Rated 1 out of 5 by Chris Horrible service
First - the good. Beautiful hotel and nice sized rooms.
Now - the bad. Horrible service. I could hardly ever reach a front desk specialist, concierge, or manager on the phone. Each time, I would be asked to leave a message to be called back, and I never received any return calls. They told me how busy they were, and I understand February is very busy in Hawaii, but I could physically walk to the front desk or concierge and there would be people available!
February 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Spacecadet Staff represent "Aloha"
Every one of your staff left great impression on me, with their smile and sincere greetings. Kona is famous for its beautiful weather and scenery. I would say it is the people, like your stuff.
As a resident of the rainy side of the island, I have been enjoying the beautiful nature of your sunny side (through camps). It has been a really while since I stayed in a hotel, and definitely this stay in your hotel was a great experience for me.
December 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by LoveHawaii below expectations
The Wi-Fi was slow and intermittent. We called for assistance two times which allowd us to connect, but then the wi-fi would constantly go down. Staff told us it was because of the winds but we never had that problem at other hotels on the island with more prevalent winds. The pool & waterslide were overcrowded because many locals paid to use the facilities for the day. The ping pong tables, pool table and teen room were great.
December 1, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Bicyclist Tired property even with latest renovations
We arrived a day early for a weeklong bicycle tour that was to start in Kialua-Kona and go around the Big Island. The bicycle company advertised the property as a luxury accommodation, the Sheraton Kona is not. We had an early dinner at the poolside restaurant. The corn on the cob was not edible; the nachos had no discernible goat cheese (one of the highlighted ingredients) and the guacamole was a tasteless cream. Very family friendly, kids loved the water features.
September 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WTsince74 Beautiful location
An ocean front view for nightly manta ray dances in the waters at the shoreline made the stay most memorable.
The same rocky coast line feature made the resort feel disconnected from its most attractive feature; the water front. Wish there was an effort that could be made in the services offered at the facility, or by coordination with local boat ramp area of the bay, to make the resort feel more connected.
December 3, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by acervant This hotel needs a renovation
Our "ocean view" was very unattractive sights of the hotels roof tops and some ocean. Hotel was out of soap the first four days that we were there. Our room had water damage on one entire wall. Our shower water switched from hot to cold during every shower. I went on their local web page to submit my complaints while I was their guest. It has been almost one week and no one has responded back to us.
April 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by surf666 Great location and staff pool bar slow dry food
The location is great and views amazing. Rooms were spacious and provided an wonderful; quiet space. Only drawback was pool bar- bar fine but food service was very slow and when food came cold and dried out, two different occasions.
September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom83 Awesome Resort We'll be back
Very nice resort! As a platinum, we were upgraded to a ocean view family suite prior to check-in. The hotel is older, but has been extensively remodeled in the last 5 years. The hotel had new, modern appearance.
Immediately after check-in we went to see Samantha, the concierge, and booked a Manta Ray snorkel, golf and a helicopter ride. Sam was very friendly, knowledgeable and worked hard to book exactly the excursions we were looking for.
We ate dinner at Ray's the first night. The food and service were excellent. They also had a live band and a dance floor. After eating we walked out to the viewing area to watch the Manta Rays.
The only problem that we experienced during our stay was that our room was located directly above Ray's and my wife found it difficult to sleep. We reported this to the front desk the next morning and we were moved to a larger, Corner suite that had a patio that was larger than our first room. That's what I call great service.
The resort has a huge pool with a 200' water slide, which we used on two days.
This resort also does an excellent job of recognizing Platinum guests. At check-in were give platinum colored wrist bands to wear during our stay. We got 15% off in all the restaurants and at breakfast each morning they brought us out a special plate of pastries without asking. My favorite was the Long John that was topped with a strip of bacon, caramel, and chocolate!
We will definitely stay at the Sheraton Kona the next time we visit the Big Island.
September 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stormyjodi Great location
We enjoyed our stay. Things we loved were size of the hotel, the proximity of the ocean and the breakfast buffet was excellent. The rooms were nice and clean and spacious. Enjoyed the craft people for shopping. Things that need improvement, fan for the bathroom, I would have liked more choices for eating, Ray's on the Bay was nice but too fancy for everyday eating.
March 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rnavor5654 Hotel Staff with Great Aloha Spirit
Driving up to the lobby, asking staff for help, passing staff in the corridors or at the pool through check-out, the staff had the "BEST" Aloha Spirit, gracious attitude, and best smiles I've EVER experienced in any hotel in Hawaii... We are definitely staying here next year again for the Kona Marathon. Thank you for making our experience most memorable.
Rudy, Terry & Mom
June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by travelman A great place
The hotel continues to evolve since our first visit 8 yrs ago. Have been coming ever since about 3-4 times a year. Beautiful grounds, great location, warm employees and a cultural treasure trove of hawaiian history. The mantas at night are a wonder. Just a great hotel to stay while in Kona area.
drawback: a resort fee over over $30 per day. That is unacceptable.
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Queenmommy This hotel offers great value
This hotel treats platinum members well. We stayed for five nights in August 2013. The staff is always helpful and friendly. We got upgraded to a suite and that was appreciated. The breakfast was great. They offered different things every day so you don't get bored. The kids love the pool and slide. It's never too busy. We will definitely stay here again! Mahalo!
August 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarolMark This hotel is exceptional!
Our stay was heavenly! The staff was so attentive! The hotel landscape is lush and the sea view from our room was amazing!
We loved morning yoga facing the ocean, hula lessons, walking the pathway along the shore line, resting by the delightful pool and attending the little church nestled on the garden. Great weather, great food....Our vacation was perfect!
January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by airport Great facility, super staff!
The hotel and surrounding landscape are absolutely beautiful. The entire staff was always friendly and accommodating from the breakfast waitstaff to the super valet guys. Great place for families with the nice pools, though gets quite noisy when trying to just read or relax without kids. Overall, awesome vacation, much due to the accommodations.
October 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gayle53 Fun place to take grandchild
We had a great weekend in late January with our two-year old granddaughter. We spent a lot of time at the sandy end of the pool and she got to play with other kids. She also liked walking around the nicely laid out hotel with stairs and a waterfall. We saw whales from the pool and the hammock. Staff was always courteous and helpful.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Junior25O Absolutely Amazing
The moment I arrived I knew I picked the Best Hotel on the Island. I was greeted by the friendly valet staff and front desk. Check in was incredibly fast and informative. The room had a view from the balcony window as well as outside the door. The room was always clean each day I returned. I also Loved how the gym was accessible 24hrs. It allowed me to get my workout done either before i started my day or after I returned from my activities. I was also very pleased with the dinning, I enjoyed the breakfast buffet during my stay, everything I ate was amazing and fresh, i enjoyed the wide variety from fresh fruits to the made to order omelets. And once again the service in the dinning area was great with the helpful service. I truly enjoyed my stay and will definitely book with the Sheraton for my next visit as well as letting my friends and family know where they should stay when they go to Hawaii. Thank you Sheraton you made me fall in Love with Hawaii
February 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bqc24 Sheraton stay July '13
Our first time to Kona and the Sheraton made the stay memorable. Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed the pool and its slide and kiddie beach. Another plus was that the pool was comfortably warm. The Sheraton staff was extremely polite and helpful, exemplifying the ohana spirit. We would definitely come back to this hotel again.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ResortVenues Wonderful property
Having seen the renovations throughout the property I would highly recommend this property for any and all guests. Families will love the water amenities, business travelers will appreciate the convenience, and VIPs will love the suites.
This is a newly renovated property that should be experienced when you are in Kona.
April 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by NewYears2012 Hotel is Tired
We stayed in an ocean front unit that had an incredible view and we couldn't have been happier with the location. The first night there were heavy rains and the room actually leaked pretty heavy all across the slider. Mentioned it in the morning to the front desk but they were less than helpful with relocation options.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Al3006 Great Experiance
The room was great and the service was superb. The view from our room was incomparable.
September 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starwood A VERY NICE STAY
We are a large family with multiple rooms, all of which were nicely appointed with wonderful views. The staff at EVERY turn were kind, informative and attentive, wanting to ensure we had a nice time. The rooms, grounds and pool area were clean and appealing. We were here for a week and enjoyed this hotel immensely.
June 11, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by syoung6126 Poor Choice, total disappointment
In a nutshell; Tired, dreary, worn out facility. Needs a good, large bulldozer , clean slate, and fresh state with poor customer service.
My family experienced travelers, (vacations and business).
This hotel was not a good experience.
On arrival, we were give a tiny room for a family of four and got a complete run around from staff and management about a "compromise". They offered the same room and a cot at $50/night. My son was supposed to sleep on the floor I guess. We had ad to muscle our way into getting what t we were original promised (AND PAID FOR). This took until the third day of our seven day vacation (we ended up going home a day early because we were so upset with the staff at the hotel. Oh, by the way. For the first three days we could not shower in our "room" as the bathtub would not drain. (not exaggerations).
NO MORE SHERATON fo this family...any where.
I summary, if you a are in search of a disappointing Hawaiian vacation, stay qt this "hotel".
June 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArGWI Above our expectations.
My family of four stayed for a week at the Sheraton Kona and had a wonderful experience. Friendly staff helped us plan our days on the island and we were able to relax back at the hotel after our daily trips. All areas of the hotel were top notch and were a big part of our family vacation.
June 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pete01 Anniversary25
We spent our 25th Anniversary at the resort and in Kona. Great place to stay, as a quiet resort. Rooms are comfortable, and have a great view of the ocean. The staff were awesome, and had alot of fun staying there. The only downside is it is a bit remote from Kona so definitely rent a car.
January 1, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lora2012 Changed to the negative
We have stayed here at least 6 times, always for a couple of weeks and enjoyed our stays enormously.Always got special treatment and generous upgrades. Being Platinum members we are used to and expect a certain treatment around the world. Not here anymore. We got a room that we paid for, no upgrade in sight because the many groups they had - I was told - and because we stayed for such a long time. I should, however, come by the front desk daily or call to find out about an upgrade. Good service would be to call me, wouldn't it?
At check-in I've been asked what I preferred, the points or continental breakfast. I decided for breakfast but was given a coupon only on special request. No personalized welcome letter, no preparations for our arrival.
We understand that big groups are better for the revenue of the hotel than individual guests and that it must be great to have the guests only for a couple of nights. Well, we will change our travel plans in the future, there are Sheraton hotels that are still caring and honor our status.
February 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Submarine Food Service Understaffed
Waited 45 minutes by pool bar for nachos, then cancelled order. Every morning long check in lines for breakfast. Food service understaffed. I am diabetic and needed the nachos to keep blood sugar up. Caused me a big problem until I bought two candy bars (for lunch).
January 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sheri99 Beautiful Reosrt
The Hotel was excellent, rooms were very clean, open and the beds were comfortable.
The dining room needs more variety on there menu as we were there for 6 nights and we could not have ate our evening meal there every night. I am glad we rent a car.
The breakfast were included. They also need more variety. Fresh fruit was limited to melons, scalped potatoes, and rice were offered for breakfast instead of hashbrowns, scrabbled eggs were horrible, lumpy, flavorless and very runny.
Bagels were one kind, plain. Bacon and sausage was the only meat all 6 days and it was the same type of sausage every day
They did have a good choice of cold cereals.
April 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by hnldrl Five stars
Had an oceanfront room and from our lanai watched dolphin pods spinning and swimming alongside the lava man triathletes. Then at night, could see rays feeding along the lava rock shoreline.
Could only have been better if we hadn't forgotten our binoculars!
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waikoloa Sheraton "Kamaaina" Stay in 4/13
Hotel room; 2 dbl bed (no sleeper couch) as listed online. Too heavy of blankets on bedding-comfortable bed.
Avoid Ainakai Restaurant; Breakfast overpriced/cold/poor quality. Juice is heavily watered down.
Rays Restaurant: Excellent food and view.
April 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Carlos123 this hotel needs work
the pictures look nice until you get there. I had 3 prolbems:
1) room was not cleaned when it was supposed to.
2) worked walked in on us when we had the privacy sign on
3) the wake-up call was never received.
Never had this happened to me before.
May 20, 2013