10 Best budget hotels on Kauai offer high end ambiance and comforts

What's great about budget hotel on Kauai is that they generally don't feel like a budget hotel. They may be a bit smaller than the huge resorts, but most of the affordable places to stay on Kauai are oceanfront and loaded with the usual amenities and comforts you'd want at any hotel - swimming pools, spas, A/C, hot tubs, and privacy. Affordable hotels can be found all around the island, from far out west to to the end of the road by the North Shore's amazing beaches.

Our local expert's favorite budget hotel on Kauai is the Kauai Sands in Kapa'a. This is the most modest of the budget hotels in the list, but it's located on the ocean and offers simple and clean rooms at the lowest price on the island. Not far away is Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach. This affordable hotel has been recently renovated, and now boasts a modern and Hawaiian decor in each room.

Out on the west side, the one and only hotel is also affordable and beautiful. The Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages offers simple luxurious interwoven with history. Private cottages resting along the ocean offer a homey and comfortable feel. Hanalei Bay Resort, nestled above Hanalei Bay on the bluffs at Princeville, is a good and affordable option for those looking for private condos with all the amenities you could need.

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Oceanfront condos are the attraction here, and on site treats include a heated pool (yes, even in Hawaii that's nice), a hot tub, and barbecue area. The individually owned units have free wireless internet, jacuzzi tubs, and are all well kept. Because their individually owned, the decor varies but it's all well kept and usually island style. This is an ideal place to stay for families, and those looking for an extended stay. It's home style and affordable, and still top quality. Amazing Kauai attractions like Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach, and surf lessons and snorkeling are all extremely close to the condos.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Whalers Cove provides private condos with everything on site a person could need, and at affordable prices.

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Hanalei Colony Resort
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With a beautiful view of the Hanalei Bay and the Tunnels Beach, the Hanalei Colony Resort is situated in Hanalei, with close proximity to the Hanalei town and Na Pali Coast. Nearby major attractions include the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Makua Tunnels and the West Kauai Tech and Visitors Center. Set on a romantic ambiance, all rooms do not have telephones, televisions or stereos to allow guests to enjoy the tranquility of the beach and the natural beauty of the resort. A balcony in each room provides a relaxing place for the guests to enjoy a good view of the beach. Fully equipped kitchen plus complimentary toiletries are available. The Hanalei Colony Resort delivers a private escape for couples and families who want to enjoy the lovely beach and the green mountains. An outdoor pool is provided along with a barbecue grill, a coffee shop and a library.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Located on the bluff above Hanalei Bay, the Hanalei Colony Resort offers beautiful and private condos at affordable prices.

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Guests will refresh the moment the breeze of Hanalei bay touches skin. Located on the north shore of the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, Legacy Vacation Resorts-Hanalei Bay is a luxury, beachfront resort that overlooks Hanalei Bay. The resort provides the tropical ambiance of Hawaii with breathtaking sunsets, Exquisite Ocean and mountain views, and lush Hawaiian gardens. The resort offers 1, 2, and 3-bedroom villas that are fully furnished and equipped with kitchen amenities. Speaking of amenities, the guests have access to all resort facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts, a hot tub, a restaurant (temporarily closed), and a secluded white sand beach. The resort's concierge can assist in planning hiking, horseback riding, surfing, kayaking, or golf outings. The resort is also located near some of the island's best shopping, dining and activities. The resort also offers barbecue area, concierge, gift shop, Internet, and both adult and children's swimming pool

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This resort offers one of the best locations on the island, right on the beach out in the most rural area of the Kauai.

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Set in the centre of Hanalei, the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage is within an short walk from Hanalei Bay. The hotel enjoys a beachfront location. For fitness and leisure the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage offers beach soccer and volleyball facilities and a swimming pool. The rooms at the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage have a TV, cable / satellite channels and a full kitchen. A refrigerator, a safe and a coffee maker are included in the room. The bathrooms provide a shower and a hair dryer. Princeville Airport (HPV) is a 20-minute drive from the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage. Makai Golf Course is 5 minutes away by car. Guests will find a wide variety of cafes and restaurants in the area.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Aston Hanalei House and Cottage is a private and affordable home in the heart of Hanalei.

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The Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy is located approximately 10 miles from Lihue Airport and on the east shore of Kauai. The property fronts a wide expanse of beach. Nearby attractions include Fern Grotto Tour Boats and Waimea Canyon. Hotel amenities include the casual dining restaurant, children's pool, children's activities, free parking, fitness facility, daily housekeeping, freshwater pool, hot tub, spa services, sundeck, and poolside bar overlooking the ocean. Championship golf is a mile and a half away. Shops and restaurants are next door at the Coconut Marketplace. All rooms have a king bed, air-conditioning, refrigerators, safes, iron and ironing board, CD/stereo, hairdryers, free high speed internet access and private lanais overlooking the tropical grounds or the blue Pacific. Hotel Garden View room has a king bed and overlooks tropical gardens.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Kauai Beach Resort offers affordable rooms in a hotel that feels upscale.

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Only five years old, the lovely condominium boasts 210 units, a pool with a kiddie pool, restaurant and great spa featuring Aveda products. This resort is known for having the most high end condos on the east side. Amazingly, the pool is salt water and is river-like in shape. The pool is really quite a treat since the beach out front isn't the safest for swimming. There are three hot tubs on the grounds, all with a sand bottom and one suitable for children. The rooms are all very pretty with important gorgeous woods decoration them. Bathrooms have deep tubs that are a real treat for a relaxing bath after a day of hiking and beach walking. Let's not forget that the two water slides add fun to the pool.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Outrigger Waipouli is a destination within itself for a decent price, and is perfect for families.

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Beautiful, quaint, historic plantation homes make up the sprawling plantation resort on the west side. This place is great, and quite unique. Small plantation homes, from one to five bedrooms with small porches, full kitchens, and claw foot bathtubs make for a private and pretty place to stay. Backyards have mango trees loaded with fruit in season, and all have barbecue facilities. The acreage sprawls out to the ocean, where a long grayish black sand beach sprawls for miles, but isn't good for swimming. Yet it is one of the best places to catch a vibrant west side sunset. There's an eatery and local micro brewery on site, where you'll find great beer and Pacific Rim cuisine. Live music plays at the restaurant several nights a week, and it's a great good place to relax, enjoy a meal, and take in Hawaiian music in a very tropical atmosphere.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Simple yet classy and unique, the Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages offers beautiful accommodations for decent prices.

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Located on the island of Kauai on the sandy beaches of Coconut Beach, Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach in Kapaa reminds guests why they chose the Garden Isle for their adventure or getaway. Relax in style at this Kapaa hotel in spacious and comfortable guest rooms featuring free high-speed Internet, refrigerators and private lanais. Centrally located to Kauai attractions, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, our Kapaa hotel's accommodations combine service levels that exceed your expectations with breathtaking views of Kauai's mountains and beaches. Premier among Kapaa, HI hotels, Courtyard Kauai features indoor meeting space along with outdoor function space offering a flexible venue to meet guests needs. An outdoor pool and whirlpool along with beach loungers add to the island experience.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This recently renovated hotel offers oceanfront accommodation at an affordable price.

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The great location makes this hotel a winner. Prime location for shopping and the many outdoor activities the east side (and the rest of the island) has to offer, along with nearby beaches. The hotel is a good price for what it offers. You can walk to the wonderful Lydgate Beach Park from here, which is great snorkeling for anyone who likes to check out the underwater world, as well as a perfect place for children. The hotel is great for families too and is modest yet nice. There's a pool, tropical decor like most hotels in the area, and you'll find basic amenities here. It's a great option if you're looking for affordable comfort.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Aston Aloha Beach Hotel provides affordable yet upscale accommodations.

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The Kauai Sands Hotel sits on the beach in the Coconut Coast Resort area. This charming Polynesian style Low-rise hotel offers eight acres of carefully groomed lawns leading to the white sand beach and the blue Pacific Ocean. This hotel is known for its warm Hawaiian hospitality. All guest rooms are spacious and are decorated in the tranquil colors of the ocean. Most guest rooms have two double beds - although king bed rooms and suites are available. All rooms have remote control color Televisions, refrigerator, air conditioning, ceiling fan and a large balcony or private lanai. Guests can enjoy two freshwater outdoor pools, a scenic oceanfront jogging path and an exercise room. Since the hotel is adjacent to the popular Coconut Marketplace shop, restaurants and nightly free Polynesian entertainment are just steps away. Championship golf and tennis courts are within five minutes of the hotel.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Resting right on the ocean, the Kauai Sands Hotel is simple, yet clean and affordable with a nice big pool.

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