Stayed Thanksgiving week 06. Read all the reviews first, and everything is true, both good and bad, but the bad is like a pimple on a model's face. It just doesn't matter. Yes, the adjoining kids room smelled musty at first (and worse in the bathroom), yes there was mold in the grout in the shower, yes, all the birds were noisy in the a.m. and the furniture is dated, but this place is gorgeous. It is old school, but feels like a privilege to be there. Pictures do not do the architecture justice. Not too big, not too small, and very accessible to everything. Can't beat the beach and the expansive grassy areas. Having the bar and the lunch restaurant right on the beach was key. Snorkel/etc rentals were reasonable, but we went to Walmart and bought stuff for the week. Snorkeling right off the beach was much better than the lagoon snorkeling that we paid to go to at our Dolphin Quest day at the Hilton. Dolphin quest was fun, but I would do the cheapest package, not the most expensive (which we did) Food was good, and yes it was expensive. Did the Luau, but it wasn't worth it to us, Dad and son skipped out a few minutes into the show. Did the Blue Hawaiin helicopter tour over the volcano, very cool and a good way to get a feel for the island. Got an email that the hotel is now closed because of earthquake damage, don't know if it will re-open. There were large cracks in the concrete and a lot of walkways were blocked off and they were not using the 8th floor. There was another earthquake while we were there, but no big deal. We're hoping they don't tear this place down and build something modern and generic. Lots of good karma here. Walked around the Hapuna, it is very nice also, just a little more generic, but you will be happy there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast. Legendary, timeless hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mauna Kea Beach Kamuela
- Hotel Mauna Kea Beach