OK for an inexpensive vacation. Facility is older so there was peeling paint, threadbare carpets and old plumbing. The A/C was all or nothing...Meat locker cold or off. No screens on windows. location is great. walking distance to all Kailua has to offer.
Just needed one night before flying out of Kona. It is an old hotel. It was convenient being right in town. I did not have to drive anywhere for my last night out. Convenient to restaurants and bars. It was ok.
My trip to the big island was the best experience of my life. And mostly because of this resort. The hospitality staff was amazing. It was like staying with family. The best family ever. Auntie Tu Tu and Nani were so wonderful and inspiring and emmersed us in their Hawaiian culture. The view is spectacular. The resort is secluded and quiet. I'll never stay anywhere else. The friendliest people in the world.
The pros: close to downtown Kona and actually on the coast. There is no beach, but the volcanic rocks below our room housed all sorts of crabs, fish and eels to check out. The room had a washer and dryer, which are essential for a longer stay or if you plan on doing a lot of beach activities
The cons: Old, hard beds. The air conditioning was a wall unit and did not reach into the bedroom. The only reason that we stayed was the Murphy bed in the front room. We were cool and could watch the sunset from bed. The WiFi is very slow.
Individual units are owned by different people, so finishes vary. We were in D34
Traveller from Tempe, Az
Set on Hawaii's Big Island, Castle Kona Reef, a Condominium Resort is at the southern edge of Kailua-Kona, a famous deep-sea …More
The Islander offers good value for the cost of lodging. Parking offers challenges as number of parking stalls does not provide for all residents. Rooms are dated but offer all the basic essentials. Low on ambiance high on meeting most basic needs. Centrally located.
Used this to home base while I was participating in Iron Man Hawaii, it's served our purposes perfectly, there were a few issues with the room like the coffee maker not working, but the hotel staff quickly fixed any situation that needed attention, so I would highly recommend this as an economical place to stay that has easy access to points of interest
Kailua-Kona is the epicenter of shopping and recreation on Hawaii’s western shore. Big-game fishers delight off its waters, while shoppers reel in deals along Alii Drive. The Kailua-Kona area is a hiker’s paradise because many of its best beaches are accessible only by foot. Inland, the scent of coffee permeates the air as plantations harvest precious Kona beans. Nearby coffee farms open for tours.