We stayed there for 5 nights and had a great experience! It's not a huge hotel, but we preffer places like that (I think you can learn more about the culture of the place where you are)
Room: it is not big, but in Kona the weather is always great, so you’ll need just a place to sleep. All rooms have balcony, the view is gorgeous! We had a room at the ground floor. Great bathroom, everything really clean. There is no TV, but we didn’t miss it. In fact, I think it was better they don’t have a TV, so you can enjoy the sound of the waves on the rocks. Sometimes I woke up scared with the sound (so strong at night and at high tide) but I got used to that.
Staff: I just got disappointed with one attendant at the day we arrived. I asked her about maps for beaches and local attractions and she said I could find it at Wallmart... In general people were really nice, especially a man that was always talking to us at the breakfast time and giving us hints about the beaches (unfortunately I don’t remember his name). They have a tradition really nice every day after sunset: they invite the guests to light the torches at the pool and at the hotel entrance and to make a noise with a big shell.
Breakfast: Simple but really great continental breakfast, with fruits (papayas, pineapple and bananas), bread, bagels, coffee, tea, milk, bread, some jelly and cream cheese. I just missed the option to have warm milk, and our room did not have a microwave. The breakfast is served at the pool, fronting the sea; we could see dolphins almost every morning! They also put Hawaiian songs, so wake up and just get into the Aloha spirit! I also did not like that everything is served in disposable plates and cups. The hotel has the politic of recycling and saving water (they suggest that you use the same towel more than one day to help the environment). I don’t think that using disposable things and generating so much trash are the best to the environment, but this is something really personal.
Location: Front sea, less than 1km to downtown. The parking lot is small, pay attention if you have a big car, like us! There is no space for everybody, but at late night you can park in front of the dumpster. Don’t worry, the staff is really nice and will give you all the instructions.
Definitely would stay there again! Great room, nice pool area, and great staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel on the water. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kona Tiki Kailua
- Hotel Kona Tiki
- Kona Tiki Hotel Hawaii/Kailua-Kona