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Kona Kai Resort & Spa
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1551 Shelter Island Dr San Diego, CA 92106
1551 Shelter Island DriveUSCaliforniaSan Diego92106
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Waterfront lodging with a restaurant, a marina & a spa, plus a private beach & an outdoor pool.- Google
"Staff and service was great, rooms were very nice!"
"The quality was good but the price is simply to high for the selection."
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Kyle McDonald
2 months ago
We got a great deal on Priceline. Room is clean but not overly big. Nice sitting area on the porch. Pool is a little small but nice. Parking is pretty expensive. Beautiful location. Try to get a 3rd level room for the best views
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
We appreciate the feedback and are pleased you've enjoyed the visit. Please don't hesitate to touch base with the team if there's ever anything more we can do to assist with this or future visits. We're always happy to lend a hand.
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Lakesh Pookraj
in the last week
Location was amazing if you want somewhere just to relax. 20-30mins drive into the city centre. Bed is huge! Bathroom could be slightly better and the reason I say this is because one of the towels was stained, toilet roll holder was broken and bathtub was a bit dirty but I cleaned that myself. View from room overlooking the sea is beautiful. If u want to use the Spa please book in advance as I wanted to book massages and was unable due to not many staff members. Would come here again.
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Duane Hamilton
3 weeks ago
Front desk Joe was rude and unwilling to listen to his customers. Tish was very helpful and pleasant.. the place is a nice place to escape for a day or two.
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Magnolia Magno-Gonzalez
2 months ago
Good sized room with excellent view of the marina. Each unit has it's own veranda where you can enjoy the view and the gentle breeze. Stayed for 4 days and wished we can stay longer. Will definitely stay here again.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
We're so happy to have found a fan in you and look forward to sharing even more of our comforts the next time you're in San Diego. Thanks for sharing, Magnolia!
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Fred Nicholson
a week ago
This Resort is the coolest, the room are new the Resort has been renovated. It sits at the end of the Island. Great for a stroll picture taking. If you like fishing this is your place bring your pole when checking in. It sits behind Point Loma Navy Base so in the morning you might hear some jets. That famous red head use to stay there the one and only Lucille Ball and a few other famous actors and ex president.
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Richard Baenen
2 months ago
Maybe more than it lets on. On my 2nd night now, and this place just feels old and cheaply renovated. Pretty sure there is mildew on the patio door, but I'm from the desert, may be normal? Hotwire reviews is what pulled me in to this "4" Star ? resort. Resort fees are more than Vegas with 18/night parking. The pool and bar area is happening, and you are on the marina, but the rooms are far from special. I would try somewhere else if ever in San Diego. The only thing that saves this place is location. You shake the dice with Hotwire.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
While it's a pleasure to have welcomed you, we're sorry to hear the mixed impression. We're always happy to offer our assistance in identifying the most preferential room and hope you'll consider touching base again in return travels to the city. We're confident in our ability to offer a more consistent experience.
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Brandon Palmer
a month ago
This is a nice hotel with great customer support. The rooms look right out over the water and is fantastic to see first thing in the morning. Comfy beds and a great escape.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thanks, Brandon. We're so happy you enjoyed and to hear guest services were a standout of your stay. We appreciate the feedback and hope to welcome you back soon!
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Wassef Kamal
4 months ago
In the beginning we felt very rushed and we're told to order brunch before the 2 PM mark. 20 minutes later my wife and I received two eggs Benedict plates and we're told by the server that the rest of our party (4 people) needed to order something else because they ran out of holiday sauce. This created frustration for two reasons. 1) the waitress not realizing that they only had very little holiday sauce and 2) for bringing out two dishes and then letting the rest of the party know that they ran out of holiday sauce and had to order something else, while my wife and I eat. Not sure what they were thinking when they brought out only two dishes, but that's what happened. They server should have came too our table wayyy before and told the whole party about the shortage so the rest of the party can order their food and have it out at the same time. My pep peeve is to have all parties order at the same time and all dishes out at the same time. Anyways the manager was very understanding and made sure the kitchen crew made some more holiday sauce which usually take about 8 minutes to make and everything went well after that...Food is very tastefull, view is amazing, service that day is usually spot on, but hopefully the staff understands that without customers there is no business, especially since in this day of age everyone reads reviews before making a decision.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
We certainly hear your concerns and have addressed this to prevent similar recurrence. Our apologies for the initial frustration and thank you for the opportunity to make the correction and to learn from this experience, Wassef. We're pleased you enjoyed your experience there forward and hope you'll join us again for a more seamless return. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back.


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