Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOutrigger Kanaloa at Kona Kailua-Kona
Area is nice but the condo we stayed in needs updating. Facility was well maintained and out of the busy area. If you are looking for beach front to swim at your back door this is not the place. There are plenty of parks in the area and shopping area is close by.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona Kailua-Kona
It's the best!
we just arrived home 10/30/03 and found this to be the nicest ....very well appointed and comfortable. The only thing additional we would have liked was a completely stocked fridge and liquor supply!
Air conditioning is mandatory, at only $l0 a day it's a bargain.
Would definitely return here.
As good in person as it looks on web
We arrived at Kanaloa not knowing what to expect. I truely thought that the pics. on line may be nicer than the room is in person. To my pleasant suprize the room was fantastic. The grounds were well kept and the condo. was very nice. All of the kitchen necessities were available. I recommend this place, but remember to ask for airconditioning when reserving the room.
Kanaloa at Kona not to cool
The resort was very nice, Do not stay there unless your condo is airconditioned. Not all condos are air conditioned. We had one that was not and it was misserable, our travel agent said we would not need it she was very wrong! The condo never cooled off! at 10:00a.m. it was much cooler outside than the condo. It was to hot to sleep. I will never stay there again without airconditioning. We went in early July and it was very nice outside! but inside was another story. I have heard that they charge extra for airconditioning so look into it before hand. The ceiling fans did not help much.
My wife and I stayed at Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona, Unit 1202, July 18-21, 2003. We were at another Outrigger facility on Waikiki Beach for seven days prior to our stay at Outrigger Kanaloa. We traveled back to the mainland from the Big Island.
Our stay at Outrigger Kanaloa was part of an air/lodging/car rental package we secured through Northwest (Airlines) Vacations and MLT Vacations.
At Outrigger Kanaloa, we had a one-bedroom unit on the ground floor with a fairway (golf course) view. Upon arriving, we asked about upgrading to an ocean view. This would have cost us $30 more per night.
There was a lanai off the bedroom and one off a living area on the opposite side of the unit. The unit also had a fully equipped kitchen, including stove, refridgerator, dishwasher, microwave, and coffee maker. Dishes and utensils were also in the kitchen. One packet of coffee was provided.
The bathroom had a tub/shower combo and a double vanity. There also was a stacked washer/dryer in the unit (with a small box of laundry soap), as well as an ironing board and extra linens. The unit was clean and well kept. during our three-day stay, we did not receive any maid service, as was made known to us on the information sheet provided to us at check in. The printed "rules" within the unit state the restrictions and requirements to keep in mind throughout your stay. We broke one rule by hanging our pool towels over the lanai railing overnight, and a hand-written note on our door the next morning reminded us that this was against the rules.
There was no air conditioning in the unit, an issue raised in other reviews at this website. Lack of air conditioning was mentioned frequently in the "guest book" comments we found within the unit. There were ceiling fans in the living room and in the bedroom, and there were two portable fans running in the bedroom when we arrived. Because we traveled around the island while we were there, our only challenge was to cool down the unit at night as much as we could and then run the portable fans close to us during the night.
Had we intended to stay on property throughout our stay, the lack of air conditioning would have been a much more significant factor. The management mentioned that an air conditioned unit was available for $10 extra per night, one of only two such one-bedroom units available for Outrigger guests. Given our plans to be away during the day, after the first night we opted to not pursue an air conditioned unit. During our stay, we spoke with an owner of one of the unit who claimed that her air conditioning cost her about $20 per day to operate.
There are three swimming pools on the property as well as tennis courts. Each swimming pool has a gas grill for guest use. We used the swimming pool designated as the Adults Only pool and found it pleasant.
There is a restaurant on sight but we did not eat there.
We would probably not stay at this location again. Although the property was clean and well kept, the lack of air conditioning was a significant factor. The property that our unit was a part of was made up of privately owned units, wherein owners could provide their units to Outrigger to rent out. Other owners, conceivably, could have been renting out their units privately, and I'm sure some units are never rented. The MLT Vacations written material that advertised Outrigger Kanaloa to us did not adequately describe this setting to us. The literature led us to see this as more of a hotel facility than a private condo community. If you're looking for a place to relax and enjoy the facilities, a place where a group of folks can meet and prepare meals and the like, this might be just the place. note, however, that there are huge numbers of vacation rentals available throughout Hawaii. Do your homework before you book such a place!
Loved the Kanaloa at Kona!
We just returned from a week at the Kanaloa at Kona. What a beautiful condo complex! We stayed in building 28, which was a 2 bdr, 2 bath with a loft (rented through West Hawaii Property Service, who gave us a great deal). The condo was HUGE! The master bathroom was huge, with a jacuzzi tub. The lanai was huge. The ocean views were fantastic. The condo grounds were well manicured and taken care of. Sometimes the pool by the ocean had too many screaming kids (why is it that kids scream when they get in a pool?), but we would just walk over to the adults only pool for peace and quiet. We would definitely go back. Very nice place.
Great place to stay
We rented a privately owned condo at Kanaloa at Kona (much cheaper). This is a great place to stay!. The grounds are beautiful, the pools are great and the units are well appointed and very confortable. They have excellent security. I will go back again soon.
The condo's are beautiful, clean and well kept, but make sureyou request air conditioning in advance as most are NOT airconditioned!
This is an excellent place to stay. We stayed in a 2 bd ocean view w/loft. Very clean and big - almost 1800 sq ft! Our daughters (ages 11 & 12) had their own bedroom (2 twin beds), bath and balcony. Our room was in the loft with our own bath & balcony. The view was out of this world. We are already planning a trip back there next year!
Our family had a great time at Kanalona at Kona. The condo had a fantastic ocean view, the grounds were well kept and beautiful, the pools great, especially the ocean pool. The kids loved the pools. The pool bar and restaurant got a lot of business from us. The condo was fully equipped, clean and spacious. We are looking forward to returning next year.
Splendid condo complex
Spacious, clean units, away from the crowds and traffic, great views (some have stunning ocean views; others have quasi-ocean views; others have golf course view), three pools, tennis courts, security gate, quiet. Highly recommended!