Castle Kona Bali Kai
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Deja vu, woke for a second time on Friday 4 April, this time in Honolulu - this date will have been a 46 hour day due to crossing the international time line! Made it to the 8 am shuttle bus, despite only have had a few hours sleep, and had breakfast at Starbucks at the airport, so Big Island here we come! The usual hanging around in the airport and a bit concerned that our plane wasn't on the stand with 40 mins to go before take off. ...
... orange trees, avocado, bananas and papaya trees and poinsettias growing wild. Short tour, but good. Coffee trees look very pretty. Bought some coffee. Next We headed to Kealakekhua Bay which was down a very twisting turny 5 mile skinny road. Corals were at the bottom and across the bay about one mile was the captain Cook monument. (1870s). The only way to the monument was to boat over, swim or a very ...
... a fishy smell which got me a little worried. We each got a poke bowl - some steamed rice (white, brown, or quinoa), 1/3 lb of poke, plus one side dish. We packed up our bowls, and shopped some more at a natural food store which was similar to Whole Foods but smaller. Then we drove to the beach by the old airport which was not that far from our place. It was a nice beach. There were sandy parts, and there were tidal pools with lava rocks. There were picnic tables and very few people. Fran ...
... We’re very much looking forward to showing them Hawaii again.
We flew above the clouds and were surrounded by the blue ocean and blue sky, trying not to think that we are crossing over a vast amount of water. Nor are we thinking about “Lost” our indulgent episodic TV pleasure at home.
The flight and landing were smooth once again as we touched down at the Kona airport. We disembarked the old-fashioned way: we walked down the stairs ...
Last day of our trip, not ready to head home yet.....we'll have a full day ahead of us, as we're flying red-eye back home.
Kicked off the morning by visiting Amy Greenwell Garden for a couple of hours looking at kapa making, lei making, taro cultivation, and checked out sea shell booth, and talked to the guy at plant identification booth.
Curtis and I also sample the food made for "Grow Local Recipe Exchange - Recipe Contest". Quite fun, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Kona Bali Kai Kailua-Kona
Beautiful Island, Ugly hotel
The Kona Bali Kai was VERY outdated. The furniture and carpeting appeared to not have been cleaned or replaced for 25 years. Cockroaches and geckoes (lizards) were seen in our kitchenette and bathrooms. Matresses and bedspreads were very old and stained. The rooms are not sterilized everyday (I wonder if at all). The front desk staff is not present 24 hours (only 8AM-10PM) and the safety and sanity of the guests is left to 1 or 2 lazy security guards. We had problems with youth teams staying at the hotel running around, yelling and lauging all night. The security guard's sollution was to yell "STOP RUNNING" several times from the lobby late at night instead of coming upstairs and disciplining the kids. So between them and the waves, there was (unfortunately) very little relaxing rest.
Oceanfront bedroom is so loud with the crashing waves that it truly does sound like war cannons. They have sliding doors without locks and provide little privacy or security.
Second bedroom is small with one tiny window and you cannot keep the blinds open unless you would like everyone that walks by to see in.
Bathrooms do have good hot water and pressure.
Kitchenette cleanliness is in question, but the supply of necessities (plates, pans, utensils. refrig, micro, dishwasher, etc) did come in handy
Livingroom area is average at best, there is no fold-out couch bed and I definately would NOT recommend you sleep on the floor in this place. If you want to watch some television, it has to be on max volume because of the wave noise.
Lanai (balcony) does have beautiful views and is pleasantly shaded during the hot daylight hours.
The outside carpeting, steps and elevators to/from the lobby are very unsanitary and uninviting.
The "beach" is nice for setting up one of the provided lounge chairs and tanning. There is no swimming, and if you would like to wade in the water, bring protective shoes because there are TONS of poisonous sea urchins within the rocks. The turtles are a highlight, but they can be seen on any beach of the Kona Coast.
The pool is small and is all locked up with no view of the beautiful oceanfront. What a waste. The jacuzzi is VERY small and seemed a bit scummy.
Overall, I survived, but would choose a different hotel next time
Bad feeling right from the start
From the moment we checked in I got a bad feeling about the place. We were instructed to use a code to get in the gate to use their swimming pool which wasn't a great pool to begin with, mine at home is 10 times better. Going up to our room I could not help notice the dirty carpeting and the grounds were very un-kept. Red flags were going up all over the place. Security doors on every room, Security gate to access the pool with a code that gets changed daily which is inconvenient if you did decide to stay. We had a 2 bedroom 2 both ocean view room, you would think this would be great, but NO. The view was nice but the ad says surf that will lull you to sleep, the surf is pounding and sounds like a cannon going off each time it reaches the shore. There is no air conditioning in the ocean front rooms I was told because of the suppossed breeze you will get. It was so humid I was dripping wet within 5 minutes, and you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, because the surf being so loud you have to close the sliding glass door which doesn't allow you to get that wonderful"ocean breeze" they were talking about. I totally agree with the remark made by the folks from Laguna Niguel Ca, this place does scream BUDGET, it is a two star rating which is low 2's in my opinion, but if BUDGET is what you are looking for and don't care then this is the place for you.
Loved this place
We stayed at the Marc Kona Bali Kai for 3 nights from July 5 thru July 8, 2004.
The condo (unit 207) we were in was oceanfront (literally -- the waves were breaking less than 20 feet from our lanai). Sea turtles were in the surf. There was no air conditioning, yet there were ceiling fans in every room and we never felt the need for air conditioning. We left the sliding doors open and opened the mountainside windows and let the breeze flow thru.
The pool was average -- not too large, but clean. The grounds looked to be well kept. Parking was under the units on the ground level and was free.
The king bed was comfortable (firm) and the bathrooms were roomy. Hot water was virtually instantaneous and water pressure was good.
Full kitchen with all appliances. Dinnerware, cookware, and flatware were all provided. Bed linens were not changed during our stay, but the bathrooms were cleaned daily and restocked with toiletries and towels.
The in-room safe was $3.50 US a day. There was an in-room washer and dryer in our unit. Note that the hotel has a guest laundry also.
Ocean swimming was not an option with too many rocks and lava, but surfing and fishing seemed to be big activities. At night there was also a horde of little bugs, smaller than flies and bigger than gnats, so we had to keep the screen doors closed. This seemed to be a problem everywhere, however, not just at this hotel.
The unit was clean and attractive. We wish we had not stayed in Waikiki for 4 nights and that we had spent the whole time here.
I would recommend this to almost anyone without reservation, especially considering it is marketed as an "economy" level property.
Waterfront condo is great.
We just got back from the Big Island. We stayed 3 nights at this resort. The unit was great. We were right on the ocean. the views and sounds were wonderful. I would recommend this condo.Only problem we had was I was sick while there and as soon as we left I was better. Don't know if something in the unit was the cause of the problem or not. They had damage because of a prvious storm and this may have contributed to a mold problem or something. Overall a great place to stay.
Some units may be OK...but there are much better places
Our unit was not as good as the photos and we were disappointed the minute we walked in the door. It screamed BUDGET. The black grout in the tiles of the bathrooms bothered me all week. We had to call for maintenance the moment we arrived because the ceiling fans didn't function (there is no A.C.). Second bedroom is very tiny and unappealing. Exterior of bldg needs maintenance. There is no real area in front of the building to relax near the water -- the building is too close. The waves were high all week, so you couldn't safely get in the water. The pool is tiny and unappealing because it is blocked by the building. They have security some days to keep other people out of the parking area, but it seemed ineffective. Lots of people who don't stay in the building hang out there. The place had a negative feel to it. We even left early and sacrificed our prepaid remaining nights. There are a lot of great condos with nice grounds, but this is not one of them.
Would NOT stay there again.
Enjoy the pounding waves
The condo I stayed in was ocean front and it was absolutely fabulous!
The unique and stylish condo was clean and comfortable. It had a full kitchen which made it nice to relax and enjoy home cooked meals on the deck overlooking the beautiful surf. The pounding ocean waves put me to sleep each night as the moon shimmered over the water. Everything in town was nearby within walking distance. I would come back and stay here if I was in town again. Thank you Karen and Bruce for the lovely condo!!!
We stayed here in 2/2000 for our honeymoon. It was not super fancy but the staff were courteous and helpful. Our condo was RIGHT on the ocean and had windows for the walls facing the ocean and the sunsets. There was no air conditioning but with the cool breezes off the ocean, none was needed, and the plus of keeping the windows open was the amazing sound of the waves crashing on shore just below our windows--I've never slept better! We walked onto the rocks in front of the hotel and watched tons of sea turtles. The road it's on is a little busy but there is easy access to restaurants, etc. Would definitely recommend it!
The Kona Bali Kai is an incerdiable vacation get away. The sound of the surf is very relaxing and a soothing to forget the hustle and bustle of a busy life. The ocean is 45 feet from the back door, sea turtles feed close to shore. The grounds are great and the staff friendly and very helpful. The sunsets are post card quility and occure every night. This resort brings a new meaning to "Ocean Frtont" it is paradice on earth.
I highly recommend this wonderful resort.
I've been to Hawaii many times, and stayed in, what the reviewers call, the best hotels the Islands have to offer. I was pleasantly surprised, when I arrived at the Kona Bali Kai. Amazingly clean, beautifully decorated and WHAT A VIEW. It just felt like home, only in Paradise.
The rates were excellent and the service was great. As a matter of fact, I'm going back to Hawaii this year, and while in the Kona area, will be staying at this exceptional hotel again. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.
This was the worst place we have ever stayed. We arrived at the property and it had such a bad feel to it, We checked into our room which was far from the main building. The unit only had a a/c unit in the living room, which was very far from the bedroom. We went to dinner and came back around 10 pm to find a security guard roaming the property. He informed my husband that there was break-in's during the night while the people were sleeping. Needless to say in the morning we moved to a different hotel- Keahou Resort. Which was wonderful.This property is very misleading and I would not recommend it at all.Also, we did rent a card and it did have roaches in it. We returned it that night and they gave us a upgraded car without bugs.