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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9706
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection is located on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast at at Kauna’oa Bay. Legendary, timeless hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees at our Mauna Kea Beach hotel.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Valet parking
Paid public parking on-site
Public wifi
Paid wifi
Paid internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Golf course
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
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Our stay was close to perfect. The location of the Mauna Kea is one of the most beautiful, protected beaches in the world. The entire setting is hard to match, particularly watching the sunset on the Pacific from our lanai. The staff at the hotel were terrific--very unobtrusive but always available to help. Ms. Joy, the concierge was very helpful with great recommendations for activities and things to see nearby. The room was spacious and well appointed--everything was well
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Response from Mauna Kea R, Guest Relations Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 weeks ago
Nothing beats the beautiful location of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel! We are delighted you enjoyed the other portions of your stay including the accommodations and the service provided by our staff. We hope your travels bring you back to the island again soon. Aloha!
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Stayed here for a week. We stayed at the 4 seasons nearby just prior. Its not the 4 seasons, but it is very nice and reasonable priced. The beach is the best and the pool is fine. Will return with the kids. Plenty of water sports and good snorkeling from the shore. One thing that really stood out. Housekeeping. Wonderful and on par with the 4 seasons.
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Response from Mauna Kea R, Guest Relations Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 weeks ago
We strive to continue to provide exceptional service to our guests and glad to hear you had a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful Kauna'oa Bay. Thank you for your time and sharing your review!
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We booked five nights on Bonvoy points at this old but well maintained hotel, celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is reputed to have the Big Island’s best beach and I can see why. The beach is a perfect crescent, with a decent amount of sand, beautiful trees and an accessible reef. As a bonus, the site has cultivated an attraction for manta rays at night by shining a bright light into the water, which attracts the plankton that the rays feed off of. Very cool to watch the rays circling around, lazily flapping their “wings” at the surface of the water. The architecture of the hotel is traditional, with open lobby and open atriums throughout. This is definitely not a place that will wow you with its luxury or style, but it should relax you with its gracious feel. The rooms are well-sized and appear to have been recently renovated. Our room overlooked the front of the hotel (odd-numbered room), with partial golf course views. (See my photo) There is a very large lanai with two chairs and a small table. The room is equipped with a large flat screen TV, a mini fridge, a coffeemaker, a safe, robes and slippers. Our room also had a very large/deep soaking tub that also did double duty as a shower. And, a first for me: the bathroom was in two parts, on either side of the entry hallway; one side had the tub/shower and a sink, while the other side had the toilet and another sink. So, my wife and I each got our own sink. The hotel has a rather small circular pool but the beach is the main attraction in any event. There is also a decent but not extravagant fitness center; a gift shop/market, a fine dining restaurant (Manta), a more casual bar/restaurant (Copper Bar) and a pool/beachside bar that also offers lunch items. Friends we travelled with had Diamond status with Bonvoy so they were upgraded to ocean view rooms (even numbered), which was an astonishing vista. (See photo). They could even see the mantas in the water at night from their lanai. Service at the hotel was uniformly excellent (save for one unsatisfactory experience at Copper Bar). Although the hotel apparently was full while we were there, it never felt crowded in restaurants or at the beach. The one regret is that it rained most of the time we were on the Big Island. I am used to rains in Hawaii passing over quickly but this time, they or at least clouds hung around for extended periods. This prevented us from enjoying the beach on some days and although I did snorkel, the visibility and light conditions were such that I couldn’t really assess if the snorkeling under better conditions was worthwhile at the Mauna Kea beach. The other thing to note is that there is almost nothing you can walk to if you stay at either the Mauna Kea or its sister hotel, the Westin Hapuna Beach resort. The two properties do have an evening van shuttle to facilitate moving between them. But otherwise, you will need a car to explore anything outside the resorts. The Big Island is truly big, with extremely diverse landscapes, climates, and attractions. I would encourage you to rent a car and explore. But be aware that from the resorts on the Kohala Coast, the distances are quite long to get to other places (up to an hour to Kailua-Kona, 20-30 minutes to Waimea, 90-120 minutes to Hilo, etc.
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Response from Mauna Kea R, Guest Relations Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful experience enjoying the well-appointed guestroom with thoughtful amenities and you can't forget about the beautiful Kauna'oa Bay! Mahalo for your review and we hope to welcome you back again soon, aloha!
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We arrived at the hotel restaurant at 5:30 in order to watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset. It took some time before anyone came to take a drink order. We finally ordered dinner around 6;15, but we waited more than an hour for our food to arrive. When it did come it was warm at best and not all that tasty. The prices charged were high for the quality of the food. Earlier on, we asked for a Japanese menu (which they purportedly have) but it never arrived. I also ordered a soda water which only came when we reminded the waiter of the order. He was embarrassed and "comped" me on the beverage. We won't be going to the Copper Bar again.
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Response from Mauna Kea R, Guest Relations Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 weeks ago
We are truly saddened to hear about your recent experience as that is not the level of service that we strive to provide to our valued guests. While we appreciate you joining us to enjoy the beautiful Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Copper Bar for dinner, we would like to sincerely apologize for any inconveniences. We will share your comments with our Food and Beverage team in order to improve our offerings. Mahalo.
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Met our expectations and much more. Carla, was a seasoned photographer, very easy to work with, had great vision and ideas. There was never any pressure to buy a huge package, and no-one had a problem that we were there for a single family portrait and a Christmas card. They were nice, very accommodating, and the end product was magnificent. Lots of in-fighting among the family on which photos to be chosen, because there were so many good picks. It was well worth the time and money.
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Response from Mauna Kea R, Guest Relations Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 weeks ago
Mahalo for recognizing Carla of Pacific Dream Photography and the wonderful service they provided to ensure that you captured many Mauna Kea Moments! Thank you for sharing your kind review! Aloha!
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United StatesHawaiiIsland of HawaiiKohala CoastPuako
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Which popular attractions are close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Nearby attractions include Kona Kozy's Comedy & Magic Show (5.0 miles), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (0.9 miles), and Mauna Kea Beach (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, paid public parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Da Fish House, and Under the Bodhi Tree.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Puukohola National Historic Park (2.3 miles), Pu'ukohola Heiau (1.5 miles), and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve (4.2 miles).
Does Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.