$179 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 18, 2014 Check-out: Aug 19, 2014

Kona Kai Resort and Spa

4 stars
1551 Shelter Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
161 reviews
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
Great Views!

This hotel has wonderful views of the water and is in a nice exclusive location. I was not... See full review

  • Owen the golfer
  • Jul 8, 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 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

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 (161)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
161 out of 161
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.6

71% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Santa Clarita
Jun 28, 2011

Weekend Getaway

We visited family and friends. Sightseeing and looked for homes in the area.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Grannybob
La Jolla, CA
Jun 27, 2011

Shelter Island Getaway

We had to change rooms once to get a non-handicapped room with a better view and location. The swimming pool was a good size and well located with a view of the boats and the water.

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

Bali Hai restaurant was terrific. Good food, service and ambiance, especially if you sit outside with a view of the water and the cityscape.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Grannybob
La Jolla, CA
Jun 27, 2011

Shelter Island Getaway

We had to change rooms once to get a non-handicapped room with a better view and location. The swimming pool was a good size and well located with a view of the boats and the water.

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

Bali Hai restaurant was terrific. Good food, service and ambiance, especially if you sit outside with a view of the water and the cityscape.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
chandler,az
Jun 21, 2011

so good nice and queit place

Room are so nice and clean,good job for housekeping also restarunt was nice,all best

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
chandler,az
Jun 21, 2011

so good nice and queit place

Room are so nice and clean,good job for housekeping also restarunt was nice,all best

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
West Hills, CA
Jun 19, 2011

Best for Comfort and Price

Close to shopping, pier, and nighlife district. Professional and courteous staff with excellent complimentary breakfast for 3. Hotel is clean, modern, allows for pets, on the beach, with pool,and well manicured courtyard. Definitely plan to make this the hotel of choice on subsequent visits.

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

Minutes from Seaworld and Balboa Park, museums, fine dining and a great night life.

Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Temecula, CA
Jun 8, 2011

Very quiet peaceful hotel

Location, view and grounds were far better than expected. Only downside was Late getting room ready(4pm)and food service was poor. We visited on a busy weekend and the hotel was very quiet, and peaceful.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Temecula, CA
Jun 8, 2011

Very quiet peaceful hotel

Location, view and grounds were far better than expected. Only downside was Late getting room ready(4pm)and food service was poor. We visited on a busy weekend and the hotel was very quiet, and peaceful.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
El Paso, TX
May 23, 2011

Great Hotel Stay

The grounds were beautiful and the location was superb. Staff was friendly and accommodating with any request. Room was clean and comfortable.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
El Paso, TX
May 23, 2011

Great Hotel Stay

The grounds were beautiful and the location was superb. Staff was friendly and accommodating with any request. Room was clean and comfortable.

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