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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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
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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 1 week 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful pool area. Lovely lobby. Rooms are comfortable and very beautiful. Friendly and helpful staff. Restaurant closes early on weekdays- 9:00pm. Cute little sand beach next to the hotel. No swimming on beach. We would stay here again.

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

Thanks for being our guest and for your kind thoughtfulness in extending this feedback. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the many offerings of our recently renovated site, and we hope that you'll join us again to share in even more of our offerings. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back! Kindly, Rommel Gonzalez Hotel Manager More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was very helpful. Enrique (sp?) went out if his way to make our visit special. The only suggestion is that the restaurant menu leaves something to be desired. I loved the pool area and the small beach located behind the hotel was an added enjoyment.

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

We're happy to hear that our site and hospitality had such an impression on you and that the experience was an enjoyable one. We look forward to welcoming you back in your travels to come and encourage you to reach out with any added insights that might help us to improve on your dining experience. It would be a pleasure... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Work in progress. Beautiful exterior, and nice common areas like the lobby, restaurant & pool. The bedroom decor is too busy; needs to focus on 2 or 3 colors. Pool and tiki bar are beautiful, but needs better pool service. Restaurant is also beautiful and food is good. Recommend fish tacos, salmon or steak. Live music Thursday & weekends. Happy... More

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

Many thanks for the visit and thoughtful feedback of your Kona Kai experience. As you've surely noticed, our property is growing and evolving, and we're doing so with our guests' wishes and best interests in mind. It would be a pleasure to showcase this commitment in your travels ahead, and we encourage you to reach out the next time they... 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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