So when I rented I thought I was renting the Hale O pua Lani but when I got the rental agreement it showed Kona Mara. Who knows, same owner, properties next to each other and I made inquiries at so many places my head was spinning. So when I went to write a review I do could not find it listed VRBO #33241.
Like others: If I had known I'd be expected to clean the bathrooms and kitchen before checking out, I probably wouldn't have rented this unit. It wasn't until the rental agreement had been signed and payment made that the 'arrival and departure instructions' were sent to me. After the directions to the condo, there is a list of instructions for cleaning, including the toilet, sink, shower, sweep floors and patio,etc. I am certainly willing to do general tidying etc., but not to clean the toilets. Not what I'm accustomed to, and proper cleaning equipment was NOT provided and the mop had no sponge on the bottom of it.. I did it, so as not to lose the deposit, but for $119+/night (4 people) I feel a housekeeper should be included at the end of our stay. I walked on the tile floor with white socks upon arrival and they turned brown on the bottom!
Space: roomy place with a nice balcony/lanai and great view of the ocean. Busy
Alii Drive is in front of this property so there is street noise with the wave noise.
Furnishings: soiled and in need of cleaning (couch, chairs) carpet on stairs up filthy,
deferred maintenance through out this tri-plex top floor unit.. I put a sheet over the sofa.
Ceiling fan in living room did not work, freezer leaked water on the floor daily, kitchen faucet loose and wobbly, deadbolt on door did not lock, etc. Reported to owners helper.
Driveway is tricky and difficult to make the turn if you are coming from the south.
Stairs are three flights up (two visible on the outside) another inside the door. Not for anyone with any limited mobility. (Both Hale O Pua Lani and Kona Mara are the same)
Pictures: posted were not accurate for Hale O Pua Lani (as someone mentioned previously). Kona Mara has the BEST VIEW of the two tri- plexes.
Location: near perfect. Close to best snorkeling park where there are turtles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Triplex buildings with fantastic ocean view, each 2 bedrooms. 4 miles south of Kailua Kona. Within walking distance to the Famous White Sands Beach Or Kahaluu Snorkel Beach ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale O Pua Lani Hawaii/Kailua-Kona