This property is at a great location near to the heart of Kona (but not too near). A two-block walk gets you to many restaurants, etc.
The property is well-cared-for. The ocean-front units are the best and all are located about 100 feet from the ocean. The view is spectacular. One of the main reasons we chose this property was the avaiability of an ocean-front unit, since not that many places have direct ocean-front units.
We rented through Sunquest, who were very friendly and easy-to-do-business-with. They have several units available in the various Kona Reef buildings. We paid $185 per night for ocean-front, which seemed very reasonable when we booked, although I suspect rates are overall coming down due to the economy.
It is a bit disappointing to see how the economy has had such a negative effect on the local merchants. We see about half of the shops and some restaurants have closed...most in the last five months. Even something as high profile as the Hard Rock Cafe is now gone from Kona.
Shopping to stock your condo's refrigerator is good at Wal-Mart, Safeway and Costco (gas is also cheaper at Costco). Some prices are higher than on the mainland, but not as much as we expected. Some items at Costco are less than on the mainland, even though clearly they would have had to be shipped to Hawaii (don't quite get that...!?).
Some of our favorites for casual dining in Kona were...
Huggo's on the Rocks (same view as Huggo's, but less expensive)..this is very close to the Kona Reef'
Bongo Ben's (looks like a beach bar, but amazingly had pretty good food)
Sightseeing is great all over the island. Some things do require a four-wheel drive. The best guidebook is Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed, which you can buy anywhere on the island or get it before you come at Borders. It's a pretty big island so things can be father apart and take more time to get to, but they really are mostly worth it. We especially liked the Waipio Valley.
- 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