Located on the edge of the Blue Lagoon on the Coconut Coast.
Besides looking down onto the Blue Lagoon from our first and second floor Lanai's (decks) you can also see Ocean, Mountain, Volcano, and Island views from our other Lanai's and verandahs. As well you can sometimes see whales leaping out of the ocean on the far side of the lagoon and see them spouting like ocean geysers. Lagoon and Ocean views are seen from most private rooms and dorms. You can also see the local fishing fleet pass in front of the BeachHouse
Only a small grassy play or relax area sets us apart from the Blue Lagoon directly in back, and to the left a free neighborhood swimming pool laps on the edge of the Blue Lagoon, while a white sandy swimming beach is just a 100 yards to our right, over a little sugar cane train railroad bridge, this beach is set behind the Kapa'a Library. The swimming pool is a 1 minute walk north, while the sandy beach is less than 2 minutes walk south from the Kapa'a Kauai BeachHouse.
Kauai Beach House|
4-1552 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa HI, 96746
User Reviews Rating scale: 1=Poor, 2=Fair, 3=Acceptable, 4=Good, 5=Excelent
Review by: Akua E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2013-02-09 10:48:22
Comments: After staying for over a month at the Beach House, I was able to get a much more intimate view of the Hostel than I would have liked. If you can't afford anywhere else to stay, get a tent and a camping permit.
Review by: mole2000 E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2010-10-10 03:30:32
Comments: Of the 30 or so hostels I've stayed at across Europe and the United States, this is by far the dirtiest hostel! I have to believe that anyone who could rate this hostel as Good simply has a lower tolerance for cleanliness than I do.
Bathrooms - Dirty. Gross even. Toilet floors were always wet since the shower is basically a hose coming out of the wall by the toilets with a shower head on the end. Supposedly the owner doesn't want to provide people an actual shower to keep his water bill low.
Kitchen - would not pass health code and is under supplied. The refrigerator was gross. Overpacked with old decaying food. The bottom collected water and instead of dealing with it properly, they had stuck a towel on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator which by now had several inches of mold growing on it.
Lights Out - This hostel has the WORST lights out rule ever. They enforce lights out across the entire building at 9:30pm daily. It doesn't matter if people in that room all want to stay up and talk, or whether you are in the front room. The hostel manager checks and makes sure all lights are off and stay off. I couldn't even stay up and check emails without disturbing roommates. Seriously!? It was like I was a little kid again being told to go to sleep.
Rooms - A little below average from what I am used to but livable. They did seem to clean the sheets.
Energy - I was really bummed about the poor energy at this hostel. Most other hostels I've stayed at have great energy from other world travelers. People are often passionate and excited about exploring the city they're in and often sharing that with strangers. That was not my experience at Kauai Beach House. Most of the people I met seemed to have been there not days, but MONTHS! They seemed to hang around and not do much all day...and certainly weren't excited or passionate about going out w/ me to explore Kauai. I now see why many hostels have a 1-2 week stay limit per year. IMHO, this hostel needs more rotation to keep a good flow of people and positive energy.
Staff - Despite the many, many bad things here, I actually thought the staff, Anne and Amy, were nice people. Yet despite this, it was clear that the hostel was being managed very poorly.
Location - Amazing. The room was literally 100 feet from the waves. Yet despite this great location, it is still no salvation for this hostel...which just has too many faults for me to ever stay there again. The downside to the location is the wild roosters will crow (outside the always open windows) at random times of the day AND night.
Bottom line: There are too many other affordable options on Kauai to give this hostel serious consideration, ESPECIALLY if you are more than one. You can get condos to resort hotels starting at $70-100/night on VRBO.com & Priceline.com.
Oh, and the island itself rocks! Go there. Enjoy :) Just make sure you stay somewhere other than here.
Review by: bigboy61 E-mail: email@example.com
Rating: 5 Submitted: 2010-05-29 12:12:35
Comments: Wow! What a great 8 days tell you sister and brothers. This hostel is great yeah got some mosquitoes who don't.Great kitchen area if you got too.great breezes thru the lanai right off the beach,rain came in so what close the lower windows.manager cool, firm but fair.Prices fair.showers are euro style,all tiled clean and sani.no bugs crawling around they got chicken vacums. clean sheets no problem,even alittle dresser if long term.I just want to mahalo them for a great time met many great people aloha&mahalo
Review by: mwhizzle E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rating: 5 Submitted: 2010-01-02 13:27:23
Comments: After camping for a few days on the Na Pali coast, I was excited to get a hot shower and sleep in a nice bed! I was welcomed and there was a cool mix of travelers staying and we cooked dinner together and had wine. I ended up staying for a few days because the location was great. The Hostel is on the beach and has a bike path right outside toe door that goes along the east coast. You can get bikes from the hostel and ride down the coast and see all the local folks surfing and the path keeps going. I saw whales and Hawaiian monk seals from the path. There are stores and restaurants in the town and I could use my wifi and do my laundry! Awesome, The kitchen is spacious and clean. The showers were nice also. I had a great stay for a few days which is just what I needed to explore the rest of the Island before heading to the Big Island and then Maui.
Cool Place, Nice staff, Clean and ALoha
Review by: mwhizzle E-mail: email@example.com
Rating: 5 Submitted: 2009-12-29 12:42:37
Comments: I stayed through December 2009. What I love about the Beach House is the location and cleanliness. The manager is wonderful and keeps the place happy and running smooth. They are making daily improvements to the property which is ideal location. So Much ALoha! He is a new manager and a total sweetheart. Free Wifi, everything you could need nearby and you can take busses. A car is the best way to get around the island. You can walk right out the back and walk along the Eastside and up to the beach. Listen to the Ocean and sleep with the ocean breeze.
The staff keeps a clean kitchen and bathrooms which is essential to a longer stay.
It is obvious that the management change brought this place back to a world class travelers hostel.
Cozy and Nice, A perfect location for a home base to explore Kauai!
Review by: JLynn E-mail: Private
Rating: 2 Submitted: 2009-12-12 22:51:37
Comments: KBH has definatly been the most run down and un-organized hostel I've seen. I arranged to have a pick up from the airport days before my arrival only to be left stranded there. There is no privacy for the womens dorm room, you can see directly into the room from the large windows in the kitchen. The house is is desperate need of repairs. Michael the resident manager was however very accomadating and works well with the funds and supplies he is given (which isn't much). Good, convenient location.
Review by: nylhsa E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2009-05-21 17:43:18
Comments: Hole in the wall places can sometimes be great, this one however is not, at all. It is a disgusting, disorganized pit that should just be torn down rather than live on. Kapaa is not a great place, but a convenient location re: the airport, and if this place wasn't such a dirty, pathetic excuse for a backpacker, they would have a good thing going. It just takes people who know how to run a business, clean and take responsibility. DO NOT STAY HERE.
Review by: etihw E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2009-03-24 03:28:44
Comments: In short, this place is unsafe. The staff are utterly unprofessional and even violent when drunk (which is just about every night). Honestly, this place gives Hawaii such a bad name. True, many places in Hawaii are known for their laziness, but it just doesn't take that much effort to run a hostel. I guess this place can't even manage to do the bare minimum. Sad. I'll never go back. Kahili Mountain Park is so much better in every way.
Review by: NHAR E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2008-12-24 00:33:33
Comments: Mosquitos. Accommodations in the middle of activities - tv, chatting, doing stuff next to where one might rest, relax. Airless private room. Manager requests huge deposits and keeps them regardless of how unsatisfactory the accommodation is - won't accept request to cancel and let us get our money back so to move away. Promised covers for us. Gave us quilts or sheets - left us either chilly or sweaty during upper 60s temp at night. Mosquitos. A true horror.
Review by: Susan E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2008-05-05 17:50:16
Comments: When trying to reserve a bed, no one responded to my emails & I was led down a path of about 4 other phone numbers. (I kept trying because there are only two hostels in the area.) When I finally got through to someone named M***, who sounded pretty friendly, I asked if there was a female only dorm, I was told yes, come on in they had plenty of room. I left him my full name-as if I was reserving a bunk. When I got there, I was pretty disappointed. There is little to no parking-4 spots only-and there is no front desk of any kind. I walked up the back deck, through a dark, unlit hallway to the 'front' and found two incoherent people sitting under a marker board that listed their rates. They yelled for the manager and when the manager- also named 'M***', came out, he said they had co-ed ONLY & no recollection of me leaving my name. Huh???? As he was showing me what he DID have, he could tell I wasn't impressed & said to me, "This is your typical hostel set up". R-e-a-l-l-y??? Besides NO organization, the place was just plain filthy & dusty. Listen, I am in no way a 'pampered princess', and know that for an average $25 per night, room service is not included! But there is a difference between "a bit messy" and "just plain gross". I don't expect things to be perfect, but for pete's sake, a little elbow grease, a broom, mop & water shouldn't be that hard to manipulate! I would not have been able to sleep if I had stayed anyhow, for wondering what king of bugs live in the bowed down, very old mattresses, dusty-dank curtains, dark hallways, dirty floors & can only imagine what the showers & bathrooms were like. I would have had serious doubts about the cleanliness of the sheets too.......
Review by: penguin E-mail: Private
Rating: 5 Submitted: 2008-03-11 20:06:05
Comments: I stayed in Kauai Beach House a year ago.
It was a great time! Travellers and staff were awesome!
Review by: Caryn E-mail: Private
Rating: 1 Submitted: 2008-03-05 12:32:53
Comments: I would not recommend staying at this hostel. I did not feel safe, as there are no doors, no locks (the best way to describe it is a tree house!) and the manager behaved in unprofessional ways. There was an incident where the cops were called and were in our dorm room on our last night, to evict some people. Overall this was the worst hostel experience i have had to date.