Rated 5 out of 5 by TryThis A Perfect Kauai Experience
This is our second stay here and we think the multimillion dollar improvements made a great hotel only more perfect. We love the new pool area, the wonderful beach that God gave the hotel, and the great staff. Everyone smiles, cares, embracing that wonderful Aloha spirit. The food was good, the drinks strong, and the garden area with fire pits serene and beautiful. Not sure if there is a better location to see the sunset. Also well located to walking to shops and restaurants. We will be back...hopefully soon.
August 14, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by alisensei82 Nice Honeymoon
The grounds at the hotel had beautiful landscaping. So many koi ponds and a great new pool and spa. It was convenient to walk over to a great beach for snorkeling. The only reason we did not have a great honeymoon vs a nice honeymoon was not receiving an special treats as newlyweds. Maybe I have watched too many movies and TV shoes, but I expected a complimentary glass of champagne at the restaurant or one night at an oceanfront room or something other than the very warm congratulations at the front desk. Instead we learned the room we were assigned had twin beds even when I had checked an option stating that it was our honeymoon. The only perk was that we were able to get a king size bed! Again, great place to stay for a vacation but it did not meet my honeymoon expectations.
September 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by cornishblue Wonderfully Relaxing
I've just returned from a 4 day stay at the Kauai Sheraton. the location on Poipu cannot be improved upon. Swimming in the ocean was easy and the wave action very low. There are two pools, one located in the garden view room section which is a bit quieter, without the same services as the beach area. Could be a detractor for some guests. There are cabanas for rent that are fully equipped with furniture and flat screen TV - we saw many families and couples enjoying them. Also beach lounge chair rental by a third party which are confortable and include service from the bar. Room was large enough, the AC worked, and the facilities are safe. The housekeeping is a bit inconsistent - one night turn down service and then none after that. Had to request coffee pod replacement. Amenities in the room adequate but not extraordinary. Friendly staff all throughout - if you are looking for a SPA vacation, this is not the right hotel for that. Lacking in spa options. food is ok and the waitstaff excellent. We were especially impressed with a waiter who noticed my friend spilled wine on her dress and immediately appeared with club soda to help with the stain. We mostly ate outside the hotel. Eat at Red Salt for sure ! A strong 4 star property in my view.
November 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PurdueDon Nice place, met Expectations.
Nice place with friendly staff. Rooms are a little small and show a little wear, but certainly better than average.
November 10, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SSS27 location is good
The room was ok. We had a delux ocean view room. The beach on the property is tiny and the charge $50 for using the chairs on the beach.
The restaurant rumfire, is shiny new but the food was pretty bad. The drinks were watered down so much that we had to check with the server if the drinks we got was virgin or alcoholic.. food was mediocre too.
If you plan to stay, go out for meals and the luau. The location of the hotel is pretty that you have quick access to good restaurants and beaches off the property.
December 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rick71 Beautiful hotel
We just have 9 great nights at the hotel. We had a garden view 4th floor room, in building 6. It was beautiful. We had read several reviews before we got there and were wondering if we would like it. The room was excellent, staff was always helpful and happy, the food was good, and the views were outstanding. We were going to upgrade for a couple of nights to the ocean view but decided the room we had was good and we spent many hours on the beach and at the pool area. Look forward to staying there again.
February 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Honeymoonersfaraway Amazing sunsets!!
- Ocean Front room is big and comfy also nice view straight to beach
- Beach was excellent and clean
- Hotel area and gardens are beautiful
- Parking is close to hotel, 150m from main lobby
- Good restaurants at shopping villages, located near hotel, about 1,5 km walking.
- No buffet at Rumfire, just a very expensive and simple ala carte
- Cleaning didn’t work at all. Our room was cleaned in the afternoon between 3-4 pm every day. Also cleaning lady in our floor was tired to her job.
- iLink café was expensive. Go to shopping villages if you need food or water.
- High resort fee. I believe that snorkels and small surfboards are included in the price, but no, You have to pay if you rent those. Tennis is included, but court surface is not in good shape.
October 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by themming great
I would happily stay here again. Especially since Starhot could fit me in. However the long hair all over my bathroom shower wall and stained linens was gross. Not interested in complaining as part of corporate and no compensation is required. However it is a fundamental cleaning aspect.
Overall Sissy at Front Desk, Dolores at the booking / concierge and Vance in Lavas were outstanding customer service, remembering me by name, my preferences and just being genuinely interested in me. High quality staff.
December 1, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by SmilingCouple We had a great anniversary trip
Our room was fabulous! Beautiful view of the ocean and sunset. Water in the fridge, coffee and tea available, fresh towels - every day. Not a complaint, but we prefer mugs to paper cups, however we still enjoyed our morning beverage on the lanai. The only negative we encountered was Lava's. Slow service, limited menu. We would most definately stay again!
October 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by viejo great location
ocean view and wave sounds were wonderful. 3rd fl terrace nicely sheltered from rain.. Suggest a nightlight of some kind for all bathrooms ,rather than leaving the light on, so you can locate the door in the dark. A bigger pool to allow for swimming would have been nice as the beach is too steep for swimming or boogie boarding with waves that break so close and creates a very strong undertow.. Beautiful island.
October 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by DaveIL Recent stay
This hotel is ok, but not outstanding. The air conditioning did not work well enough and the room was consistently warm. Internet service in the room was also spotty. I would not recommend this facility
November 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mhp824 Nice hotel, friendly staff
We had a great stay here. The staff was great - always genuinely friendly and helpful. A nice quiet resort with a beautiful beach and pool area. Main restaurant is great and poolside beach bar was great for breakfast and lunch. Concierge Ryan was standout - he helped plan our days in Kauai and packed them full of great sights and activities. Thanks Ryan! The rooms inside and outside still feel a little bit old and outdated but didn't affect our stay.
September 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by socaltwo Best Ocean Front
This is 5th trip to Kauai and 3rd stay at Sheraton Poipu. Did not much like Rum Fire in any way . Had very poor service and experience Christmas Eve dinner (slow and uncaring service and kids running loose - where is management?). Still a very good, smaller quiet resort. The Ocean WIng is fabulous for close to crashing waves and away from the pool/beach. Robes in the rooms and a daily newapaper (perhaps for SPG members?) would be nice. Also, need to clean the grout lines in the bathroom floor
January 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Battipaglia69 Need lighting and sign upgrades
This resort needs better and brighter hallway lighting; The current lighting is dull and does not properly or safely illuminate the CORRIDORS to the rooms which are layed out in a peculiar and confusing pattern,. In addition, the signs indicating where a group of rooms are located is often confusing. Lastly, You need a better larger sign on Kapili Rd for guests to locate the site, and it should be illuminated at night.
September 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trouble Great resort and amazing staff
Since my husband attends the continuing education for Pharmacy this is our third trip to this resort. Each time we have been more than pleased with the staff, grounds, pool and room. Lonnie at the front desk remembered me from a previous trip which was three years ago. She was so warm and friendly that we felt as though we were best friends or family. When my husband mentioned that we had an IPAD she loaned us a router for the room. Florence (housekeeping) is amazing, friendly and helpful.
February 28, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ginger131 dim
IF Building 6 has been updated,it was not evident. We were on the top floor which is supposedly the SPG preferred floor, so we had peaked high ceilings; however, we only had one lamp on the desk and one lamp on the single nightstand, so the room was VERY dark.
Also, checkout was VERY slow. There was no special line for SPG preferred members, and we waited for a long time while the clerk not only checked people out, but tried to SELL new packages despite the long line of people waiting.
January 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by JanGeorge Comfortable but amenities need improvement
Great location and nice restaurants. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed the Rumfire and were extremely impressed with the staff.
We were very disappointed in the tennis courts. The condition of the courts made play difficult (nets loose, net standards broken, and fences had large holes) and dangerous (cracks in the courts were very large -2 inches wide - and present everywhere). Certainly, the representation of the tennis courts on the video describing the amenities was extremely misleading. We stayed at this hotel 7 months prior to this visit and were told that major renovations were planned. We assumed the extremely poor tennis court conditions we saw at that time would have placed renovation of the courts at the top of the list. Sadly, the tennis courts were not renovated.
January 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Chitowntraveler1850 Front desk fell short
Overall, this is an average place to stay. You pay upscale prices and get extremely mixed service and amenities. The staff tend to be awesome, except for the front desk, when you call guest services and the concierge- which is mixed. the valet guys are great and have consistent high customer service levels. The front desk is very inconsistent and unhelpful. The day I got engaged to my fiancé, I called for a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our room while we were at the beach. After 3 transfers and being put on hold for 3 minutes, I opted to walk into the front desk area and ask the concierge to make the arrangements. They pointed me to one of the restaurants. Given this is Hawaii I would assume that this is a standard request for honeymooners and engaged couples and would expect it to be an easy standard request. After being redirected by the concierge, I gave up as I was frustrated and disappointed in people's inability to help with a simple request. As this was a primary reason for me in booking the trip (to propose) and I wanted to surprise her further with the champagne, it was extremely disappointing that the staff couldn't figure out how to deal with this request in a quick manner. Top this off with the fact that we were told to call Friday afternoon to get a late checkout for Saturday. We connected with a very confused person who told us that we were suppose to call Saturday morning. I've never been told to call the day of in all my years of being gold and platinum (usually night before if not being told the day I arrive). Both of these should be standard requests and easily dealt with and they were not and both were disappointing and frustrating (how can you plan your final day if you have to wait to get confirmation thst you can check out late?). Another fairly standard request would be iced coffee at breakfast. We were told on our first morning at breakfast that they didn't have iced coffe. The next few days with different servers, they made it no issues and it was great. Another day we made it ourselves by asking for glasses of ice. The valet staff is great as are the night engineers. The cleaning staff are good- though they don't always refresh toiletries and water. Finally, the beach service staff are also great and helpful. Just seems they need some retraining at the front desk area. The rooms are average. We paid extra for the Luxury Ocean Front. This is great so long as it doesn't rain. They did not design the balconies to a high service standard. Meaning, the drain pipes from the balcony above is every short and run directly onto your balcony making a noise as if someone is standing and using the toilet. It's a great sound that the balcony doors do not drown out- especially since there are 2 'pipes'. A proper fix would be to run them along a divider and empty into the lawn. An obvious reminder we were at a low level resort as details like this are not overlooked at resorts that charge, well, probably about the same as the Sheraton if not just a little more. I wouldn't recommend this room if it's suppose to rain during your trip. The wifi is horrible throughout the resort. I used my cell connection on my iPad when it was available to do research and get internet access. The location is great. The pool is small, but was good while we were there (the week before thanksgiving). The bungalows were great and we had one on a Sunday and watched football outside. This was worth the $100 fee for the bungalow. The lounge chairs at the pool gave my fiancé back issues, so we rented other beach chairs for the remainder of our stay. Rum Fire was another positive. We walked in late and got a great table with no reservation and the waiter and staff were excellent. The flatbreads were great there and highly recommended. Overall, it was an average stay at best driven by the front desk issues and the poor balcony design. On a whole, it was a decent place to stay and most of the staff were awesome. That said, if we return to Kauai we will likely look at other options more closely.
November 23, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Randy27 Poor Service Leads to Poor Experience
From the moment I checked in to the Resort I was not welcomed with open arms. The front desk treated me as if they had something better to be doing then checking me in or talking with me. They said I had complimentary Breakfast included with my room, however when I went to eat the next morning with my wife, they denied saying that, and then argued with me about it in public. The Resturaunt Manager was rude and interuppted our Breakfast, and continued to speak with us when we asked her to elave until we were finished. The Facilities were below average and the pool staff was rude. The best part of our stay was the Bartenders who were attentive, but that could not make up for the rest. Not Recommended, and as a Sheraton Owner at another property it make me feel terrible to have the same name on the resort.
May 10, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by UnhappyinScottsdale Not great. Not even good.
The hotel location is good and the beach is very nice. The outdoor fires and tiki torches are also nice. Other than that, things were bad to barely passable. From check in things were not great. Poor check in experience. We had an ocean front deluxe room but got put in the end unit of one of the buildings that had a direct view of the building next door (60% ocean and 40% building when on the porch and worse when you were inside the room). The bell guy asked twice if we were going to take the room. I asked the front desk to change and they told me no and that it was what we had reserved. In addition, they give you some speech about the resort fee and what it gets you and doesn't. Well, it gets you hassled for some arcane towel policy that treats you like a third grader. You have to check towels in and out per room number (which isn't terrible), but you also have to get them sometimes from the front desk and sometimes from the pool (confusing). In addition, when you want to turn them back in, you have to return them yourself to the front desk (if the pool isn't open). Not cool to bring your dirty laundry to the front desk when other guests are trying to check in and you are trying to get out the door to do something else.
In addition, the pool service was terrible. I stayed 6 nights and was never served a drink poolside (compared to 1 day at a competitor in the SPG family and got drinks whenever I wanted). Lava's is open at strange hours and me and several guests were told that we couldn't watch Sunday football on the TV's (that were on) because the bar wasn't open yet. When my wife finally came down (just after the bar opened), we go to have breakfast and the restaurant part is closed (not you can't have breakfast, but we are closed and there is a gap between now and lunch). I don't get that on a Sunday. Has anyone heard of brunch?
In short, this is not a resort. It is a very nice motel in a nice location. The shuttle was nice to take us away to good places to eat and better hotels to hang out at. I should have asked to not pay the resort fee at all, but I was so fed up with the staff it would have ruined the vacation.
Also, don't try and get a cocktail after dinner on property. We came back at 9pm from a night out and tried to get a drink at Lava's. They were closed. Rum Fire was closed. The café was open until 9:30 so I go get a beer to take back to the room and she says that she has to open it and pour it into a plastic cup and that I can't do this or that or something else etc etc. Totally high class. I walk out and there are five people sitting around the fire with a bottle of rum pouring drinks for each other. I guess I missed the memo.
Wifi = bad.
Pineapple water = great.
Beach was great but a bit scary if we had brought the kids. Pool was okay but very small for the size of the resort. Okay for the wife and I, but don't bring the kids.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waterpeople This hotel is like no other I have ever been.
This was the second time at the Sheraton Kauai. Both experiences were great. The atmosphere is low key and unpretentious. The staff is experienced, very professional, and humbly sincere. We love the pool, beach, location, atmosphere, (music at the pool) and the people that work and stay at the Hotel. I no where like it. We love the breakfast buffet. Did not eat at Rumfire but thought the menu was not as good as the one we remembered from last visit. Otherwise, the place is flawless.
August 14, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Yogagirl Best Location
This property is situated on the most swimable beach on Kauai. The location is superb as many restaurants are walkable or a very short drive.
The downside is the gym equipment is very out dated. The restaurant service is disorganized and surly, however the view is spectacular if you can handle the poor service.
There are fantastic beach huts on the property, but unfortunately its $50 per day to rent them, totally ridiculous since you're paying a daily additional resort fee of $32!
February 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by NicoleM121 Perfect South Shore Location
The hotel is perfectly located on the beach with easy walking distance to other hotels and 2 shopping centers. We got upgraded to a room that looked out to the pool and beach, due to my platinum status. Favorite part of the room was opening the door to the balcony and hear the the waves crash. Bathrooms were okay, showers were still a bit outdated, but overall good hotel with a perfect location.
Benjii, the bartender in Rum Fire was fantastic, and made our night that much better!
September 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bun58 Ideal location
Our family of adults spent 2 nights/3days enjoying the beach. Only a little disappointed by the damp smell of the 1st floor ocean wing rooms. Otherwise, staff was helpful and kind, particularly the folks at the activities desk by the pool
October 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by pgt50 Nice upgrades, but a few missing
This is the third time I've stayed here, and it's been 5 years. The place is lovely, but the garden pool lost its hot tub. Sad. There are very few areas to sit in shade and watch the water, or the sunset. The rims around the fire pits are VERY uncomfortable and could be such a nice gathering place. Also no facilities to wash feet when getting in from the beach. Housekeeping was also pretty iffy.
September 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Princessgrace Disappointed
First time in Kauai. Stayed at the Sheraton for the first time. The front part of the hotel is nice and remodeled but....the back part of the hotel was a different story!
We stayed in a "garden view" room. The rooms are old and not well kept. It's like the back part of the hotel is the step child that they don't remember they have! Our room had old chipping paint. There were tiny ants all over so we couldn't have food in the room. We stayed 7 nights and was only given a bath tub floor mat twice. There are tiki torch lights through out the hotel and they never turn them on! The only ones that are turned on are in the area by the Rum Fire reasturnt. This is our 4 th island we vacation at and this hotel was disappointing.
The hotel is in a perfect location, on a beautiful beach. That is the best part of the hotel!
October 17, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stav70 Great location
Hotel is in great location and nicely spread out. Rooms are clean and staff friendly. Biggest issue I had was regarding the call rates. 2 calls back to Australia for around 3 minutes each cost me over US$70!!! Robbery!!! Can't understand what the $25 a day compulsory charge covered. After this hotel I stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki whose compulsory charge covered an hour of international calls a day. Why aren't all Sheraton hotels uniform in the services they provide?!?!
September 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robin comments
Hotel was wonderful. Had dinner at Rum Fire, but had a difficult time getting reservations. Called and asked for Dining Reservations, but no one answered the phone. Called operator again and asked for dining reservations and she said they probably had guest sitting in front of them so she would transfer me to hostess; phone rang and rang and I got a voicemail. Took a chance and walked in...the host was able to get us a table due to a cancellation. Dinner was very nice.
January 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by quikgrass Great Anniversary Stay, But...
This hotel is in a fabulous location and is very easy to get in and out of. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable first anniversary here.
The restaurant, room service, and cafe food prices are a bit high, even for Hawaii. Also, we had to wait an extra half hour before being able to check into our room, but the staff did give us extra free drink coupons as compensation.
We'd stay here again, but might hit up other places or the Walmart in Lihue to keep food costs down.
August 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maria87 Best place ever!!!
My husband and I came here for our honeymoon. This place is amazing. It's gorgeous, great location, staff was very friendly and hospitable. Upon arrival we got a free bottle of champagne and two free Mai tais. The hotel was always clean!!(you would never know it was located on a beach) and also they upgraded us to a Deluxe ocean front room- which was awesome!!(we originally booked a partial ocean view. I could go on and on, it was awesome! 5 stars!:) we will be back!!
February 12, 2013