We enjoyed the condo and have a wonderful vacation!
We love the Kona reef property but had a few issues with the unit we rented. There was no indication that the bedroom was NOT air-conditioned and it was miserably hot. There were no instructions for the TV and had to use our you tube account And the sofa bed is way past needing replaced. In spite of all that we had a wonderful time on the big island
The view is great. The condo is poorly maintained. The sofa bed is unusable. The so called mattress is toast - no support, no filling just a bag of springs unsuitable for even a dog. The deck chairs and outside sliding door metal is completely rusted. The deck paint has failed in places. The AC works good for the living room and kitchen but does nothing for the bedroom at the other end. The bedroom even with ceiling fan and counter fan is always hot. The bed is on the too soft category for me. The bed frame at the foot had legs that stick out which cause me multiple toe injuries in the night. There is food in the fridge- left overs that are up to two years expired. The kitchen faucet is totally loose. This has been reported in previous reviews up to two years ago. The bathroom is pretty good but a vinyl seal for the shower is laying loose. A power strip in totally rusted and does not work. A bedroom clock does not work. The living room including the couch looks decent but as mentioned the sofa bed is unusable and should immediately be replaced. This problem has been in reviews for years also. It seems the management/owner of this condo does not care to fix this up as they keep getting it rented due to the amazing ocean view. The complex itself is pretty nice. There are many other good view condos in this complex that have better reviews/maintenance etc.. It is about a .4 mile walk to town. I recommend the little back road closer to the beach - no traffic and not as dangerous as up by the main road. I would not rent again this unit or again from this particular property manager Kenneth Peters. When I tried to contact him via the VRBO link the link did not work. Do not rent this unit - it needs a lot of work.
Great locale. The view is even better in person
Great unit and an amazing property close to everything!
This condo is well loved . Could use some updates . The patio furniture should be replaced Dumpster is not convenient .
The elevators were very useful as far transporting luggage .
Easy walk to shopping and restaurants .
Pool and hot tub very nice 👍 there were plenty kitchen amenities. Also plenty of bathroom amenities. Had a adventurist week in beautiful Hawaii and spent a lot of time in the balcony looking and listening to the ocean !
Lee Anne S.
My mom and I stayed at this condo for a week in February. It ran about $XXXX for the week and I understand it’s Hawaii, but it was lacking in many ways.
Upon checkin- the locks need graphite. The key could hardly get into the lock. The checkin info from VRBO said the WiFi login and password were on the router. Untrue. Had to text the owner for that info. He messaged me the next day. No dishwasher pellets so I called the phone number of the condo on-site office (info in the condo) and was told they don’t manage the unit I’m in so call the owner.
The condo was clean but there was so much unorganized STUFF in the pantry, there was no place to put our groceries. The kitchen faucet is loose and wobbles back and forth when you turn the water on and off. There are cords everywhere! With today’s technology, about 70% of those cords could be eliminated. The condo is in need of a serious update.
My sister stayed in a really nice condo closer to the downtown area, same cost and hers was about twice the size, set up for guests and also had a stunning view. Save your money and rent a vacation rental that is up to date and maintained.
Kona reef F 21
We vacation frequently and have stayed at several VRBO properties. I would have to say that the other reviews are spot on for this condo. And, the view and location are outstanding.
The owner (Kenneth) is great to work with and the on-site maintenance guy (Jim) is right there if you need anything.
These were our favorite aspects of staying at this unit.
*The location and view are #1
*Lots of pillows
*Plenty of hangers
*Plenty of fans
*AC in the living room
*The bathroom is very nice and the shower is great. We are tall so we loved how high the shower head was on the wall
*The towels are thick
*There are lots of supplies and toiletries available to use
* I have to add the location and the view one more time☀️
When we walked to downtown Kona, we used a nice, quiet side street behind the condo instead of walking on the busy street above the entrance. This made it very quick and easy to get downtown!!
This review is from February/during whale season:
One morning we were enjoying our coffee and the view. We were just relaxing and then we saw 5 or 6 dolphins playing in the water. They were right in front of the condo for at least 20 minutes. They put on quite a show and then happily swam away.
Then, an hour later we saw whales breaching (completely out of the water) about the length of a football field, directly in front of the complex. Being that this is a top floor unit, made it so we could see everything.
Definitely recommend Kona Reef condo. The property has nice amenities to make the stay comfortable. The pool and patio are well kept. A small beach area is just steps away. The proximity to town restaurants and shops is walkable too.
View and location sell this place. Unit could use some TLC and better maintenance as it is showing it’s years.
Totally enjoyed sitting on the lanai watching the waves, the ocean, the surfers, the ships, the pool. Sunsets were awesome. Location is great, it was a short walk into Kona for breakfast, lunch and dinner, shopping,. The downside is that the back of the unit, where the bedroom is, is near Alii drive, which is very busy. and kind of noisy. The unit was comfortable. Well equiped to the point of being cluttered. The bathroom is small, owner stuff occupies all the space in the small vanity. Kitchen is well equiped but no space for our stuff. Bedroom has a dresser that was avialable, but the closset was half filled with owner stuff. Enjoyed the A/C, we didn't know Sept-Oct was the hot time of year in Hawaii. There must be a half dozen or more remote controls in the unit. Took us a while to figure out what worked what. Some instrucrtions or notes would be helpful. The place needs some maintenance/cleaning. The front entry has a screen door with a deadbolt on it We got locked in the unit because the deadbolt on the screen door broke in the locked position. We called Jim, the maintenance man, he came as quick as he could, but it was still about 20 minutes. If there was an emergency, such as a fire, this could have been dangerous. The screen door to the Lanai is badly corroded and barely functional, needs to be replaced.
My husband and I loved our stay here! The condo was beautiful and very clean. Very well equipped with essentials and more. The complex and pool area was well maintained and the grounds were nicely landscaped. Location and views were great too. I would choose this again! Thanks for the wonderful experience!
My husband and I joined our 3 daughters and their families … we all rented our own condos… we loved our ocean view.. the grounds, pool and the Barbque were immaculately kept clean….our room was comfortable and even though it only had one air conditioner we were never uncomfortable . We absolutely loved being walking distance to downtown with shops and and wonderful resturants… would not hesitate if I ever returned to stay at the Kona Reef… thank you
The property was accurately described by previous renters. The furniture was a little outdated, but the location and views of the ocean views more than made up for the property being a little dated. We enjoyed the short walk to town for dinner and church etc.. We had a slight problem with the clothes dryer and the maintenance person was quick to resolve and fix the problem.
We enjoyed our stay and would rent again. Great value for the views of the ocean and location..
This was a great property around the corner from a nice little beach and easy access to the rest of Kailua Kona.
Condo was clean and well appointed with everything needed to make our trip very comfortable. Close to shopping, dining, and entertainment.
We loved staying at the property, its a nice hike into town and close to shopping. The sunset view from the Condo is hard to beat from the deck. The living room furniture is a bit dated and could use an upgrade but still enjoyed our stay immensely. Would definitely come again.
The condo was very comfortable and equipped with everything you need for a fun vacation. There is a large lanai that overlooks the pool, and the sounds of the ocean are heard throughout the unit. The sunsets are fabulous! The condo is centrally located which makes it an easy walk to the beaches and businesses. We would stay there again.
This is our second time staying in the ReefKona and first in this unit. By far the nicer of the units. You will enjoy a great view, easy walks to Kona and a comfortable place to relax.
Property was nice and well set up to relax. Accessible on foot to the town center nearby with good restaurants etc. Amenities are great too
This condo is in a great location with an amazing view. It is close enough to Kona Town that we were able to walk to dinner, etc. We saw dolphins swimming out in front each morning and wonderful sunsets each evening. We especially enjoyed the residents who came out each day at sunset and blew conch shells. It was a real treat! With that being said, the condo was fairly well-equipped, although it could have used more flatware and maybe a few cookie/baking sheets. On the downside, the pantry was very unorganized and messy, with very little storage left for any groceries or supplies we bought. The bedroom closet was full of owner supplies, etc with no floor space to put shoes or our suitcases. I feel like the owner could do a better job of making sure the closet is as empty as possible, as well as the drawers in the bathroom. They were full with no space left for our toiletries. I also have to agree with a previous reviewer regarding the cleanliness of the unit. All of the interior doors were very dirty and needed a complete scrubbing. The screen door on the front door was covered in dust and dirt, as well as the screens to the lanai. The lanai furniture is very tired and needs an update (rusty, etc). The dishwasher is not secured in the cabinet and as a result, every time you opened the door and pulled out a rack the dishwasher fell forward and the rack would slide off.
We truly enjoyed our stay and with a bit of TLC this condo would be top-notch.
The condo in general needs to be updated throughout. I had to take the time during my vacation to clean the condo at arrival time. Door in bathroom was filthy, the hand rail on our lanai was dirty, our dishwasher was not secured properly and there was no vent a hood. The furniture needs to be replaced and overall needs an update. Would not recommend for stay until this is accomplished.
Loved view, closeness to ocean, walking distance to town, excellent abundance shopping stores, and eating facilities. Swimming pool and Jacuzzi well maintained, BBQ s nice option. Very quiet entire complex. Other people friendly, nice relaxing time. Wished we stayed longer
We enjoyed our stay. Walked almost everywhere. Our condo needed a little help. Sofa bed, very uncomfortable. Needs new mattress, very hard to open and close as well. No blinds in living room for sleeping on sofa bed, just be aware. Dishwasher not installed properly, the unit itself is not attached to anything, no brackets. So when opened the racks fall out with the dishes. Mentioned to handyman who was there, hopefully fixed by now. Beyond that, nice place and great location.
The location of the flat is excellent. Close enough to be convenient, removed enough to be quiet. The flat is well equipped, clean and comfortable. The owner is also easy to work with and responsive.
The view from the condo is breathtaking and is very close to town. We were happy to see that there was a beach umbrella and chairs to use! Even though there is no air conditioning in the bedroom, the air in the living room reaches comfortably. We really enjoyed our stay!
Nice little property/location. Location is very nice. Pictures/description are accurate. AC works great, nice amentities
Nice and clean condo overlooking the Ocean. You can walk to the town for dining.
So appreciated this condo for its location and view. I've stayed at quite a few condos in this complex and really appreciated this one the most. Had an opportunity to meet one of the owners on our way out who was fabulous. Will be back!
I would stay here again! Great location.
Beautiful apartment. Spectacular ocean front view. Would definitely recommend.
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