Kona Kai

1539 Periwinkle WaySanibel Island33957USA
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About Kona Kai

In the middle of Sanibel Island, the Kona Kai motel is a Hawaiian-themed mini-resort offering a variety of interesting lodging options. Next to a running river, the motel is also close to Sanibel Historical Village and Museum and the local farmer’s market.

Basic rooms include air-conditioning, coffee maker, mini-fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryers, a deck with seating, breakfast area, microwave, and en-suite restroom. The hotel also offers suites and cottages, each with a kitchenette.

Guest of the Kona Kai Motel can enjoy an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, garden, terrace, barbecue grills, and courtesy parking.

Although the motel doesn’t offer any food service, many rooms come with in-room kitchenettes or fridges and microwaves. The motel is also not far from scores of restaurants.

The hotel is a short drive from the island’s most interesting spots including the Sanibel Causeway (one mile), Sanibel Moorings Botanical Garden (one mile), and Sanibel Island Lighthouse (two and a half miles).


1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL, 33957, USA
Telephone: +1(239)4721001 | Fax: +1(239)4729232 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Beach / Sun umbrellas
  • Computer with internet
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Internet
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Tranquil tropical location

Located on Sanibel Island, off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida, the Kona Kai Motel is surrounded by a calm yet active tourist hub. You'll appreciate its proximity to town, where you can enjoy watersports, natural activities, fine dining, and nightlife. At the same time, you'll stay in a low-key part of town with a river running behind the motel.

Save a few bucks by eating in

When you're on vacation, eating out all the time can add up quickly. Frugal travelers looking for ways to keep costs down will appreciate the motel's proximity to grocery stores, as well as the larger suites' and cabin's kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, and ranges, as well as outdoor barbecue grills.

Somewhat communal living

One interesting aspect of the public area of the motel is the shared space around the cottages and suites. The barbecue area, pool, and the garden terrace are occupied by a small group of lodgers, which, if you're the social type, allows you to get to know your neighbors a little. If you prefer your privacy, you can always dine in your room instead.

Negative Reviews

A handful of minor problems

Guests have reported a few little issues, such as noisy, weak air conditioning units, worn out beds, clogged bathtubs, ineffectual curtains, and outmoded facilities. However, if you can look past these concerns, you'll find the Kona Kai Motel reasonably priced for a quaint gulf coast island inn.

Trouble connecting with Wi-Fi

Some guests of the hotel mentioned having difficulty getting a strong signal and a solid connection with the Kona Kai Motel's wireless Internet. For a stronger connection, you may want to rely on your cellular service or bring a mobile hot spot along.

No food service on site

Although some rooms come with a small kitchen and the hotel also provides BBQ grills, there are no meals available on site. This may be a little off-putting for those of you who prefer to eat where you stay for convenience's sake.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1297 reviews across the web
8.8 /10
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    8.9 /10
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    8.5 /10
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    8.3 /10
8.8 out of 10 based on 1297 reviews