Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Review

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3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai HI 96722
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Editor’s Review of Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

It's unimaginable for some to plan a trip to Hawaii without a room right on the beach -- but imagine this: standing on a cliff 200 feet above the ocean and watching whales breach and dolphins play in the surf just below.

The Westin Princeville Resort does not have a beach, but don't freak out. There are plenty of great opportunities to get your toes in the sand.

Built in 2009, everything is still fresh and exciting at the Westin. Despite the lack of sandy beach, the view of Hanalei Bay and Mount Makana is spectacular. The variety and number of pools keeps children happy and if you really want some time in the sand, take the free shuttle over to the hotel's sister property, the St. Regis.

... more One of the unique aspects of this Westin is the "Manager of Cultural Experiences." This staff person is of Hawaiian descent and works to ensure that all cultural programs and other aspects of the hospitality services are "pono" or in balance with the Hawaiian way of life. A perfect example can be found just as you enter the lobby. Located on either side of the balcony are two creations made of feathers of native birds. These are called kāhili. In the Hawaiian culture, feathers represent royalty and divine power. When the Westin opened in 2009, the employees, guests and even construction workers helped craft these kāhili in an effort to connect with the spirit of the Hawaiian people and King Kamehameha IV's son, Prince Albert, for whom the Princeville area is named.

You'll also notice taro leaves throughout the lobby décor and other aspects of the hotel. Taro farms flourish on Kauai. Its leaves are fundamental in Hawaiian medicine and cuisine.

As you walk the grounds of the Westin, you may notice some unusual geese plucking away at the grass or just enjoying their surroundings. These are Nene (pronounced nay-nay). They are endangered and the Hawaiian state bird. Don't approach them, but appreciate their importance to the Hawaiian people and our planet.

One last thing to love about this Westin is that it generates its own energy from solar panels and other sources. Take note of initiatives throughout the property that reduce the carbon footprint of the hotel and its many guests. less
Our Editor Loves
  • In-room washer/dryer
  • Kids under 4 eat free
  • No resort fees
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  • Golf
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  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Robin Pizzuti
Fun in In the warm Westin Sun
Reviewed on 04/16/2013
Overall I would give the whole experience of being in the hotel and enjoying all they hat to offer a 9.8 just because the amenities and renting service could have been a bit better. The food was great because it has so many local ...
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The Westin Princeville has 346 guestrooms. Half of those are studios that connect to a one-bedroom studio. Studios include a queen fold-out couch. The other half are two-bedroom suites. All rooms are considered "island" view.

None of the eight buildings that make up the Westin Princeville are taller than three stories, or a mature coconut palm tree. The most popular buildings for families are buildings two and three. They are closest to the children's pool.

All bathrooms have separate showers and tubs, although the tubs are deep soaker tubs. If you need infant tubs or step stools for your toddlers to aid in washing hands, brushing teeth, etc., just request it at the time of registration. All rooms also have a kitchenette or full kitchen and a full-sized refrigerator. A shopping service is available to have your kitchen fully stocked when you arrive. Grocery stores are nearby.

The Westin has DVD players and a library of family movies available in the lobby. Cribs are available at no extra charge; rollaways are $20 per night.

Here's the real perk for parents -- each room includes a washer and dryer. Not that you want to be doing laundry while on vacation, but wet swimsuits and other messy clothes don't take a break. Doing laundry here means you don't have to pack as much or do so much when you get home.

Insider Tip: Pass on one day of housekeeping services and you'll receive a voucher for free breakfast.

Studio Premium Villas
These can sleep up to four people in a queen bed and queen-size fold-out couch in 512 square feet. The kitchenette has a two-burner stove, and a full-size fridge and dishwasher.

One Bedroom Villa
At 800 square feet, four people, maybe five, can spread out in this space with a full-sized kitchen. Some of these come with an additional bedroom to connect.

Two Bedroom Villas
Traveling with extended family or another family? This may be a good choice for you. Up to eight people can sleep here, but with a good deal of privacy in bedrooms and bathrooms. You'll have three televisions and 1,300 square feet to enjoy.

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