"Pros: Nice location, close to ocean. Watch dolphins and whales with your morning coffee if you step outside and sit at the right at the BBQ area. Has the separate bedroom which is so much nicer than a studio rental. Doable walk to town and beaches - a couple of miles, we chose this location for that reason. You need a car but that is a given in Kona and fortunately parking is included.
. Quiet area, you feel safe. Well stocked with everything needed for cooking and beach items, even extra things you didn't even think you would need like scissors, tape etc. Fortunately even some condiments left from previous tenants so you don't have to go out and buy everything - just add to. Nice full size stove. Fridge was very clean. Brand new laundry facilities so you can do all your laundry before going home. Lanai was nice, you felt like you were in a little tropical forest until the last day, when they cut it all back to open it up, unfortunate for us that we had to have the worker hacking down vegetation our last day. But it isn't our condo, and the owner was putting it on the market so they needed to get a better view for selling purposes. Pool was clean and often vacant. Condo is located close to the pool and a Pro - right beside the BBQ area, also a Con - right beside the BBQ area, they have parties sometimes there, we were fortunate and none happened while we were there.
Pro - condo management staff always cleaning/fixing/vegetation removal/garbage etc. very visible presence, but also a con - they can be working anywhere, sometimes right outside your windows at "inconvenient" times.
Owner communication response time was good helps maintain faith in VRBO. Overall another good VRBO experience.
Cons: Mention to cleaning staff to leave info booklet out on counter to answer any condo questions. TV either is or the size of or is a computer screen (you aren't there to watch TV, but at night a larger screen would be nice, but if the low rental price means a smaller TV screen, I can live with that. Was mostly clean but needs a little extra detail cleaning, overhead fans needed dusting, I know the staff can't get everthing. No AC stated, but the standing fan didn't work and the main living room fan barely sporadically worked.
The price was why we chose this condo so we could stay longer not posher and if that is your priority it will fit your vacation needs, would stay again, Alii Villas is a nice community."
Date of Stay: January 2015
Review Submitted: March 19, 2015