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75-5968 Alii Drive, About a mile from downtown Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
Brightwood, Oregon
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37 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Always Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I love this hotel in Kona. It is marketed as "on the water" and it is! Only three floors of about 20 rooms, no elevator needed, clean with a lovely pool so close to the water that it is refreshed by the ocean from time to time. No TV or phone so even more perfect! A small property so going up to your room for a refreshment or snack is quick and easy. No need to walk blocks to your room as most large resorts. I want to live here and cannot wait for our next visit.

Room Tip: The ground floor gives you a lovely outdoor space with lawn chairs under a palm tree but the best vi...
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  • Stayed December 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Oceanside, California
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights and it was unimaginably wonderful. Older, but that was part of the charm. There are plenty places, If you desire a big, bustling, multi-story extravaganza with
a gym, spa, massage, etc.
We chose a ground floor room so we were right !! by the pounding surf in the little cove
next to the Hotel. It was romantic. There were many other romantic couples there,
so we chose well. Our friends went there right after we told them of our Adventure, so
if close, unique, and memorable is your desire, this place is it.
Great Breakfast and treats, wonderful family management, beautiful pool, and lots of
'Loaner' Gear for whatever you may wish to do.

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  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights, and were generally happy with our stay. The location can't be beat -- you're right on the water, and from our 3rd floor lanai, we could see a large school of bright yellow tangs in the water below. There's a family of eels that lives in the sea wall outside the rooms, and they happily respond to food (we bought smelt for $2.50 at the local grocery store and had great fun feeding the eels). The pool is nice and relaxing.

The room is spacious with a nice kitchenette -- 2 burner stovetop, fridge, sink, all the dishes, pots and pans that you'll need. Vanessa, on the housekeeping staff is wonderful at cleaning and friendly and fun to talk to -- a real asset to the hotel.

The beds in our room were a problem. The room had a queen and a twin bed. Both mattresses were soft/lumpy and left us with back aches. By the 2nd night, we were trading off sleeping on the twin (which was somewhat more comfortable).

The hotel is managed by a rotating series of managers throughout the year. The gentleman managing the place during our stay was somewhat intense and unfriendly -- we constantly got the feeling of being watched to be sure that we weren't breaking any rules. We saw a family with 2 young girls who wanted to get one last swim during the 45 minutes before their checkout time being told that they couldn't get in the pool for 15 minutes because he had to clean it -- even though he could have easily been cleaning while these girls were playing in the shallow end. We were scolded for wanting to burn a candle on our unlit lanai while we ate dinner. I'm told that the manager working during my companion's previous stays was more welcoming and did more to foster a sense of community among guests.

There is a grill provided, but guests need to purchase their own fuel canisters. It's not a huge thing, but on previous stays, the hotel management provided fuel (as would be expected in a hotel like this).

Vanessa did a great job keeping the room clean. On her day off, whoever cleaned the room did a really poor job -- the bedsheets were just pulled up haphazardly and not tucked in at all, towels were sloppily hung, and presumably any cleaning that day (sinks, shower, etc.) was done with an equal lack of care.

All in all, the reason to stay here is the location, and for that, I would probably stay again. I hope that the hotel invests in new beds, as the beds in our room were unacceptable for anyone with a good back, and a huge problem if you have a bad back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

A cool old place kept very clean by the managers and a nice lady named Vanessa. The managers/hosts go above the call and are super people. A place where you can sit by the pool, read a book (say some 50's type novel) and just drift off in time. The atmosphere gets people to chat at breakfast and soon you have dinner friends.
Not a place if you need a TV or have to have every amenity. I like the kitchenettes.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Kona Tiki is definitely one of the best deals in Kona, if you like an authentic slow-lane experience. Great location-right on the water! Delicious continental breakfast. Quiet, slow-paced. Helpful staff. Squeaky-clean----they even scrub the INSIDE of the BBQ grills daily! I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

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!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I booked this hotel using trip advisor myself while on the island. The price was right and so was the review. This hotel is very close to the road and therefore is a little noisy. The positive is that the sound of the crashing waves may be louder, not sure if is is a good thing. It took me a few nights to get use to the sounds. There are no tv's here and I thought it was quite relaxing at this point in my trip. Even if there were tv's the crashing waves would be louder anyways. The owners here are very hardworking and the cleanliness reflects that. The continental breakfast was good and was very enjoyable while sitting Oceanside and watching the cruise ships arriving and surfers surfing. Parking is tricky since the parking lot is very small but since the hotel is close to all the restaurants you can walk everywhere. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: This place is small and all rooms have an amazing view. The ground floor may be a little less privat...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 75-5968 Alii Drive, About a mile from downtown Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#5 Family Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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

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