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1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-3102
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 06/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#95 of 295 hotels in San Diego
Travelers' Choice
Sun, surf and sea create the tropical essence of our California-contemporary hotel in San Diego. With a rich history steeped in the beat and bravura of Polynesian and Spanish Colonial cultures, Kona Kai is a restyled creation of fresh, fun elegance punctuated by casual luxury. Perfect for an executive meeting, a surprise getaway or a romantic wedding, Kona Kai offers the right space for the right occasion. You'll find that space amidst quiet, private beaches, lush tropical gardens, and astounding bay and marina views along San Diego's most magnificent stretch of waterfront.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Valet parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Water sport equipment rentals
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Lagoon View
Harbor View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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yula35 wrote a review Yesterday
Dubuque IA6 contributions3 helpful votes
From the time we were welcomed into the well decorated lobby by Chanel- until the time we had our last delightful meal at Vessel, our stay was wonderful! Staff was welcoming, and accommodations were contemporary and clean. The pools were very inviting, and outside fire pits on the beach were a plus! Our room faced the Marina, and the hillside. The twinkling lights from the ships were soothing. The location of this resort is very cool with so many blocks of easy walking with a view. The carpeting outside of the rooms was a bit worn, and decor is not high-end, but that didn't detract from our stay.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking was plentiful. There is a resort fee that was waived with a Costco package. Restaurants...
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Victor M wrote a review Feb 2021
San Diego4 contributions11 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
This place is amazing the staff is super professional and friendly. Molly, Gaby, Nutsy y Marine are great people who made the family like at home. We felt welcomed and treated with loved. The restaurant just opened and the service was amazing love the view of the marine from there. This is my third time going to this beautiful property one of the best in San Diegi. Thank you all for such attention.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from Jerrod Simkins, Owner at Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Responded Mar 6, 2021
Victor, Thank you for the outstanding 5 star review of Kona Kai Resort & Spa and for your return business! We are very pleased to see what a fantastic time you had for your birthday celebration and Valentine's day! We of course will be sharing this review with Gabby, Molly and the whole team here. They will be thrilled to see what an impact they made on your experience. We look forward to hosting you again in the future! From all of us here at Kona Kai Resort, Happy Birthday! Sincerely, Jerrod Simkins Task Force Resort Director Kona Kai Resort & Spa 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
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lrenzdg wrote a review Yesterday
San Diego, California3 contributions
Stayed here with my mom and sister for my 40th birthday to relax and unwind with our family doggie (love that they are pet friendly and charge only $75 per stay). Rooms are excellent with a modern beach theme and were clean. Thanks to the evening front desk staff for upgrading our room to one with a view of the marina for my birthday, and were extremely friendly to our pup. Great location to getaway and enjoy the views of San Diego.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
eoldham20 wrote a review Sep 20
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I had a wedding room block here. I spent over 8 months sorting out issues for our guests. They couldn’t find reservations, would rarely answer the phone when guests tried to book. The biggest disappointment was the experience my sister had the day of check In. Her family got in very late and were told they had only booked one night. I had the room block list that showed they had 4 nights. Unfortunately I was asleep so they checked in and the hotel said they could do nothing and they would need to check out of their room at 10 the next day! As they were trying the following morning to find a room, they completely missed our rehearsal practice. I called the hotel very upset and lo and behold they DID have their reservation for 4 nights. What a mess. They sent a bottle of wine to their room with a curt note that said sorry for the inconvenience. Period. This was just once instance of them not being able to find reservations for our guests. I was embarrassed and while the resort Is lovely, I would never book an event here or a stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Scott Ostrander, General Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete our survey and provide feedback based upon your recent stay. Kona Kai is humbled to host nearly 70 weddings per year (nearly 50 in the past sour months alone) and I can honestly say that your experience was very much the exception and not the rule. While I cannot alter the past, I would very much like to learn more about the challenges you faced in the reservation booking process so that we can correct any issues moving forward. In addition, I would certainly enjoy being provided the opportunity to regaining your trust in hopes of warmly welcoming you back to Kona Kai and serving you in the future. I can be reached directly at sostrander@sdkonakai.com. With sincere regards and apologies for the challenges you and your family experienced with the reservation process. Kindly in hospitality, Scott Ostrander General Manager Kona Kai Resort & Spa
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Teri S wrote a review Sep 19
Carmel Valley, California91 contributions37 helpful votes
A beautiful resort with great amenities. Our room was very nice. We ate two meals at the resort and they were delicious. Staff was professional and friendly. We enjoyed sitting out by the pool and the water was a good temperature. We would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Scott Ostrander, General Manager at Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Guest, I am most appreciative for you taking the time to post a review of your recent Kona Kai stay and am grateful for the Five Star rating. I am thrilled that you had a great visit and look forward to warmly welcoming you back soon! With sincere regards, Scott Ostrander General Manager Kona Kai Resort & Spa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include USS Midway Museum (3.3 miles), Escapology San Diego (4.4 miles), and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nado Gelato, Salt & Straw, and Parma Cucina Italiana.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kona Kai Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kona Kai Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.