On short notice we decided to go to Hawaii, and this resort had four nights available. We visited towards the end of September, early October and the spa's heater still was not working. They would turn it on in spurts so as to not boil the guests, then turn it off. It was warmer than the pool but not by much. The pool area was clean and well maintained and close to the rooms. There are BBQs located near the pool. The location is perfect for downtown Kona. Just far enough away to not get trampled by cruise ship travelers. The accommodations were typical Worldmark units with a washer and dryer. This is an older property but respectable and clean. The one really nice thing about this resort is Laura who is the travel advisor with the open office by the pool. She does a high spirited review of things to do on the island and can book your tours right there. We did the Luau at the hotel down the street. That was nice because it was a smaller venue and there were no bad seats. I would not hesitate to stay here again. The Wyndham Kona was right next door. We were softly hounded to do what we call the "Victim Tour." We went on our last day just to see what the upgrades could be. They are pushing everyone to convert to Wyndham points.
I actually booked four nights knowing that we would not arrive until the morning of our 2nd day due to our transfer flight from Honolulu. I did that so we wouldn't have to wait until 4pm to check in. Our room was ready to go and the staff appreciated me letting them know that was what we were doing a few days before we got there.
We ate three meals at Bongo Bens nearby partly because on every receipt there was an offer for a free short stack of pancakes the next day until 2 p.m. Bongo Bens was one of the few places opened late for dinner. We had gone upstairs to Lulu's after a long day of driving around and not one person who worked their bothered to acknowledge us or seat us. We went back downstairs to Bongo Bens and the staff was immediately attentive to our needs. Food was reasonably priced. Try their passion fruit iced tea.
Another good place for happy hour dinner and drinks was Bubba Gumps.
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- Also Known As:
- Worldmark, Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- WorldMark Kona Hawaii/Kailua-Kona