Castle Kona Bali Kai
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 76-6246 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States of America
Near Kailua-Kona Located on the sunny Kona Coast, Castle Kona Bali Kai, a Condominium Resort, is situated just three miles from historic Kailua-Kona village and one mile from Kahaluu Beach Park. Pool and picnics Coconut trees shade poolside lounge chairs, and three barbecue grills sizzle with picnic fixings—plus, there are two convenience stores and a snorkel shop at Castle Kona Bali Kai. Kitchens, VCRs Oceanfront units have ceiling fans, and mountainside units are air conditioned. All accommodations at this Kailua Kona resort offer balconies, kitchens, cable TV, and VCRs.
Property amenitiesSwimming pool - outdoorSpa tubComplimentary newspapers in lobbyParking (free)Laundry facilitiesShopping on siteBarbecue grill(s)Picnic areaInternet access in public areas - complimentaryInternet access - wireless
Room amenitiesInternet access - high speedVCRBalconyCoffee/tea makerFree local callsVoice mailHair dryerIron/ironing boardIn-room safeInternet access - complimentaryClock radioCribs (infant beds) availableKitchenTelevision - Cable serviceTelevision - Standard service
Location highlightsOn lake
As close to the ocean as you can getWe loved this location! The surf was right below our balcony! We went to sleep to the sound of the ocean. No airconditioning in the ocean front locations, but the balcony doors open up and the wind blows right thru. It was wonderful! Would go back in a heartbeat! There are different size units you can rent, so perfect for families! It includes a full kitchen and washer and dryer in the ocean front rooms! There are units to accommodate families with several children. Just watch the small ones on the balconies!Rating:4
Nice placeThe condo was nice and tidy, equipped with everything needed, including free wireless internet access. Our condo had mountain view and faced a frequented road. Thus, the level of noise was quite high.Rating:1
sewer repair, jack hammers under our rooms.The rooms were very nice but, it cant make up for the fact that they should not have rented them at all that week of a planned sewer repair. Jack hammers were under one of our second floor condos and it was uninhabital from 8-4 M-F. Poor form. Could say we had a nice restful Hawaiian vacation.Rating:2
Great location but rooms need lots of TLCWe stayed in a back building three days, next to the noisy birds. There was little breeze (August 2009), and the room needed major renovating. The rooms are at least 30 yrs old with original bathtubs, cabinetry, and dingy carpet. We moved on the fourth day to a partial ocean view room in building 6 and even though it was closer to the road noise, the view was spectacular and the breeze was 10 times better. This general Kailua-Kona area is most definitely the place to be for swimming, snorkeling and eating. Would not stay here again unless the rooms are renovated. If you are short on cash, this place is cost effective.
Travelers tip on saving a few bucksFood will generally cost you $10 to $20 each. Drink water and try splitting meals. We shopped at the grocery store for breakfast, drink and snack items. Dont shop at the shops on Wed. in Kailea-Kona - thats when the cruise people come in. Off days are bargain days. Bubba Gump has great portions and a huge sampler platter. Bongo Bens is great. Candy bars are a bargain on the island. Try roadside stands. Dont pay to see waterfalls, there are plenty to see for free.Rating:1
Really not impressedOne we had book for a king bed and had a Queen, Second the sofa bed was out and service, we had to put the mattress on the floor, they repair it for thr last night. Pots and pans were outdated Carpet was dirtyRating:2
not impressedwhen checking in they said for a 7 night stay they would change the sheets and clean the room the 4th night never did change the sheetsRating:1
For low budget travelers who want to hang with the native Islanders.Very disapointed upon arrival. No AC in ocean front rooms. Humidity was through the roof when we arrived and room was unbearable. Sat there soaking wet and bailed to another location. To stay here you need to dump your stuff and head to the beach or someplace else that you are happy with. If your looking for a comfortable place to sit and chill a little and take in the view go elsewhere. This is a crash pad for the very active folks who do not need a lot of comfort and are looking to take in the sites 16 hours a day and sleep like a log the other 8. If your a tent camper you may find this place suitable. Also it seemed the locals hang on the south end of this shore resort to surf. This was our first Hawaii experience. We learned that if you have a family of five and need a two bedroom setup (condo suite) be prepared to spend at least $550-600 per night for reasonably comfortable and somewhat private accomodations on the Island. We also learned this cost is well worth it. Kona and the rest of the Island is the most beautiful and fun place we have ever been by far.Rating:4
Good location for visit.Condo located out of the main part of Kona but was easy to get to and leave to the main travel roads. It has units on both sides of the road but this was not a problem. Staff were all friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Condo show wear and tear of time but were very acceptable in all areas. Our unit was maintained satisfactorily and was very clean.
Travelers tip on getting the most out of your stayUpon arrival in the Kona airport pickup two or three of the booklets available in the arrival part of the airport. They have good maps of all areas for getting around and seeing the sights. Also talk with salespoeple in the stores for ideas where to go. There are stores such as Costco, Wallmart, Safeway and Target all in the Kona area.Rating:5
Love this placeThis is the second time Ive stayed here. Love this place. Had a hard time leaving. Very friendly staff. Room and surrounding grounds were clean and well maintained. Two times I have stayed here I had partial ocean view and my room was across the street from the ocean but I could hear and see the ocean through open glass patio door when cars werent passing.Rating:5
Simple, clean, affordableVery simple, no frills, no unnecessary expense place to stay. No daily maid service, but they provide clean towels every four days and our apartment had a full kitchen with all the pots, utensils and dinnerware you could possibly need. The building is not brand-new, but the room was very clean. I have read other peoples reviews about finding bugs in their room. Keep in mind, this hotel is located on an island in the North Pacific and many people keep their doors and windows open. That said, they do regularly treat for indoor insects, but Ive had many trips to the islands an no hotel was ever completely free from an extra harmless roommate or two. No, there were no roaches, but a beautiful Gold Dust Day Gecko greeted us every morning outside our door.Rating:5
Great hotel, great customer service!I was impressed with the new beautiful, modern, decor and the great customer service of this hotel. From the moment I walked in the door, they were eager to make me welcome and comfortable. The hotel is easy walking distance (3 blocks) from the beach and the main shopping strip by Waikiki. The pool is small, but adequate, the fitness room had great equipment and the continental breakfast was good. They had waffles, toast, cereals, fruit, juices, coffee, muffins, and hard boiled eggs. The only thing I longed for was a bagel and cream cheese, but you cant have everything!
Travelers tip on getting the most out of your stayI recommend the mountain view. The courtyard view will have you staring into someone elses hotel room! If you are renting a car, the valet parking is worth it. It is hard to find parking! If you are staying in the Waikiki area, I would recommend taking a shuttle from the airport and walking the whole time.Rating:5
awsome condoLoved the Ocean Front room....Turtles were everywhere...Rating:4
Nice placePerfect for a getaway when you dont need to spend much time in the hotel room. The kitchen was great for breakfast and to pack a cooler for lunch.
Travelers tip on local attractionsThe South Point is a must. It is a drive - but worth it.Rating:3
just adequateso called "mountain view" rooms dont really have much of the view since the only window facing the mountains is in the bedroom. The balcony faces the courtyard. No central A/C, just a noisy wall unit mounted in the living room. consequently, the bedroom is always hot and one can sleep in the living room only wearing the earplugs (because of the noise). Theres no smoking - even on the balcony; for a one week stay you get a single visit from the housekeeping. Otherwise, full kitchen certainly helps and the location is great (away from the noise and traffic, yet still close enough to stores and restaurants).
Travelers tip on recreational activitiesgreat boogieboarding just 1 mile south at White Sands beach. Rent your snorkel sets and boards just across the street from a guy in a little shop adjacent to the main office - hes great and the prices cant be beat. Get a 4X4, you wont regret it. You could visit awesome beaches that are virtually deserted.Rating:4
Return tripWe visited this condo 2 years ago, and returned on purpose. Although the place is showing some age, there are just too many reasons to stay there: Amazing ocean front view from the lanai, sea turtles on the beach by the lava tidepools, prime surfing spot with relentless surfers to watch, perfect sunsets behind the palm trees and all the comforts of home. Well go back for trip number three ASAP!Rating:3
Nice but Not NiceThe hotel itself so OK. The rooms were clean and spacious. the main objection was the noise during the night from motorcyles and cars as well as birds during sunup. We did not get much sleep because of the noise factor.Rating:3
Only OKEverything was OK but somewhat grey - and although there was an ocean view, in our block, it was accross the main road. As a self catering condo for a couple it was adequate but it was 3 miles from the restaurants etc so not easy to get back and forth in the evening. It was difficult as we arrived late and could not get anything for supper or breakfast without a long walk. We booked for one night only and it may be that if we had been there longer, we would have found other delights. The reception staff were very pleasant.Rating:1
Not for Old FolksNo elevators, had to climb to 3rd story with a damaged hip and knee. Tile grout was dirty. Air conditioning only cooled living room. Bedroom was hot.Rating:4
We love this place!We wanted a home away from home, and thats exactly what we got. Its no luxury hotel- its comfortable apartments with a fantastic view, centerally located with a great staff and fun people to meet. We miss the sea turtles and coming to the grills every night!
Travelers tip on shoppingDUDE!! Shop at the KTA in Keauhou. Minutes from the condo and best store ever! Great deli, fresh seafood, great beers... cant beat it.Rating:4
Terrific Condo/ResortCouldnt have been happier with our at stay at the Castle Kona Bali Kai. We would definitely stay there again.
Travelers tip on diningTry Java Rocks coffee shop of off Alii Rd. The coffee is terrific and the view cant be beat.Rating:2
Read This Before BookingWe just returned from staying there in late May of 2009. The first and biggest problem is that our room had roaches (within minutes of our arrival, they started crawling out of the stove). When we requested another room without roaches we were told "there werent any". Also, we had requested a room with a king sized bed and a sleeper sofa but got a sleeper sofa and a full sized bed. The ocean front room had a great view, but because the rooms were not Air Conditioned, we had to sleep with open windows and the sound of the waves hitting the beach all night and road traffic made it hard to sleep. If you dont mind roaches and are a sound sleeper (or want use ear plugs), its a good price, otherwise I would look elsewhere.
Travelers tip on recreational activitiesIf you want to see Sea Turtles, go to Two-Step Beach next to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park. We sawRating:4
Very PleasedNice view. Very nice accomodation. Wish we had more free time to relax in the condo.Rating:5
Condo Bali KaiAloha I was amazed at the poor reviews Bali Kai was receiving when I checked the Kona reviews,cause Ive stayed there a few time many years ago (15 years)and it was great then. So despite the reviews we decided to try Bali Kai again,The room 224 was perfect-clean,well equipped, The bar-b-que by the ocean was charcoal years ago now it Jenair gas and there staff cleans and keeps the grills spotless. Security was tight and staff showed lots of Aloha.
Travelers tip on getting the most out of your stayOne thing I screwed up was our flight home was at like 11;00 pm and our condo check out was 12:00am-at booking I didnt see the big time difference that we would have to live in rental car. Ill never make that mistake again.Rating:4
Nice locationOur stay was comfortable and Id consider staying there again.
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