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4.3 out of 5

"Charming, clean, quiet. However, no ice available at all and I needed a ladder to get into the bed!! " More

By a verified traveler on Fri 07 Feb 2020

Hotel Description

3-star motel near Sanibel Island Southern Beach

On river

Within 3 miles (5 km) of this motel, you'll find Sanibel Island Southern Beach and Sanibel Island Lighthouse. Also, Periwinkle Way is within half a mile (1 km) and Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is within 2 miles (3 km).

Outdoor pool, terrace

An outdoor pool, free self parking, and barbecue grills are featured at this motel. WiFi in public areas is free. A terrace, a garden, and a picnic area are also on offer.

Free WiFi, balconies

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 19 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and LED TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include balconies, coffee/tea makers, and ceiling fans.

Motel Room One Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$149* Per night/room Dec 7 - Dec 8

Efficiency One Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Efficiency Two Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Motel Room Two Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite Two Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Efficiency One King

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kona Kai Motel ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Kona Kai Motel

Everyone (9) Couples (3) Family (3)
4 out of 5
Charming, clean, quiet. However, no ice available at all and I needed a ladder to get into the bed!!

Posted by , from Florida on Feb 7, 2020

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4 out of 5
Very clean and nice layout to the hotel. I thought it had a very cozy atmosphere and was a very convenient location.

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019

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5 out of 5
I enjoyed the room. I was only there for 1 night however I would definitely stay again in the future. It was very cozy.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019

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5 out of 5
Welcoming room, beautiful property, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect island vibes!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019

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5 out of 5
The Kona Kai was perfect for our weekend trip to Sanibel from Orlando. The location was in the center of everything with bike rentals right across the street— made for a quick 20 minute ride to the lighthouse, the beaches by the resorts, and morning rides to the cute island cafes for coffee. The hotel room had nice tropical decor and all the essentials like a mini fridge/freezer, wine glasses and cups, plenty of towels with more available at the office, and the property itself was designed like a quaint tiki hideaway with beautiful, well thought out landscaping. Plenty of areas to sit outside surrounded by palm trees and bamboo to chat and have a glass of wine. The staff was very accommodating as well. I definitely recommend this property for a nice trip to Sanibel at a great price point.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019

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5 out of 5
We really enjoyed the convivence of where it was for the meeting I had to attend on Saturday.

Posted by , from Arcadia, FL on Aug 6, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 16, 2018 by MF

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

2 out of 5
Outdoor garden area is not kept up. Died palm leaves never picked up; i had to walk over a garden hose to get up the stairs to my room; the door to my room was not safe; with both locks on, you could see light coming through the crack of the door! The bathroom floor was old, dirty grout on floor and around tub; no electrical outlet at the sink/mirror to plug in a hairdryer! No place to put your suitcase, but on the floor; and the microwave and coffee maker had such a short cord I had to move the frig out to get to the strip outlet that had to hang in the air on one side of the frig to plug them in; and dust on the top of the lampshade!

Posted by , from Punta Gorda, Florida on Jul 10, 2018

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5 out of 5

Excellent Hotel very clean & quiet

Pros: Great location
Cons: Everything was great!
Location: Ding Darling Preserve, beaching, great restaurants!
Centrally located, very nice accomidations. Close to many attractions.

Posted by , from Grenn Bay, WI on Feb 10, 2018

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Property Features

As a guest of Kona Kai Motel, you'll find an outdoor pool, a terrace, and barbecue grills. WiFi is free in public spaces. Kona Kai Motel also features a garden, a picnic area, and beach/pool umbrellas. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Sanibel motel.

  • 1 floor
  • 19 guestrooms or units
  • 4 buildings
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Southwest Florida Intl. Airport (RSW) (41 km / 25.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Kona Kai Motel offers 19 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to balconies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. This Sanibel motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. 32-inch LED televisions come with cable channels. Additionally, rooms include complimentary toiletries and ceiling fans.

  • Private balcony
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 25

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.The property affirms that it adheres to the SafeStay (AHLA - USA) sanitization guidelines.

  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property is not currently implementing any guest safety measures


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Sanitation services: USD 10.00 per stay
  • Resort fee: 3 percent of room rate

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Housekeeping fee: USD 10.00 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Kona Kai Motel
  • Kona Kai Motel Sanibel
  • Kona Kai Sanibel
  • Kona Motel
  • Kona Kai Hotel Sanibel Island
  • Kona Kai Sanibel Island
  • Kona Kai Sanibel Island
  • Kona Kai Motel Motel
  • Kona Kai Motel Sanibel
  • Kona Kai Motel Motel Sanibel

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.