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“Great value, dated structures” 3 of 5 stars
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Holua Resort at The Mauna Loa Village
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740   |  
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“Great value, dated structures”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I stayed here for a few days in December because there were things I wanted to see and do in the southern half of the island before heading north to Hapuna Beach / Mauna Kea. I picked Holua Resort because of its great price and location. One unique aspect of this resort is that you CANNOT drive your car up to your unit -- there is a large underground parking garage near the main office, and a staff member drives you in a golf cart to your unit. It's not a long walk to any unit unless you are trying to drag luggage or beach gear. There are pros and cons to that arrangement -- it is nice because the grounds are not chopped up by roads and car traffic, but there is an obvious convenience factor to consider, particularly if you don't walk so well anymore.

The grounds are nicely planted and pleasant, but the units are rather close together, and most of the balconies face the other buildings -- if your neighbors are out, you will know it. One side of a few of the buildings look out over the adjoining golf course, and a couple even have distant ocean views, but there are very few of these. Make sure you ask for and are guaranteed one of these if you really want that. The buildings are multi-unit octagonal structures with a small central court, a nice layout. But the buildings are older and wood frame, not brick / concrete, so noise from your neighbors can be an issue. They are nicely kept up on the outside, but all of the a/c units are located right along the building's wall on the ground floor rather than away from the building as they are in more modern developments. If you are on the ground floor, as I was, this is a noisy arrangement, particularly at night -- you listen to everyone else's a/c firing up. Don't even bother sitting on the lanai.

The living areas have recently been redecorated in bright, tropical colors (the designer must have been very brave!), but the kitchens are badly dated, although very functional galley style. The cupboards are kind of gross, the countertops are 4x4 white ceramic tiles with discolored grout in places. The appliances were certainly newer, but white rather than the stainless or black you might expect in a more upscale resort, and you could see that someone had taken a sawz-all to hack through the countertop to fit the new stove in -- not a very professional installation. The kitchen worked just fine and was reasonably clean, but no one would call it upscale -- more like what you would have in your rental unit. Bathrooms were fine, but again nothing special.

There is no beach access here. There are several small pools and hot tubs scattered around the property, about the size of a large backyard pool, and I never found them very busy. The biggest activity at this resort appears to be tennis -- there were at least 12 courts, not heavily used, so if tennis is your thing, this is the place for you. And there is a very nice golf course right next door.

In summary, this was a pleasant, inexpensive place to stay, but I would not rush back here. I certainly would never stay more than a few days, using it as a layover between other stops.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oshawa, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The condos themselves are in need of work. We had the two bedroom unit. The kitchen is very old; untensils, cookware, etc. worked but could do with some replacement and upgrade. The bathroom shower enclosure was falling apart in the master bedroom; you really had to push to close the door. We were hoping to check in early and although we did not expect a noon check in, thought 2pm would be reasonable. We were told that we would probably be accomodated and then upon querying the front desk later in the day, were told to stop asking and that to come back at 4pm. It would have been nice to just be told about the 4pm in the first place; why crush someone's hopes? There was also an attempt to try to get you to listen to a time share conversation with the promise of discounts at local restaurants and attractions, but we were not interested.

We were asked if we would like a suite with 2 kings or a king and 2 twins. We preferred the 2 kings only to find a suite with 2 twins. Again, why even ask if you had no intention of meeting the request. The linens was ok -- the mattress in the king room was old and should be replaced (lots of jiggle room). The twin beds were in good shape. There were plenty of towels and the units were kept quite clean.

The location is also very good. We liked the proximity to the airport as well as to grocery stores and restaurants. The closest beach is a bit of a disappointment though. It is a ways down the road, but parking is difficult and the beach was not very big. The marina is down the road (within walking distance) and also an area where you can take a dip. I saw some snorkellers there and from shore we did see fish and a turtle in the marina.

The parking was indeed underground or above depending on your preference. It was nice to be underground given the heat of the day. The pools were plentiful and the water was nice. The pools were however also in need of some repair -- the paint at the bottom of the pools had peeled away and the surfaces could do with some aesthetic work. There were not a large number of users for the pools so seating was not a problem.

On our last night, there was a "king" spider (about the size of a side plate) in the upstairs. Luckily one of the members of our party was not afraid of giant spiders and disposed of the visitor. We asked at the front desk about the pest and were told that the property had just been sprayed for the pests and that it was not uncommon for the giant spiders to appear after a spraying. I guess it is comforting that they spray but still very alarming that we saw one.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Allegan, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

A very relaxing and friendly place to stay. The staff are all very friendly. The resort is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Covered parking is available which is a nice break from a scorching hot vehicle. The pools are small but there are a lot of them so that they are located close to the units. There is no parking at the individual units but they will cart your luggage from the parking area to your room on a golf cart. We stayed in a 1 bedroom unit and it was very comfortable and spacious. It also has 1 1/2 baths which was handy. We can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a beautifully maintained property with a helpful, friendly staff.

We arrived late Saturday, January 26, 2013. We had pre-arranged for Roberts Hawaii transportation to pick us up. At the crowded baggage claim it was a welcome relief to hear the greeter calling our name. She waited with us while until the van arrived, approximately 15-20 minutes. He was a young driver and there was some discussion between them about the correct drop off location for our resort. Although he knew the location of the property he said he didn’t know exactly where the “lobby” was. This was proven as he first attempted the office facing the main road, which was the Mauna Loa Village office, and was re-directed to the Shell Vacation office further down the drive past the tennis center. (This confusion was a recurring problem with Roberts drivers, as it happened when we departed as well.)

Our daughter arrived in Kona before we did and the staff kindly allowed her to check into our condo earlier in the day. Eddie, one of the staff, drove us and our luggage to our unit on a golf cart.

We were quite hungry when we checked in, so walked next door to the Sheraton Resort and had a light dinner at the bar at Ray’s on the Bay. The food, drinks and service were excellent. There are no other restaurants around the resort, although there is a shopping center a mile down the highway.

The condo itself was lovely and very comfortable, with all conveniences furnished. Ours was a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit, with a spacious living/kitchen area on the upper floor. There was a balcony overlooking the pool, with a view of the distant ocean and also the mountains. The bedrooms on the ground floor shared a patio, each with sliding doors. Both the balcony and patio were furnished and comfortable.
We travel frequently, and knowing how website photos don’t always reflect reality, we didn’t have unrealistic expectations. Thus we were extremely pleased! The condo was immaculate and well-maintained, with floor-to-ceiling windows and brightly-colored décor. The kitchen had full-sized appliances and several small ones as well, such as a toaster and a rice cooker. Dishes, utensils, flatware and cookware were in the cabinets. The refrigerator had a working ice/water dispenser in the door. There was even a bottle of sparkling pinot grigio and two champagne flutes awaiting us.

The master bedroom had a king bed, and the second bedroom had two twin beds. Each bedroom had an adjoining bathroom, and each had a television. The master bedroom had a large counter/cabinet area with two sinks. We all agreed our beds and pillows were very comfortable. The showers had good water pressure (but figuring out how to pull the faucet out was a bit tricky). There was plenty of hot water.

There was a washer/dryer stackable unit in a closet on the ground floor. Towels and linens were good quality, and extra large blue towels were furnished for use as beach towels.

The pool, one of eight on the property, was small but very pleasant – crystal clear and icy cold. There was also a Jacuzzi. There were 5 or 6 chaise lounges, a couple of small round tables, and a regular table/umbrella and chairs. The area was frequently maintained by staff, checking the pool chemicals and sweeping debris away.

We opted to not a rent a car, and utilized the open-air trolley service which departed from the Sheraton. It was $2 per person per ride (no on/off privileges) and well worth it, if you were not in a hurry. It ran a two hour loop through the beachfront retail shops and major shopping areas of Keauhou, including Walmart and Target. Sunday we took this trolley to the beachfront and walked around, bought some souvenirs and items at one of the ABC stores (good wine/liquor prices) and ate at Lulu’s, an open-air sports bar. We got on the trolley again and made a quick stop at Hilo Hattie’s, and then on to Walmart to buy groceries for the week.

Monday morning we went to the 9 am “orientation” in which the concierge advised of the many options we had for tours. We bought tickets for the Halea Luau at the Sheraton that evening (spending extra for priority seating, which was worth it for the show). We also bought a volcano tour with KapohoKine Adventures. This departed at 11:30 am Tuesday from the office and comprised a full day, to include a stop at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation (sandwiches for lunch) and Punalu’u Bakery, as well as Black Sands Beach, before arriving at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We ate dinner cafeteria-style at Kilaluea Military Camp, which was unexpectedly crowded with multiple tour groups, including a middle school field trip.
Our daughter opted for a scuba diving trip, also arranged through the concierge. She had a great time and this was her first dive adventure. She listened to the whales and swam with an 8-foot hammerhead shark.

Wednesday was a day of rest and relaxation, and the condo was a pleasant place to do that. We opened the doors and windows and enjoyed the fresh air through the screens. One regret is that we forgot the weekly farmers market on the Sheraton grounds that day, which we probably would have enjoyed. Later in the day we took the trolley to Royal Kona Resort on the water, and enjoyed happy hour at Don the Beachcomber’s, and then walked over to Huggo’s for a delicious dinner overlooking the water and sunset.

Thursday we asked about a late checkout since our flight wasn’t until 10 pm. The staff offered an extra day which we gladly accepted. This gave us time to pack, enjoy the pool and relax. We took the trolley for one final two-hour open-air ride, which was great to snap photos and enjoy the scenic views.

We had again pre-arranged for a ride to the airport with Roberts Hawaii, and again were disappointed by their confusion over the pickup location. This had happened to our daughter earlier in the day for her noon flight as well – they were an hour late. The actual customer service is great, as the manager received the call at home and hopped in his personal van to come get us himself rather than wait for the driver to figure it out. He assured us the confusion would be corrected and gave us his business card, assuring us of a tour when we return.

This week in Kona (our 30th wedding anniversary) was the best vacation I’ve ever had. Love this property and would definitely stay here again, and freely recommend it.


  • Stayed January 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

After a week of exploring the Big Island and a week of staying at hotels/properties under $160 we can tell you that this place is a find. We lucked out and were give a two bedroom though we reserved a one bedroom. The unit was super clean, comfortable, quite, really spacious and with a great second floor view of both the golf greens and sea. I strong recommend this location.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My second time staying here and i just LOVE it! Wish i could buy a unit and i would just live there. Front desk staff are nice and luckily both times I've stayed it wasn't fully occupied. Every few buildings have about 4 or so units in it and there is a swimming pool/jacuzzi for every couple buildings which is so convenient. There are units that have an upstairs and downstairs and also units that are either just bottom or top floor i believe.

The unit we got was upstairs/downstairs and there were 2 rooms and 2 bathroom downstairs. Upstairs there was a full kitchen, lanai, bathroom and living room area with fold out couch and dining table too. We only got to stay one night due to work scheduling but will be back as soon as we can. It's like a mini vacation for us even if it just is about an hour away from where we actually live :)

  • Stayed November 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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Singapore, Singapore
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed in a cheerful, well appointed one bedroom unit with full kitchen. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The resort is located about 25 minutes away from City of Refuge (National Historic Park, which well worth visiting) and Two Steps, one of the best places on the island for snorkeling. Also in the area are numerous Kona coffee farms, some of which offer free tours and tasting and Greenwell Farms is one that I would recommend.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Kailua-Kona
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holua Resort at The Mauna Loa Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 73
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FIVE-TIME WINNER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE! With a stunning coastal view of Keauhou Bay's private harbor, the Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village invites you to enjoy your perfect Hawaiian vacation. The Holua Resort offers 73 spacious, air-conditioned villas designed with a Hawaiian flair. Each comfortable villa offers a private lanai or patio with ocean, mountain or golf course view. Step outside your door and enjoy six sparkling swimming pools and whirlpools, 11 world-class tennis courts, 4 pickle ball courts, a fitness facility, and even on-site activities. When you're ready to explore your spectacular surroundings, head out to sea for some of the best sport fishing in the Pacific. Surf crystalline tropical waters in the morning and snow-ski on breathtaking Mauna Kea in the afternoon. From fascinating sights and spectacular natural beauty to endless recreation, the best of the "Big Island" welcomes you Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village for your next romantic getaway, family vacation or golf trip to Hawaii. ... more   less 
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