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Kona Hotel
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

Ok, this is a historic place, built in the 1929, owned by apparently the same japanese family since then (Inaba), and please note, I LOVE japanese people, but this place was, to say the least, a real disappointment. Ok, it is cheap, only 40$ per night/room (double or triple). OK, the true spirit of Aloha is all over the places there, Ok it is in the artistic neighborhood but...

My husband kept on saying, before we got here: Yes, it has shared bathrooms, but it is clean, yes, the place is old but the people are clean and nice, etc.

Really? Well, I guess me and my husband have different ideas about cleanliness, and I have been in shared bathroom accommodations before. The shared bathrooms here were a real disaster, a gloomy, creepy place which has definitely not been cleaned for weeks (I am trying to be optimistic here). I was afraid to go and take a shower because you never know what can come out of there...All the rest of the place is a real mess, they don't clean your rooms, everything is old and falling in pieces, there is stuff all over the places (sigarettes, shoes, and everything else, they probably have an ongoing flea market there and I didn't know it...).

If you look at the panorama, you will see a nice panorama, but don't look towards the ground, otherwise you will see a bunch of garbage (bottles, most of all) that nobody cares to pick up (they probably have a glass bottle recycling there and I didn't know it...)

Anyway, people are kind, yes, it looks like they really don't care if and when you stay there, they don't take note of bookings and would have charged me a night less, if I weren't honest as I am (I had the misfortune to have to stay 2 nights there).

I don't care either, especially about going back there, and I am pretty sure I never will not even if somebody pays me for it, unless I decide one day that I want to live as a vagabond. So, if you feel like living as a vagabond (and again I am trying to use nice words) then this is the right place for you, but you may wanna consider living under a bridge. It is cheaper, and probably not that much dirtier.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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konahotel, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2017

Aloha Juicycat,

Mahalo for your honest feedback. I couldn't agree with you more. I am so sorry to hear of your dissappointing experience back in 2007. In late 2013, renovations and a new family manager took over the daily operations of this historic hotel. Today, we're serving visitors with the intended pride and aloha that both owners, Goro and Yayo Inaba would have wanted for their guests. We would love to have you stop in and visit us again when you're on the island next. I am confident that you will be pleasantly surprised. Much Aloha....The Inaba 'Ohana.

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Reviewed November 22, 2010
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  • Stayed: May 2010
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konahotel, Owner at Kona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2017

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