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Kona Kai Motel
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #13 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Kentucky, United States
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Friendly & Inviting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Decided at last minute to stay overnite, watched a beautiful sunset, but desperately wanted a shower! Aloha room for 3 was a good size , really nice bath room, tiled shower stall, lots of light, deck with chairs, pool was closed, but it was clean, the cottage garden walkway is so cozy,,,,, great value,

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

As many places will be island prices, especially those just a bit closer to the beach, Kona Kai is great for location, budget and comfort. It definitely has an island vibe where the living is easy but Lenny and Brenda, even though you may not see them, are there should you need them. Located conveniently near Jerry's and other restaurants, this is also a great place for couples - I was there with my GF for two nights. We stayed in a motel room with wooden floors - there are other room available that are a bit different from what I understand. With the basic amenities plus a a nice window above the doorway to let the sun in - this is exactly what we needed.

There is also a nice pool that, at its deepest, is nine feet. A great place to view the stars when you return as much of the island shuts down at dark!

Room Tip: We stayed in a room near Periwinkle but it had the wood floors and we didn't hear any traffic be...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

It's a yearly treat that the Stechert family enjoys by going to Sanibel Island for a little family va-ca! We have been staying at the Kona Kai for the last several years. All we can say is this,"Stay at the Koni Kai...you won't regret it!"

Brenda & Lenny (On-site Managers) are the very best people in the world! Very accommodating...and very attentive to your needs!

Thanks for Everything!!

The Stechert's

Room Tip: Get the room by the Pool!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I needed to get away earlier this month for some R&R and this place was just what the "doctor" ordered! Affordable, beautiful and the management is very nice, hospitable and accomodating. I will recommend this motel to everyone that asks!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sebring, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last month and wanted to check out Sanibel Island. We found this resort online and read reviews and took our chance. The place is deceiving from the outside like a sanctuary when you enter the courtyard and pool. We enjoyed our mini vacation exploring the island. Brenda and Lenny were wonderful and very helpful to recommend places to eat and do activities in the island. The location is convenient and walking distance from the beach, shopping and restaurants. Definitely recommend to our friends and family and couples who wants privacy.

Room Tip: They have family rooms and couple rooms that are private at the back.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Altough we arrived pretty late in the evening the owners of the Kona Kai Motel gave us a warm welcome and offered us a very pretty room for one night.
The atmosphere is really beautiful, the rooms are clean and we loved the hawaiian style on the whole area. If you like to refresh yourself the motel has a great pool as well as different seating areas (with sunroof) to enjoy a drink or also grill a yummie steack on the grill. At the same road different little restaurants and a 7eleven are located where you can buy some stuff. We can really recommend this beautiful motel on Sanibel Island!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Being our first time visiting Sanibel island, we were very impressed with the atmosphere, the beaches the restaurants and the laid back atmosphere here. It is refreshing to know that the gulf coast of Florida is not entirely plastered over with high-rises.
We stayed here for three days during the high-season of early March. The grounds - dotted with walkways and tropical plants and well-tended, was a welcome sight. The pool and sitting/grilling area were both welcoming.
The only slight downside in our opinion was the room, which was at best of average standard and could definitely use an update/renovation (carpets, bed, bathroom). We had a simple room with a twin bed so perhaps this was not representative. Admittedly, this is one of the better values on a very popular island, but even taking that into account, the room was a disappointment.
I Could nevertheless recommend the Kona Kai for a few days.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kona Kai Motel

Address: 1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kona Kai Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our inn borders the Sanibel river for our guests who love to fish or kayak. We are located directly on the bike path and are close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. ... more   less 
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Kona Kai Hotel Sanibel Island
Kona Kai Sanibel Island

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