$149 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 21, 2014 Check-out: Sep 22, 2014

Kona Kai Resort and Spa

4 stars
1551 Shelter Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
103 reviews
Very enjoyable

Unique location, beautiful setting, i will sre go back. See full review

  • kuto
  • Jul 29, 2014
My Stay

I had a wonderful time and all went very well. ~ Good staff, attentive service, fabulous environment. See full review

  • LuciaChris
  • Jul 11, 2014
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.

Hotel Map

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

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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 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-
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

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 (103)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
103 out of 103
Amenities:
3.4
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.5

71% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ejsu
Barstow, CA
Feb 22, 2012

Nice stay.

It is a very nice hotel. I have stayed a couple times because it has a great location, right on Shelter Island with great walking and views. Could use some new pillows and provide more then 2 per bed. Used the computer and printer in business center at hotel was not happy with the cost for spending 4 minutes on computer especially since the internet runs slow, and print 1 sheet of paper.

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

Great views and location is great to downtown, airport, Sea World, Cabrillo National Monument, many great place and the hotel is right in the middle of everything.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Heyjay
Los Angeles
Jan 24, 2012

Not bad

A decent hotel. Great location. The rest was just average - not for any fault of the management or staff, but it just doesn't feel like a special get-away spot - more like an average hotel you could find anywhere.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
naegle
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Jan 17, 2012

Better than expected

I was extremely nervous after reading other reviews but I found many were unfounded. The facility was well-kept and high quality. The location was excellent. I would have paid more for this type of location.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
linmaz
Tucson, AZ, USA
Jan 3, 2012

San Diego, seagulls and sights.

Hotel, was fine! I felt a bit isolated on the grounds of hotel. We shared an a joining room with other family members. Quiet area, parking was an additional fee, and if you don't have a food voucher - breakfast at hotel pricey $$$, beautiful water view though, The family wanted to get to Balboa Park, we did and easy drive from Kona Kai Resort Hotel.

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

Get food voucher. The refridgerator in rooms was a blessing. Coffee pot available - I'm a coffee snob bring your own coffee and water. I noticed a taste about it!

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Palm Desert, CA, USA
Oct 31, 2011

Getaway

Hotel was nice, staff was awesome but the room seemed a little cramped. 2 queen beds in a room that was made for maybe 1 king. view was outstanding, but they spring a $15.00 a day parking fee at check out which caught us off guard and we had some sort of winged ant or something under my sons covers and in the drawer.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ALAH
California, USA
Sep 24, 2011

FANTASTIC PLACE

VERY NICE LOCATION, I ENJOYED MY STAY. THE ROOM WAS ROOMY AND CLEAN. PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY GETAWAY.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Liji
San Jose, CA, USA
Sep 21, 2011

family vacation

very nice location and nice hotel, very near to the beach

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Analia
Fountain Valley, CA, USA
Sep 2, 2011

fun getaway

The hotel is beautiful, located in a beautiful peninsula, we loved it that it was water front view and had a small playground that my kids could go to right in front of our room in a sandy strip. The view of the harbor was amazing. The room was small and had a funny smell, but the walls are thick enough where you can't hear the neighbors. So I think I would recommend this place, specially because it was such a bargain!

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

If you live close to San Diego county and are considering visiting the San diego Zoo, you might want to look into getting the year pass. You can save $ this way, because you can go to the Wild animal park too with this pass and it also comes with 2 free tickets to give away to the Zoo.(You'll be surprised at how the year pass doesn't cost that much more than the day pass)

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
monkey
Modesto ,CA
Aug 16, 2011

Quiet, relaxing setting

Loved the Hawaiian style dining room with Hawaiian music. food was good too. Had a good massage. enjoyed seing the Bay on both sides of the hotel. Great for walking along the Bay. Will definitely return someday.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Lizzi
Missouri
Aug 15, 2011

San Diego

Nice location, great view. Beds were not the best. It was a bit difficult to get in and out of the parking lot with a room key. Even though we paid for a late departure, housekeeping kept knocking on the doors.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
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