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Hotel Description

At Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort, you'll be 6 km (3.7 mi) from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and 21.3 km (13.2 mi) from Naval Base Coronado. Highlights at this beachfront hotel include a full-service spa, a private beach, and a restaurant.

All 129 individually decorated rooms feature flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, balconies or patios, and iPod docks. Refrigerators and room service make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Premium bedding and pillow menus welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include rainfall showerheads and bathrobes. Coffee/tea makers, down comforters, and free weekday newspapers are also available.

A relaxing visit to SpaTerre can include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, aromatherapy, and mani/pedis along with access to the steam room. At the hotel's own poolside bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, marina, free kids' club, and health club. 20000 square feet (1858 square meters) of event facilities include 7 meeting rooms and a conference center, and other business amenities include a business center. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a spa tub, and a steam room. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Within a 20-minute drive of this 4-star Point Loma hotel, attractions include SeaWorld and Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$127 per night

Room, 1 King Bed, Bay View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Bay View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Marina View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Marina View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kona Kai Resort & Spa ratings based on 68 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Great bay view from the hotel.

Pros: The hotel was very clean and we enjoyed the bay view. We enjoyed sitting outside in the patio prior to leaving the hotel.
My family and I had a terrific experience while in San Diego.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017

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1 out of 5

False Advertising Resort and Spa

We arrived and were told the hotel was "recently" forced to close the pool & hot tub by the city due to needed renovations. No mention of it on website or travelocity. Couldn't contact us b/c didn't have our email or #. Offered to pay our taxi bill to go to "sister" hotel's pool 20 min away. 3 rooms later, we stayed. Next day we were told the Spa didn't have our appointments b/c they booked us incorrectly the day before. Said they tried to call us but since we didn't answer (we were on a plane!), charged us the full fees for services we didn't receive. Said they tried to accommodate us later in the day with a 3 min heads up call that they had availability. By that time we had talked to the manager of hotel, canceled our res through Travelocity were refunded 2 of the 3 nights and transferred to the "sister" hotel. Aweful start to the trip, but it ended better!

Posted by , from Minneapolis on Feb 8, 2017

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2 out of 5

horrible first impression! And continues...

Valet greeted us telling us they were full and couldn't take our car, requested early check in, was told room wasn't gonna be ready till 4 so we went to meet friends for lunch, 5mins after we left property our room was magically ready, was told we need to wear wrist bands all weekend long like we were at a festival to use hotel facilities, not a single person on property was wearing them... Overall frustrating experience on what could have been a great relaxing holiday weekend. Ended up spending the majority of our time with friends at the Sheraton, and everything was better there.

Posted by , from los angeles on Jul 5, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 7, 2016 by Resort Manager

The holiday weekend was certainly a busy one for us, and we're sorry to hear this caused frustration. While we do our best to accommodate early check-in requests, this is contingent on availability, and we apologize for any miscommunication regarding your room's preparedness. We'd love to share a more welcoming return and hope you'll consider us again the next time you're in the city.

5 out of 5
Pros: Great location. Great for taking walks.
Cons: They need vending machines.
Location: Close to SeaWorld
Nice, clean room, quiet hotel. The heated pool kept my kids entertained

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 25, 2016 by Resort Manager

It's a pleasure to have welcomed you and your family, Bambi. We're so happy you enjoyed!

2 out of 5

Old run down motel

Similar to other reviewers. Not worth the price. Hotel is really old. Drywall tape peeling off ceiling. Loud AC window unit. View of the bay included eye level to People living in their cars and rvs along a busy road. Shower leaks and soaks the entire bathroom floor. Front door barely closed and made us feel unsafe. It's not a resort. It's a motel with a pool along a marina. I should have listened to the poor reviews and stayed away.

Posted by , from los angeles on May 28, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 3, 2016 by Resort Manager

We're deeply sorry to hear the concerns with your visit. Having recently gone through a significant, property-wide remodel, we're quick to correct identified shortcomings and appreciate you bringing these to our attention. We hope you'll consider us again in return travels to enjoy the more polished experience we're more commonly regarded for.

5 out of 5

Hotel close to the Bay & Downtown

Very Comfortable Bedroom with a Balcony overlooking grounds & Harbor or Bay. Park just across street. Short drive to downtown, The Harbor, the Zoo, the Beaches, etc... Plus this Hotel offers Spa Treatments. .

Posted by , from San Antonio on Sep 11, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 18, 2015 by Resort Manager

We're excited to hear your Kona Kai experience was such an enjoyable one and that our grounds and city-connectedness helped you to experience a balance of tranquility and play. Thanks for visiting and taking the opportunity to reach out; it's truly appreciated!

5 out of 5

Great view of the Marina

Pros: Marina view and the food
Location: Good location, lots of nearby restaurants, bars and shops.
I would definitely recommend the Marina view, especially from the 2nd or 3rd floor. Nice to watch the sun rise. The rooms are really small but they are comfortable. Really enjoyed the balcony overlooking the marina. We ate breakfast two days in the restaurant and it was fantastic. Nice little beach with firepits for the evenings. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Round Rock, Texas on Aug 23, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 30, 2015 by Hotel Manager

We love hearing from our guests and appreciate such thoughtful words of your Kona Kai experience; it would be a pleasure to welcome you back and to share even more of our hospitality!

5 out of 5

disregard outdated or malicious reviews

I took a risk and booked this hotel despite the disparaging reviews and am so glad that i did. The hotel and room that i had (Bay view, King room) was wonderful and flawless. Absolutely NO odors, dirtiness, the room was very obviously renovated recently, the bathrooms were all new and the room looked exactly like in the hotel's pictures. The service and staff was also first rate. I have no idea how this hotel was in the past but as of 10/21/13 it is wonderful and I have to say that the location is phenomenal and the price extremely reasonable. 

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on Oct 23, 2013

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4 out of 5

With a little TLC this could be a Diamond!!

Pros: Free Internet
Cons: Noisy
It is a nice hotel in a good location. The room could have been a little cleaner and we got no maid service on the second day. They did not warn us about starting construction in the lobby on our second day. A little noisy with all the kids. Very friendly staff and a really nice heated pool! Nice breakfast but a little $$

Posted by , from Colorado on Apr 9, 2013

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1 out of 5

Would never stay here again!

Cons: Noisy, dirty
The first day we checked in we were double charged (I prepaid on Travelocity) they charged my account almost $400. The room smelled so bad like mold and mildew we couldn't sleep. Called down to the front desk and was on hold for 11 minutes. We walked down to the front deal to complain about the room and see about switching up to a different room that didn't smell. The manager was nice to switch us to another room. It was better but overall the whole place had a bad oder. I think it's just and old hotel and it wasn't very great. I felt very uncomfortable staying there I would not recommend this place to anyone nor would I stay again! I payed too much money for it to be that bad.

Posted by , from Phoenix, AZ, USA on Apr 1, 2013

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About the Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort

Location 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

Property Features

Simply walk outside to smell the salt air and watch the ocean waves from the sand beach. Sit back and relax on the beach with cabanas (surcharge), umbrellas, and sun loungers. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa and enjoy amenities at Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort like a marina and a complimentary children's club. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. This beach hotel also offers an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 129 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 4 conference rooms
  • 20000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1858 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Supervised kid's activities (free)
  • Cabanas on the beach (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • On private beach
  • Free WiFi
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (6.1 km / 3.8 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Coaster Old Town Station (7.1 km / 4.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort offers 129 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 42-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium digital channels and pay movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include safes and hair dryers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Pillow options
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

This San Diego resort includes a large outdoor swimming pool with room to swim laps or splash. The surrounding sundeck includes a spa tub. The Kona Kai Resort offers a private beach with volleyball (no swimming). Luaus are held on the beach during summertime. The fitness facility offers aerobics and other classes (surcharge). Guest have complimentary access to the use of bicycles. 2 massage rooms are also on site. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Beach yoga on site
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site

Spa Services

The full-service, ocean view SpaTerre at Kona Kai Resort & Marina provides body scrubs and wraps, facial and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, a full menu of massages, a mud bath, and steam room. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Number of treatment rooms 6
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Steam room in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18
  • Sports massage
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.00 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 25.00 per pet, per day
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 100 lb)


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are 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.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions


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

  • Deposit: USD 110.00 per night
  • Resort fee: USD 25.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Children's club/arcade access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • Housekeeping

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.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 27.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 25.00 per pet, per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.00 per night

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

Hotel Names

  • Kona Kai Resort & Marina San Diego
  • Kona Kai Hotel San Diego
  • Kona Kai Resort Spa San Diego
  • Kona Kai Resort Spa
  • Kona Kai Spa San Diego
  • Kona Kai Spa
  • Kona Kai Resort San Diego

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.