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Guidebook and guest reviews of Garden Island Inn, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Reviews of The Garden Island Inn Your affordable vacation accommodation by lovely Kalapaki Beach, with easy access from the Lihue, Kauai airport.

"There are not enough Garden Island Inn’s in this world"

We had the great pleasure of spending 6 days here last week. The Inn is well located at Kalapaki beach and nearby shops, including an ABC store. The shops have many choices for dining either casual or a bit more upmarket such as Dukes and other options within the massive Marriot hotel complex. The Inn is very close to the airport, only a 5 minute drive by taxi, although Uber is available on the island they are not allowed within the airport compound at this stage. Once we checked in we were shown to our lovely room replete with microwave, 6cup percolator, crockery, cutlery and a huge bar fridge. The bed was a super comfy king size and the TV the latest Samsung 51in flatscreen. There is wall A/C and a great ceiling fan to keep you cool. The shower and toilet facilities are most acceptable and commodious. The gardens are an oasis of calm, so beautifully manicured and a place to sit and read. But there is a magic at play at the Garden Island Inn that deserves sharper focus. That is that the entire team that works here to serve, soothe and please the lucky guests that stay here is almost a joy to see. The deep care, love, dedication and true joy of service here blew me away. I have been in hospitality for more than 35 years and I have not seen it as beautifully exhibited with such warmth as I have at the Garden Island Inn. The team offer fresh baked goods every morning in the lobby as well as complimentary coffee, juice, breakfast bars and fresh tangelo and bananas from the Inn’s garden...magical! The world needs more people like those that care, nurture and manage the Garden Island Inn. Our sincerest thanks and Mahalo for making our Kauai stay unforgettable.

- Claude C


"Fun place to stay."

From the moment you walk in you feel so warm and welcome it's old world peace and friendliness. The real Aloha spirit is shown in this hotel. It isn't the glitz and glamour of the high-rise overdeveloped overpriced places. It's down home fun and comfortable. What other Hotel could you go out and pick your own fruit off the trees. The art is alive and vibrant in every room and every walkway in the hotel the people are just so wonderfully Pleasant. The breakfast treats were delicious. It's a must stay at little place. Great view of the Kalapaki Beach from room balcony.

- Tony N


"Made us feel so welcome!"

We spent a week here on our first trip to Hawaii. Picked this hotel because of all the positive reviews as well as good location and price. From the phone calls to make the reservation and the moment we walked in, we felt genuinely welcome. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. They provided a list of favorite restaurants and other things to do and offered beach toys, towels, umbrellas, etc. The owners and staff were very generous in lots of unexpected ways. Our room was very nicely appointed. Everything seemed thoughtfully selected and placed. From our third floor room we had views of the beach across the street and mountains. The kitchenette area had all the basics and when we asked for anything else, it was cheerfully found for us. Location is very convenient. Close to airport and central to getting to the island sights. Easy walk to beach and several restaurants and shops. All the good reviews are true. I can't think of anything negative to say.

- Liz D


"Best place to stay in Lihue"

My wife and I had initially booked one night only at GII on the day we flew into Kauai as it's a very short drive to the airport. We felt really welcomed the moment we checked in. The clean and colorfull rooms, the ocean breeze and the immaculate gardens surrounding the property grounds made us quickly forget the long flight and we immediately started relaxing. In the morning we were welcomed with pastries and fresh fruits picked from the garden's trees. We then walked accross the street and were able to jump in the ocean right there for our first Kauai swim! By the time we had to check out we felt like staying a few more days, which we did a couple days later after figuring out that Lihue is a great central location on the Island from where any place on Kauai can be reached on a return day trip. This owner operated accommodation is truly great and we won't look any further on our next Kauai trip!

- Francis G


The most fun place to stay on Kauai! Steve, Lis and their staff have got it figured out in the hospitality business...the place is so cheerful and full of Aloha. Our kids loved helping to pick the papayas and even cut down of bundle of bananas that are hang in the greeting room above the Koi. Jasper rated them the best bananas that he ever tasted. Kalapaki Beach has many moods and seems to always be swimmable. We loved watching turtles and surfers from the seawall as well as boats coming and going. Wren and I loved body surfing on a windy day...the beach is family friendly while also entertaining surfers and SUP fanatics. There is a place on the beach you can go out on a Hawaiian canoe. The rooms are clean and bed's comfy and there are many places to sit on the property for reading or just taking in the tropical air. Mahalo...we wish you all a beautiful holiday season!

- Katie W
  About Kalapaki Beach, Kauai Duke's Kauai at Kalapaki Beach "There may be no more peaceful beach on all of Kauai than Kalapaki Beach. From its calm breezes to its moderate temperatures to its kid friendly waves that make it one of the most inviting swimming beaches anywhere, Kalapaki Beach beckons you to come and experience it.

"The crescent-shaped beach adjacent to the palatial Kauai Marriott opens up to the crystal blue waters of Nawiliwili Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains beyond, as well as the Kauai Lagoons--40 acres of freshwater tropical lagoons that serve as a sanctuary for exotic wildlife.

"When you're not swimming, you can enjoy surf lessons, catamaran cruises, beach volleyball, bodysurfing, windsurfing, boogie boarding, or a round of golf at Kauai Lagoons championship golf course. After all that activity, nothing is quite as enjoyable as drifting off to sleep under an umbrella on our beautiful sandy beach. Ahhhh."

Reprinted from dukeskauai.com



  Trip Advisor Traveler's Reviews There are not enough Garden Island Inn’s in this world

We had the great pleasure of spending 6 days here last week. The Inn is well located at Kalapaki beach and nearby shops, including an ABC store. The shops have many choices for dining either casual or a bit more upmarket such as Dukes and other options within the massive Marriot hotel complex. The Inn is very close to the airport, only a 5 minute drive by taxi, although Uber is available on the island they are not allowed within the airport compound at this stage. Once we checked in we were shown to our lovely room replete with microwave, 6cup percolator, crockery, cutlery and a huge bar fridge. The bed was a super comfy king size and the TV the latest Samsung 51in flatscreen. There is wall A/C and a great ceiling fan to keep you cool. The shower and toilet facilities are most acceptable and commodious. The gardens are an oasis of calm, so beautifully manicured and a place to sit and read. But there is a magic at play at the Garden Island Inn that deserves sharper focus. That is that the entire team that works here to serve, soothe and please the lucky guests that stay here is almost a joy to see. The deep care, love, dedication and true joy of service here blew me away. I have been in hospitality for more than 35years and I have not seen it as beautifully exhibited with such warmth as I have at the Garden Island Inn. The team offer fresh baked goods every morning in the lobby as well as complimentary coffee, juice, breakfast bars and fresh tangelo and bananas from the Inn’s garden...magical! The world needs more people like those that care, nurture and manage the Garden Island Inn. Our sincerest thanks and Mahalo for making our Kauai stay unforgettable.

Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple

Comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

My husband and I recently spent four nights here and were so pleased with our choice. The property is well maintained and updated throughout with many thoughtful and interesting details. Rooms, beds and linens were also comfortable. Our room had a port view from the lanai, so you could watch cruise ships come and go each day. A small kitchenette with frig and sink we're especially helpful to us. Very courteous and friendly staff. Beach towels available. Beach across the street. Restaurants and shopping nearby. Lovely garden area for private relaxing or morning coffee. A few minutes from the airport and easy access to the north or south destinations. We appreciated our time there and would definitely go back.

Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple

Unique with every detail thought through

We just stayed at the Garden Island. We chose it because we were landing late and it was close. Were we pleasantly surprised! Every detail in the room was thought through. Plenty of places to put things. Wonderful breakfast and coffee every am. But the best part is the atmosphere. We were immediately relaxed. The room had been decorated by an artist. Even the lanai had been painted with greenery. Island style was every where. The room had beautiful prints from a local artist. Outside, there were intimate places to sit both in shade and sun. A huge wall of plants with a vertical fountain greeted us outside our door. Music played in the cabana. The folks were so helpful ans were always on site. I could go on and on. Worth the stay!

Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple

Visit in January

We were welcomed by the owner on check in, helped with luggage to 2nd floor room. Had box of macadamia candy and a personal note welcoming us to the island. Awesome sunrises from our bed over looking the bay. it was close to everything. Had snacks available free, use of towels, chairs , snorkel equipment, books all free to use. We will recommend this place to everyone , Thanks

Stayed: January 2018

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