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... when it was a good job I was on the phone and not Matt. If it wasn't so late at night and we hadn't already given them our credit card details, Matt would have told them where to go, in not such a polite manner, and we would have found another hotel but we were a bit stuck. A woman at the information desk also told us that our hotel was nowhere near Kona so that didn't go down well either. As I sat in tears, we waited an hour for our shuttle to arrive. Surely, moments like ...
... teriyaki beef, while Curtis and I split our ono. Satisfied, we decided to check out Costco. There's one Costco in Big Island. The next closest one is in Maui :-)Started to pour when we pulled in the Costco gas station. Good advice from ranger at Kaloko-Honokahau, that we should go to Costco first, then visit the National Park site afterwards for a short hike.Our high hope of seeing a special Hawaiian Costco didn't live up to its hype. Almost ...
... I skipped it or I would have been starving. I grabbed my car keys and headed to the Sheraton to watch for manta rays. They have a viewing platform outside Rays on the Bay. A lady gives an educational talk about the rays starting at 7. The snorkeling boat tours leave the area around 7:30 and then the rays come in closer to shore and the hotel shines lights out into the water. We all waited for one to appear and a collective ...
... with no transportation and a flight we needed to get on leaving from the main terminal. Matt grabbed the two AirCaddy bike boxes and charged ahead, yet another time we were so thankful for the genius of wheels on them. I was then left with 100+ pounds of gear split between two cumbersome and wheelless duffel bags. Cursing the invention of duffel bags and our ineptitude at packing lightly once again, I began stumbling down the sidewalk, stopping every 30 feet to drop the ...
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We stayed at Unit #213 and it is Absolute Oceanfront as advertised. You could occasionally feel the spray of the waves when on the lani which is bigger then all the others, roomy enough for 4 or more with 180 degree views. Excellent Hawaii decorations inside with everything and more then we needed, we loved all the cd's, linens and china which were as nice as home. The furniture was new, comfy and well appointed. We have been going to the Big Island for over 20 years, staying at many "oceanfront" condos and this was by far the best ever and we will return to this unit. I love the fact that my husband could take the car and play golf and I could walk to town, it was only a 3 minute walk! We found this unit on the Internet and rented it from the owners, their email was (email address) I think I found their web site on google, I liked all their photos, which were accurate and their tips on what to do.
We stayed in unit 409, rented it through SunQuest vacations. They said it was ocean front, but really it was ocean view, located on the side of the building, with a view of a tide pool. Overall, location was good, no complaints about that. Five minute walk to everthing in Kona, including a great coffee place, Java on the Rock. (If you love coffee, you will become hooked on the Three Stone Kona coffee.) But getting back to the room...it was spacious, but not the cleanest. The sheets hadn't been changed when we got there and smelled like body odor of the people who stayed there before us. Gross. Luckily, we found clean sheets underneath the mattress. The shower curtain was black and mildewy, I don't know why they don't get a new one for $10. Oh, and there are ants everywhere. I recommend staying in another unit that is indeed ocean front, avoid 409.
Hale Kona Kai is our favorite
We have stayed at Hale Kona Kai twice in the past four years and hope to stay there again in November 2004. We love the ocean front location where you can sit on the lanai and listen to the surf pounding on the rocks below and sometimes actually feel the ocean spray on your face.
There is usually boat activity out on the water to watch (cruise ships sometimes anchor right offshore). We think the prices are reasonable and the location is great.
My wife and I stayed in unit 311 for a week at the end of February/04.
We have stayed here at least five times for its location: on the ocean, off the main street, easy walk to town and numerous restaurants. Each condo has similar amenities, but the decoration schemes and some upkeep varies due to the owners' choices. Every unit has an ocean view. The pool is right there. The price is favorable and very competitive for the area. It is not a good place for young children as the units are small and sound travels.
A Great place to stay in Kona!
I've stayed at Hale Kona Kai for the last 3 years. We've stayed in a lot of condos in Hawaii over the last 25 years, and we've found the last one we'll ever try.
Close (an easy walk) to shopping and lots of restaurants, a great view (it really, really is right on the ocean) with clean, comfortable 1 bedroom apartments. It's not a big fancy resort, but it doesn't pretend to be.
Nice pool, again, right on the ocean. Clean, quiet and restful. Just the kind of place I want to stay.
Private parking, convenient washer and dryers are a plus.
I don't intend to stay anywhere else in Hawaii.
Located next to the Royal Kona Resort which allows you to cash in on the amenities of a major hotel (bar, restaurant, luau etc. all open to the public) while staying in a small condo complex. It is the first condo complex to the south of Kona Village. This location is just perfect to allow you to walk to everything without being in the busy area of the village. It is located on a side street off of Allii Dr. And the best part: It really is oceanfront!! (most condos are across Allii Dr.) It has no more than 40 units so the ocean front pool is never crowded and there is a protected logoon right next door. It seems that ever one of the units must have a good view and the exterior has just been redone! The rates seemed resonable and the location allowed us to do without the rental car that was a necessity when we stayed at condo complex to the south, so we saved quite a bit. Our unit was clean and well appointed. The condos have central air and there is an elevator (even though the building is only 3 stories tall).Negatives: The desk was not open 24 hours but the staff was helpful when they were on duty. We enjoyed our stay.