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“Best place to stay on the island!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best place to stay on the island!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I recently stayed the weekend at Kona Kai Motel, and it was an awesome experience! The manager, Brenda, was exceptional and welcomes you with open arms. The location is great, and it has all of the accomodations that anyone would ask for. This place has it all from a pool, to pineapple trees. I definately will be back again, and strongly suggest that if you plan to visit Sanibel Island that you check this place out too!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Lincoln, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I have stayed at Kona Kai twice now and have had wonderful experiences both times. The managers, Brenda and Lenny (or as I like to call them, Brenny) are amazing and so willing to assist with any questions, concerns, requests, etc. They truly want to make your stay enjoyable. The grounds and rooms are very well kept. The rooms and atmosphere give you more of a cabin feel than a motel/hotel. I also really enjoy their decor. I have stayed in 2 different rooms and both were great! Kona Kai is also in a great location on the Island with several shops, restaurants and rental places within walking distance. My favorite thing about Kona Kai is the outside areas, including the pool and grilling areas. These are great places to get together with friends and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. I highly recommend staying at Kona Kai!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Kona Kai is is the best place to stay in the Sanibel Captiva area! The layout of Kona Kai is awesome with your own private bungalow, the landscaping is beautiful and the pool/ grilling area is perfect to relax! The hosts Brenda and Lenny are not only the nicest people Ive ever met but are very helpful with any questions or recomendations on where and what to do on the island. If your going to Sanibel or Captiva you gotta check this place out!

Room Tip: All of the rooms were great but I recommend a suite, they are huge and have everything you need!
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Kona Kai provided the perfect location for my son's wedding! The manager, Brenda, welcomed us and made sure we had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable! The rooms were spacious and clean and the grounds were beautifully landscaped and well kept! The pool area provided a wonderful central location for the members of the wedding party, family, and friends to gather, and the on-sight grills and efficiency kitchens allowed us to prepare a meal and spend the evening before the wedding together as a group. The Kona Kai is located in walking distance to the beach, and we biked and walked to some of the island's unique restaurants and shops. We will not hesitate to recommend the Kona Kai to anyone who wants to spend a little time in paradise!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Kona Kai. We were there for an island wedding and it was wonderful to have the entire wedding party, family, and friends stay at one central location. We used the Kona Kai grills the evening before the wedding and spent hours around the pool enjoying the perfect Sanibel weather! The rooms were spacious and clean and there are several great restaurants and some nice shopping areas within walking or biking distance. We will definitely return to the Kona Kai!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lampasas, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Aloha! The rooms were clean, comfortable, quite & close to all activities & restaurants. A lovely pool to refresh yourself & BBQ grills for outdoor cooking. The management Brenda & Lenny made us feel like family. Thanks to Brenda & her ladies who made our granddaughters wedding very memorable.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterford, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Had a wonderful 4 night stay at the Kona Kai in early April. Our suite was very spacious and clean. Looked like new paint and new carpeting. Kitchen was just the right size. Location was perfect for us. Not on the beach, but only a short bike ride away. Right on the main drag (but still quiet) within walking/biking distance of Sanibel's great restaurants and shops.

I can't speak highly enough of the management. Brenda and Lenny went out of their way to make sure our family was happy and well taken care of. They are awesome!

Bathroom needs some updating, but otherwise no complaints. I think the Kona Kai is one of the best values on Sanibel. We will be back!

Room Tip: Do the suite. It's not much more money and you'll have a lot more room!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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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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Also Known As:
Kona Kai Hotel Sanibel Island
Kona Kai Sanibel Island

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