Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Kailua-Kona
The resort staff were always great to deal with.
The pool area was very good, especially for families.
The service at Ray on the Bay restaurant could be a little more efficient. We found the food always great, but service a little slow at times, especially when not that busy.
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Manta rays feeding below the patio deck every night!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Kailua-Kona
New owners purchased this property in January 2004, and opened it October 1st, 2004 as a Sheraton. I suspect they were trying to get open in time to take advantage of the crowds associated with the nearby Iron-man competition in mid-October. The property was essentially abandoned for a number of years. The current owners are conducting a full rehab. The location is beautiful--lava bed outcrop into the pacific. The nearby area is more residential, than touristy. If I were to move to the state of Hawaii, I'd be tempted to settle down in this area. The problem with the property is that it is not anywhere near complete yet on the rehab. The pool area is brand new, and well done. It has a great view of the Pacific. There is no beach however due to the terrain. Our room was large and quite nice. Most of the fixtures were brand new. However, only about half of the rooms at the property are presently open. The others are still being worked on. There is a lot of construction activity going on, and some parts of the hotel, such a former pool deck area (that pool has been filled in) are down-right decrepit. The pool area bar, and the new restaraunte are both illuminated with bright fluorescent lights, giving the latter the feel of a cafeteria, and the former the ambiance of an office building. Without fail though, the staff were all terrific. I would recommend this hotel in it's current state if it offered a reasonable discount. In several months it will probably be worth top dollar, but not yet.
Our family arrived there October 15th for a 10 day stay with our friends. We left after 4 and our friends left after 1 day. We cannot even begin to explain the horrors we experienced while there.
I stayed at the Sheraton from October 15-24th. My family and I make this trip once a year, usually staying at the Four Seasons. Having just become Starwood members, we thought we would give this new hotel a try. I went to book the hotel and found some rather scathing reviews on this web-site. Instead of booking on-line, I called Starwood directly, to address some of the issues that were reported during their "soft opening." I was assured that the issues were addressed, and that we would have a great time. The booking agent was right-we loved the hotel. The ocean view room we stayed in was incredible! The view from the balcony of the room was breathtaking. I have 14year-old twin boys who loved the pool and waterslide. Those of you with teenagers know how hard it is to please them! They ate at the Manta Ray Bar & Grill (according to our room tab, they loved the fresh catch sandwich quite a bit!) while my husband and I chose Kai's Restaurant. The view from the restaurant was incredible, and the steak was worth raving about. The front-desk staff did an incredible job of arranging day trips for us. We took a helicopter out to see the volcanoes-definately worth every penny. We took a catamaran out for a snorkeling trip-great experience. My husband enjoyed a round of golf with the boys while took in the hotel Spa. All in all, it was a wonderful hotel with a 1st rate staff. They have won our business from the Four Seasons. Accomodations were just as nice, for 1/2 the price.
I live in LA but had to go to Hawaii to truly enjoy the ocean. The views are breath taking and the staff was so very friendly.
Is the bargain price on the hotel room worth it? In my opinon, no.
Rooms less than a 100 Ft. from the Surf. My Wife Loved it.
My wife & I recently spent 4 days at The Sheraton Keauhou Hotel. We found it fun and relaxing. Our ocean view room was less than 100 ft. from the crashing surf with georgeous views. The Staff was curteous and attentive. We ate at the Koa dining room with excellent results.We enjoyed the swimming/sunning pool with the long bore slide. I played the Kona Country Club ocean course which surrounds the Hotel. A 2nd Mt course is also available. A small boat harbor is within walking distance of the Hotel and canoes, fishing boats & snorkel/diving rentals are available. We recommend the Sheraton Keauhou near Kona Town as a comfortable alternative to the MEGA-
OPLIS hotels on the Kohala coast.
We stayed at the brand new Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa October 6-9. Let me start with the positives:
We arrived knowing the resort had just opened and were somewhat nervous about what that might translate to. We were, however, very pleasantly surprised. While the resort just had its "soft opening" on Oct. 1 we found the hotel to be stunning. The pools, the centerpiece of the resort, are fabulous. The staff went above and beyond to exceed our expectations. They were gracious at every turn - all you've heard about the aloha spirit, we found. Dinner at Kai Restaurant one night was fabulous - a small but well-priced menu with a surprisingly diverse array of offerings - I highly recommend the chicken that has been soaked in ocean salt water. Sounds weird but - Yum!
We stayed at the hotel 10/2-9. The hotel will be beautiful when finished (I think it will be a couple of months to a year) however we did see progress on the grounds/landscaping during our stay. Before I list my complaints, I will say that the pool is great and the water slide is a lot of fun. There is no beach (but the pool makes up for that!!!), it is on a cliff overlooking the water. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. The rooms were basic, but clean and updated (typical Sheraton). We were upgraded to ocean view on arrival (paid for gardenview). The work-out room was excellent. There are laundry facilities in each wing/on each floor. The hotel is a renovated hotel and since the hallways are concrete and there is no carpeting, furniture/plantings, etc there is a lot of noise. We had to change rooms on the second night (they were more than happy to help us) because the Manta Ray Cafe was below us and the music was very loud - they did lower the music after a couple of nights given there were multiple complaints. There was the cafe open for lunch/dinner (sandwiches/salads) and there was one resturant open for b-fast (no buffet, formal sit-down only...$15+pp) and dinner. We never ate at the hotel. The rooms do have empty refridgerators so you can keep some food in the room. I would recommend this hotel as long as you go knowing it is not completed and there might be some construction noise durring the day. We were out sight-seeing most days so it didn't really bother us, and the 2 days we spent at the pool we heard no construction noise at the pool (we did hear it in out room). It has a good location and they have good deals right now and for the price, we thought it was worth it to stay there despite it being unfinished. There weren't many children while we were there, but I think it will be a popular place for families given the great pool, so that is something to consider for couples/singles.
We came here on the day they opened - October 1st. Unfortunately, none of us knew this was a 'soft' opening - meaning we were guinea pigs. The official opening is SUPPOSED to be Jan 1, 2004. Good Luck!!! THIS HOTEL IS A CONSTRUCTION SITE!!! We sat there watching the rest of the guests driving up with a look on their face wondering what they were getting into - like we did. There were 70 of 550 rooms open. The rest are just junk. There is almost no carpeting so all you hear are the construction carts and bellboy carts going up and down the halls on the cement floor. The numbers in the elevator didn't match the floor numbers. The pools were nice, but we were sitting there soaking up the rays, and the sprinklers would come on. We went to listen to the 2 man band at the poolside bar (not in the pool) and the sprinklers came on. It has a nice water slide, which I almost got stuck on. The Sheraton employee told my husband that some bathing suits (like mine I guess) won't slide down. I felt like Homer Simpson! We stayed in room 1410 - it's across the hall from a fire stair case - the door slams every time somebody used it. This hotel will be nice when it is finished, but they are not giving any discounts for staying in it while it is under construction. I used starwood points, and got one night of points back which wasn't enough. If I had paid cash for this, I really would have been upset!