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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
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London, Ohio
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“Has it flaws, but would certainly go back”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We arrived three days after their grand re-opening. The lobby and common areas are great, very well done. The pool is also fantastic. It is very large with several distinctive areas. It has a waterslide, waterfalls, and a separate shallow area that is gravel bottom. I assume to mimic a more natural beach area. The grounds are beautiful. The hotel is situated on small bluff of lava right on the edge of the ocean. The flowering bushes, plants and trees are fantastic. I must really give kudos to their landscape architect.

The hotel has several restaurants. We ate at the poolside restaurant which was good, but never made it to the others. Although we did hear good things about “Rays”.

They also have a manta ray viewing area. Where at night they shine lights into the ocean, which attracts plankton. The manta rays then come and feed on the plankton and you can see them from the observation area – very cool.

Service was decent, nothing notably good or bad

The rooms are okay.
The furniture has some age but everything is functional and clean. You can certainly tell they spend their remodeling money on the common areas, pool, and restaurants, and not the individual rooms.

The bathrooms remind of something you would see in a greyhound bus station. I cannot believe they did not upgrade these in the recent remodel. They were very clean but very, very old. The fixtures were commercial style, such as in a public restroom and ours was quite finicky. You had to pull the lever upwards or to the rear to get it to flush.

They offer some complimentary services according to their little card that is included with your magnetic key cards. These complimentary items include self-parking (for $7 a day) internet service, unlimited local calls, 30 minutes of long distance, two small bottles of water daily, yoga classes every other day, and lei making lessons on certain days.
All these complimentary services only cost you $20 a day and is billed as a resort fee.
Oh, you don’t need these complimentary services, that’s okay, you can forgo them for $20 a day.

I would stay here again because of the pool, the grounds and the view, but would be sure to figure in the resort fees into my budget.

This is one of several reviews I have written after our two week trip to Hawaii
I have also posted reviews on the following:
Hotels: Outrigger on the beach = Waikiki, Shertaon Keahou on Hawaii, and the Westin on Maui
Restaurants: Ted’s Bakery on O’ahu, Fabiani’s on Maui, Beach Bums Grille on Maui
Attractions/Excursions: Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head on O’ahu, Mauna Kea, Black Sand Beach, Kilauea, Manta Ray night dive, and snorkeling with the Dolphins on Hawaii. Maui Dreams Dive charter, Extended Horizons Dive charter and Maui Sunriders.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Mahalo for your detailed review and impressions of your recent stay with us. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed the pool, grounds and views at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, however; we are sorry that you were less impressed with other areas of the resort. We hope that we can welcome you back again the next time you are visiting the Big Island.
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed one week in the hotel because of an convention! The hotel is very nice, front clerk very polite and the rooms are very comfortable. Even after we made the checkout they let us stay in the hotel and use all the facilities, like the pool, towels.. The rooms were very clean and with a lot of space! They also offer a package for $20/day that you can park, have unlimited trolley rides to downtown and wireless in your room. Breakfast and dinner are very expensive. I suggest that you go to the Keahou Shopping Center (one mile from the hotel) and have your meals there. At night you can see manta ray on the rocks. We definitely would stay here again !!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Each and every guest at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is a priority to us and we always strive to provide the very best service possible. We were thrilled to learn how much you enjoyed your stay and the amenities at our resort including the complimentary Keauhou Resort Trolley service. We hope that your return to the area will be soon as it would be our pleasure to welcome you back again. Mahalo.
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Saratoga, California
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Even though I have been to all islands in Hawaii numerous times and stayed in many comparable upscale hotels, this short two nights stay at Sheraton Keauhou Bay definitely was one of the very top Hawaii experiences I have had. We had an ocean view room with ~150 degree view of the ocean, the pool and the big, fun water slide. The room is adequate, if not fancy. But fancy rooms can not be the reason for me to fly a long way to there. What I think is wonderful about this Sheraton is the setting and the total experience. It's closer to Volcano NP than most other resorts. Not only they present a great way to view the Manta Rays every night right from the hotel, there is also very informative complementary Manta Talk right at the spot most nights. It's also close to various spots I snorkeled and swam with the big Sea Turtles. It offered a list of complimentary programs every day. Most noteworthy ones are the hike to the historic site of the last battle to get the first hand understanding of its impact on Hawaii and the cultural walk of Keauhou Bay to learn the history of historic sites right on the property. Thanks to Lily, not only I was surprised to learn ALOHA is actually an acronym and what it stands for, I now have much better understanding of Hawaii history and culture. Mahalo!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Aloha! We're honored that someone who has traveled so frequently to the Hawaiian Islands had one of the top Hawaii experiences at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The complimentary cultural tours offered at the resort are a great way to experience the rich history of the island while enjoying the beauty that encompasses the area; we're thrilled you enjoyed the tours and learned so much. Please visit us again soon as it would be our pleasure to welcome you back.
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Checked in for a one night stay. We booked via Priceline and got the room for a lot less than their published rates. Upon our early afternoon arrival, we waited in line for about five minutes and was greeted. We had a few questions about the resort which were answered thoroughly and quite helpful. We are SPG Gold Members and although we don't get credit for the stay, we do get the benefits this level of membership brings (ie. late check-out, free drinks or resort fee waive among other things). Once we got our keys, we got lei'd. Whoop!

We checked into a partial ocean-view room. It was clean and well kept, except for the in-room refrigerator. When we opened it, there was this brown sludge at the bottom of the unit. We called guest services and within five minutes, house-keeping was at our door ready to clean and sanitize the refrigerator. Awesome!

We visited their newly renovated bar "Rays on the Bay" to view the Manta Rays feed on the plankton revealed by the spotlight from the bar. Although we only saw one Manta Ray feeding, it was spectacular. Also, the their mango martini and guava lemonade drinks were a GREAT recommendation from our waitress. The bar had a live two-man band who performed quite well. I would totally buy music from this artist if I can only remember who he was...

The rooms are quiet and didn't hear a peep from any one of our neighbors. I did notice that I could hear foot traffic from the hallway, but nothing too bothersome. Anyway, it was a great hotel for the price although I would be hard pressed to stay here at normal published rates... Regardless, I would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
At Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay we love our guests and learning about their impressions of our resort. We're so glad you had a great stay and we would like to thank you for your detailed review and compliments to our staff. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back to our resort in the future. Mahalo!
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Our stay at this resort was wonderful. We had a spacious room with a partial ocean view (which was more than we expected). The bathroom was quite dated though. The swimming pool was great and so were the staff. The staff booking activities were especially very helpful. The on-site restaurant was a disappointment however. We arrived for dinner on Sunday night only to be told all the tables were booked (most of them were empty and continued to be empty throughout the night). We ordered a pizza and burger, both arrived cold and the burger was under cooked. Staff rectified this immediately yet it's something we haven't forgotten. We recommend you head out for dinner to a nearby restaurant called Huggo's - I couldn't recommend it enough!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Aloha! While we are delighted that you had a wonderful stay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay we deeply regret that you were unable to dine with us on that Sunday evening. We are very happy that you found our staff to be so helpful and that we could exceed your expectations in regard to your accommodations. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again, and we hope it's soon. Mahalo!
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This Sheraton has a great location right by Keauhou Bay. Watched the early morning canoes paddle out while sipping coffee from my lanai. And it was an easy walk to a fun day on the Hula Kai catamaran. Beds are very cozy and comfortable. Can't say enough about the friendly staff ~ went out of their way to help or simply share the Aloha spirit. Rays on the Bay is spectacular for sunsets and offers a solid bar menu ~ presentation was great on all the things we ordered. Though the hotel itself is old, the staff and amenities were good. Only neg ~ internet was sketchy.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
We can't thank you enough for your lovely review of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay and your generous praise for our staff. It is always our pleasure to take care of our guests and help to create a memorable experience for them. We would like to let you know that our resort is installing fiber-optic cable service with new high speed internet access for our guest rooms which should resolve the issues you experienced while you were here. Please visit us again as it would be our pleasure to welcome you back.
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were here in december 2011 for our honeymoon. We were booked in by AAA and so we did not have much say in it. I was a bit worried about the mixed reviews I had read.
Overall, the experience was good. The manta rays were wonderful, the room was nice, and we had a great view out over the bay. However, breakfast was extremely expensive, as was everything else on site. The location is such that you have few dining options. Best to go into Kailua-Kona for meals. There were also several fees for parking, and internet, etc. The lobby, and grounds were beautiful, though. And the staff was very friendly. The poolside bar was fun, and the lounge was great, because you could have a drink, at night, and watch the mantas.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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SheratonKona, General Manager at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
How wonderful it is that your honeymoon was spent in romantic Hawaii at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. We're delighted that while staying with us this past December, you enjoyed the grounds, mantas and more. The fees for internet and parking that you mentioned are actually included within the resort charge that also covers many other amenities such as 2 bottles of water daily, yoga classes, cultural tours and use of the Keauhou Resort Trolley. We would love to welcome you back for your one year anniversary to experience all the wonderful changes that have taken place here. Mahalo for your review.
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Property: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Address: 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2525 (Formerly Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#3 Green Hotel in Kailua-Kona
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#6 Family Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 521
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