Left on 09/22/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | A TripAdvisor Member
A southern swell had arrived from tropical storms near Australia and as such the surf hitting the rocks only feet from our lanai were spectacular! Equally impressive was the care by property staff to close storm windows and fold up lanai floors to prevent water getting into those units receiving a larger amount of water than we were (we had only some mist ). This is a really nice condo and had everything you needed for comfort and fun in the sun. Some gorgeous (truly) furnishings were welcome and comfortable. It is warm upstairs on hot days but turning on the big exhaust upstairs helps suck the hot air out and by evening, the breezes cool the upstairs down quite nicely. We've been at KKSR before and very much enjoy the large pool and walks around the property and nearby beach. The only reason I did not give an 'excellent' is because the slider was heavy and difficult to carefully open and shut, there was no easy way to wash off beach sand before entering the house and there was a remodel going on next door (very nice people and goodness knows they went out of their way to try to minimize the noise, honoring morning and evening hours)...which is why we were on vacation (to get away from construction/remodeling careers). We liked this home and will most likely book again. Thanks for the amenities and attention to details (like kleenex upstairs and down, games, books, good wifi, water/beach equipment, etc., etc.) We love being at the end of Ali'i drive..very nice location. Thank goodness for A/C as it was hot while we were there!
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Los Angeles, California
Left on 09/10/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | A TripAdvisor Member
Exactly as advertised, and you couldn't ask for a better location - smack on the edge of the spectacular lava beach, part of an attractive, well-kept community with a large pool and tennis courts, a 3-min drive from the supermarket and a 10-min walk (if that) to the snorkeling beach. Stayed with my husband and two grown kids (ages 18 & 22) and we had plenty of room. Everything we needed was in the town home including a cooler, beach towels, even tennis rackets. We were scheduled to fly home on a 9:15 pm red-eye, and Chuck, the owner's rep, graciously arranged for a late checkout, so we were able to spend our last day snorkeling instead of driving around with all our luggage in the car. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else if /when we return!
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Los Angeles, California
Fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing
Left on 08/09/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | Martin A
Clean condo 20 yards from the ocean. I would stay here again. Solid internet connection and ocean toys available for use. Kitchen is complete and you have plenty of room. One minor thing is that the A/C I paid for was downstairs but the bedrooms were upstairs. So next time I will not pay the additional fee. The pool in the complex is right across the way and a terrific shopping center is a block away. Terrific rental at a great price.
Left on 05/16/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Alex J
Our stay at this condo & resort was fantastic. You cannot beat the location of this gated property. The unit provided everything that was needed for a comfortable stay on the island. We felt it was extremely clean and well kept, and slept the four of us with no problem. The pool and tennis courts are just a few feet away from the unit. Having the washer & dryer was extremely helpful, next stay we will be packing lighter. The islands best snorkeling beach is less than a ½ mile away with so many different kinds of fish to see, I will never forget when a Hawaiian sea turtle swam right past me. We enjoyed snorkeling while the kids kept busy with private surf lessons. Hands down our favorite part of our trip was being able to whale watch from the lanai while enjoying our fresh brewed Kona coffee. It was such a special treat as it was late in the whale season. We can’t wait to stay again.
Relaxing and comfortable
Left on 04/24/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | Leah
Great accommodation to start our holiday. Breakfast on deck watching boats, comfortable bed lulled to sleep by ocean waves, good location near shops, turtles on the beach next to the resort. No grizzles about amenities which were great for people who like to make some meals, only thing missing was a kettle. Thanks also for availability of beach gear.
a piece of paradise
Left on 03/25/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Kaukom
We stayed in the condo for 9 days in March. It was very easy to reserve. We received e mails prior to the visit to confirm, which put me at ease. We were given information and the codes to get into the condo and access the wireless internet, and neither presented any problem. The guest book information regarding sightseeing in the area and a map was helpful. We found the kitchen had everything we needed and more. We fixed breakfast every morning and ate out on the patio. The patio had a beautiful view of the sunset every night. Having the washer and dryer was very convenient! There was even detergent and fabric softeners. We also made use of the boogie boards (4 of them), snorkel masks and even swim shoes, which I highly recommend wearing since the rocks are very sharp at local beaches. Beach towels and chairs were also found in the closet, along with tennis racquests and balls for the courts. The tennis courts and pool were right across the parking lot from us. We didn't use the pool, as the beaches were wonderful! The only drawback of the tennis courts, was that we had to sign up to use them. I would advise against paying the extra fee for air conditioning because we didn't need it. I tried using it one night, but since it was on the main floor, the cool air didn't get upstairs to the bedrooms. There was a wonderful sound of waves each night, although a couple nights it was a little too loud and hard to sleep. The beach for snorkeling is just a couple blocks down from the condo. A grocery store was just up the street. We took walks at night and in the early morning and felt very safe. It was a lovely stay!!
Portland , Oregon
True Kona Surf experience!!
Left on 02/07/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Curtis
This condo location is directly overlooking the ocean waves crashing into the black lava shoreline! The surf was very high upon our arrival and really enjoyed watching the waves crash against the rocks - Exactly as it was pictured. The condo is very roomy and the furniture was comfortable. Really liked the location in respect to downtown Kailua-Kona, the shopping center right up alii drive and all the close attractions. we were able to walk the short distance to the state park for snorkling just a 1/4 north on the road - easy!!
Left on 11/16/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Cliff
Booking the townhouse was very well organized and instructions to gain access were clear. The condo was very clean and had all the amenities we needed - even some fresh lemons! It was a very quiet location and the pool was just what we needed in the heat of the day. The snorkeling beach just a 10 minute walk away was a great bonus. The many tropical fish and sea turtles were fascinating to watch. The shopping mall was also very convenient. We liked being away from the busy Kailua Kona area too.
Cheryl & Tom
Left on 10/25/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Cheryl & Tom
We cannot begin to tell you how fabulous this condo and resort were. The condo itself had everything one could possibly want or need and we fell asleep each night listening to the waves beating against the rocks. We almost always had a nice breeze so left windows open whenever we were there and never once missed the air conditioning we did not opt for. Our friends were in the same complex but not actually on the ocean and they spent more time at our unit then they did at theirs! We were close to so many of our adventure spots and near a grocery store which worked out great since we definitely used our kitchen! We would not hesitate to stay here again when we go back. This was our first trip to Hawaii and we loved all of it but there is so much more to see. Thank you for a fabulous "first time"!
Aloha by the sea
Left on 10/20/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | GTA
My wife and i visited the Kona area to compete in the ironman event. We needed a relaxed, clean and comfortable place to stay with all the amenities needed for self-catering etc. Townhome 178 gave that to us as well as the delightful sound of the ocean as it washed against the laval shoreline. It may not be 5 star, but it gave us everything we needed.
Shannon and Chris
Best trip ever in our ocean front condo!!
Left on 10/09/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Shannon and Chris
Location Location Location! This condo was perfect in every way. As you drive into the gated community the trees and flowers are so refreshing. As you drive around the bend you go past the great pool which we used every evening and by the way it was like our own private pool never more than a few people. We had our own assigned parking spot right in front of the tennis courts which you can use and the owners even had tennis rackets for us! As soon as you walk into the condo it screams beach house with the bright colors and beach decor! Full kitchen with everything you could need including a coffee maker, we picked up some Kona coffee on day one and were able to make coffee and sit out on the patio and watch the sun rise as the waves crash against the lava rock cliffs. There is a table and four chairs and a double seat couch for you to enjoy. The bed was very comfy and the master looks out over the water almost feels like your on a boat so awesome. I would say this is like a home away from home loved everything about this condo and plan to go back next year. The condo is right on alli drive which is where you need to be for food shops beaches and even for cocktails! A ton of the excursions we did were minutes from the condo which is perfect gives you more down time. I liked the crashing wave noise from every room in the condo the best really made me feel like I was on a Hawaii dream vacation!
Left on 06/07/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Cindy
This condo has been nicely updated since the last time we were here in January. Great location on the water and an easy walk to a secluded beach. The clubhouse has a nice pool and tennis courts and we used the barbeque most of the days we were there. The kitchen is roomy, modern and stocked with all the essentials. The condo was fantastic, especially for the price.
Hidden Jem of Kona
Left on 05/23/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Melanie
We absolutely loved staying at this condo. It was the perfect set up for our family, conveniently located, great view, and comfortable. It was a very nice fit for a family of 4 - actually, I was pleasently suprised because it was more spacious than the pictures suggested. We loved being able to go swimming in the pool and the ocean, which our girls loved. We are already planning our next trip and would definitely stay there again. I highly recommend!
Very pleasant stay at townhome 178!
Left on 01/08/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | mountai_lilly
We were charmed by the cozy atmosphere and beachy feel of this waterfront home. The rooms were spacious, well furnished, clean, and comfy. The directions and instructions for entry and exit were clear and easy to follow. The kitchen was well stocked with coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, ice maker, pots, pans etc. The linen closet was well supplied with bath and beach towels, extra sheets, pillows and blankets. The storage unit had buggie boards, a cooler, snorkel gear, beach mats, chairs, umbrella, you name it!
The only things that were a bit of a problem were 1) the hot water heater kept shutting off (had to shower cold twice!) 2) we kept sinking through the couches because the strapping under the cushions is so worn out it gives way, and 3) the fans and lights needed some new batteries, or an overhaul, as some of them did not work at all. We were a little disappointed that there was no gas grill on the lanai as anticipated, but, short of a few updates, this is really a great place to stay, and an unbeatable price!
Jane and Rich
Left on 11/16/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | Jane and Rich
Our stay in Townhome 178 was nothing short of perfect. The location was great with easy access to Kona and the the Townhome itself was comfortable and affordable. There was just the two of us and we really didn't need the extra bedroom but for the price you just couldn't go past it! The Townhome was equipped with everything we needed for our stay ie. snorkel gear, boogie boards, tennis racquets for the tennis courts, more than enough linen and the list goes on. It was also fantastic being right on the water and you can see the ocean from just about every room and who can beat going to sleep with the sound of crashing waves. We will definitely be back when we can next afford to visit. Thank you so much Chuck for providing us with a wonderful place to stay that only further enhanced our brilliant holiday!
Lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves
Left on 08/17/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Janet t
Very close to the shore with Beautiful sunsets. Great supply of boogie boards and snorkeling equipment. Lovely pool. Beautiful grounds. No beach access but beautiful kahaluu beach is just a half mile walk away. Great snorkeling at this spot even for young children. Fully functional kitchen. Inspirational running along alii drive with numerous athlete types running and biking there. Didn't realize the big island is training grounds for the ironman triathlon. Easy drive with tons of tourist activities up alii drive. Safeway and Walmart within driving distance. Hilo and volcano national park a few hours away but drivable. We Overnighted in Hilo because it is such a drive and we wanted to do the hot ponds over there and the zoo along with volcano national park. We still didn't get to do everything we wanted to on that side of the island.
Left on 04/16/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | ABCDtravelers
Our family of four (2 adults, 2 kids) recently spent 5 days in townhome 178, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The waterside setting is beautiful, and provides cooling breezes and the delightful sound of crashing waves. The unit was quite clean, and the bedding was relatively new and of a nice quality. There is plenty of space to spread out and relax, and with cable TV in three rooms there were never any fights over what show to watch. There were snorkel gear, boogie boards, a cooler, beach mats, and beach towels, as well as tennis rackets and balls available for your use. Also free wi-fi that worked great. The tennis courts and swimming pool are right by the townhome, and were never crowded. A nice little beach is within walking distance, and the best snorkeling beach in the area is just 2 minutes drive down the road. A great shopping center with Longs Drug, a supermarket, and various eateries is just 2 minutes south. Families with kids will also want to check out the wonderful playground about 10 minutes south on highway 11.
The little deck that the patio table sits on could use a fresh piece of outdoor carpet, and a little repair along the edges. The screen door is a bit finicky, as were the dresser drawers in the kids room. These minor things can mostly be attributed to wear and tear that comes from being situated on the water in a humid climate. But all in all, we were quite pleased with the townhome, and thought the price was excellent. You can't go wrong if you are a couple or family looking for a comfortable, laid back, quiet place to stay in the Kailua-Kona area.
An extraordinary 2 weeks in paradise!
Left on 10/05/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Hilma
The rental was very clean and comfortable and the beds were firm. The two cleaning ladies who came mid-stay were polite and happy. The geckos who visited were very cute! There was no noise at night. The location was perfect for us as we were away from downtown Kailua-Kona and near a shopping center with a local flavor. The rental is located mid-way between the beautiful north Kona beaches and rough and tumble South Point and Green Sand Beach. We loved being able to walk to a Wednesday Farmer's Market and the County Beach where snorkling was excellent. Only one person in our group is a pool swimmer and she loved the pool and facilities. The rental is getting a little worn around the edges. The bath towles are ragged, the blender leaked black rubber goo, the pictures on the wall in the upstairs bath are sun-faded, the silverware doesn't match and there was not enough drinking glasses. All the ceiling fans are great and necessary, but they are a bit old and some only work on one speed. All those little details meant was the place was very good rather than excellent. A little TLC is all that's needed! There's a folder by the owner about local things to do and places to eat, but it's dated 2006 and many things have changed and phone numbers no longer work.
Dream stay in Keauhou Kona Surf and Racquet Club Townhome 178
Left on 08/12/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Great!
Everything we were expecting was found in townhome 178 of the Keauhou Kona Surf and Racquet Club. Great location near the pool and the tennis courts and what a view of the ocean. Great sunset every night. Not far from Captain Cook bay where we swam with dolphins.
Mahalo for the memories.
Newman Lake WA
Wish we could have stayed another week
Left on 03/03/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | Roslak Family
Had a fantastic time on the island and townhouse 178 was great. The view each evening was more than you could ask for. Spinner dolphins, whales and beautiful sunsets. Interior of the townhouse could use a little TLC. A fresh coat of paint would do wonders. The beach equipment and books about the Island were very much appreciated and made our stay more enjoyable. Reading the guest books gave us some ideas that I am sure we would not have thought of. If you don't mind hiking a bit there are several very nice beaches that are not crowded, check out the book. The farmers markets are the way to go for fresh produce. It was very nice to have a washer and dryer. The grounds and other facilities at the complex are well maintained and the residents are very friendly. The tennis pro spent quite a bit of time with my boys who had never played tennis. Another local gentleman who fished along the shore each day helped one of the boys catch his first fish out of the ocean. One of the highlights of the trip was the whale watching adventure. If you want to go out with a smaller group (5 or 6 people) try "living ocean adventures". All in all a great place as a base to explore the island. We wouldn't hesitate to return to townhouse 178 in the future. Coming home to the snow and cold I wish we could have turned around and gone right back.
Clean, great view and reasonable accomodations.
Left on 01/01/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | none
The rental has a wonderful ocean view, the facilities were clean with nice gardens, great tennis courts and easy access to shopping and activities.
The villa was clean, comfortable and exceeded our expectations
Left on 06/27/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Sydney
We will be back! The only disappointment was that the tennis court's were under renovation during the time of our stay. But still this did not spoil our stay. Thanks
Wish I could've stayed longer!
Left on 04/08/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Deidre
Had a wonderful time at the condo, especially impressed with the ocean being so very close by. I actually got to do some fishing and caught some Humu's & Hinalea's. I didn't keep them, but threw them back. I was very impressed with furnishings and sports equipment available for use. Next time I want to stay longer! One comment is the remote for the lightings were very confusing, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Otherwise, everything was great!
3 Sisters and our Mother
Left on 04/08/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | 3 Sisters and our Mother
Nice pool. Gorgeous view!! We had a few ants, even though we put the food away. Kitchen could use a few more cooking utensils. We left a brand new beach chair for the next visitors. The pillows were not comfortable. They should be replaced. Nice big counter in upstairs bathroom....wish there was a second mirror on the wall. Close to the grocery store. Took a snorkel tour, glad we were so close to the dock.
Stunning Location, Pounding Waves, Cultural Presence
Left on 01/17/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | Scandling Family
Aloha Condos was prompt and efficient in processing our reservation. The unit
was in good condition and the location was incomparable: you could get
splashed by the surf on the lava rocks just sitting on your lanai. It's a short
drive into Kona town and it was handy to have the shopping center, cinema,
and post office a short walk up the hill. Just a heads-up, the directions we
received from Aloha were backwards on the turn onto Alii; (should've said left,
not right). We ended up in the shopping center, but figured it out from there.
Also, we had no idea that lots of beach stuff was stored under the stairs (did
we miss a note somewhere?), so ended up buying some items we didn't need.
Right outside the door is a significant historical cultural site, a reminder of the
highly structured indigenous society which preceded corporate dominance of
just like the picture
Left on 10/18/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | ironman family
The location was great-really enjoyed being right on the water- no road noise. The condo was well equipped , good ammenities ( like washer/dryer and 1 set snorkel gear, boogie board etc.) and it was close to shopping center for supplies. Check in was simple . Our only problem was an out of order phone... just check whether that has been dealt with . We did not ask for repair while we were there so cannot comment on response time.Be sure to check out the little beach just adjacent to north end of condos.
the view the view the view & giant manta rays!
Left on 08/08/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | Lynne
The view was incredible - all OCEAN and black rock!!!
The place #178 was fine - decorations were very good and the back lanai was GREAT - we ate or sat there nearly every nite. Kitchen needs more supplies and place needs some upgrades and paint. FYI, for those that must have A/C there is no A/C on the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are located. That should be noted in the on-line description - my husband really likes A/C when sleeping but I was ok. The unit needs small maintenance and could use some freshening of paint and some new items where sea air and wear and tear has left it below average. As an owner of 2 vacation rental homes, I would add a large flat screen tv and upgrade the bedroom tv size. I left a message with the local manager with a list of suggestions. It was off season so there were not too many other renters but sounds carry there. The pool was good. The nearby scuba diving was GREAT and we saw giant manta rays both on the manta dive and on a shore dive - that alone was worth the trip! It was an easy location and we would consider coming back for the view and diving !
Kona is more than ok with us!
Left on 06/17/2009 for a stay in June 2009 | Workman's
We gave it 10 stars all the way! BEST location, perfect size, everything we needed including boogie board. Thanks for the great memories, we won't forget the wonderful time & will tell all our freinds & family where to stay.
Great ocean view
Left on 05/19/2009 for a stay in April 2009 | Linda L.
Liked the condo and amazing oceanfront view. Found the condo to be very clean and quiet and looked exactly like the photos posted on the website. Very quiet resort, not much going on and only amenities were a pool and tennis courts. Once we had booked our condo at the rate of $149/night, we learned the owner had reduced the price to $109/night for any future rentals. Found this very disappointing. Only minor complaints would be screen door to lanai needed repairing, and wished the resort offered more amenities.
Lookin for sun
Abbotsford ,BC ,Canada
Surf on your doorstep
Left on 05/04/2009 for a stay in January 2008 | Lookin for sun
We (2 couples) spent a great week in this very comfortable townhouse. The sunsets on the patio were glorius with the surf breaking on the volcanic rocks in front. The proximity to the ocean was a real plus but it did present a problem during a storm, as the lower windows and patio door on the ocean side were barricaded for protection for a day and a half. On the other hand we also watched grey whales from the patio.
Some nice shoreline walks from right off of the patio. There is good snorkleing in a well protected bay within easy walking disance, ideal for the beginner and lots of marine life. We did a few runs on the beach road in the morning and followed them with a quick ocean dip or in the complex's pool.
The location was very convenient to a local shopping mall including a good grocery store, and pharmacy along with a couple of decent restaurants. Lots more shopping and dining in nearby Kona.
Our only complaint is we spent too much time touring the island and not enough on the patio.
Fine condo in Kona
Left on 04/23/2009 for a stay in July 2008 | bobray
We stayed in this condo in Kona for one week Summer 2008. The Condo is right on the water (you can hear the waves from the bedroom), well kept in a beautiful location. It is quiet & well situated outside the main part of the town. A great snorkeling beach is walkable. The condo is clean and in good condition - not 5 star fancy, but very nice.
The only negative we had with our stay was the vog. I think I underestimated how troublesome it would be. We only had one completely sunny day on the Big Island out of seven.
New York City
Left on 04/17/2009 for a stay in February 2009 | Jon
Clean, comfortable, well-maintained. Good view of ocean.
Left on 04/17/2009 for a stay in February 2009 | buoywatcher
This unit is the best place we have stayed! It is right on the water and we were able to view whales in the distance. The furnishing were beautiful and had everything necessary for going to the beach and cooking. I would definately put this unit first on my list for staying in the Kona area!
Santa Barbara, CA
Left on 04/03/2009 for a stay in March 2009 | dstuart
The condo had a great location. I loved the sound of the ocean. I prefer condos that are better maintained, or newer. There were numerous places where rust was showing through and the ceiling fan in the upper bathroom was dirty as was the ceiling. Other condos where I have stayed had matching dishes and newer pans. There was no gate opener as stated in the e-mail (not a problelm really). The pictures were dated and could be improved with newer framing. The bathroom floor grout needs a good bleaching. The screen on the left window in the master bedroom was not secrue against the window and buggs got in.
As condos go, for the price it was nice. However, for the price I have also had nicer condos. Thank you.
Three Hills, Alberta
Beautiful Relaxing Stay
Left on 04/02/2009 for a stay in February 2009 | br84ill
Within 10 minutes of arriving we were out on the lanai watching the whales. Very close to the ocean which we really enjoyed. We went and bought binoculars just to watch the whales. The weather all week was wonderful - very much like the Dominican. Well equipped kitchen with everything you need and then some. Excellent snorkelling very close by as well as shopping centre with grocery store. Pool was very nice and relaxing - quiet. Only issue we had is that the cleaning staff needs to do a much better job on the bathrooms. Dust on the ceilings fans and on the bathroom walls. Dark hairs in both showers and on the floor and walls. Just about called to have them come clean it immediately - we should have! We would definitely stay again but would make sure when we book that we mention this issue.
Left on 04/02/2009 for a stay in July 2008 | Chris
It was our 25th Anniverary. My wife loves the ocean and I wanted a place where we were right on the beach (so to speak) as there is no beach but there is nothing between us and the water. We spent a week in the condo and another week at various B&B around the island. At first I though it rather expensive compared to the B&Bs but they were not on the water and we had to eat lunch and dinner out each night. You can cook your own meals and pack lunches so the cost works out the same or maybe even cheaper in the end. The condo slept four but there were only the two of us. Our neighbors in the next condo stayed there and went to all parts of the island on day trips. Had I to do it over again I would stay at the condo the whole trip and do the same. We used the tennis courts but not the pool. We always swam in the ocean and there was a beach within walking distance. Sitting there, drinking wine, with the ocean crashing just feet away, watching the sun go down every day was awesome. Only once was it so hot that we had to turn the AC on but I was glad that I had it. I would return if it didn't take a whole day on a plane to get there.
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