This condo was below average (and my standards aren’t too high). We stayed in a unit that was considered an ‘ocean view’, which was a full view of the beach below and about ¼ of the ocean. The beach below was used mainly by transients/homeless at night and families during the day, and is a very small-scale beach, with tons of lava rock that make it virtually unusable. The property itself seemed large – three buildings with three levels each, and four parking areas – two outside and two underground. There was a pool and hot tub, and a very tiny check-in/office area. We arrived after office hours (8:30-5:30) and used the lock box on our door; the instructions were easy to follow and there is a night patrol/security after hours who can help with late arrivals. The condo itself was dirty. The floors were filthy and left us with black feet (you need to always remove shoes inside most Hawaiian condos), and the general upkeep of the unit (at least the one we were in) was very poor. Fixtures were broken, plumbing was old, the bathroom needed repainting/upgrading, and the sleeper sofa was very well used – I covered it with blankets immediately so I wouldn’t have to actually sit on it. While the condo has everything you need – all appliances, dishes, linens, etc. it isn’t quality. It was a condo, but no better than a below-average hotel, truth be told. I wouldn’t stay here again. The upside is that the location is EXCELLENT! You are within 3 minutes’ walk of historic Kona-Kailua shopping and eateries and we had a lot in the immediate area to keep us occupied. The condos are also all individually owned, so you may happen upon one that is very well kept and clean – ours wasn’t. The complex was also undergoing reconstruction/repairs of several units while we were there, so there was a lot of early morning noise from workers who were hammering/drilling. The complex has elevators, but they only go to the second floor and not the third. Also, be advised that the condo complex charges for EVERYTHING, and that starting May 1st they are instituting a further $10 resort fee each night. They do not allow for late check-out without fees (the cost of another day), they charge for extra soap, extra towels/linens, and were very stingy with supplies, especially considering most people stay 7+ days. You’d be better off in a hotel than here, or at one of the other nearby hotel properties. Unless a kitchen is 100% important, select another place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kona Reef is an oceanfront condominium resort adjacent to a sandy beach park in historic Kailua-Kona and near quaint shops and restaurants. One- and two-bedroom suites offer full-kitchens, FREE WiFi, and ocean or garden views. Amenities include an oceanfront swimming pool, jet spa, and a cabana with barbecue area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Kona Reef Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Castle Kona Reef Kailua
- Kona Reef Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona