Ok, the Hale Kona Kai, my wife and I have stayed here 4 times now. We love the location, the ocean front views and the condo complex is very well taken care of on the outside. These condos always get excellent reviews, which again are understandable for the location, but all the condos we have stayed in are not excellent on the interior by any standards. They are a good value and as mentioned you cannot beat the location. The staff is very nice and the pool and public areas are very well maintained.
Now as for the rooms we have stayed in, they were all located on the forth (top) floor. This condo complex is directly next to the ocean so all the appliances and fixtures are rusting in the sea air as you would expect. You will have a moldy musty ocean smell, again nothing can be done about this being next to the ocean. The condos we have stayed in are showing their age and the owners, all condos is individually owned, need to spend more time keeping the interiors clean and fresh. Every description on the website for this Condo Complex says “updated interior” maybe 5 to 7 years ago it was updated, but not recently. In our bedroom this time there was a chair with food stains on it and little white insects crawling all over it. We immediately placed a sheet from the closet over the chair. The interiors of all the condo’s need to be deep-cleaned after every use, we have always had to clean when we arrive for the first few hours to get the place up to our standards. Wiping down the entire greasy surface and cleaning the windows. The window and mirrors are always smeared. Maybe they could raise the rates a little more and do a little better maintaining the interior! I’m sure people would be glad to pay extra for things to be a little nicer.
It is sad, but this will probably be our last time to visit the Hale Kona Kai it is time to move on. PS, we have met some of the Condo owners at the pool during our stays and understand why things are the way they are.
Good luck with your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- True & absolute oceanfront one bedroom condos within walking distance to beach, farmers market, restaurants, and town. Small quiet boutique condo complex well located for day trips all over the island. Full sized kitchens, AC, private lanais(balcony), free WIFI and parking. Watch the ocean, sunset, turtles, dolphins from your private lanai. Ask about our low season specials. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Kona Kai Condominiums Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Hale Kona Kai Condominiums Hawaii/Kailua-Kona