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Kona Kai Resort

3.0 of 5 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Visalia, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at this hotel for a convention and I cannot say enough about the location! WOW! The resort, however, was purchased about a year ago by a new group that is desperately trying to turn it around. Their efforts will pay off when they update the old and dated resort. We were checked in by Ariel, the best employee... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

To whom it may concern- My husband and I just drove off the Kona Kai property after our anniversary vacation. We are so overwhelmed by the beautiful accommodations and amazing service that we knew we just had to let you know. We bought a Travelzoo package last minute and arrived Sunday evening. Dawson at the front desk was so kind... More

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're humbled by the kindness of this review and so appreciative for the chance to have shared in your anniversary getaway. We're even happier to hear that it was such a memorable one, enhanced by the dedication of our team and the inviting comforts of our resort. It would be an absolute please to welcome you back, and I hope... More

Long Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Like the place...hotel service vas great.....Not too impressed by hotel/restaurant...They have a bit need for improvement.....Prices on higher end but not exactly meeting the value for the price...Had better experience in restorans in area "Bogarts" ....and other in next hotels....Overoll vas enjoyable...But need little improvement in restaurant

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're so glad to have welcomed you, Jordana, and we're appreciate of this thoughtful review. It's always a pleasure to hear from and to learn more from our guests, and we encourage you to reach out with any additional insights you might have. We hope to share many more memorable visits in your travels to come! Warm Regards, Rommel Gonzalez... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The hotel has a very nice location. Far away from the city crowd and still in the middle of the city. Wonderfull decor, nice lobby, nice restaurant. Staff very carefull and polite. Complimentaries were exc

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting our Kona Kai Resort and for your kind thoughtfulness in lending this feedback. We're thrilled to be able to offer an escape from the bustle of this city, along with convenient access to it and unrivaled hospitality across all facets of your stay. We hope to welcome you back the next time you're in San Diego! Kindly,... More

Austin, Texas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A couple of friends and I went to dinner at the Kona Kai and it was fabulous. Gorgeous view, delicious food, amazing atmosphere. Peter and Sean are the best, they totally took care of us. Make sure to sit outside and ask for Peter! You are guaranteed a great experience. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in town!

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're so glad to have welcomed you to our Vessel Restaurant, and we thank you for such kind words of the visit. We look forward to sharing them with the team and hope to welcome you back for many more of our seasonal favorites! Kindly, Rommel Gonzalez Hotel Manager More

Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am from out of town and was looking for a classy restaurant with phenomenal service that provided a wonderful view and atmosphere. I was blown out of the water by this magical place. My server, Peter, was professional, knowledgeable, personable and so attentive. His manager Sean made sure to check in with us to make sure everything was excellent,... More

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're so glad to have been able to share our Vessel Restaurant with you and to hear of this exceptional experience. It would be a pleasure to pass the kind words along on your behalf, and we appreciate you offering them to us. Please be sure to stop in again the next time travels return you to San Diego! Kindly,... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed one night after a wedding on Shelter Island. Top floor room facing marina. room was really nicely decorated, clean, comfortable bed. Bathroom was large and clean. (Separate sink/vanity outside of bathroom) Feels like the room was recently updated. Bellman was nice, friendly as was front desk staff. Easy parking right outside building. There was a used roomservice tray in... More

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're thrilled to have welcomed you and to hear that the experience was such an enjoyable one. Our recently renovated property certainly affords for some unrivaled experiences, capitalized by the dedicated services of our caring team. We'd love to welcome you back the next time you're in San Diego, and we appreciate your time and thoughtfulness in reaching out! Kindly,... More

Bismarck, North Dakota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was great. Quiet and relaxing. Loved the beach and pool. Good restaurant and bar on site and many more close by. Enrique was the BEST bellman! Maria and Arial at the front desk were great too!

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

We're thrilled to have left such a memorable impression on your San Diego visit, and we thank you for offering such kind words of your stay. We look forward to sharing them with the team on your behalf, and we hope to welcome you back to even more of our signature hospitality in your travels to come. Please be sure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time in California and I am so glad I stayed at the Kona Kai! Beds were comfy, loved the personal decks for each room, and the pool area was super luxurious! The onsite restaurant, Vessel, is really tasty. I totally recommend the punch bowl (to share) and anything on the menu! Lastly, the hotel staff is... More

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

It's such a pleasure to have shared in your first California experience, and we're humbled by the kindness of this feedback. We look forward to passing it along to the team on your behalf, and we hope that the rest of your San Diego explorations and engagements were just as memorable. It would be a pleasure to host you again,... More

Houston, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stay here frequently on my visits to San Diego. Shelter Island has quite a bit of activity toward the other end of the island, with the frequent concerts that Humphreys sponsors. KK is more of a laid-back spot. They are trying to bring in more live music, with pool area upgrades to bring in more customers. If you like... More

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Rommel G, Manager at Kona Kai Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for this visit and feedback, Jon. We're happy to have you as a loyal guest of our Kona Kai resort, and we're happy that you're continuing to enjoy the experience of our offerings. Whether you're looking to playfully engage or to relax in tranquil comfort, we're working hard to bring you the very finest of both worlds, and we're... More

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Address: 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kona Kai Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 129
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