Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 21, 2015 Check-out: May 22, 2015

Waimea Plantation Cottages

3 stars
View map of 9400 Kaumuali Highway, Waimea, HI 96796

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
33 reviews
the best place on kauai

Waimea is not for everyone, but if you like rustic with style, this place can't be beat. See full review

  • Paul K.
  • Feb 18, 2015
Ideal for those seeking quietude and value for money

The hotel is a bit more remote than others in Kauai, but it is perfect for those seeking to escape... See full review

  • Francisco
  • Dec 31, 2014
Plantation offers the grace of yesteryear for de-stressing today
A 30-acre historic property on Kauai's west coast, Waimea Plantation Cottages is a step back in time. Lovingly restored vintage houses are outfitted with period furnishings in rattan, wicker and mahogany. Each cottage is uniquely decorated and offers its own charm. While a handful of cottages are oceanfront, most are set among the coconut palm and banyan trees, fronting graceful manicured lawns. A pool and PlayStation 3 add contemporary comforts, but the draw here is a feeling of being transported to a simpler, quieter time.
Highlights
  • Overall ambiance of idyllic restfulness
  • Authentic sense of Kauai history
  • A 4,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Managers House
Location
  • Kauai's west coast, which serves as a gateway to Waimea Canyon, Koke'e State Park, and raft and kayak tours along the iconic Na Pali Coast
Rooms
Restored one- to five-bedroom vintage homes from Kauai's plantation era are clustered about the 30-acre Waimea Plantation Cottages property. Period furnishings and architectural details evoke a bygone era and exude romance. For larger families or groups, top choice is the Managers House, a 4,000-square-foot, five-bedroom oceanfront home with AC in the master bedroom. The five-bedroom Kruse House, built circa 1920, was moved to this property in 2002. It is fully air-conditioned and each bedroom has a private bath.
Features
Those looking for a place to relax and recharge in utterly peaceful surroundings will see this historic property as paradise. Plantation-era cottages set the tone, aided by inviting hammocks beneath the trees. Waimea Plantation Cottages isn't the place for exuberant nightlife, though the on-site pub sometimes brings in local talent to complement its handcrafted brews. The antithesis of activity and action, there's a slow-down-and-breathe ethic here -- in the quiet, at the pool. While the black-sand beach is not for swimming, Kekaha Beach, five minutes away, has white sand and a lifeguard.
Transportation
  • Lihue Airport (25 mi/40.2 km)
  • Taxis and limousines available
Attractions
  • Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Waimea Canyon State Park (7 mi/11.2 km)
  • Captain Andy's Raft Expeditions (7.5 mi/12 km)
  • Outfitters Kauai Na Pali Coast Kayak Tours (17.7 mi/28.5 km)
  • Koke'e State Park (18 mi/29 km)
Business
  • Grove Conference Center and several other venues accommodate up to 400 people
  • Complimentary Internet is available in the "Breezeway," the Waimea Plantation Cottages lobby area
Policies and fees
  • This is a non-smoking property.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Waimea Plantation Cottages Rooms

One Bedroom Garden View Cottage
Our One Bedroom Garden View Cottages offer either one Queen or one King bed. Each restored and modernized cottage features mahogany and wicker/rattan furniture. Cottages can accommodate up to 2 persons; rates are based on up to 2 guests.
Two Bedroom Garden View Cottage
Our Two Bedroom Garden View Cottages offer either one King & one Queen, one King & 2 Twin or 2 Queen beds. Each restored and modernized cottage features mahogany and wicker/rattan furniture. Cottages can accommodate up to 4 persons; rates are based on up to 4 guests.
Three Bedroom Garden View Cottage
Our Three Bedroom Garden View Cottages accommodate up to 6 persons in a variety of bedding configurations. Each restored and modernized cottage features mahogany and wicker/rattan furniture. Cottages can accommodate up to 6 persons; rates are based on up to 6 guests.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Activities
Outdoor pool
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Services
Laundry service
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

21.9571 -159.6766
Area served
Waimea-Kauai, HI
Nearby airports
LIH - Lihue Municipal
Area description
Situated at the gateway to Waimea Canyon on the sunny west coast of Kauai. Polihale Beach, and championship golf nearby.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Waimea Plantation Cottages

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
33 out of 33
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.1
Value:
4.2

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Paul K.
Business
Grants Pass
Feb 18, 2015

the best place on kauai

Waimea is not for everyone, but if you like rustic with style, this place can't be beat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Francisco
Business
Vina de Mar
Dec 31, 2014

Ideal for those seeking quietude and value for money

The hotel is a bit more remote than others in Kauai, but it is perfect for those seeking to escape the multitudes and the rain (the south is dryer). The latter was crucial for us, as stargazing was an important goal of our trip as we are learning astrophotography. While the beach on site provided a nice walk, it is not really for swimming. This was not a problem because we were a 12-minute drive away from Salt Pond Park and many other nice beaches were also nearby. Here you are close to the Canyon and beautiful Polihale. If you are concerned about missing out on the other parts of the island it is not a problem, because you can drive the whole island in a day. Here you’ll find solitude, quietude, peacefulness and an amazing view of our universe after sunset! The cabins were ok, comfortable and clean enough, although nothing fancy (that was not what we were after). We enjoyed having our own little private space to BBQ and share some beers outdoors after a beach day, instead of the ‘huge resort’ experience, which tends to be much more crowded. The place is pleasant it has some beautiful trees and a pool. In sum, you get great value for your money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Canuck dan
Business
Canada
Nov 21, 2014

Great location for Waimea Canyon and cruises

Rickety but romantic Beach very up close but not attractive - others close by

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Wranglers much more appealing than on site Kalapaki Joe

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Travel Travel
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 21, 2014

Historic Plantation Cottages

The cottages in historic Waimea are older buildings, set near the ocean in a quiet and picturesque locale. We woke to a chorus of birds chirping in the morning and lulled by the ocean at night. A full kitchen, backyard barbeque, and a porch to watch the sun set. Perfect!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mompom
Business
Austin
Jul 8, 2014

Great place to relax

Beautiful and serene. Walking distance to town Relax and read

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk to Isahara store and buy delicious prepared foods and picnic at the cottages

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Spellegrin
Business
Seattle, WA
Feb 19, 2014

Relaxing anti-Resort

These rejunivated plantation cottages are a great alternative for those who want a bit of old Kaua'i away from the more modern resorts. Come to Waimeu for the weather and the slow pace, not for the night life! Good swimming beaches are a short drive, but you can walk the beach for miles from the cottages. Staff is friendly and most are good sources of local information. The cafe next door is convenient, but slow and the food is only average.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

The brew pub in Port Allen has great beers, theirs and others. The food is better than most in the area.

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Somewhat disappointed 5
Business
Arizona
Sep 24, 2013

Cottages not as great as website states

Overall it was not horrible, but it needs some work. Most cottages do not have any air-conditioning and is uncomfortable during the day. When checked in was upgraded to a 3 bedroom cottage, but when complained of no air the desk person said welcome to Hawaii and did nothing, I posted a negative comment on web site and manger called. Was then downgraded to a 1 bedroom cottage with air. Quite cottage, but a letdown after first. Appears they do not spend much money on cottages as beds were like sleeping on springs and the bedroom door had wire mesh on the upper half, so no privacy and no blocking light and sound when one person up and one trying to sleep. They charge as much for a full resort, but offer far less, except less people. Probably would not stay there again. Let down for first vacation to Kauai.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
roboscout
Business
Malibu, CA
Jan 6, 2013

a special place

The Waimea Planation Cottages is not for the average vacationer. It's a very special place if you appreciate solitude, stunning natural landscapes and a truly "local" experience. If you want to be waited on, don't mind crowds and the consistency you find with "standard" resorts this is not the place for you. Borne essentially from a homestead, it's not plush by any means but it's genuinely authentic in a priceless way. Our 10, 8 and 6 yr olds abandoned all modern forms of entertainment to climb and frolic in the majestic tropical trees that were better than watching Avatar because they were living it. The hotel restaurant suffices and the walk into town is easy. Don't be shy about shooing away the local roosters at sunset so they don't wake you up in the middle of the night! We're definitely going back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

The town of Waimea is an easy walk for those who like to walk.

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
kiki kelley
Business
Lahaina, Maui
Sep 17, 2012

Old Hawaii Lives On

Beautiful, "Old Style" feel to this place. It's like stepping back in time to old Hawaii in the 1940's. Great atmosphere. When we arrived there was no record of us having made arrangements online with above travel website. However, the front desk staff was very accomodating. Rooms a little dirty. I think the cleaning staff needs to pay particular attention to the bathrooms! Overall, wonderful experience

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The onsight restaurant "The Grove" is a great place to eat with a great ambiance. Sitting on the veranda overlooking the grounds was fantastic. Be sure to wear mosquito repellant!

Review of Waimea Plantation Cottages

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
RedSparkle
Business
Phoenix, AZ
Aug 4, 2012

Close to paradise

The other reviews mention the chickens - believe it. I thought they would start crowing at dawn, but they make noise all night long. In spite of this, I absolutely loved our stay. The grounds are exquisitely kept and beautiful, including vine swings, a lovely pool, and free DVD rental for guests. I went with my two daughters, and we had a blast. I would absolutely stay here again. Wish all the cottages had actual doors (some do) instead of screened doors like ours had. Lorna at the cottages was an absolute angel. Wish everybody in Kauai had been as sweet as she was.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Captain Andy's Souther Seas Yachting excursion was phenomenal. It was pricey - $400 for the three of us - but it was completely worth it. We went on the snorkel Na Pali tour. We got breakfast and lunch, sailed with dolphins and swam with sea turtles. You leave from Port Allen, very close to Waimea Plantation Cottages.

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