$179 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 10, 2014 Check-out: Jul 11, 2014

Kona Kai Resort and Spa

4 stars
1551 Shelter Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
159 reviews
Was Expecting More

The location is amazing. On the far end of Shelter Island, right on the water. We got a handicap... See full review

  • PV Couple
  • Mar 26, 2014
Good Hotel

it is very good hotel, but the problem is the private beach you only can sit and enjoy the view you... See full review

  • Ya87
  • Mar 16, 2013
Waterfront resort offers a taste of Hawaii in San Diego

Crystal waters, watercolor skies and rows of yachts in the harbor -- this is Kona Kai Resort Hotel. This resort's spectacular waterfront location at the tip of San Diego's Shelter Island is just one item on a long list of impressive amenities. Other great features include tropical island ambiance, fantastic California cuisine, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and guest rooms with garden, marina and bay views. Kona Kai Resort Hotel is convenient to numerous attractions including the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Museum of Art.

Highlights
  • Outdoor pool with line lanes and a Jacuzzi tub
  • Summer Hawaiian luaus (fees apply)
  • On-site spa offers luxurious massage and body treatments
  • Marina restaurant and lounge
  • Enjoy on-site recreation including a sunning beach with a volleyball court, fire pits, bicycle rentals and children's playground
Rooms

Charming rattan furnishings and floral print bedding give Kona Kai Resort Hotel guest rooms a distinctive tropical feel. Expect private balconies or patios, great views and free Wi-Fi Internet access, along with cable TV, coffee-makers and hair-dryers. Pets are welcome (fees apply).

Features

Situated on eleven acres of lush tropical gardens, the Kona Kai Resort Hotel offers a scenic, peaceful atmosphere just minutes from San Diego's top attractions. Enjoy a couples massage or deluxe body treatment at the resort spa. A spacious fitness center features cardiovascular and weight equipment, as well as fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, karate and aerobics (fees apply).

Of course, it's perfectly acceptable to skip the workout routine and just spend the day at the Kona Kai Resort Hotel private sand beach. Have a picnic while the kids play at the playground.

Dining

California fresh cuisine and fantastic views of the Kona Kai Marina are the highlights of breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Kona Kai Resort Hotel. Happy Hour is scheduled every day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Stay for dinner and try favorites like the lobster bisque and Hawaiian salmon salad.

Transportation
  • San Diego International Airport (2.5 mi/4 km)
Attractions
  • USS Midway Museum (3.3 mi/5.3 km)
  • SeaWorld (3.8 mi/6 km)
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • San Diego Zoo (5.2 mi/8.3 km)          
Business
  • 56,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor function space
  • Outdoor venues include courtyards, gardens and a private beach
  • Banquet and catering services
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
Policies and Fees
  • Starting June 25th, the property will no longer offer complimentary airport shuttle service.
  • Parking is available at a charge of $15 USD/night.
  • Pets allowed with non-refundable deposit.
  • Authentic beach luaus are offered on most Friday night's in the summer at an additional charge.
  • The hotel charges a $10 resort fee inclusive of wireless Internet access, business center access, health club access, private beach access, beach chairs and towels (when available), local calls, and long distance calls within the US and Canada.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Kona Kai Resort and Spa Rooms

Standard Guestroom 1 King
Newly transformed king bed room 360Sq Ft Private patio- views of Shelter Island
Bay View Junior Suite- 1 King
Newly Transformed- 1 King Bed- 448sq Ft Private Patio with Views of the Big Bay
Kona Kai Suite
Newly transformed 1 king bed- 845sq ft Seperate living room- views of Big Bay
Standard Guestroom 2 Queen Beds
Newly Transformed 360 Sq Ft -Private Patio 2 Queen Beds- views of Shelter Island
Junior Suite- 1 King
Newly Transformed 1 King Bed- 448Sq Ft Marina or Bay views- private patio
Pool View Guestroom-1 King
Newly Transformed- 1 King Bed- 360sq Ft Private patio- overlooking the pool
Pool View Guestroom 2 Queen Beds
Newly transformed 2 Queen beds- 360sq ft Private patio- overlooking the pool
Marina View Guestroom 1 King
Newly transformed 1 king bed- 360sq ft Private Patio with views of the Marina
Marina View 2 Queen Beds
Newly transformed, 2 queen beds- 360sq ft Private patio with views of the Marina
Bay View Guestroom 1 King
Newly Transformed-1 King Bed-360sq Ft Private Patio- Views of the Big Bay
Bay View Guestroom 2 Queen Beds
Newly Transformed 2 queen beds 360sq ft Private patio- views of the Big Bay

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Elevators
24 hour security
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness Center
Golf
Jogging track
Boating
Fishing
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Porters
Conference facilities
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible parking
Room
Telephone
Electronic door locks
Sprinklers in rooms

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Hotel Map

32.7089 -117.2321
Nearby airports
San Diego International Airport, (SAN), 3.70, MI, SE;
Area description
Resort

Nearby points of interest

  • Sunset Cliffs: 1.8 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.5 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 3 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.7 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.8 mi
  • Sea World: 3.8 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.9 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3.9 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 3.9 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 3.9 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 4 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 4.2 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 4.2 mi
  • Belmont Park: 4.4 mi
  • PETCO Park: 4.4 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 1.8 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.5 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 3 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.7 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.8 mi
  • Sea World: 3.8 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.9 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3.9 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 3.9 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 3.9 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 4 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 4.2 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 4.2 mi
  • Belmont Park: 4.4 mi
  • PETCO Park: 4.4 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 4.7 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 4.7 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 4.7 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 4.9 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 5 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 5 mi
  • Botanical Building: 5 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 5.2 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 5.2 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 5.2 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 5.2 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5.6 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 6.2 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 7.1 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 9 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 9.3 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.8 mi
  • Legoland: 29.4 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 29.5 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,122.2 mi

Dining

Kona Kai Dining Room and Lounge
Located at the resort. Offering fine cuisine on the very tip of San Diegos beautiful Shelter Island. Features casual elegance by the beach and a magnificent view overlooking the Kona Kai Marina.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (159)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
159 out of 159
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.6

70% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
NYYX27
Los Angeles
Apr 29, 2014

Nice views

Place is situated close to the water. You can watch ships coming in and leaving. The wifi was marginal at best, small bathroom and the lighting in the bathroom needs some serious updating. Restaurant was closed for remodeling

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are some very nice places for dining within a mile of the hotel.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
PV Couple
Palos Verdes, California
Mar 26, 2014

Was Expecting More

The location is amazing. On the far end of Shelter Island, right on the water. We got a handicap accessible room, which is great if you need it, but the low sink and lack of any shelving in the bathroom was quite inconvenient. The shower head was so high, I don't think a person with a disability would be able to reach it. $17 per day parking is outrageous, especially since there was no security or indoor parking. We never ate at the resort. I felt that $11 for a bowl of oatmeal was on the high side and the lunch dinner menu seemed more like fast food. The room was newly remodeled and the bed was comfortable. For the price, I would probably stay somewhere else. Don't forget to read the fine print about the parking fees!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Head out of the hotel area to the beginning of Shelter Island for some very good restaurants. Much better value than at the hotel.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Em and Ed
Corona, California
Sep 26, 2013

an o.k. place to stay

Good view, poor lamp lighting, good nights sleep and most of the staff were very helpful and friendly. Greedy price for parking!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ozlace
Tomball, Texas
May 27, 2013

Need a complete makeover

The first night we arrived they had given our room away and so we stayed in a room with a rollout for my mother. Once we moved to the new room the view was perfect however, the sink in the room sank, the toilet blocked and flooded one day and every 2 days our room keys would cancel. On top of that they charge for parking which isn't included in the booking cost, $15 a day. The rooms were no better than staying at a 3 star hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jeff hams
New Mexico
Apr 21, 2013

Comfy bed for a small room.

I loved the soft bed and pillow. Great views of the harbor. But carpet needs replacing. Sink drain was clogged. Oh and don't order the chocolate cake at the restraruant. It cost $8 and was was just a small tasteless preice of like a chocolate muffin with a little chocolate sauce on top. But our kids loved the pool and the kids play area on the beach behind the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ya87
US
Mar 16, 2013

Good Hotel

it is very good hotel, but the problem is the private beach you only can sit and enjoy the view you there is not any beach activities...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

there private beach is very small and if u r looking for a good private beach this is not the one u should book.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Big bay boater
Huntington Beach, CA
Mar 16, 2013

Shelter Island hideaway

This was our second stay and we will definitely be going back for a third. This is the perfect spot for the Big Bay boater, with a dock for guests the hotel is ideal. A beautiful setting in a beautiful city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
super e
Oroville
Mar 14, 2013

kona kai hotel

the hotel was nice and clean. the pictures on the internet make it look a lot more appealing it really is. The hotel is older needs to be updated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

The Zoo was great my son loved it. Get the package for attractions it is a much better deal.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Rose and Gary
Phoenix, AZ
Mar 14, 2013

Anniversary Getaway

Was very disappointed with the room. Needed to be updated (rug, bedding, chair covers, drapes). Interior looks like a 70's hotel. Bathroom was large but tub was not suitable to showers. Very slippery. Not enough electric outlets. Rates do not reflect condition of room. Picked hotel because of location and past stays but would not again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Eat at Anthony's Grotto. Views are fabulous and meal was wonderful.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
ann12345
arcadia
Feb 17, 2013

vacation

The room is too small ,All things are very old inside. It feels like a motel rather than a hotel!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
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