. Rooms on the upper floor are better in my opinion.”
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“For the best views, you'll need to pay more for a room on the top floor. But there's no lift.”
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“Our room was on the 2nd floor & we had a Kalapaki Bay view. Awesome!”
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