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Kona Reef Resort
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We booked a condo directly through Kona Reef and received a wonderful condo. While the description stated that it was a garden view, we had an unexpected view of the ocean as well. We were able to walk out on our lanai and directly to the beach with the beautiful sunsets. Friendly staff, clean condo stocked with all the basics needed, great parking and condo close to parking. Will definitely choose to stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 8 days during a family vacation (kids and grandkids were at another complex down the street). The condo (find it on vrbo 80343) was exactly as advertised and had everything we needed. Although the air conditioner was in the front living room, it kept the bedroom wonderfully comfortable, even in July! Internet access and telephone (even long-distance back to the mainland US) were free. We loved the lanai, where we could watch boarders, surfers, even a school of spinner dolphins while enjoying our morning coffee or evening drinks. Turtles sunned right on the beach below; we went down and took many pictures from just a couple of feet away. This condo is located on the top floor, and the view alone is worth staying at this condo. There is a small sandy beach located right next door with picnic tables. The Kona Reef complex is smaller than many but that makes it very private and quiet. It is pretty and well maintained, with elevators, and security guards. There is a beautiful pool/BBQ area with several grills and tables. Unfortunately, we were not able to enjoy the grills and pool during our stay. It would have been wonderful to eat dinner there while watching the ocean waves breaking on the shore. The owners (Helen and Ray) were extremely helpful and accommodating with all our questions and needs, and even provided our first package of Kona coffee and a box of mac-nut chocolates. There were also beach umbrellas, chairs, and a small cooler that we were very happy to use, and the washer and dryer came in quite handy. We preferred to use the complex parking garage(no charge) rather than the outdoor parking lot, and never had a problem finding a space. We always felt very safe here, and there was a security guard on duty at night. Kona Reef complex is only a block or two from downtown Kona's restaurants and shops. We recommend Humpy's, Java Lava, Fishhopper, and Lulu's. Don't miss the Kona Cozy magic/comedy shop right next to Lulu's. It is amazing and very funny.

Room Tip: There appear to be many condos available for rent by owners at Kona Reef. Get an upper floor facing...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This place was comfortable but a bit dated. The staff was a bit stingy with amenities like Kleenex and bath tissue. Also they won't let you exchange your pool towels for clean ones. They charge you $10 for that. You have to wash your towels in your in-room washer and dryer. There is pretty good security but we heard loud outbursts from drunk guests returning almost nightly. The ocean view balconies are nice. Outdoor furniture is plastic. We stayed in a one bedroom condo. Kids stayed on the pull-out sofa bed. One bathroom was not adjoined to the small bedroom. No AC in the bedroom, only in the living area. It was a bit hot. The pool is small. There is no bar or restaurant on site.

Room Tip: I would get a two bedroom, 2 bath unit if I stayed here again. It was a bit cramped.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Easy to find and good staff. On our arrival they give us a room right on the main street... Too noisy ( we had a problem similar on another spot on this island and could'nt go for that again ) The manager was very comprehensive and really help us in finding an almost perfect room.

Clean and roomy facing the pool on the second level.. we had an ocean view and we could not ask for more.

Close enough to main spot on city, we walk there every night for our diner...

The condo are well equipped and it really fit our need

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We were booked at the Worldmark resort and suddenly needed additional accommodations. We were able to reserve a 1 bedroom at Kona Reef. It was very pleasant and right beside the ocean. There are limited sandy beaches in this area, but the lava beach next to the resort was pleasant and had sea turtles each morning.

There were few amenities at this resort aside from the pool and what is inside each condo unit. But it was very comfortable.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed here for 8 days. The condo was very nice and clean with a brand new kitchen. We had an amazing view of the ocean right in front of us. The staff is wonderful, both Brandon and Katerina at the front desk are very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Location is perfect, walking distance to the town, shops, restaurants, farmers market, etc. The BBQ area is awesome, very clean the best I have seen for condo rentals. The pool area is nice. Highly recommend it to families with young children. We had an amazing experience and will return in a heart beat!

Room Tip: book through Raintree. We stayed in A tower and our room was nicely renovated.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

My family and I had a wonderful time at this location and would return here again and again. We checked in after hours and the process was perfect, just as they had explained. This facility gets everything right. The pool, the grills, and the cabana area are impecable. The rates are super reasonable and the full kitchen allows you to save money by eating in. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the supplies needed to cook meals for my family. This residence even supplied coolers, boogie boards, and snorkel gear. I was very impressed.
We had a one bedroom with an ocean view. Our only issue is that the beds were not comfortable... but we made it work.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Kona Reef Resort

Address: 75-5888 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1312
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: $163 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kona Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 130
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

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