Where to Stay in Wailua, Kaua‘i for Under $200 a Night

For frequently less than $200 a night there are some truly lovely places to stay in Wailua, Kaua‘i. You’ll find cottages, suites, and a few hotels offering a range of amenities from full kitchens and laundry to private lanai and beach gear, and some special treats like personalized gift baskets and home-cooked meals delivered to your door. Many accommodations have minimum night stays, such as a three-night minimum, or charge cleaning fees, which are noted below.

Inn Paradise (6381 Makana Rd., 808/822-2542, $85-120) has three suites. The King Kaumualii Suite can house up to four people and is a two-bedroom one-bath unit. With a full kitchen it runs for $120 a night for a three-night minimum. The Queen Kapule Suite is a one-bedroom that can hold up to four people. It has a small kitchen and a three-night minimum stay is required. A cute studio that accommodates two people perfectly, the Prince Kuhio Suite is decorated in island-style décor. There’s a three-night minimum. Personalized welcome baskets, beach gear, and a Jacuzzi are all offered.

A plantation style home for rent at Fern Grotto Inn on Kauai.
The Ohana House at the charming Fern Grotto Inn. Photo courtesy of owner.

The conveniently located Fern Grotto Inn (4561 Kuamo‘o Rd., 808/821-9836, $99-149) consists of three well-maintained cottages and a house. All are remodeled simple plantation-style homes with shared laundry and either full or limited kitchens. The friendly owners live on-site and it’s near the Wailua River. All of the accommodations are decorated with a clean island style. There’s a $60 cleaning fee.

Opaeka‘a Falls Hale (120 Liahu St., 800/262-9912, $110-130) has two units. The upper is called the Royal Palm and the Queen Emma is on the lower level. The Royal Palm sleeps two people. Both require a $50 cleaning fee and a five-night minimum. There’s a beautiful pool on-site and it’s a short drive from the ocean. Both have a full kitchen, lanai, and washer and dryer.

Four clean cottages make up the Hale Lani B&B (283 Aina Lani Pl., 808/823-6434, $125-195). Kanoa’s Cottage has a private hot tub. Melia’s Suite is a two-bedroom with kitchenette and private hot tub. Nani’s Retreat is a studio with kitchenette. All have private entrances, personalized gift baskets, and home-cooked meals left outside your door in a cooler if you choose. Three-night minimums are required. If it works out they offer a half-day rate of $45 if you have a late return flight home.

A great deal is Kapa‘a Sands (380 Papaloa Rd., 808/822-4901 or 800/222-4901, $90-185) along the ocean with under 30 units. It’s just off the beach with a nice lawn between the units and the ocean, and you’ll find a pool, barbecue area, and free Internet access. Oceanfront and ocean-view studios and two-bedroom units are available with lanai and maid service. A three- or seven-night minimum stay is required.

A steal of a deal is at Wailua Bayview (320 Papaloa Rd., 800/367-5242, $163-175), where fewer than 50 units are located just off the beach. Condominium amenities include pool, free Internet access, and a barbecue area. A four-night minimum stay is required.

At the Courtyard by Marriott (650 Aleka Loop, 808/822-3455, $100-200) in Kapa‘a you’ll find very nice accommodations. The rooms have a clean-cut, island feel, with lovely furniture made from coconut wood and really comfortable beds. They have a business area with free Internet access and a computer and printer for guests. It was renovated in 2011. The property is along the ocean, and rooms have ocean or mountain views. Rates vary by season, but this is a very affordable hotel. A pool, spa, tennis courts, fitness center, and lounge decorate the centrally located hotel. Check for kama‘aina rates here; they make a big difference.

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