$129 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 9, 2014 Check-out: Nov 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
104 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

The Vessel Restaurant
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 (104)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
104 out of 104
Amenities:
3.4
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.5

70% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Okcnickel
Business
Norman, Oklahoma
Aug 29, 2010

Hotel in San Diego - Kona Kai

I received very good service from everyone from the shuttle driver to the bartender. All employees were very courteous and more than willing to get me whatever I needed. I will definitely go back!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Kansas
Aug 7, 2010

Best Location in San Diego

Perfect Location - all rooms have either bay view or marina view - at the end of Shelter Island so you are away from the hustle and bustle, but have perfect view of downtown and the whole bay. Rooms all have patios or balconies. Staff very helpful. Free breakfast was delicious, well presented, and hearty. Rooms could be updated, but clean and more than adequate. Loved our stay and would recommend to all.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Partnomad
Business
KCMO
Aug 7, 2010

Good value & great location, but . . .

Hotel staff really couldn't have been much more friendly. Our frustration was finding out after the fact that our 8:45 pm arrival was within the last hour of the airport shuttle and beyond the point that any food could be found on the island. By the time we got up in the morning the restaurant was serving a wonderful, if a little pricy breakfast & the weather was beautifully accenting the location.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Wisconsin Seasoned Traveler
Business
Oconomowoc, WI
Jul 18, 2010

Great Location and Price

Great location to marina,water, sites and recreation. Nice, clean and relaxing for older hotel. Staff friendly and attentive. Suited our needs!

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

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Point Loma Seafoods and Brigintine absolute musts!

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
l.a.
Jun 30, 2010

ok for the price

hotel clerks rude condescending

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
joan Marie
Business
Ann Arbor mich
Jun 8, 2010

great secluded resort

I was visiting my daughter in the Navy Was a bit of distance to city but enjoyed thebayview and marina. The restaurant was nice but would like a store closeby for beverages and snacks. The nearby resorts had entertainment which was nice. Pool was great. People were friendly Fridge was nice would have enjoyed a microwave. rooms were clean

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 6, 2010

Charming and beautiful views

Loved this place and will be back later this month, charming spanish style and very comfortable and quiet over Memorial Day weekend. Delicious Eggs Benedict for breakfast in restaurant and late afternoon drinks sitting next to marina on patio at the bar. Had a blast down the stree at Humphrey's with great music and dancing. Nice walking trails along the marina on Shelter Island Dr. Down side was $15 for parking and no elevator in main building, but not a deal breaker for us. Friendly staff and beautiful grounds.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short drive from hotel

Humphrey's down the street. Great, great live music, dancing and also outdoor concerts over the next few months. Also, drinks at the top of the Hyatt downtown, can see into Mexico and up the coast, go at night and catch the fireworks over the bay, too.

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Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mad Salesman
Business
Lake Elsinore, CA
May 24, 2010

THE GOOD, AND REALLY BAD

The facility was great with the one exception that the charge $15 to park your car. How else are you going to get there walk.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Crazyblonde
Business
Murrieta, Ca.
Apr 22, 2010

Great Hotel

This hotel was really nice. Great rooms. Great service.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lancer Travel
Business
Arizona
Apr 9, 2010

Great hotel for the price

Overall a verygood hotel for the price I paid! Only hidden surprise is a $75 per pet fee that was not stated up front. Other than that I would stay there again.

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

Business

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