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“Good value on Sanibel, room could use an update”
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Kona Kai Motel
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Germany
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good value on Sanibel, room could use an update”
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Being our first time visiting Sanibel island, we were very impressed with the atmosphere, the beaches the restaurants and the laid back atmosphere here. It is refreshing to know that the gulf coast of Florida is not entirely plastered over with high-rises.
We stayed here for three days during the high-season of early March. The grounds - dotted with walkways and tropical plants and well-tended, was a welcome sight. The pool and sitting/grilling area were both welcoming.
The only slight downside in our opinion was the room, which was at best of average standard and could definitely use an update/renovation (carpets, bed, bathroom). We had a simple room with a twin bed so perhaps this was not representative. Admittedly, this is one of the better values on a very popular island, but even taking that into account, the room was a disappointment.
I Could nevertheless recommend the Kona Kai for a few days.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2012

Great place to stay very clean friendly good location,Clean pool nice decked area.nice eating places close by.Some of the best beaches in Florida shell collectors dream on Sanibell and Captiva Island don't miss the The Bubble Room on Captiva.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Madison
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

My girlfriend and I were on the tail end of our journey around the coasts of Florida-from West Palm-down to the keys-on up the gulf side where we landed at Kona Kai/Sannibel (our last night). If only we had budgetted more time for Sannibel and the Kona Kai Motel. We were treated like old friends, from the moment we called (days before-to inquire about pricing and availibility) which continued troughout our entire experience there. The room was very tidy, clean and comfortable. The courtyard was beautiful and made for some spectacular photos. The pool was the cleanest we encountered. NEXT time we will be staying longer and will be taking full advantage of the pool and beautiful bbq area. Thanks so much Brenda and Lenny.
Sincerely-
Keith and Kristin from Wisconsin

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Our vacation at the Kona Kai has sadly just ended but we will cherish our memories for a long long time. We visited with our two teenagers and stayed in one of the accommodations called a suite. We had a bedroom with 2 queen beds, a living room, and a kitchen. We found our suite to be clean, well equipped, and just what we were looking for when we planned our Spring Break vacation. The grounds there are so beautiful and we quickly fell under Brenda and Lenny's Aloha spirit. The Kona Kai has a distinctly Hawaiian feel and we enjoyed every minute we spent there.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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seattle
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

This lovely motel is a welcoming respite on the Island of Sanibel. The Hawaiian tropical theme, lovely lush gardens, perfect pool & bbq area, and graciousness of the hosts Lynny & Brenda made my stay relaxing and memorable. The rooms are simple, clean, and welcoming. i'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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philadelphia
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2012

We had a great time on our first visit to Kona Kai. We stayed in a suite, which was very room for the 3 of us (2 adults, 1 child). The grounds are beautiful. Even though it is on the main road, we could not hear road noise in our rooms or on the porch. The rooms are set back quite a bit from the road. The pool was large and clean. There are only 12 units, so we found ourselves with the pool entirely to ourselves on most days. The suite was very clean, we did not have any issues. I would like it if there was a way to recycle. You do need to be prepared that no one comes in to the unit to clean or change linens. You can ask for clean towels and tp, and they are happy to provide you with supplies. The suites have a full size fridge, sink and microwave with room to sit and eat either inside or out. The small table outside the room overlooks the landscaping and is very pleasant to sit and have your coffee outside. They have swim towels to borrow. Bikes can be rented from Billy's across the street. You can walk/bike to the local grocery store (5 minutes), 7-11 is next door, a nice bookshop next door, ice cream across the street. There are a number of shops and restaurants within an easy bike ride. Two or three beaches are within a medium bike ride. The owners were friendly and someone was always around. We would stay there again, highly recommend.

Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

We only stayed 1 night at the Kona Kai Motel, but I guess first impression is usually the right one...
The Manager Brenda is really sweet and extremely helpful. And at first glance the place looked nice; small cottages situated around a pool and BBQ area. But our room was not OK. It was very shabby to say the least, but if it had just been clean we wouldn't mind.
The carpet was disgusting with the things people had spilled over the years. The bathroom had cracks all over meaning it couldn't be cleaned properly. The window in the bathroom was not attached to the wall in the top right side so paper had just been put in to avoid mosquitoes and such. The worst part was when removing the bed covers we found some kind of plastic thing in the bed - it makes you wonder if the bed was even clean! And in the morning when we wanted to make coffee on the coffee machine in the room, the coffee filter from the last user hadn’t been removed – and it wasn’t just from the day before!
I'm sorry to write these harsh words as Brenda is really great, but we never want to stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Mai C
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bellaluck, Manager at Kona Kai Motel, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
Dear Mai C,
Thank you for your kind words about me and my interactions with my guests. I wish I had been approached about your dissatisfaction with your accommodation. I would never hesitate to move a guest to another room if asked. The Kona Kai was purchased by new owners less than two years ago. Lenny and I were hired then and have been working steadily to rennovate as many rooms and the grounds as quickly as possible. We have breathed new life into this wonderful Tiki motel and plan to continue to completely restore her to her grand glory days. Most of our rooms have been lovingly addressed and I am sorry you must have been in one of the few baths we still have to remodel. A good rule for travelers who experience an issue in ANY inn would be to give the innkeepers a chance to rectify your issue. It's very hard for us to make things right if we don't know of your concerns until we read them on TripAdvisor, especially an innkeeper as approachable as Brenda.
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Property: Kona Kai Motel
Address: 1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4513
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kona Kai Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our inn borders the Sanibel river for our guests who love to fish or kayak. We are located directly on the bike path and are close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. ... more   less 
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