We recently vacationed at Kona Sugar Shack for 4 nights. We stayed in the Ocean Suite. First off, let me say that Jae and John are very sweet people. Secondly, let me point out that the erupting volcano BLOCKS OUT THE SUN after 10 am every day until the sun rises the next day. So, coming from Seattle, we're used to not seeing the sky, but that's not what we went on vacation for.
Positives - very nice furniture in the living areas, well appointed; lots of extra books lying around just in case you finish yours (I did); unobstructed view of the ocean; nice big kitchen with newer appliances and all the kitchen supplies you should need; beautiful landscaping, lovely grounds; free use of boogie boards, coolers, beach towels, lots of extra beach stuff; black book full of recommendations for food and activities along with a really excellent guide book; shared laundry facilities; really cute geckos.
Negatives - NO AIR CONDITIONING; ants in the kitchen (not surprising), bathroom, bedroom; Ikea bedroom furniture (I guess not such a big deal, but not very nice) and a bed that fills up all of the rest of the room; across from the parking lot of a beach, not across from the beach - lots of interesting folks hanging out there!; next door neighbor is an aspiring electric guitarist - so far, all he can play in Iron Man from Ozzy, and not even that well; busy, busy road in front where you sit on your lanai sipping drinks and listening to the drunks in the parking lot - we were treated to a guy taking his new 'hog' out up and down the road; the walls are thin and the owners listen to music and television loudly enough to be heard clearly in your apartment.
I had a really hard time getting a vacation feel while at this place because it was so residential and noisy. Plus, as you can imagine, the lack of sunlight during the day and air conditioning at night really were detrimental to the fun factor. We were more than ready to go when the time came.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Kona Sugar Shack" is a lovely traditional Hawaiian style home/specialty lodging surrounded by lush tropical gardens. From several of the spacious lanais you can watch migratory whales, spinner dolphins,kayakers and spectacular Hawaiian sunsets. Relax in the waterfall pool while you sip a Mai Tai,BBQ fresh fish and let the weight of the world slip away. The home is located within a one minute walk of White Sands beach and the Ocean Views are incredible.Special features include. :Water fall Ocean view pool: Several private suites, which when combined can accommodate up to 20 guest: Brazilian hardwood and tile floors, Lime Stone counter tops : Laundry room with propane commercial coin operated washers and dryers: Photovoltaic , net metered panels: Solar water heater ; Large Studio/Storage on lower level: Low voltage exterior lighting: A/C units in all bedrooms : Tile shower stalls: Security cameras. Carport + rear parking total 8 parking spaces: The Kona Sugar Shack has been consistently near or at the top for Specialty Lodging facilities on Trip Advisor: This unique vacation home features antiques furniture and original artwork. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kona Sugar Shack Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Kona Sugar Shack Kailua
- Kona Sugar Shack Hawaii/Kailua-Kona