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TravelPod Member ReviewsKona Tiki Hotel Kailua-Kona
One of the oldest hotels on the Big Island and one of the best. This hotel is quite literally 'on the sea'. We stayed in a kitchenette and the room spelled comfort and warmth and the best part was undeniably the view of the ocean. We could see all kinds of bright colorful fishes right from our Lanai and the icing on the cake - we spotted a MANTA RAY as well. How cool is that! There were times when we simply did not want to leave the hotel because we had such a peaceful time looking out into the ocean and hearing the sound of the waves crashing against the walls. The sound of waves at night is loud yes, but it's a pleasant noise the kind that lulls you to sleep. Jan & Mike are the most friendly and amiable hosts you could ask for. I hated leaving the place and I swear I had tears when it was time to bid Goodbye. That should speak volumes as to how much I loved the place.
If ever I'm in Hawaii again (and I'm hoping so since I got to light the Tiki torch at sundown there; hands down Kona Tiki you will be my one and only choice for a stay on the island. Thank you for such a memorable time. Jan & Mike you rock :-)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kona Tiki Hotel Kailua-Kona
We had booked reservations and paid for the room in March 03 (we were only planning on staying for 1 night on 8/11/03), but when we went to check in they had said someone overbooked the rooms and they didn't have a room for us. The hotel from the outside looked like a little beach hotel, nothing fancy but the pool was so close to the ocean the waves would get in the pool. They were nice enough to call area hotels to hold another room for us and pay the extra so we were not out any. I would try to stay there again, the manager was friendly and I am still anxious to check out the inside of the hotel. The hotel they ended up finding for us was more expensive then we had paid for this one, but was terribly dirty, unsafe and dissapointing.
No air conditioning. Outfitted like a cheap beach hotel. No beach - just rocky coastline. In fact nearest nice sandy beach about an hour away. Not enough parking. We enjoyed feeding the eels that live in the rocks, but we definitely won't be staying here again. Not a place for your traditional tourist.
The Pearl of Kona
My partner and I have stayed at the Kona Tiki numerous times. Each time was better than the last. We have never been disappointed. It is truly a place to eascape to, no TV (although we do bring a portable), no Telephone, no hassles. The view is spectacular and the rooms are very comfortable. we like staying at the Kona Tiki because it allows us the option to cook meals in our room or eat out at one of the restaurants in the village. We enjoy meeting different managers each time, as they are only there for 3 months at a time. As far as overbooking, I have yet to experience that. In fact, we planned a trip to Hilo. I disliked it so much we called to see if the Kona Tiki would take us back for the remainder of our vacation. Which they did. The Kona TIki is like a second home to us. I hope no one else ever finds out about it!
A true Hawaiian paradise
We stayed at the Kona Tiki in November 2002 and continue to marvel at our good fortune. The room was comfortable, nicely decorated with a low key tropical theme. The bathroom was small but functional. Both bedroom and bathroom were VERY clean. In our room, there was a convenient changing area and closet just outside the bathroom that was separated from the bedroom. It allowed us to leave the bedroom sliding doors wide open to the ocean view while changing our clothes without giving anyone a show. The location is unbelievable--as close to the ocean as you can get without being in it. Before seeing the Kona Tiki we were concerned that the lower price might mean big compromises in comfort, quality, etc. Not an issue. We would pick the Kona Tiki over much higher priced resorts because it is wonderful in every way. It has a tropical bed and breakfast atmosphere. Please be advised: You are VERY close to the ocean. While we found it relaxing, if you're a light sleeper, the loudness of the surf might be an issue. Our only hesitation in recommending the Kona Tiki is that we don't want to give away our secret paradise.
Re: "Disappointment!," Anonymous, San Francisco, CA
The person who wrote this needs to relax a little or else stay at the Marriott. His problems were probably due to the Kona-Tiki being run by an older retired couple, not a computerized reservation service. From what he said, it sounds like he would have got his reservation had he relaxed a little. The Kona Tiki is a magical place and like no other accommidations anywhere in the world. It's a great little place to kick back and relax and not have to deal with crowds and informalities. I reccommend that "Anonymous" in SF relax and give the Kona-Tiki another try or else stay in the Mariott in Honolulu.
Great family fun
We stayed at the Kona Tiki in 1999 and had a terrific time there. My daughter and I got to light all the torches at sunset and blow the conch shell horn. The room was pleasant and comfortable, the price very affordable. The perfect place for families.
Oceanfront at Bargain Rate
At the hotel we were one of few guests staying there, yet it was an unforgettable experience. The pool was right next to the ocean and the views were great. The breakfast was a real treat. We stayed there during March of 2002.
Blissful Economic Nights in Kona Tike
Sniveling about the Kona Tiki is simply not allowed!
The guidebook, Big Island Revealed recommends this hotel as true Hawaiian charm and value.
The Kona Tiki is a world class bargain, it is not however, if you haven't done your research. The K- T is not a world class hotel by any means. It does however, have world class views!
Keep in mind that the Kona Tiki has only 15 rooms and is known to travelers throughout the world. The owners are 'old' Hawaii and refuse to raise prices to reflect its competition. A one night stand cancellation comes to no surprise as travelers stay for weeks at a time. This Hotel is constantly full! Sometimes, the staff must jostle a guest to a different floor as return/long stay clients almost always get priority.
At first, one might think the guidelines regarding reservations and payment are stiff and unpleasant. This feeling disappears once you have stayed a time or two.
During a three night stay, I was to move rooms at least once. Just for the opportunity to stay there and experience one of the last remaining Hawaiian 'gems,' was worth the hassle. My room on the first floor overlooked an outcropping of rocks that blue waves smashed into every minute. The sound was so loud and pleasant that it almost blocked the noisy cars zooming down the road next to the property. The managers worked it out, and moving rooms became unnecessary.
The then-managers were laid-back, kind and ALWAYS helpful. If you behaved like a bad cousin, you were treated like one! If you were the type of person that was treated like beloved family, you had it made!
The Kona Tiki allows guests to meet people in a relaxed environment in a beautiful setting from all over the world. The offer of simple locals breakfast on the Lanai, overlooking the pool and Pacific is truly enjoyable. The cocktail hour begins by someone blowing the conch shell (Bar ROO!) and Tiki torches are glowing. Stunning sunrises and sunsets are included in the low price. Barbecue grills are offered. Ancient Palms swing with the ocean breezes. The ocean is so close to the pool's retaining wall that the spray turns the pool water salty. Hang Loose has true meaning here and is carried on in the true spirit of Hawaii.
To better understand the Kona Tiki, one must experience it. This hotel is not for everyone! The K-T can be a great place to start and then upgrade to another property. Wanting not to leave is the feeling most people get after a few days here. Simplicity and tranquility is key. A rental car is not necessary until one is ready to sightsee long distances around the island. A city bus can carry you far enough for services (bars, grocery, banks, outdoor market etc.). What a place!
Savor this unique experience! But don't let your expectations get the best of you!
Mr. Dewey, Phoenix AZ
In July, I made a reservation and paid the full deposit for a room in the Kona Tiki Hotel to stay one night during the week of Thanksgiving. From there on, a series of events have happened to demonstrate how disorganized and unprofessionally this hotel is run.
1. The Reservation Confirmation I received by mail said I was confirmed for Nov 11 when I actually made the reservation for Nov 25. I had to call to make sure my Nov 25 reservation was in their records correctly and they had to send me a revised reservation confirmation notice.
2. In August a representative called and left me a message saying that my reservation was cancelled because they were overbooked for Dec 25. I called back to make the representative double check her records which showed that I was booked for Nov 25, not Dec.
She apologized for her mistake and assured me my reservation for Nov 25 was guaranteed and would not be cancelled.
3. Last night this same representative called me again and said that my reservation for Nov 25 had to be cancelled because they again had overbooked themselves. Other than refunding my deposit, she didn't offer me any compensation and just said that this was the same situation as an airline canceling a flight. After raising my voice and explaining how this was totally different from a cancelled flight (airlines make an effort to put passengers on other flights, they compensate people for their inconvenience by giving them miles or airline credit, or offering them a night stay in a hotel), the representative finally agreed to finding me another room at a different hotel.
I was completely disgusted with the Kona Tiki Hotel before I even had a chance to stay there! This experience has taught me that they do not honor the reservations that customers make, even as far as 4 months in advance! And their records are completely disorganized if they're able to overbook themselves over and over again. They've already tainted my first trip to the Big Island. And I'm sure they've disrupted the holiday travel plans for other people.
Kona Tiki Hotel
A very comfortable, basic hotel directly on the ocean. We traveled in 1996 and have been to more luxurious hotels in Hawaii, but enjoyed this hotel because it sits maybe 15 feet from the surf (ocean wall). We enjoyed the proximity to the ocean, the sound of the surf and the relaxing atmosphere. The price is right and the management was very pleasant. The rooms were small, basic and without phones, but the location and price are uncomparable.
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