We stayed two nights (21 and 22 April 2012) at the Kona Bali Kai in a studio unit across the road from the ocean. The unit was somewhat dated, but with a good bed, spacious, and with a lanai looking towards the ocean (which however was largely obscured by the main hotel building opposite).
Being on a busy road there was considerable traffic noise until midnight, but that would be the same at most of the hotels along Alii Road. The air conditioner was also noisy.
We had a problem getting hot water in the shower until we learned that one has to turn the lever only HALF-WAY on. Turning the water full on only gives cold water.
There is a small rocky beach at the hotel, beside a small public beach popular with the local residents. Not the best beach I have ever seen. The pool is surrounded by hotel buildings, so has no view. It is also kept locked which is annoying.There is a lovely sandy beach a couple of miles further south called White Sand Beach Park, beside the Magic Sands hotel. The morning we were there the water was incredibly blue, and a turtle seemed to be enjoying playing in the waves along with the human swimmers.
The lady at reception seemed somewhat intimidating at first meeting, but she was extremely helpful on the numerous occasions we needed her and we liked her a lot. Thank you Maile.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kona Bali Kai Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Castle Kona Bali Kai Kailua
- Castle Kona Bali Kai Hotel
- Castle Kona Bali Kai Hawaii/Kailua-Kona