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Review of Castle Kona Bali Kai

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Castle Kona Bali Kai
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“School Trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Stayed at this hotel with school, on a science filed trip from Australia. We thought we would have 3 to a room like we did at other places, but to our surprise they did not have rooms available for us, and we had to have 6 teenagers to a room. We had to share beds which was an inconevience. The conditions of the rooms were no crash hot, such as when i tripped on the hanging curtain and the whole curtain came off the roof and fell down. The matinance man spent a couple hours having to upgrade to blinds. It was also quite dirty. But there were many positives. Kona is a beautiful place and the hotel is right on the coast, your balcony is only a couple of metres away from the water. The indoor pool was also nice to swim in, in the evening. It is quite far from the town and it a long walk to get to places so you need to organice transport. You also have a kitchen which is handy and lovely people leaving gave us their food, which made it even more fun. It was different than a typical hotel with room service, since we had to do everything ourselves, such as change the bed when we found blood on it, but it gave us the opportunity to bond, and have many fond memories. Would probably book another hotel if i go another time which i will. Hawaii <3

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Amy C
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cypress, Texas
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179 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We knew we were staying in an older condo and chose this because of the location and that it had two bed/two baths. But, we were very disappointed with the condition of the condo.

The good: The view is awesome and right on the water. We sat on the lanai most of the time while in the condo so we enjoyed the experience of the view only. The location of the complex is good if you have a car. It is not within walking distance of much.

The bad: This an old condo and showed signs of the years with no apparent updating or de-cluttering . The appliances were old but, working, so I couldn't complain about age. The cabinets and closets were completely full of junk from what looked like many years of just stuffing it in. Not much room for your own items. It was hard to find decent pots, pans, utensils, etc., in the kitchen and I felt like I need to wash everything before use. Lights in the master bath did not work correctly along with the electrical outlets on the master bed wall. We did not ask for these to be fixed as we did not want to wait for repairs to be done instead of heading out for the day, so I can't comment on how this would have been handled.

The complex was also old and dated but okay for the price. The pool was not located in a pleasing place and not relaxing at all. It was also under some basic repairs so there were men around at various times working on it.

The grounds at the water's side were very nice because of the rocky beach. No sand but it was fine for gazing at the beauty of the ocean. If you're looking for a beach, this is not for you. We did see a lot of turtles which was a treat.

We will definitely not stay here again and will look for something much more current and updated. And, less cluttered!

Room Tip: Do not choose #308!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Portland,Or
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

If you want oceanfront at an affordable cost, this complex is likely for you. We stayed for almost three weeks in a unit on the second floor. While the unit was very '70's in decor, the beds were very good; it was FULLY stocked with new towels, bedding, and kitchenware. It had (2) flatscreen televisions. But, the problem with Kona Bali Kai is LOCATION! It's almost imperative to have a car to get to anywhere -- either Kona (three miles one way) or to the other business area three miles in the other direction. My son, who is a runner, found the street (Alii) very congested (dangerous) for his morning runs. I gave up trying for a daily walk- lacking courage to fight the traffic on this very busy street on which Koa Bali Kai is located. Vespas and noisy, big trucks use Alli at all times of day and night - making the front bedroom one for earplugs. The view from the lanai was wonderful. But, we won't return to this part of Kona.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gocconow
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San Jose, California
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96 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Very old rooms that are in bad condition. Actual hotel is on the ocean but the condo rooms are across a busy highway. Due to highway noise, sitting on the lanai or even having the doors open is impossible. There is no ocean access. Room is very noisy. TV is impossible to watch unless you are on the bed. No table but a small counter space so eating is awkward but possible.

On the plus side there is a full kitchen and the price is reasonable for Kona.

Room Tip: Ask to be in the main hotel with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jelahti
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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94 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

We were only here for a night, then moved on to another hotel. Our unit was clean and taken care of. We had an ocean front view. The staff are particularly unfriendly and rude. Didn't really feel like a welcoming place to stay, so we moved on to a hotel down the road. Our condo itself was nice though. It was mostly the staff that I was concerned with.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Erik S
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Additional Information about Castle Kona Bali Kai

Property: Castle Kona Bali Kai
Address: 76-6246 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4614
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Kailua-Kona
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,111 - ₹ 26,210
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Kona Bali Kai 3*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kona Bali Kai is a condominium resort located on the ocean's edge, displaying an uninterrupted vista of magnificent Kona sunsets. Choose from studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with full-kitchens, private lanai, and ocean or mountainside views. Amenities include a swimming pool, barbecue areas throughout the resort, and a laundry facility. ... more   less 
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