This renovated beachfront bargain features small but functional rooms with slightly quirky, IKEA-style furnishings (curvy mirrors, square lamps), bright blue geometric-patterned rugs, and very compact bathrooms. No need to hole up in your room, though: The oceanview pool is inviting, while the oceanfront Lava Lava Beach Club serves three meals daily, with a full bar, indoor/outdoor seating, and nightly live entertainment. Swimming isn’t safe here, but children can splash in the rock-walled ocean pool in front of Lae Nani next door, and the Lydgate Beach ponds are just a short drive away. Yoga classes take place on the oceanfront lawn three mornings a week. Note: Request a second-floor room for more privacy (if you can carry your own bags), and a room not adjacent to the parking lot.
420 Papaloa Rd. (off Kuhio Hwy.), Kapaa, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood East Side Phone 855/309-5483, 808/822-4951 Prices $139–$169 double; studio suite with kitchenette $185. Extra person $25. $21 resort fee (includes Wi-Fi, DVDs, PlayStation, yoga classes, beach chairs and towels, and parking). Amenities 2 pools; barbecue grills; bar; business center; coin laundry; restaurant; free Wi-Fi Units 206 rooms URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/kauai-sand.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Kauai Shores Other Check for online discounts