There is a newly renovated Hilton hotel with an ocean view that you must experience: Hilton Garden Inn, in Wailua Bay, Kaua’i. Thank you for the room upgrade, Hilton Garden Inn! We appreciated watching the gorgeous sunrise every morning from our oceanview junior suite!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by name (who does that? I felt like a celebrity!) by friendly staff who ceremoniously presented us with gorgeous fragrant flower leis, shell leis, and mai tais. They were very helpful and efficient in checking us in and even called our room to ensure we were satisfied with our suite.
This is the only Hilton on the island of Kaua’i and is newly renovated. This expansive property is about a 10-minute drive from the Lihue Airport and sits beside Lydgate State Park—the perfect swimming beach for all ages with a playground and picnic areas.
The Hilton Garden Inn offers standard rooms, suites, cottages, and accessible rooms. It is perfect for the traveller who is looking for an upscale hotel at affordable prices near the ocean. I liked the location because it wasn’t too far north to drive and explore each day, and wasn’t in the south of the island which was more busy and crowded.
Not all vacations are truly a vacation. The Hilton Garden Inn has complimentary wifi throughout the property and a business centre that is open 24-hours a day for those of us who have some business and homework to look after, or just need to print travel documents or tour confirmations. There is also a fitness centre on the hotel property but we spent most of our time sightseeing and outdoors that we didn’t spend any time in the gym. Perhaps next visit!
Dining at the Hilton Garden Inn — Garden Grille
The Hilton Garden Inn has a gorgeous open-air restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but closed in between. There is talk of them possibly opening in the afternoons for guests who would like to enjoy the lounge and have snacks and drinks before dinner, and also possibly offering room service in the future.
The service was a bit slow for the à la carte food, so make sure you allow extra time to relax and enjoy your coffee and the ready-made buffet. We found that the food was rather expensive, more so because of the Canadian/US exchange rate, so we were a bit creative and shopped at the local Farmers’ Markets and enjoyed fresh Kaua’i produce, by cooking most meals in our suite.
Things to Do
The island of Kaua’i offers a wide variety of unique sights and activities so you probably won’t spend a lot of time at the hotel. For those days you just want to relax, the Hilton Garden Inn has two pools and is next to Lydgate State Park. Ask at the front desk, for a cooler and mat, and you can enjoy a day at the beach, snorkelling and swimming in the protected area.
The Hilton Garden Inn also has a collection of vintage bikes for you to rent and enjoy a ride along the gorgeous beach path.
We had a great experience at the Hilton Garden Inn. The friendly and helpful staff were a huge part of making our visit to Kaua’i memorable!
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