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Reviewed 2 September 2018

This is a really nice hotel in a fantastic location with great views over the ocean. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the management team are really friendly and helpful.There is a nice simple breakfast on the patio every morning and there are also many restaurants within walking distance. Kona Tiki just goes to prove that you don't have to stay in an expensive 5 star establishment to have a 1st class experience.

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Alan R
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manager m, Manager at Kona Tiki Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you for your rating and review, Alan! It was a pleasure having you both here -- we think it is our guests (like you) that make the Kona Tiki a first class experience :) We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the island, and we are glad you were able to spend part of your time here. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The hotel is right on the ocean and super clean and unique. The pool is so close to the ocean it gets splashed by the seawater from time and it’s awesome. We were here during hurricane lane and the hotel managers were beyond helpful and professional and kind. Luckily nothing bad happened during the hurricane but we felt super supported and looked after by them like we were all in it together. Wished I could have stayed there longer, they make you feel like family! Would absolutely recommend to anyone who is NOT looking for a stereotypical resortstyle hotel but wants something authentic and personal and island style - not to mention your own sea front balcony!!

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank Rebecca R
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manager m, Manager at Kona Tiki Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thanks for becoming part of the Kona Tiki ohana! So thankful nothing happened with the hurricane other than it producing good waves to watch, and thankful for your good spirits and flexibility concerning our just-in-case preparations. We're happy you enjoyed the lanai and pool ... it was great to have you here, and we hope to see you both again sometime!

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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Everyone who worked there was super friendly. Absolutely clean. Charming mid 50’s building. We loved the tile pool right next to the ocean. There was no air conditioning so we slept with the balcony door open. The temperature and sea breeze were fine, but the waves hitting the concrete breakwater of the neighboring hotel were a little loud for us.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank Rachel O
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manager m, Manager at Kona Tiki Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Aloha! We are glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for your review ... we let our housekeepers know that you appreciate their hard work, as do we :) Mahalo for staying with us!

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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Kona Tiki is a wonderful, smaller boutique hotel located within walking distance of the Kona township.

The location is amazing - right on the waters edge with the soothing sounds of waves to out you to sleep each night.

The management team are so friendly and kind - treating our entire family more like friends than guests.

The hotel is older - but very clean and tidy with a great seawater pool that gets splashed from the ocean and free charcoal and gas grills/bbqs and tools for guests to use. All rooms have a nice balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

No - there aren’t any TVs in the rooms - but my goodness how refreshing and awesome is that in this day in age of always being connected! It was a great aid in helping us and our kids have a proper holiday screen detox!

The simple, yet super fresh complimentary breakfast of local Kona coffee, tropical fruits, baked goods and toppings is fantastic - and an added bonus for saving on buying breakfast out each day.

I had been worried about parking following some of the reviews - but it was a breeze with no problems our entire stay. Easy as!

Also great advice about restaurants and places to visit as well as a huge ice machine and various beach equipment, toys and coolers/ice box/Eskis for complimentary borrowing.

The entire family loved our stay at Kona Tiki and would love to return one day. Please keep your magical hotel as is and don’t be tempted to turn it into one of those plastic fantastic gauche resorts! Mahalo!

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Kiwi_iwiK
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manager m, Manager at Kona Tiki Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! It was a joy having your family here, and we are so glad you enjoyed everything Kona Tiki and the Big Island have to offer. Have no fear, Kona Tiki will not turn into a "plastic fantastic gauche resort" ... tidy, simple, magical ... we'll stick with that! Mahalo for staying with us and for letting others know of your experience. Until next time!

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

We've always been drawn to Mom and Pop-style properties and Kona Tiki was perfect for our stay in Kona! The ocean was as close as we could get, with the instantly relaxing sound of the waves just a few feet away. The staff made us feel like we were friends instead of guests, and the lit tiki torches in the evening provided the perfect ambiance. The accommodations are simple and clean (bring your own shampoo), and if you need anything (like wine glasses), just ask. We loved it here!

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Manager M, Manager at Kona Tiki Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

We feel like our guests are friends, too, and really it is you all who bring the spirit of Kona Tiki to life :) So glad you found us and enjoyed your stay - please come again!

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