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Fern Grotto Inn -Trip Advisor & Lonely Planet Recommends our Old Style Cottages!

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Fern Grotto Inn -Trip Advisor & Lonely Planet Recommends our Old Style Cottages!

Fern Grotto Inn -Trip Advisor & Lonely Planet Recommends our Old Style Cottages!

5.0/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Kapaa, HI

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLae Nani Beach10 min walk
  • Popular LocationSmith's Tropical Paradise13 min walk
  • Popular LocationLydgate Beach Park3 min drive
  • AirportLihue, HI (LIH)11 min drive

Space details

1 bathroom, sleeps 2
31 sq m
Common area
    1 queen bed

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Fern Grotto Inn -Trip Advisor & Lonely Planet Recommends our Old Style Cottages!

Riverside Cottage in Kapaa with kitchenette
Tropical Garden Cottages—One Block from Beach

Why stay at Fern Grotto Inn? The reasons are as numerous as our glowing guest reviews. In fact, Fern Grotto Inn recently became the best-rated vacation rental on TripAdvisor and was featured in Lonely Planet—all thanks to our warm hospitality, prime location, and super cute plantation cottages.

One of the best parts about Fern Grotto Inn is our central location. Why limit yourself to Princeville or Poipu, when you can stay with us and easily drive to both the North and South Shores within 45 minutes?

For a little outdoor fun, check out our COMPLIMENTARY two-person KAYAK and “his and her” BIKES. The coastal bike trail is only one block from Fern Grotto Inn, and we’re conveniently located right on the Wailua River and of course, there’s plenty to do locally—we’re only one block from the pristine swimming beach at Lydgate Park, and Kapaa’s many stores and restaurants are just a few miles away.

The real attraction of Fern Grotto Inn is our private vintage plantation cottages. Originally constructed in the 1940's and 1950's, our cottages have been fully renovated with your comfort in mind while still retaining their authentic Hawaiian charm. We’ve outfitted each one with chic but cozy island-inspired decor.

Our cottages are surrounded by a lush, tropical garden, which, combined with the fact that our property is very quiet, creates the feeling that you’re in old-time Hawaii, far from civilization. It’s the perfect setting for your honeymoon or other romantic getaway.

Here’s a brief description of the cottage you are booking. For more information and pictures, please visit our website.

CANAL COTTAGE A has an open layout and plenty of island charm but no A/C. However, this cottage also comes with a full kitchenette and views of the river. It also has a small patio area just outside the front door that overlooks the gardens.
Air-conditioned accommodation at this cottage offers coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Kitchenettes offer fridges, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

This Kapaa cottage provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Housekeeping is provided on request.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Paul Juma
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Beach towels
  • Beach sunloungers


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Blender


  • Studio
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Hairdryer
  • Soap


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service

Outdoor areas

  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Golf privileges
  • Cycling on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Golf nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 2
  • Unit size: 330 sq ft (31 sq m)
  • Property does not allow children

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property registration number TA-193-000-2432-01,+410040230000,+GE-193-000-2432-01

We should mention

A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

About this area


Located in Kapaa, this cottage is on the waterfront. Kela's Glass Gallery and Kauai Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Smith's Tropical Paradise and Lydgate Beach Park. Kayaking and snorkelling offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and horse riding nearby.

What's nearby

  • Lae Nani Beach - 10 min walk
  • Smith's Tropical Paradise - 13 min walk
  • Sleeping Giant Trailhead - 3 min drive
  • Lydgate Beach Park - 3 min drive
  • Waipouli Beach - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • Lihue, HI (LIH) - 11 min drive


  • Passion Bakery Cafe - 9 min walk
  • Monicos Taqueria - 10 min walk
  • Street Burgers - 10 min walk
  • Hukilau Lanai - 19 min walk
  • Sleeping Giant Grill - 20 min walk

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 7 out of 7 reviews
5 - Excellent 100%
Rating 4 - Good. 0 out of 7 reviews
4 - Good 0%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 7 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 7 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 7 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Your Home in Wailua, Kauai
Fern Grotto Inn is well managed and in a perfect location. You can see the owner's attention to detail in making your stay pleasant and convenient everywhere you look. We highly recommend this as a pleasant alternative to impersonal chain hotels on Kauai.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect little find!
We loved this place and would highly recommend! The location is perfect for visiting all sides of the island and the nearby river is beautiful (not to mention the free kayaks made it a breeze to explore). The community of units was relatively hidden from traffic and was very peaceful. We stayed in Canal A and though the unit is one of the smaller ones, we didn't feel cramped.

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We loved our stay! Each unit has an external water hose, which was really convenient for washing off clothing, gear and/or feet when returning from a day at the beach or muddy hiking trails. There's lots of sports equipment (kayaks, SUPs, lifejackets, snorkelling masks, beach mats, beach towels, beach chairs, ice coolers, bicycles) that can be borrowed, so there's no need to bring your own stuff if you don't need/want. The location was super convenient and easy to find; 10 minutes north of Lihue airport; Easy to make day trips to everywhere on the island. Communication was great from the host.
Stayed 6 nights in Feb 2019

5/5 Excellent

Lovely, Quaint, Well Equipped Home off the Wailua River
My husband, toddler, and I stayed here recently on our trip to Kauai. What a find! It's one of several homes in a little village like setting. The homes are on a lagoon off the Wailua River, which is very popular for kayaking, SUPing, etc. Paul was easy to communicate with and the place was clean and tidy with many welcoming touches like personalized notes, chocolate, leis, and some adult beverages. They also provided access to so much equipment from kayaks, and paddleboards, to kids beach toys, yoga mats, coolers, etc. What a relief that we didn't need to lug all of that across the country or buy it. And having a kitchen in our home was so great when we needed to feed the baby or were tired of eating out. It gets loud in the morning with the roosters and birds and can get hot at night with mosquitoes but it was part of the experience. Fern Grotto was our home in Kauai and made for a relaxing time. Hopefully, next time we can meet Paul!

5/5 Excellent

A unique and wonderful place to stay.
This was the first place my girlfriend and I stayed in Kauai and we absolutely loved it. Hands down, the bed was the most comfortable bed I have slept on in any hotel, airbnb, or vrbo. Every place we stayed after, I kept wishing I was sleeping in that bed. We stayed in Canal A and it was the perfect size for the two of us. We loved the bathroom which featured many little luxuries. There was a towel warmer, a bidet toilet, nice quality shampoo, and a really nice shower head. The kitchen has everything you need and was very well equipped. The grounds are beautiful and we enjoyed strolling through them every morning and evening. Fruit trees, wildlife, and all the flora and fauna were truly enjoyable. We definitely appreciated all of the equipment that we were able to use (scuba equipment, water shoes, coolers, beach chairs, and kayak equipment with super easy access to the river right outside our door!) We were also very glad to have a laundry room on the grounds. This place is tucked away nicely and feels very private and safe. We barely saw any of the other people that were staying in the other houses/cottages. We would stay here again 100%! Thank you and mahalo!