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Kona Kai Resort & Marina

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This facility is marketed as a hotel however it's more like a hotel. It has nice lobby and main areas but the rooms are small and do not have a resort feel. They are not a little cramped and not functional. The restaurant has really good food. restaurant

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice resort hotel on the tip of Shelter Island. We stayed here twice in January and felt comfortable and relaxed both times. Rooms were clean and well appointed. The marina view balcony rooms were particularly nice, offering a beautiful view of sailboats and yachts and of Point Loma from the window, or from the chairs and table on the balcony.... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Kona Kai is in a lovely location on Shelter Island. We recommend renting a car to visit area attractions. Whether your room faces the bay or the marina, it is peaceful. The hotel is being remodeled but that does not pose any difficulty. Our room showed its age, but was cleaned promptly and spotlessly every day. The front desk staff... More 

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

We're thrilled to hear the kind services of our team left such an impression on your Kona Kai experience, and we appreciate you sharing this so graciously. It will be a pleasure to extend them the kind words on your behalf, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Keep warm until then, and best wishes from all of us... More 

Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would recommend this hotel. The location is very beautiful and the rooms have a relaxing beach appeal. The food at the restaurant was good and the property is quiet with friendly atmosphere. Spent both days and into the night at the pool and had a wonderful time as it is family friendly....sl good time with kids.

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

Thanks for affording us the opportunity to host you and your family and for the exceptional kindness of your feedback. We certainly strive to afford an experience that's unlike any other in San Diego, and we're continually refining our offerings to bring you the very best of both relaxing and engaging amenities. Anything we can do to lend added enjoyment... More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow! First, I just have to say I'm obsessed with the lobby, it is amazing!! It looks straight out of a magazine. I am so happy I decided to check out the hotel's restaurant, Vessel, during restaurant week. The service was spot on with our server Peter and after talking with Joe, the manager, for some time it became clear... More 

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

It's an absolute pleasure to have welcomed you, Rachel, and to hear your Vessel experience was such an enjoyable one. We take immense pride in the incomparable hospitality of our team, so we're thrilled to hear this was such a standout of your visit. We look forward to passing the kind words along on your behalf, and hope to welcome... More 

Oshawa, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely hotel, staff were excellent, room spotless. Location was nice and quiet not far to any of the sites. We didn't eat at the restaurant the menu did not look to enticing, but the pool and beach area were great and the fitness center looked great as well.

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

We're thankful to have been able to share this San Diego visit with you and to hear that you enjoyed our scenic views and services so thoroughly. It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back the next time you're in the city, and we hope that you'll reach out to the team with anything that might lend added... More 

Denver, Colorado, USA
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123 reviews 123 reviews
10 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some floors are still a little disjoiinted but the room was clean, albeit dated. Comfy beds and plenty of storage with closet and dressers. We enjoyed our patio with ocean view for cocktails and watching sunset. Parking is $10/day which seems to be the going rate everywhere. Great running path along the water. If you are in from out of... More 

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

We're delighted to have welcomed you and to hear that our site and services, remodel aside, created such a tranquil escape. We're thankful to be able to share such unrivaled views and comforts with you, and we hope to welcome you back for your next visit to San Diego. Best wishes and safe travels until then! More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our 4th stay for a tango festival here. Construction closed some hallways and we had to walk outside to get to the ballroom, but overall it was as positive an experience as before, and I'm sure we'll be back. Keep in mind that the location, on the tip of an island, is picturesque but at the same time too remote... More 

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

We're so glad to have welcomed you back, Irene, and apologize for any inconveniences caused by continued renovations. We're working hard to afford you the very finest accommodations in San Diego, and we look forward to sharing this evolution in your travels to come. Please be sure to reach out in advance with anything that might enhance future visits; whatever... More 

Clarkston, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended medical conference here for 5 days, stayed in the resort and ate at the Vessel Restaurant nightly. Overall very positive experience. The physical building is getting updated, our room still needed the update. The location is very prestigious and hard to beat but with the inconvenience of very few shops, dining within walking distance. The pool area is excellent... More 

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

Whether you're joining us for business or leisure, we take great care in affording our guests with unrivaled comfort across all facets of the property, and we're excited to have achieved this with such success for you. We hope to welcome you back again soon and to further showcase even more of our exciting offerings, as well as the end... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hot tub looking out over the sea or up at the stars, swim with seagulls midwinter early in the morning, breakfast overlooking the marina, long stroll along the seaboard - lots of vegan friendly restaurants (Thai, Lebanese, Ertitrean, Indian) close by, good live blues music in the Vessel restaurant at night. We will be back.

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L_Apichell, Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit and gracious words, Wayne. We take great pride in creating a relaxing escape for our guests, and we're thrilled to have accomplished this so successfully for you. It will be a pleasure to welcome you back, and we hope it won't be too long before travels return you to San Diego! 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 & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 129
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Also Known As:
Kona Kai Hotel San Diego
Kona Kai Resort San Diego
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#14 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#21 Spa Hotel in San Diego

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