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“Amazing views, excellent location, older but quite comfortable”
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Kona Seaspray
South Lake Tahoe, California
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“Amazing views, excellent location, older but quite comfortable”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

This was our second visit to the Kona Seaspray, first trip we stayed in 203 which was nice with an ocean view; this time we stayed on the top floor in 302, which has an even better ocean view. We loved eating on our lanai overlooking the sea, watching whales from inside (while cooking dinner), and hanging out at the awesome pool area. Bob is great, he made sure we had everything we needed - even brought us a crockpot on request (for easier meals). I love this place, and will definitely be back! If your looking for fancy, this may not be your place, but it is clean and comfortable and was perfect for us. It's also nice that it's a small 9 unit building, not a giant condo compound; and the proximity to the best snorkeling on the island makes it a primo place to be. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed! Note: make sure you're on 2nd or 3rd floor if you want the ocean view.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Our location was optimal for everything we wanted to do-across from snorkelbeach, we did not have to hassle driving. Snorkeling ,surfing and a beach were in front. On the 3rd floor we saw it all and it was stunning. A few minutes from farmers markets and town also.Management was helpful, friendly and watchful of guests. The only problem is that we had to leave.

Room Tip: Lanai will keep you coming back.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Umeå
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2 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

The owner tried to rip me off for an extra foldable bed and one extra night stay when I was ill with fever for four days. To my suprise my credit card was charged way too much before I´d checked out. Not nice!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Mountain View, California
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Wow! Relaxing, beautiful and priced right. My wife and I stayed at the Kona Seaspray for five nights in May and we wished we had stayed much longer.

The Seaspray is located just minutes from Kailua Village shopping and restaurants. Our "room" was more like a spacious condominium: two bedrooms, two baths, living room, washer, dryer, and fully equipped kitchen. The bedrooms were quiet (located away from the Ali'i Drive side), the mattresses were soft, and the ceiling fans created a silent breeze. Bob Johnson is the manager, he's friendly and laid back and full of good suggestions for day trips. Just ask and he may offer you an extraordinarily low rate in the off season.

Our 3rd floor apartment had a gorgeous view of Kahalu'u Beach Park: sunsets, surfers, and ocean spray. You can easily walk to world-class coral reef snorkeling - keep an eye out for the sea turtles around high tide! Each morning we sipped our freshly brewed Kona coffee on the shady lanai while watching the surfers in the azure blue waves. It rained on the last night of our stay - wonderful! Imagine awakening to tropical bird song, ocean breakers and the sound of rain gently hitting the roof. Paradise.

We've stayed at large resorts in the Kona area, but next time we are going back to the Seaspray.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Stayed at the Seaspray for a week this March. First of all, you can't beat the location. Downtown Kona is only a short drive away and this place is within walking distance of Kahalu'u Bay where some of the best snorkeling takes place.

Our unit was pretty nice, large laundry room, decent sized rooms. As a family, it was nice having more than one bathroom. The kitchen and dining room area were also large enough for multiple people to occupy at the same time.

The view from the lanai was also superb. We sat out every night and watched the sunset and every morning to watch the surfers. Our unit, on the third floor, was a full ocean view. Only complaint is about the stupid telephone wires that are hanging above the street (not the Seaspray's fault).

Would definitely recommend this place.

Bob the owner is a really nice guy and helped us with whatever we needed.

Also, they have free boogie boards for rent!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Juneau, Alaska
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Our group of 3 stayed in #303 which was just right. I agree with a commenter that the large laundry room was a huge bonus. However, the best part was the view, view, view. We loved watching the surfers and overlooking the snorkel beach which we enjoyed to no end. I don't think anyone could match our view experience-we were watching surfers from our deck and were delighted to see a surfing goat, with his owner! The pool at sunset was also a treat with the lovely gardens. We will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Our unit (#203) was a two bedroom/two bath apartment with an open kitchen to the living/dining room and lanai. It also had a laundry room (yay! We got to go home with clean clothes!). Our group of three adults found it to be perfect - perfect size, location, and price. The views of the Kahalu'u Beach Park were fantastic! The sunrises and sunsets were great too!

It is on Ali'i drive (the main road), but the road noise was not bad at all. It is a short walk to Kahalu'u Beach Park - you must snorkel there! They have great educational folks there, helping everyone understand the coral reef ecosystem. There were daily surfing and paddleboarding lessons from the school 2 doors down. There is a grocery store within 1 mile. If you forget something or are looking to rent stuff, check the closets. They had noodles, goggles, beach towels, water shoes, buckets, etc. left from others that you might be able to use.

The only downsides: the dang telephone/power lines are in the way of the view, the close-in parking, and the proximity to the Kailua town. It is approximately 4.5 miles from the center of town. If you want to visit there often, be prepared to drive (between 15 and 30 mph) into town. I didn't consider it to be a hardship - just be aware. The parking was a little funky too. You have a spot per condo, but someone kept parking in mine. Luckily, I could park in the spot next to our assigned spot. The spots are small, but it IS off-street parking.

Room Tip: You would want to stay on 2nd or 3rd floor to have a good view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Kona Seaspray
Address: 78-6665 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2473
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
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Ranked #11 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kailua-Kona
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Hotel Class:3 star — Kona Seaspray 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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