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Hilton Garden Inn Kauai, Hawaii — An Affordable Upscale Hotel

There is a newly renovated Hilton hotel with an ocean view that you must experience: Hilton Garden Inn, in Wailua Bay, Kauai. Thank you for the room upgrade, Hilton Garden Inn! We appreciated watching the gorgeous sunrise every morning from our oceanview junior suite!

Hilton Garden Inn, Kauai Hawaii USA

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 lei, shell lei, 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 Kauai. 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 Rooms

The Hilton Garden Inn offers standard rooms, suites, cottages, and accessible rooms. It is perfect for the traveller 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 it wasn’t in the south of the island, which was more busy and crowded.


Not all vacations are truly vacations. The Hilton Garden Inn has complimentary wifi throughout the property and a business centre open 24 hours a day for those with some business and homework to look after or who need to print travel documents or tour confirmations (like me… I was working on assignments for my master’s degree). There is also a fitness centre on the hotel property, but we spent most of our time sightseeing and outdoors, so 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 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but is closed in between.

The service was a bit slow for the à la carte food, so allow extra time to relax and enjoy your coffee and the ready-made buffet. The food was rather expensive because of the Canadian/US exchange rate, so we were creative, shopped at the local Farmers’ Markets, and enjoyed fresh Kauai produce by cooking most meals in our suite.

Things to Do

The island of Kauai offers unique sights and activities, so you probably won’t spend much time at the hotel. For those days you 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 you can rent and ride along the gorgeous beach path.

We had a great experience at the Hilton Garden Inn. The friendly and helpful staff made our visit to Kauai memorable!

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  1. What a lovely collection of photos! The hotel does indeed look very nice. I am afraid I would have missed out on a lot the island has to offer with a hotel like this one as I would have stayed inside all the time 😀

    1. Thank you Lena. It is a beautiful hotel but you will want to explore the gorgeous island too! We had a red mustang convertible and couldn’t resist driving around. 🙂

  2. I didn’t know there was affordable lodging on Kauai! And that’s awesome they lend you coolers and beach mats, what a great idea!

    1. It was a very nice hotel and the staff were super nice and very friendly. The coolers and beach mats are part of the resort fees but it’s so perfect if you want to spend the day at the beach. I would go back…and Kauai is my favourite island so far!

  3. This looks like a really nice place to stay! The food looks incredible!

  4. This hotel looks lovely, there’s so much to do nearby and the food looks yum! I love that it won’t break the bank either!

  5. It looks really beautiful there. Will definitely keep this in mind when I finally make it to Hawaii!

  6. Your stay looks incredible! I would love to have the opportunity to stay there and visit Hawaii. I LOVE your photos – literally makes me want to pack a suitcase a go!

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    1. Thank you! Oh you should!! Hawaii is definitely worth a trip each year (or month, I wish) and Kauai is my favourite island so far.

  7. The interior decoration in your photos is spot on, definitely attractive. If I ever find myself in Hawaii, I might just have to check it out.

  8. Hilton garden looks so luxurious and beautiful. Great that you can rent bikes here as well. Totally worth a stay

  9. Oooooo, sounds like I need to add this place to my Hawaii list! I love that it is next to a state park too because we always try to find new ones to explore when we are traveling.

  10. Normally i am not a fan of such hotels and prefer to stay at guest houses. But this one looks good! Love the garden/Lydgate State park from the pictures.

  11. I have to admit, I always feel luxurious when I stay at the Hilton. Even though theyre still a chain… they’re always consistently nice! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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