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Kona Tiki Hotel
75-5968 Alii Drive, About a mile from downtown Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 hotels in Kailua-Kona
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“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We've stayed at the Kona Tiki twice and will again. We stay on the 2nd (top) floor. The room has a balcony and a little kitchenette. It overlooks a little bay - one time the surf was high and it was loud! We loved it though. The managers are friendly, the rooms are clean, it's walking distance from restaurants, and it's reasonable!

Great little gem.

Room Tip: We prefer 2nd floor room with balcony and kitchenette - more room, and not much more $$$.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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Candiac, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The view of the ocean and the sound (very strong) waves are an asset to this small hotel. We enjoyed the family atmosphere (people greet at breakfast time). Very good location for visiting this part of the island (easy to walk to shops and restaurants). Lying on the sun loungers by the pool, we enjoyed the sunset in the evening on a good show. The small cuisininette (however modest) was useful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed just a short time and had a great time! The managers, Jan and Mike, were so welcoming and made everyone feel at home. The location right on the beach is fantastic and it's a short walk to restaurants and shopping. We would definitely stay again. Super clean and very affordable.

Room Tip: Kitchenettes are on the third floor. All the rooms have great views.
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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

We loved this place. Very laid back atmosphere. Perfect place to recharge after busy days of exploring or just lounge the day away at the pool. Very friendly helpful managers. Awesome waves to lull you to sleep and gorgeous sunsets.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Everything was going pretty well with our 3-day stay here. Good service, nice breakfast, beautiful ocean view.. Everything until a HUGE cockroach dropped into the shower from the ceiling while my wife was taking a shower! Fine, no biggie, I put a cup over it and called the office for someone to remove it. It's 10:30pm, no answer. I head down to the office and no one's there. From what we were told when we checked in, there is this button on the front desk that's connected to the manager's room in case there's any issues. Well, it's been removed. I walk over to the manager's room and knock for several minutes, no answer. After several more minutes, Jan, the manager, finally answers.

I will keep this as short as possible. She says.. it's a waterbug, not a cockroach, go remove it. It's an island, get over it. Here, *hands me a paper towel*, I'll give you this to remove it.

What? Did I pay here as a guest to be your pest control? And that's not to mention the fact that you must have some telepathic powers to know it's a true waterbug without bothering to go and see it? I collected waterbugs for my science bug project in school, there is a HUGE difference between them and dirty cockroaches!

She says, do you know what time it is? You're a guy, go get it yourself. Here, *shakes the paper towel* you're a guy!

At this point we go back n' forth with me trying to explain the concept of hospitality, while she continually reminds me that "you're a guy." I have no problems picking up a cockroach, I caught and pinned them alongside waterbugs and many other fine insects. The thing is, I don't think anyone wants to pick up others' cockroaches when you are paying guests. Does this need to be explained? Are we breaking new grounds here? Anyway, I posted a pic from the shower, you decide.

Because of Jan, not the cockroach, we will not be returning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

A basic hotel with good amenities, the Kona Tiki is the place to stay when the budget is tight - but you want somewhere clean and close to the water. Motel managers are friendly and the breakfast is delicious. The water is close by, in fact it often splashes over into the pool, but you obviously didn't come to Kona to get away from the ocean.

We walked everywhere, and given that this hotel is 1.5 miles out from town - a car is advisable. However parking is tight, so be prepared to car juggle in the mornings. Still, a relaxing start to our holiday on Hawaii.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boscawen, New Hampshire, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

First this is not a 5 star hotel; it more a 3 star hotel with more character and friendliness than any other hotel..... The rooms are basic, but offer a superior view of the ocean. If you want a room where you can not hear a thing, forget it. All night long you hear the ocean crashing against the rock wall 20 feet from your room. For me, I love the sound of the ocean and sleep so good:)
This is our second time here. Like other guest once you experience the Kona Tiki, you keep coming back. You meet new people at breakfast and at sunset. Oh yeah this has the best sunsets in all of Hawaii!!! No bull, we have stayed all over hawaii and they rock here!!! So come with wanting to socialize with other guest and the managers. This time around it is Mike and Jan, and you can not ask for a nicer couple. They help you with whatever you might need, from places to visit (restaurants, bars, cool beaches and any other tips you may need). There are beach chairs , coolers, boogie boards and more to borrow. The pool is fine, and has salt water mixed in it from the waves crashing over the wall. Overall we love this place!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#6 Family Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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