Check-in was easy. I verified check-in procedures in advance, because we arrived after office hours. There is a conveniently placed telephone directly outside the facility office, and you need only give your confirmation number to receive the lock-box combo.
The condo was like a fully furnished apartment, and our unit had a patio that looked directly out to the pool and the ocean. We bought groceries and cooked our freshly caught fish at the community grill down by the pool. Might be a good idea to pack condiments, foil and the like, because groceries were expensive.
Downtown Kona is in walking distance from the unit, so we used our rental car to drive around the island, and walked to town. Favorite restaurant was Humpys--upper balcony, oceanside, where an appetizer of Calamari and a Margarita was a full meal in itself!
Only item that should be clarified better was the "sleeper sofa," which we mistakenly assumed to be a hide-a-bed. It wasn't. By accident we discovered the blow-up air mattress in the closet. In fairness, the unit's countertop paperwork did explain the air mattress--but who reads all that stuff immediately after checking in following a long flight?
All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Kona!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kona Reef is an oceanfront condominium resort adjacent to a sandy beach park in historic Kailua-Kona and near quaint shops and restaurants. One- and two-bedroom suites offer full-kitchens, FREE WiFi, and ocean or garden views. Amenities include an oceanfront swimming pool, jet spa, and a cabana with barbecue area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Kona Reef Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Castle Kona Reef Kailua
- Kona Reef Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona