We really enjoyed our stay at Kona reef. The location was great as we could walk into town and it is right on the ocean.
Wanted a property walkable to restaurants and shops. Kona Reef did not disappoint in regards to location. I liked that I never had an issue finding a parking spot near the unit. Condo had an amazing ocean view from the lanai. Was a bonus that air conditioning unit was in living area and bedroom.
Only negative was that it was required to start a load of laundry and take out all trash. I understand the need, but I also paid for housekeeping. This was the first time in all of my stays on the Islands that it was required.
We’ve stayed at this condo twice now and really appreciate the amenities. We love the complex, the location on the beach, the pool. We also love the east walk into town. Would definitely stay here again!
Interior slightly dated but well equipped with the exception of a hair dryer which I had to purchase
Property was so welcoming and clean. The owner provided a welcome basket of goodies, including coffee and chocolates! We loved the view, the kitchen with plenty of everything, and beach chairs and foam boogie boards to use. The size of the unit is very nice as well, quite roomy, with a huge lanai, and the bedroom felt large. There are so many of these condos in the same age bracket along the shore I believe we picked a good one.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we appreciated the covered parking and the size of the parking spaces. Everything was like how I would have it. Thank you!!
Complex great, easy walking to town, restaurants and shops. Perfectly located to all sites of interest on the Big Island. An excellent view from the condo patio. Lots of amenities for cooking and enjoying your time here. I would suggest a couple things, the blind in the bedroom needs to be fixed. The mattress probably should be replaced as it 10 years old and the linens could be replaced with Costco linens. Doing this the condo would look and feel like a four-star rather than the three star that it is. The condo is clean and has equipment for snorkeling and the beach. I would recommend it for people on a budget.
Pros - A/C, price, walking distance to restaurants & shops, free parking, ocean view, small gift snacks & coffee was a nice touch.
Cons - Would not call this an updated property. Condo decor not cohesive. Kitchen is mishmash of items. Pantry and dishwasher had unpleasant musty odor. All the towels (kitchen & bath) smelled like they sat damp in the dryer. Early every morning garbage truck pickup.
Short stay to visit family didn’t warrant calling owner since there was no quick fix for everything. Did send pic of “throes of death hairdryer” to owner. He said it was replaced.
Kona Reef is the perfect location to what you want! Lots of shops restaurants beaches in walking distance! The Condo is as described beautiful view even better ocean view then what the picture shows! Washer dryer right in the unit. Starter soap shampoo and other goodies left on the table for snacking. Would definately stay here again! Ken was very easy to communicate with and kind. Memories to last a lifetime!
Nice stay in a new-to-us place. 2 more coffee cups would be great! Mahalo
We enjoyed our stay very much. Construction on going but bearable. Bed was OK but we changed the sheets after one nite, the ones on there should have been disposed of. Also the right side of bed squeaked a lot, needs some TLC. Nice clean unit with a nice balcony. Great amenities , pool hotel & BBQ. We would definitely visit again! 🏝
Location was very good. Amenities were good and sufficient.
Renting through VRBO is a very easy process
We enjoyed our stay at the Kona Reef. The condos are right on the beach and look out over waves and thru palm trees. The grounds were very well kept and clean, a little construction in the parking lot but not a problem. Manager Jimmy was friendly and able to promptly trouble shoot problems with tv and cable. He was quick to respond to all calls.
The condo itself was clean enough but really needed a deep cleaning.
the furniture was old and dated. Bathroom towels were fresh, fluffy, and new. Bathroom was clean and shower was remodeled. Bed linens were clean but felt very used and needed to be replaced with new ones, bed spread was old. The kitchen was clean and well stocked with utensils, pans, blender, plates and cups. There where a few basic cleaning supplies but we had to buy some of our own. The in unit washer and dryer worked well. There was a very nice welcoming basket with coffee, Maui Chips, Macademia Nut Candy and some Hawaiian Cookies-nice touch for two hungry travelers. The balcony had a wonderful view of the pool and ocean. We spend much of our time reading and playing cards there. Nice round table and extra chairs. We also enjoyed the pool area, grounds, and nightly sunset-complete with conch shells tribute to the day. Two very nice BBQ areas on the property. There were elevators between floors but were staggered which meant to had to climb up or down 1/2 flight of stairs to you room, had for this old lady! Difficult to take in luggage or bags for my husband. The Reef is within walking distance to the village and numerous restaurants and shopping. But take your time to drive 4 miles further to Magics Beach and have dinner or lunch for a spectacular view and excellent food. We were lucky enough to be there during the eruptions of Mona Lea volcano -well worth the night drive up to see one of natures greatest! All in all a very nice trip.
Very nice condo. The best in all our trips to Hawaii. Everything worked. Magnificent view. Only a few steps from garage. Great for me very weak knees. Air conditioning was 1st class. Very quiet. Just a few very tiny Hawaiian ghost ants. No big problem. Thanks, we had really nice time!
We rented this condo while in town for a friend’s wedding. The proximity to downtown was great and everything was walkable. The condo itself is well-maintained and the kitchen had everything we needed. The pool and grill areas were beautiful and we loved being oceanside. The sunsets were STUNNING. Plus, the little beach next door is a great bonus and it was so fun to see the people surfing all the time. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay while in town.
When we first arrived we were a bit bewildered at first by the fact there was no one to check in with. But we found the pass code and got settled pretty fast. The kitchen was great, well stocked with all the dishes, pots and utensils we needed. The view and the sound of the waves were our favorite thing though.
Nice Condo, good view, super parking and to walk around. Big Island is very nice !
I really enjoyed my stay in this condo.
It’s nicely updated with laminate wood floors, the kitchen is well-stocked and the location so close to restaurants can’t be beat.
I’ve read the other reviews & I didn’t smell any musky odor, I’m unsure to what others were referring.
In addition, one previous guest posted about the sound of garbage trucks & gardening services in the early morning hours. I also heard these but as far as I’m concerned these are general property maintenance issues, and complaining about them in a condo review is like writing a bad review for having crappy weather. It’s unfair.
My 4 stars comes from 2 issues:
1) there is a “thunder” type noise that is fairly constant during the daytime hours. I was trying to determine what it was and on my last day I finally figured out that it’s either the adjacent neighbor or the neighbor above constantly opening & closing their sliding glass door. This noise was heinous, annoying and very loud.
2) the WiFi sucked. I reset the modem & router many times but the internet is just generally crappy, which sucked.
Overall I’d stay again and hopefully there will be different guests next door who aren’t using the sliding glass door incessantly.
We really enjoyed staying at condo c21. The view of the ocean was great and everything made our stay enjoyable. It was at a short walking distance from the village of Kona and all restaurants. Definitely a place to come back in a future trip to Big Island.
View of ocean excellent, size just right for 2 people, excellent location. But had musty smell probably due to windows not closing properly. Really loved the balcony. 3 star due to odor.
So convenient to everywhere you want to be on the Kona waterfront, just a short walk. Our 2nd time in this same complex and we'll probably stay again next time. Very nice beach next door 200 ft away.
Loved the location. Convenient walk to restaurants. Nice amenities - BBQ grills, pool, hot tub, covered parking. Unit even had beach chairs and noodles for use. The lanai was a great place to relax, eat meals, and enjoy the view. Had an issue with one of the ACs not working (tragic for Alaskans not used to the heat - LOL), but the owner was very quick to respond and have it repaired. Communication with the owner was great. The unit could benefit from a little updating/maintenance. The primary issue is the mattress in the bedroom. It is way past its prime. There is no support (especially on one side) and it squeaks every time you move. Other than sleeping, we really enjoyed our stay here.
Although location of condo was good/convenient, the interior smelled terrible (very musky), and had not had a deep cleaning in forever! The sheets were extremely warn (considered buying new sheets)… We ended up leaving the place for three nights, and staying at a much more aesthetically pleasing place. The pool was not in service for our first four days. It was very noisy beginning at 6:30 a.m. with property management doing clean-up/repair on exterior grounds. The only positive was the location, and seeing how much work the management team completed (outside) during our stay.
My daughter and I had a great 4 night stay at Kona Reef. The condo had everything we needed for our stay in Kailua-Kona and we really liked the location. It was easily walkable to the Kailua restaurants and shops, but just far enough away to be a little quieter. The pool and small beach next door were perfect for when we were staying in and the location made it easy to explore the greater west coast area. Highlights or our trip were horseback riding Waimea and snorkeling at the beaches and on our boat trip.
Our only complaint was the 5:00 am visits from the garbage truck, but we hope to be back in Kailua-Kona soon
NIce unit. Beautiful view. Kitchen needs to be stocked a little better. The ice maker did not work, had to buy ice. TV system was a bit difficult to operate.
Great place to stay- beautiful Honl’s beach is a 30 second walk from the unit, downtown Kona was a convenient walk. All amenities that we needed were in the unit (kitchen, laundry, etc). Beautiful updated walk in shower was nice. The ocean view from the lanai will have us coming back to this unit!
Better than described. Well equipped, clean, but best of all, everything worked!!! Would book again without hesitation!!!
right next to beach, enjoy ocean view from pool and Jacuzzi
We enjoyed our stay in your condo. Thank you for providing the kitchen utensils and dishes. Just a note the skillets were not clean and dried foods were a chore to scrub off. Also there was black mold under the bathroom faucet. I might suggest using scrubbing bubbles allows for 99% of germs and molds are killed it does scrubbing for you leaving a clean scent in kitchen and bath. We would have enjoyed beach short chairs and buggy boards like we used in other places, as a suggestion. Also the dining light needed repair and a new light bulb. We took out the trash and cleaned up, as a thank you for your staff of cleaners. PS the window toppers are very out dated and faded it may even look better without them. Happy Hidsys!
Great location with easy access to town!
Nice location and great view. The decking was being replaced so not being able to use the pool was a bit of a bummer. The only thing I would recommend is a new mattress for the bed. The existing is spring type mattress and it is a bit noisy.
Upon arriving on Wednesday evening October 27th, we were pleased with how cute the place was and that we had an ocean view. The next morning we were awakened by jackhammering right outside out window. We had been told that the pool area would have some re-surfacing done during our stay, but since we were not offered an opportunity to re-book or have our money refunded we assumed it would be fine to keep our reservation. We should have stayed somewhere else. The noise was so loud my husband and I could not even hear each other speaking. Even sitting right next to one another we had to wait for a break in the jackhammering to stop before we could attempt to speak. I inquired about some compensation considering we could not relax during our stay due to all the noise but was informed that they had told us about the construction ahead of time and that the hammering would only be that day. It did stop for one day after that but then other loud noises continued throughout the entire week. I did not press the issue any further because we basically just stayed at our friend's place the entire week to escape the noise. The condo also looked clean at first glance but as we got more settled in, this is what we found: thick dust under the night stands and under the bed. The floors may have been swept but they did not feel clean under our feet as soon as we got there. Why did we have to look under the bed? Well, upon sitting on our bed, we found the frame was bent making the bed lay on a slant and it was extremely wobbly. All homes might have a spider or two but we also woke up most mornings finding a new bug bite on both of us. To wrap this up, I will just say that it doesn't seem to have been "newly" remodeled but we still thought it was cute. It needs to be deep cleaned since we are being charged a cleaning fee. Once the pool is remodeled it might be a nice place as long as the noise from the guests is not too loud. The location is also great as you can walk to town so easily. If you don't plan on being in your room much and want to save some money this is the place fore you. If you have high standards like me then pay a little more and get what you pay for.
Three generations stayed here to celebrate grandpa & grandsons birthday. We could tell the owners put a lot of thought into providing for their guests; from new sofa bed, great AC, and best part was watching the sunset & ocean waves from the spacious lanai. Plus accomodations at the complex from bbq to the pool were very clean and we enjoyed using both. We will be back again.
We loved swimming pool and lawn area in front of the ocean. people are very friendly. Room is good size for 2 adult and 1 kid. Everything you need was prepared. Parking is very easy. The property had old smell, so we kept lanai sliding door open when we are at home.
This condo unit had everything we needed for our stay. The AC was nice to have and the patio and view were good. This condo while clean could use a remodel. Everything besides the shower is early 90s if not original.
This is a really great place. The location is amazing. We could walk to restaurants and, best of all, spend tons of time on the balcony and at the pool area looking at the Ocean. Kitchen is well equipped and its great to have the communal grills.
We loved our VBRO. It was great!
As soon as we walked in it was apparent that the floors had been skipped by the house keeper. There was dirt, sand, hair and dust bunnies galore. Spills had not been mopped up. The small throw rugs were nasty. Housekeeping came by and did a quick vac job. The bedroom AC went kaput on day one. 3 days and 3 phone calls later it was reset and worked fine. Everything else in condo was sufficient for our needs. Nice comfortable bed. Good sheets and towels, boogie board, beach chairs etc for our use. We appreciated that. Would stay here again, but would emphasize that I want it CLEANED properly.
Great condo. Easy access to shops. Will come back! Only thing- Dryer takes a LONG time to dry items.
Property was exactly as advertised. Close to the center of activity. Was quiet and we enjoyed the others who were staying there. Great resort for anyone who stays in Kona.
Clean property and beautiful view . Wish they had a cooler and sun umbrella for the beach . Overall a great visit
This 1-BR condo in Kona was perfect for us in terms of size and location. It was well supplied with kitchen tools, etc. and the property manager was responsive when we ran into some issues with the A/C in the bedroom and the ice maker. The view of the ocean at sunset from the Lanai and the sound of the ocean crashing at night were perfect!
Nice ocean view from porch. TV and cable remotes were not user friendly.
Minor maintenance needed, porch screen off track.
Unit layout not the best. Smooth check in and check out with Raintree.
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