Ratings based on 719 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.7 Service & staff
4.7 Room comfort
4.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Toowoomba
Large hotel, nice poolsPosted 18-Oct-2014
Pros: The pools are the highlight of the hotel, expansive, well kept, uncrowded and varied, from lazy river, salt lagoons to adults only pool.
Cons: The rooms could do with a bit of an update in the bathroom and better lighting.
Location: Location is nice, a little isolated though, it is necessary to have a car to get to other restaurants and attractions on your own schedule (or taxi).
This was our first stay on Kauai, having visited Oahu; Maui and the Big Island on previous trips to Hawaii. The hotel is a moderate drive from the airport and a car is important to getting around. The hotel lobby is impressive and has an expansive view of the ocean, rivaling but not quite equaling others that we have visited, such as the Sheraton Maui and Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island. Check in was quick and simple, staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is quite large and each wing only has a limited number of elevators, our room was located a long walk from the elevator, which was a minor inconvenience if coming and going regularly. The room was tidy, slightly dated and lacking any ceiling lighting, so was quite dark if curtains closed. Shower was over the bath with a fabric curtain but wasn't too bad. The pools were extensive and the key feature of the hotel, lots of sunlounges and not too much of a crowd. The beach at the hotel was not particularly suited to swimming at this time of year. Restaurants on site were good, but it was a drive to any other restaurants, none outside the hotel within a short walk - probably best to hire a car. We had considered this hotel for our honeymoon a few years ago and decided to go to the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island instead, having now stayed at both my wife and I both agreed that the Fairmont was a much better choice for a honeymoon. Probably the best on the Southern coast of Kauai, if the beach isn't main priority.
for Everyoneby A verified traveller
Great experience! Would love to come back again this time longer.
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Los Gatos, CA
Pros: What is there not to like?
Cons: Tough to come up with an answer here.
Location: Restaurants & access to activities are good. Southern part of island offers the best weather.
For a large chain hotel, you couldn't ask for a better hotel. Beautiful location & outstanding service! I would highly recommend!
for Familiesby A verified traveller from Calif.
Beautiful place; but difficult to navigate.Posted 12-Oct-2014
Pros: The ocean view, the pools and grottos, the friendly accomodating staff, the food.
Cons: Better signage! An elevator in every corner of large buildings. Rugs on slippery floors. (I slipped 3 times; fortunately did not fall though.)
Location: Recommend helicopter tour above all else.
We made reservations late so we ended up in the far corner of a 52-acre complex. Our building only had two elevators and we were close to neither...so lots of walking. While the complex is absolutely gorgeous with pools, lush foliage, grottos and ultimately an ocean view, it's not easy to navigate. The property sits on many levels broken up by stairs, bridges, grottos and pools. You cannot just walk from point A to Point B, you have to go up and down stairs and across bridges...often times to find a body of water cuts you off, so you have to back track. But if you love water, foliage and birds, you will love this place! Food is fairly pricey though. After a long flight, we got down to the outside snack bar ,very hungry, late in the day. The cost of two Hawaiian margaritas, two small fish tacos, one fish sandwich was: $64.00. And they told us to go to the bar to get our own drinks! We also waited 20 minutes to check in on a Wednesday afternoon! But the service staff is really nice, the food is good, the view spectacular, the water sounds relaxing. Can also walk along the beach on a path for quite a distance. They have a 150 foot slide, a lazy river, and there are two small sandy beaches with optional cabans at $80 a day. They bring you ice water and bring ordered food and drinks. Worth it for one day at least!
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Seattle
Love this place!Posted 7-Oct-2014
Pros: The hotel and ground expansiveness, cleanliness, quiet location.
Location: Loved the location and proximity to old Koloa town.
This hotel location is fantastic. We loved our room which overlooked the adult pool and had views of the ocean. Shipwreck wing, I believe. We were supposed to have a "garden view" room, but it appears we were upgraded and that was truly a nice touch. The hotel and grounds are expansive, the upkeep amazing and just a beautiful, relaxing property. My only complaints as also noted by others, is that everything at the hotel is really expensive (drinks, food, excursions booked from the concierge, etc.). Because of that, my sister and I chose to eat and drink off site and booked our excursions directly through the businesses that offered the activities we were interested in. In the end, we really did save a lot of money so that we could indulge in some of the bigger excursions offered around the island. My other minor complaint has to do with hotel guests "saving" pool chairs in all the premium locations around the pool. We noticed quickly that they come down in the morning with their towels and empty bags and snag a few prime chairs, leave and don't return until afternoon. Really annoying and that's all I'll say about that. Next time, we'll know better and adopt the "when in Rome" mindset if the staff can't somehow "fix" that problem. I did encounter a less-than-friendly gentleman over at the Poipu Bay golf pro shop that slammed down a pen, receipt and my Visa card on the counter when paying for a hat, never said a word to me, but maybe he was having a bad day?
for Everyoneby A verified traveller
Great stayPosted 6-Oct-2014
Pros: Pool, Lagoon, Tidepools restaurant
Cons: More inclusions for resort amenities
We loved this hotel and would stay here again in a second. The beach it is located on (Shipwreck beach) is small but really beautiful. I did not swim in the water because it is pretty rough. It is nice to sit by though. Our favorite part were the pools and the lagoon. They are simply beautiful! After a long day of sightseeing we would always make a point to spend a few late afternoon hours in the pools. Very relaxing. The grounds of this hotel are truly stunning! Our room was comfortable enough. Perhaps the rooms could use a bit of a face-lift but that is just me being picky. The staff here were helpful and friendly. Also, we really enjoyed a nice meal at Tidepools (one of the restaurants on the grounds). I do have to dock a point though (and this is a overall theme in traveling throughout Hawaii) for the tourist rip-off factor. Hotels charge exorbitant amounts of money to "rent" things like cabanas, chairs, floating devices etc. I feel like if you are paying a good amount of money to stay in a nice hotel (and this hotel is NOT cheap!) that you should at least be able to sit under an umbrella for no cost! They do charge a resort fee, why can't this be included?!? Like I said though, this is not uncommon for any hotel on the islands, it just really bothers me. Overall, if you stay at the Grand Hyatt you will enjoy yourself!
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from San Diego
Pros: See above
Location: The location was close to many things like the Spouting Horn, the Waimea Canyon, Koloa Town and Port Allen. It was a short drive to other activities.
The Grand Hyatt was a spectacular place to stay while on the island of Kauai! We enjoyed every aspect that this resort and spa had to offer! The location was perfect, the staff friendly and the views were breathtaking! We especially liked the lagoon where we spent a lot of time calmly floating and relaxing! We had a very memorable visit!
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Los Angeles
Beautiful & Relaxing Family Retreat with toddlerPosted 1-Oct-2014
Pros: Beautifully landscaped and wonderful pools. Everything is kept clean, serene and full of the Aloha spirit. Free washers and dryers were very helpful.
Cons: The food is expensive for the quality… but not unexpected for an island resort.
Location: It's Kauai! So much to do and see. We chose to explore all of the different towns so a rental car was a must.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai was a relaxing retreat for my wife, 23 month old and myself. We loved having the pools, lagoon and walking the beach as a way to start and end our daily adventures exploring the rest of the island. Our little one loved floating down the winding river pool with it's waterfalls and caves. The beach was not ideal for toddlers to get wet since it was red flagged every day. However, nearby is the PoiPu Beach Park with a "lagoon" beach that he loved. It was nice to explore the walkways, gardens, see the parrots and enjoy the relaxing and well maintained facilities. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Redondo Beach, CA
Beautiful Place !Posted 28-Sep-2014
Pros: Beautiful grounds and facility. Peaceful.
Cons: Have pool open until midnight. There is an adult pool which would have been a good candidate. Self parking was crowded but really not a problem.
My wife and I spent 6 days at the Grand Hyatt. Very friendly and attentive staff. Beautiful facility and property. Good location. We were able to see most all important sites no more than 1 hour from even the North Shore. We had a Garden View room on the 6th floor. Very peaceful and quiet. Really wish the pools were open past 9 pm, with this size of a resort should have been open until at least midnight even if it was just a certain select pool. Overall it was a very nice experience.
for Everyoneby A verified traveller from Seattle WA
Pros: Amazing property with spectacular nature inspired pools
Had an amazing time at this gorgeous resort, would recommend to anyone looking for a real Hawaii experience