There were two of us ladies sharing the room, there was a large bed and a twin, being the smallest of the pair I took the twin bed. I climbed in and kept feeling itchy and not very comfortable. I just thought it was hard water irritating my skin. We didn't have daily maid service so that night I got into the same sheets. I had the same reaction as the previous night so I got up, turned on the light and threw my covers off, to my amazement I could see why I had been so uncomfortable. There was a dead geco, and a bunch of bugs in my bed eating on him!! I complained to the desk and he kinda laughed and thought it was funny, he got new sheets and had them put on the bed. I thought at least he would of given me a free night for that creepy experience. Needless to say I couldn't get comfortable after that so we checked out and went up to the Keauhou Beach Hotel. Pleased to say its still my favorite place to stay on the island, sorry you die hards for the Tiki, yes its cute and the staff is nice, but hey BUGS in the bed thats just to much to bare.......Breakfast is so early that by the time you get there nothing is left....Just fruit anyway so I heard....
First inpression was ~Very cozy with lots of character ~ We stayed at the Tiki for 4 nights. Absolutely loved it. We were on the ground floor and could open our door to the yard with the ocean right there. The warm and helpful couple running the Tiki at this time shared how they have been quest for years and now rotate with other coulples to ensure a wonderful warm stay for their guest. They offer towels to go swimming along with use of yard chairs to take for outings. They also have a rack of books to read. We had a lil kitchen and a lil porch with table and chairs. I truely recommend this place. We first stayed at a bigger place. I perfered the personal touch Tiki shares. Who needs a TV with having the ocean to view 24-7. And ~ Bonus~ the low LOW price. We will be back.What a wonderful memory : }
The Kona Tiki is old Hawaii. A small 13 room, 3 story cinderblock hotel built in the '50's. Each room is right on the ocean, you can lie on your first floor bed and watch the surfers when the waves are high. There are no phones, a/c or TV, not even a computer at the front desk. Cash only. Big continental breakfast included in price, and about a 20 minute walk to town, passing a nice beach or two. Free coolers for your use, ice machine, mats, guide books to peruse, small library. If you're low maintenance, this is the place for you. Daily maid service, clean and pleasant rooms,good queen beds. Nice little garden, friendly. Wouldn't stay anywhere else on that side of the island. Pool, BBQ, fridges in all rooms, some with kitchenette. Even saw the green flash from there one sunset! Definitely not luxury, but hey...! Dirt cheap.
The Kona Tiki was a great value for my family. I was happy to not have television in the room. The pool is great with the mixture of salt and pool water. The dolphins were in sight as we swam in the pool.
The staff had our children light the tiki torches and blow the conch shell at sunset.
The breakfast a good, abeit a little too light for my older boys. The kitchen saved us as cold cuts and the bbq fill in that gap.
We definately will return to the Kona tiki.
The Kona Tiki is a great value. The rooms are small but clean. Half of them face the ocean but you'll hear it no matter where your room is located. The hotel is a 50's style cinder block building; we're not talking fancy here. But the swimming pool is literally next to the ocean, seperated by a retaining wall; ocean salt-water sprays into the pool when big waves hit!! Gather your mai-tai fixings from the local liquor store and enjoy sunset next to the pool before dinner, when the managers light the tiki torches and blow the konch shells. It's a great experience!!!! And close to central Kona as well.
This was our third stay at the Kona Tiki and we highly recommend it if you understand that there is no A/C, no phones in the rooms, the rooms are fairly small and there is no TV.
There are only 12 rooms, the place is right on the ocean and the ocean spray often goes into the pool. Every morning the guest gather for a light breakfast of fruits, juice, coffee and bagels - and many talk story about their plans and prior day's experiences. Price is great, best bargin in Kona. No credit cards accepted so be prepared.
Some rooms are near Ali'i Drive but the loud surf noise drowns out the traffic noise, but it you don't like the loud surf sound, don't go there.
Not for folks who are willing and able to pay for luxury, and want luxury.
This Spring 2006 was our fourth annual stay at the Kona Tiki, and our least satisfying mainly because of a new management team in place. Our reservation had been changed without our knowledge, placing us in a ground floor room rather than our previously reserved second floor one. We were able to get this changed, but had to make a midweek move between the second and third floor to accomplish this.
Parking is a problem at the Kona Tiki and late arrivals are asked to park where they will block cars of other guests. Because of this, late arrivals must leave their car keys with management so they can move them in the morning. One evening we had to do this and found the next morning that one of the managers had managed to run our rental car into a retaining wall when she moved it, caving in the bumper. Fortunately, her management team husband was able to repair the damage well enough that it passed the rental company's inspection when we turned the car in.
Overall, we found the demeanor of the new management team to Be rather chilly, which was surprising since they were from North Carolina. We thought "Southern Hospitality" was warmer than this experience would indicate. Perhaps we offended their delicate sensibilities since we are a same-gender couple, but clearly our Kona Tiki experiences were more pleasant in the past.
Will we stay there again? Well, we'll probably give them one more chance. It is a great location.