We recently returned from a 9 night vacation on the Big Island and spent the first 5 nights at Hale Kona Kai. I read and considered a lot of opinions about what area and which accommodation to choose and since it was our first time here, decided to sample a little of everything. (We also spent 1 night at Kilauea Lodge and 3 nights at the Marriott Waikoloa – reviews also posted for those places.)
As with all accommodation, I believe your level of satisfaction usually relates to what your expectations are before you arrive so if you’re looking for high end luxury, you probably won’t be satisfied with this spot. If you’re looking for good value and the chance to stay right on the ocean, then definitely consider this complex. I’ve always wanted to stay oceanfront but try to stretch my travel dollars and become too practical to pay the top dollar rates for the prime rooms on the water at hotels. Hale Kona Kai was a fantastic way to get the location without paying the premium price at a hotel.
As other reviewers have noted, the degree of updating and décor ranges from unit to unit. We stayed in #302 and were very happy with it.(Yellow couch from website photo has been updated fyi). The unit was pretty clean except for a bit of residue in the tub & dusty light fixture (far from a vacation wrecking problem). It had a nicely updated and very well stocked kitchen which made cooking a pleasure. One stop at Costco and the fruit/vegetable stand and you’re set. There's also the little extras like a cooler, beach towels & chairs, and cleaning supplies....if you want them.
The location was within walking distance to touristy shops & restaurants although with the fabulous view from the lanai over the ocean, it was really tough to leave the unit! I definitely hope to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- True & absolute oceanfront one bedroom condos within walking distance to beach, farmers market, restaurants, and town. Small quiet boutique condo complex well located for day trips all over the island. Full sized kitchens, AC, private lanais(balcony), free WIFI and parking. Watch the ocean, sunset, turtles, dolphins from your private lanai. Ask about our low season specials. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Kona Kai Condominiums Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Hale Kona Kai Condominiums Hawaii/Kailua-Kona