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Big Island Hotels

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    Tony Novak-Clifford/Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    TOMOHITO YAMANISHI/Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    Tony Novak-Clifford/Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    Tony Novak-Clifford/Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Pros

  • Beautiful beach
  • Premier tennis center
  • Extra-large contemporary rooms
  • On-site restaurants

Cons

  • Small swimming pool
  • Overpriced sundries shop

Updated 01/06/2014

Fodor's Review

The grande dame of the Kohala Coast has long been regarded as one of the state's premier vacation resort hotels, and it borders one of the island's finest white-sand beaches, Kaunaoa. Bathrooms are large and luxurious and come with L'Occitane bath amenities, and beds are plush. but outside the rooms has much to offer, too, including an 18-hole championship golf course, a top-rated tennis club on the oceanfront, and a fitness center with daily classes. If all you want to

do is relax, there's the Mandara spa, an outdoor swimming pool, and lots of comfy lounge chairs on the beach, which, incidentally, is a perfect crescent of sand and sea. The hotel has two wings: the Main Tower and the Beachfront Wing. The latter's ground-floor units allow you to wake up and go right out to the beach.

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Hotel Information

Address:

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast, Hawaii, 96743, USA

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Phone:

808-882–7222; 866-977–4589

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 254 rooms, 10 suites
  • No meals

Updated 01/06/2014

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By Lori

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Apr 24, 2006

Not what it's cracked up to be

Not impressed with this one. Came to visit the beach on an earlier trip but did not see the rooms. This time, did stay and what a disappointment. The rugs were spotted and filthy. Walls needed repair and bathrooms were small. The grounds were very nice. Great beach. Great golf. Manta rays feed at night, which is awesome. When we mentioned the rooms were less than adequate the response was "You are only spending three nights here", like you can suck

it up that long. I would have loved to have been able to go back to the Hapuna for those nights. Will not stay here again and I am very sorry to say that, I was looking so forward to getting there.

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By Jim

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Jan 22, 2005

Unpretentious elegance

The Mauna Kea has it all- great beach, location, golf course, restaurants, service, and atmosphere. The rooms at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel are not as swanky as other high-end hotels, however, they are large and comfortable. Since you do not spend a lot of time in your room during a Hawaii vacation, the rooms are less important than the location and service. I would highly recommend this hotel.

By Steven

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Jun 26, 2003

Stunning room, architecture, and locale

Don't go to the Mauna Kea if you are attracted to Vegas-style glitz. On the other hand, if you like the clean lines and simplicity of "modern" early 1960s architecture, and appreciate understated elegance and class, the Mauna Kea is THE place to stay on the Big Island. The rooms are beautiful; touches of dark wood, especially in the bathroom, lend an air of old-time Hawaiian elegance. The best part, though, is the open-air setting in the "ocean

view" rooms on the western wing; the rooms are much closer to the beach than most other 5-star hotels. Each room door has window slats to allow the ocean breeze to pass through; there is no need for forced air conditioning (though it is available if you want it). Let the ocean breeze and the sound of the crashing surf lull you to sleep. As another Fodorite reviewer, William, notes below, the architecture is perfect for the setting, too. Staying here is like taking a trip in a time capsule to the early 1960s, before Hawaiian hotels started looking like knocks offs of Mediterranean villas or Greek palaces (the Princeville comes to mind). Yes, the pool is a bit old fashioned, but that seems a minor quibble when you have the most beautiful beach in all of Hawaii easily accessible, right in front of you? The hotel is pricey, deservedly so, but not out of bounds in comparison with other 5-stars, and certainly a greater value, considering its superiority to the expensive "theme park" hotels on the rest of the Kohala Coast.

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By Ray

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Apr 8, 2003

In a class all its own

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel isn't for everyone. It isn't for guests who need to sit up in bed and watch noisy televisions. Nor is it for guests who feel that it's appropriate to shout into wireless telephones where ever they go. MKBH is more for ladies and gentlemen who appreciate the finer things, such as beauty and simplicity, and peace and quiet.

By L

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Jul 11, 2002

Great place if you stay out of your room!!

Should have known things were strange when the person I talked to on the phone while booking was smug and clueless. Room was dirty and AC did not work correctly. They fixed the AC next day. Great beach!! Beautiful resort with a beautiful setting!!

By David

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Jun 6, 2002

Relaxing and Classy comfort

The rooms are spectacular! Opens to full balcony with view of the ocean. Beach superb. Staff top-notch. Food excellent, esp at sister property. Pool disappointing--dated, small. Luau was the only bad thing-- expensive and only last an hour. Don't do the luau.

By anne

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Mar 3, 2002

Peaceful refuge

Sanctuary best describes the Mauna Kea experience. There's a fun golf course and a wonderful beach. The staff is caring and committed. Book a car if you want to stay here before you arrive. Food is very good; menu choices are limited. Don't miss the manta ray overlook at night just below the Pavilion restaurant. For a longer stay, take advantage of the restaurants in Waimea (about 20 minutes away by car) for some variety. Appeals to a mix of

couples and families. Expensive but unique enough to be worth it. Rooms in the main building open onto open courtyards with koi ponds and trees. Local birds congregate - if you want to sleep late, try the beachfront rooms (lower floors) where there's less early morning chirping and chattering.

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By Jo

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May 1, 2001

Elegant Paradise

Honeymooned here 13 years ago and we return every few years to recapture that magic. We always get a beachfront room and they are just loevly. Upscale, understated, posh, tropical, large, you name it! Most staff has been here forever and the tradition here it comforting. Best for adults, if you have kids with you I would go to the Waikoloa or rent a home.

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