We were very happy with our experience at Banyan Harbor. While a bit dated inside, the unit we had was roomy with two floors, two bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and a full kitchen. There was plenty of room for us to be together or apart. The lanai, while nice, faced the parking lot so it wasn't a place we founds ourselves hanging out.
The location was great. We drove a lot on Kauai and being in Lihue was perfect whether we wanted to head north or south. The pool was also comfortable and except for our last day where we spent several hours killing time after we had checked out of our unit, we mostly it had to ourselves when we visited in the later afternoon/early evening. We appreciated that the resort staff let us use the pool and towels after checking out as by that time we were done with driving around seeing things and really wanted a day to just relax before our flight home.
Kiki, the concierge, was very friendly and funny and always happy to provide us with info. We really appreciated that she let us borrow boogie boards, a cooler, and snorkel masks. Overall, Banyan Harbor was a great value and clean and comfortable with a great location. For the true resort experience, we walked over to the Marriott across the street for drinks. Banyan Harbor is more my speed (and budget!).More