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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Puako
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Sacramento, California
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stunning, classic, and soothing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Stunning architecture, classic beauty, and the most soothing, relaxing beach ever! We spent one entire day just alternating between bobbing in the ocean and sitting under an umbrella having a drink. Our room was beautiful and the mantas were fun to watch. Wonderful!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
"Bobbing" from the ocean to the bar does sound like a perfect day here at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel! We're happy you visited and hope you'll return for more relaxation soon. Mahalo.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night at the end of an 11 day trip to Maui and Big Island. Booked the deluxe Golf Vista room. The room itself is stunning, very clean design and immaculately clean. The bathroom is a dream with a glass door and window view, open door less shower, huge tub etc.

The entire space is white tile with dark woods, extremely comfortable bed and pillows. There is plenty of storage space, a room safe and the worlds smallest refrigerator.

The beach is probably one the best anywhere, classic crescent shaped with impossibly blue water. The pool is very small and does not provide enough seating for a hotel if this size.

I love this hotel, but probably won't stay here again until I hit the lottery. The Mauna Lani (5+ miles south) is a much better value, with more genuine service and really nice rooms for about 1/2 the price, but their beach does not even come close to Mauna Kea.

Stayed August 2014
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Aloha and mahalo for staying with us. We're happy you enjoyed your visit and would certainly encourage you to visit us once again. Aloha.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I've now stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach hotel three times and I always leave with a bittersweet sigh, wondering when I'll be lucky enough to return. I wish I lived on the west coast, from which the journey is half the distance, as I'd probably visit annually. As it is, it's still worth the trip from NYC, when I can spare the resources. Aesthetically beautiful, quiet, zen, the beach, the architecture, the breezes, the mattresses, the toiletries, the views... it's all as lovely as a dream.
The luau is excellent. Playing tennis at their center is a treat. Nature envelopes you around this grand, indoor/outdoor, luxurious estate.
Go if you can. Stay as long as you can. Drink it in. And look forward to daydreams of one day returning.

Room Tip: Not a bad view in the place. Some rooms are considerably more grand than others, but all these diffe...
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Green Features: Hawaii in general is mindful of the environment. Your refreshing room AC automatically shuts off when a window is cracked.
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Thank you for being among many who return to us again and again. Mahalo for staying, for returning, and for sharing your positive comments about our special place here at Kauna'oa Bay. Return soon! Aloha.
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Pine, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

One of the great beaches on the west coast. The hotel is a little dated, even though it has been recently updated. The room was comfortable and the bath/shower combo was very nice. Everything is pricey, and like many Hawaiian resorts, they can nickel and dime you. ($50 an hour to rent a paddle board? Seems like that could be included in the price.). The restaurants are generally pretty good. I got an excellent package deal through Costco so the price was good. It I suspect it would be pretty high if you booked directly.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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MaunaKeaResort, Owner at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Mahalo for staying with us! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Please return again soon. Aloha.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Most of my reviews are based in some degree on comparisons to other properties, but the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is simply beyond compare. Located on what has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Mauna Kea is a combination of grace, style and elegance. The main building is open and airy. The rooms are bright and spacious. Then there is the staff. "Friendly" simply does not do justice to the warmth and courtesy displayed by each and every member of the staff. We had arranged to have our daughter's wedding dinner on the historic 3rd tee of the golf course. The night before my wife and I had an issue with our steak dinners at the Manta restaurant, which was quickly resolved, but we were still concerned because steak was on the wedding dinner menu. Apparently the Executive Chef had become aware of our concern and was on hand to ensure that the wedding dinner was perfect. And it was. The setting, food and service were impeccable. Each of our stays at the Mauna Kea have been wonderful and we always look forward to returning.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! Thank you so much for choosing Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to celebrate such a special occasion. We are happy to hear that our staff, and most particularly our Executive Chef, helped ensure everything went well. We'll look forward to anniversary celebrations in the years to come. Mahalo.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Definitely one of the best resorts we have stayed in. The open style of the hotel is superb as one is truly is exposed to the breath-taking view and breeze from the beach. The beach is world class. The room was very spacious with a large balcony. The bathroom had a large bathtub and shower which was very convenient after a day in the beach. The staff was unbelievably friendly and accomodating. One is made to feel very welcome in in this place.
If there is one drawback in this place, it is the choice for food and places to eat in the resort. The choices at the beach bar were quite expensive for what they were. Dinner options are also very expensive. Given its location, good restaurants outside the hotel are quite a drive away. The breakfast buffet however was very good and reasonable.
Despite the issue with the food, this resort is still definitely an awesome place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Aloha and thank you for your comments! We're happy you enjoyed your visit and we appreciate hearing your thoughts. Mahalo....and return again soon.
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

I have been going to Hawaii every 2 years for my entire life and I always stay at the Mauna Kea. In fact, my first time at the Mauna Kea was in utero. This hotel is amazing. it a a true authentic Hawaiian experience. Forget all that touristy crap on the other islands. At this hotel you will have a very authentic Hawaiian experience with wonderful service. Not to mention the beach. I have traveled all over the Hawaiian islands and I never found a more beautiful beach. I highly recommend this hotel not only because I have a lot of nostalgia but because its a great place to create your own memories and begin your own nostalgic experiences. I have tried many other highly rated hotels in Hawaii and none of them will ever compare to the extreme beauty, quite, obnoxious tourist free experience you get at the Mauna Kea. Not to mention the golf course is by far the best I've ever played.

Room Tip: ocean view is always the way to go, however, the mountain view is equally breathtaking!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Mahalo for your comments and your long-standing endorsement of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We appreciate that you really understanding who and what we are. We look forward to welcoming you back to the shores of Kauna'oa Bay (and the Mauna Kea Golf Course) for years to come.
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Property: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9706
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Puako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Puako
#1 Luxury Hotel in Puako
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puako
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puako
#3 Family Hotel in Puako
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection 4.5*
Number of rooms: 252
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel located on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast. Legendary, timeless hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees. ... more   less 
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