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Garden Island Inn

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

The staff was SO friendly and helpful. Liked that we could take beach chairs, towels, games, practically anything we needed was free to borrow. Very casual but clean accommodations. Good location and excellent water views. Would stay here again.

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

Mahalo, our people make our hotel and also our day! Friendly is right, we are so happy to let our aloha shine. Our staff is our hotel family, we all take care of each other and our guests. Thank you for the wonderful compliments and review. Pleased you enjoyed the free amenities, clean rooms, good location and ocean views. Book...

Kekaha, Hawaii
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Excellent staff. With a retro vibe, this motel style accommodation is a great base for accessing all parts of the island. We stayed several days and consider this a clean, small and homey alternative to a larger resort. Private and quiet. They also welcome pets!

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

Thank you for the great 5 star review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Sounds like you had a good trip exploring the island. We like for you to come home to your clean, comfortable room and relax! Pets are welcome, guest who choose to travel with their buddies are usually very contented quiet folks, like their pets....

Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This is an older property but has been well-maintained and is a perfect place for you to stay while exploring the island. The staff is absolutely outstanding! I had checked out and was back in the area in order to catch my flight back to the mainland with no place to change. So I went back to the Garden Island...

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

Aloha, thank you for you nice compliment to our wonderful staff! They are the best they share their aloha spirt with all of our guests. We have a service apartment room for supplies, storage of luggage, and can offer last stop shower and place freshen up before your flight. Glad you stopped back to see us and perhaps enjoyed sitting...

Reviewed 28 February 2017

First let me say the location couldn't be better if you are a first timer to Kauai because Lihue is perfectly situated kind of halfway from everything further to the southwest such as Waimea Canyon and everything to the North such as Princeville. If you are looking for manicured lush grounds, richly appointed rooms, and fancy pools with slides and...

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

Mahalo for your very descriptive review. We are so glad you discovered us and our tropical paradise of Kauai. Diversity is the spice of life and we are glad to be a unique boutique artsy hotel. We are constantly beautifying the rooms and grounds, and adding every convenience and comfort for our guests. The structure is older, but it is...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The Garden Island Inn never was one of your top class places, but motel style accommodation, set back from the road, close to a beach well favoured by locals. There are shops near for picking up your own food, to cook in the microwave in the room. There also is a coffee maker, American style, with product supplied. A rather...

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

Thank you for choosing to stay with us. The local artist Camile Fontaine was commissioned by us several years ago to paint canvass, doorways, and the hotel. Her latest works are the 2 surfboards,one in the lobby, the other outside by the walkway. So glad you enjoy her art, as we so too. All of our rooms have a kitchenette,...

Vancouver, British Columbia
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The staff are exceptional and helpful. The rooms are super clean and have adequate amenities to cook your own food. However, I must say that the location is on a busy street and in front of the cruise ship terminal. I had to close all the windows as the air conditioner next door sounded like the idling cruise ship motors....

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

Thank you for the review. Our staff is exceptional, so glad you enjoyed them, and the clean well equipped room. The Nawiliwili Harbor about 1 mile from the hotel has 1 cruise ship overnight on Thursday nights. Many guest enjoy watching the tug boat bring the ship in on thursday and depart on friday. The harbor has sailboats moored and...

Lee's Summit, Missouri
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Two night stay Feb 9&10 Room # 4.... Room was clean and ready for our visit. It was comfortable and close to restaurants. Short walk to dinner at Dukes, wife loved the hula pie. All personnel at the Garden Island Inn were kind and friendly. Definitely would stay again!

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

Free hula pie on your birthday, book a trip here to celebrate with your wife at Dukes! Thank you so much for your nice review. Our staff is amazing, we are so lucky to have all of them. Your comfort is very important to us. Glad your room was clean and ready for you. Our location is superb, walk to...

Louisiana, United States
Reviewed 25 February 2017

After extensive research from fellow Trip Advisor reviewers, I chose to stay 5 nights in Room 105 at this work of art. Literally, the tropical paintings of Camile Fontaine adorn the doors as well as her paintings being inside of the rooms and the surrounding grounds. The tropical foliage that surrounds this place looks more natural than man made. There...

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

Thank you. It is so nice to read your review. It is guests like you who make us want to beautify every aspect of the hotel. Your headline "no need to stay anywhere else" and calling us "affordable perfection", is certainly what we strive to provide. Thank you for the lovely descriptions of the hotel, you are very accurate and...

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 21 February 2017

When we stayed here it was the only hotel on the island in our price range that had any vacancies, but I am so glad we did stay here. After the first night we decided to book again for the next night because it was such a good combination of price point, location, and quality. The staff were very friendly...

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

Aloha, thank you so much for staying with us. Glad you took advantage of our free amenities, and enjoyed our quality rooms, and service. We try to keep our rooms at a good value. Prices of goods and services continue to rise, it is challenging to add improvements, however, our commitment is to our guests satisfaction, comfort, and safety. We...

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I would recommend this charming hotel to anybody coming to Kauai. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The staff must be the friendliest on the island. They go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. It is centrally located making it easy to explore both the west and the north side of the island.

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

Mahalo for your lovely review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay, found us, and give us your 5 star recommendation. Our teamwork and aloha come naturally to us. Your comfort and welcome means a lot to all of us. Thank you so much. Aloha, Lis & Steve Layne

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $212 - $291 (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/Lihue
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lihue
#1 Family Hotel in Lihue
#4 Business Hotel in Lihue
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“We stayed in two different rooms - both were great.”
530MarkA530, 14 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Our room was in the middle of the second floor which suited us perfectly.”
475DS, 11 Apr 2017 | Read review
“First floor best for wheel chairs and garden view and access. Upper floors have sliding glass doors with best views of the ocean.”
brucegreiner, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“There are no bad rooms here. All have a "garden view" with some with partial ocean views”
knspence, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“There is no lift at this property, so specific a ground floor room unless you want to lug your bags up concrete stairs.”
  • One of two paintings in my room
  • Painted room door - they all are
  • Painted light switch in my room
  • Painted door to my room
  • Even the rock door stop is painted
GrantM317, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
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