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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

#3 of 4 Hotels in Puako
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful rooms, excellent service and perfect beach. We stayed two nights here before heading to our condo on our honeymoon, and it was fabulous. The only complaint I had is the lack of free wifi. I think it was like 14 a day for wifi. A high class, beautiful hotel like this should provide it in my opinion.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is a little dated and the food is nothing spectacular. Even with that said, I still rate this resort very high. The pool, beach, and scenery are breathtaking, however what keeps me coming back is the golf course. Great views, great course layout, and nothing better than finishing up 18 and retiring directly to the beach. Will definitely... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were at the Mauna kea for the week of the 50th anniversary. It was the first visit to the hotel and we were very impressed. The staff is excellent: from the greeting at the valet parking to the housekeepers will fulfill your needs quickly and with a smile. The hotel itself is old world Hawaii, but upgraded. The beach... More 

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miami, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in. excellent location on the northern Kohala coast on one of the best beaches (fairly calm with nice sand and plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas, a bar & restaurant, water sports, etc). A classic hotel from the past that has been updated with modern conveniences, but still retains the friendly and excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our last 2 nights - and one of our favorites! I planned this -trip and tour guide - so was a bit nervous about the choices.. perfect ending to a Hawaii vacation.. Even the 14 year old grandson said I had done well! Beautiful beach and resort. Excellent staff and beautiful grounds...close to Kona airport beautiful beach and snorkeling- paddle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Feels like you are in heaven. Just a beautiful Hawaiian feeling all the way around. The welcome at the front desk and in room authentic hawaiian treats were such a nice touch. The rooms are so lovely and comfortable. The views are breathtaking. The staff and service everywhere on property is second to none. The beach is so comfortable and... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mauna Kea is classic Hawaii. There is not a better example of a mid-century modern hotel that has been restored to maintain it's original esthetic and still have modern day amenities. The scale of the public spaces is gorgeous. The rooms are simple, functional, nice - not spectacular but quality. The beach is unparalleled on the island. The food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great stay at the Mauna Kea! This is an enormous hotel with several restaurants and huge private beach. The room (303) was spacious and recently remodeled (the exterior is still in a 60s brutalist-style glory). The view was fantastic, and we enjoyed having breakfast on our private terrace. My only complaints --- (1) the food is not... More 

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us. We're happy you enjoyed your stay. Of course, there is a price to paradise...and one of those prices is bugs which we of course try hard to control but don't always succeed. Nonetheless, we thank you for your business and hope to welcome you back...to try our new menus and extended hours in many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed here over the years several times. It has a great swimming pool and beautiful beach. Te gardens are lovely. Some of the outside wood working need to be up dated and or cleaned up. Staff has always been great. Rooms vary in ratings. We were put in an updated room and it had issues. We preferred the... More 

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for returning to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel once again. We sincerely appreciate your business and work hard to earn your loyalty. We look forward to having you stay with us again soon. More 

San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Mauna Kea for 5 days in July and had a wonderful stay. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, the staff is friendly and the resort has arguably the best beach on the Big Island. Tons to do nearby - hikes, tennis, new beach activities and good snorkeling right off the hotel beach. The only thing... More 

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for staying with us and for sharing your thoughts. We appreciate your comments...the great ones and the constructive ones. We want you to know we are in fact making enhancements and improvements to menus and selections in food and beverage. Mahalo again and return soon. More 

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