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Paniolo Greens could be better...
We had a 2 BR 2 bath ground floor. About 15 yrs. old. Be sure to ask for ground floor unless you want to hike stairs. Did not pay extra $5/day for A/C (chintzty to charge for that). Sprinklers woke us at 4:30 AM, golf course mowers woke us at 5:30 AM and came by the units one day at 8:30 AM. Windows dirty and stiff. Lighting marginal. Shower regulator came off in my hand. Called maintenance three times to unclog a bath drain. Rear decks stained. Fans made noise. Housekeeping just once per week. Kitchen supplies good. Large market up the street (be prepared for prices 20 to
30 % higher than mainland.) Pool and tennis court area good. Great state park beach within ten minutes. Be sure to tour the Hilton Hotel with boat and train ride inside the hotel. Go there for expensive sunset dinner or have drinks and snacks at the bar. This side of the island is dry like a desert, but green around the resorts. Go to Alii St. in Kailua for tourist shopping. Not one of our most sterling vacation spots.
Nice stay at Paniolo Greens (but didn't play golf)!
Unit 2 bedrooms & baths, nice full kitchen and separate dining area, living room. Clean, well kept and supplied first floor condo. Didn't opt to pay extra for airconditioning as two patio doors + windows in rear and two regular doors a patio door in front and wind wizzed thru to cool. Resort is undergoing improvements that seem likely to complete next year. A new development of some sort is being constructed just down the hill . Nice small pool area, limited exercise room. Outdoor cooking areas in proximity to units, to grill steaks, etc. Need car (but you'd be nuts not to want to explore the Island from Hawi in the north to Kona & Point South and the volcano)! Location 10 mins from nearest beach (Waikaloa Hilton, etc.) and 10 more mins to another of the best beaches on Big Is or to one of the most interesting cultural sites. Decent small but expensive market nearby (or 40 mins to Safeway, etc in Kona). No good dining right nearby, but great (expensive) restaurants down at the resorts and nearby small town at the harbor, or the opposite direction upland 15 mins. Somewhat cooler and slightly more likely to rain than down the road to the resort area (which only gets 10 in. rain a year). Go for the decent digs, chance to rest in pleasant spot & reas cost and opportunity to get to the many beautiful, interesting & things scattered on this most interesting Island.
Let's Be Fair
We stayed at the Paniolo Greens Resort from June 5-11 as part of an extended family vacation to Hawaii. I read reviews of Paniolo Greens before arriving, so I wasn't as let down as many vacationers had been.
After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, I was ready for something either splendid or something utterly horrendous. Before arriving in Wiakoloa, we had spent two days in a truly moldy, rusted-out, rodent filled room on Oahu, so I was happy to have the dry, clean, spacious rooms that greeted us at The Paniolo Greens. They are actually much nicer than they look in their web page photos. On the other hand, I have to agree with those whose major complaint is the low quality of the resort for it being labled "Gold Crown".
This property is certainly not what I expect from a Gold Crown resort. We had three different two-room condo units. Although they were identically appointed, the condos did not have identical floor plans and were in various states of wear. There was peeling paint, chipped mirrors, scratched furniture and baseboards in all three units--but the extent of the damage varied from condo to condo. If you are given a choice, reserve units with a downstairs bathroom--it's convenient, and the unit has more space than than those with just two bathrooms.
Most disappointing to me was the low quality bedding. The pillows were hard and flat. The sheets were just as one reviewer described (150 tc poly blend)--certainly not what your sun-soaked skin is craving after a long day in the Hawaiian sun. Not to worry, though, because your restless night's sleep WILL end before the sun rises when the mowers start their engines (4:30 on my second morning there).
Actually, the bedding wasn't the most disappointing aspect of this stay. The drive to the beach was worse. I think the resort described the beach as being 5 miles away. I figured that would be a great morning jog. Don't even think about it. Even if you did want to take your life into your hands and jog 6 miles down the Wiakoloa Road, you would still be another 5 miles from any sort of sandy beach. The best beach nearby (don't waste time on the others) is Hapuna; this is about a 15 minute drive from the resort...BUT WORTH IT!!!
Overall, I have to say if you are looking for clean, functional, spacious condos for the family, Paniolo Greens fits the bill. Just be prepared to drive, drive, drive. Once in Wiakoloa, you are 15 miles south of a beach, 15 miles north of decent shopping, and the best food you'll get in Wiakoloa is what you make in your own condo.
Nice resort but far from everything
My husband and I and our son, daughter and son-in-law stayed at Paniolo Greens Resort for a week in July. It was our first trip to Hawaii. We had a two bedroom two floor condo on the golf course. Most of the rooms were very spacious except for the second bedroom. There was not much room to open your luggage in there. Both bathrooms were on the second floor which can be tough when you have knee problems. You definitely don't need the key for the air conditioning. There was always a good breeze blowing in from the windows. In fact, most days in was very windy. This is definitely the windy island. We never had problems with them cutting the grass early in the morning like others. You are very far from everything in the Waikoloa area. The shopping next door has a few stores but not much. It is definitely more that 5 miles to the nearest beach. You have to drive, drive, drive to get anywhere. We did explore the entire island and enjoyed seeing all of it but I would have preferred being in a resort on the beach. There was not much to do for young people at this resort. It is a well kept resort and we thoroughly enjoyed our week here.
Similar to older apartments - but clean and in a GREAT location.
I’m going to assume you are reading this because you are thinking about exchanging your time-share unit to stay here. That’s what my wife and I did – and it turned out great.
The nicest thing about Paniolo Greens is the location – its perfect. If it’s a weekday (with the locals working and in school), you can enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast on the patio – then jump in your rental car and head to the beach. In just 15 minutes you can be on either of the island’s two best beaches. They won’t be crowded and parking is a breeze. At one point there was no one anywhere near us. When your through, come on back and change and head out to either of the fabulous resorts in Waikoloa for cocktails and dinner. Awesome! One of the best nights we had was driving 20 minutes south to the Four Seasons and having cocktails on the beach – then walking right up and getting a table outside with an amazing view of the sunset.
Another great time was the two hour helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian. The helicopter-port is only 5 minutes from Paniolo – so it’s a snap to catch it. It’s amazing – and even though its expensive, I wouldn’t miss it. Get the book “The Big Island Revealed” and check out some of the other things it recommends. And a word of warning: do NOT do the luau at the Kona Beach Resort. They oversell it at the “activity breakfast” on Saturday morning – and its bad. Trust me on that one.
You can also drive 2 minutes and hit the local grocery store. The prices are so high they’ll make you laugh – but its close and easy. If you wish – you can drive 45 minutes or so and hit the Costcos. But do stock up – because these condos are stocked with everything you need to prepare and serve just about anything. Even a wine opener.
The condos are older – but very clean. We opted for the single story with two bedrooms, living room and nice sized kitchen. There are also TVs in each bedroom. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and I didn’t experience any of the noises the others have complained about. Also – I would definitely get the air conditioning. Its gets hot at night in the condo – which is when we used it the most. And it made sleeping much more comfortable.
In summary Paniolo Greens is a great home base for a wonderful vacation at the Big Island. You are close to all the great resorts for lunch, cocktails and sunset dinners – and you have complete privacy to simply rest and read when you want some down time.
beautiful resort, great location,friendly staff
We enjoyed our stay tremendously; close to other Kona coast attractions; what a beautiful region. Recommend flying into th Kona Airport to save on drive time, we were not prepared for the 2.5 hour drive from Hilo. Our 2 bedroom unit was up to date and very spacious even with a den.
pretty nice resort
This resort was quite nice. We stayed in a 2 story condo. The are a few things that one should look out for when staying here is that it is kind of far from everything. There's a plaza up the street that has a food and a market. The restaurant called anthony's is open late ( until 1am, i think). Also, housekeeping came only once during the week. The standard bed/bathroom and were extremely tiny when compared to the master bed/bathroom. They couldnt even fit a dresser into the room, it was put into the closet with a tv on top of it. Both bathrooms are on the 2nd floor, that was kind of inconvienant. A/C isn't included, but I would suggest that you get it. We didnt get it the first day so we had to open the patio doors and windows and the sliding door didnt close properly in one the rooms and a roach crawled and flew around the room. So just becareful. Watch out for gardeners. They will start work early in the morning. There's construction going on so try to ask for a room that is the furthest away from all the noise. One more thing, the check in office isnt on the the resort, it's up the street where the food and the market is.
Other than that, we had a great time. The kitchen was fully stocked with appliances...blenders, pots, pans, utensils and paper towels. The kitchen and living room were really spacious. The place was very clean and well kept.
We would go back in a minute!
We've been to Hawaii a few times and really enjoy the Big Island. This is NOT Waikiki, so you do need to rent a car and be prepared to spend some time in it. We rent a convertible so that the getting there is as fun as the being there. The great thing about this location is that you are within 10 minutes of absolutely breathtaking beaches. If you go in the other direction, you're in the mountains. Don't be afraid to use the beaches at the hotels. They are the best. Just get there by 10 a.m. for a parking place and follow the signs. The public is welcome. We always had lunch or at least a drink at the hotel so that we were "paying customers", though that is not expected. We had an extra spacious, very clean two-bedroom condo. No complaints. A grocery store is nearby, so when funds ran low, we had sandwiches on the balcony and just took in that great Hawaiian breeze. We didn't hear anyone complain about cleanliness. Our kids are older so we didn't take advantage of the amenities. We can't wait to go back.
Really enjoyed our first Hawaiian trip
Just returned from our trip. Condo was nice. Had a 2 floor studio. Top floor had master bedroom, another bedroom with 2 twin beds, and 1 bathroom. Bottom floor had a tiny bedroom that is pretty much a sitting room with a tv. Kitchen/dining/living room are all in the same room, with a bar counter seperating it from the living room. Condo we stayed at backed up to the golfcourse, nice view of the course and mountains in the background. Village up the road (walking distance, less than 1/2 mile) has a grocery story. As from an earlier post, food is expensive. (Not just that market, but the whole island). For a beach, I highly recommend the public beach at the Mauna Kea resort. About 5-6 miles away. Not crowded at all, clear water, white sand. This is the desert side of the island, so a rental car is a necessity. Kona is about a 30 minute drive. There were lots of renovations being done while we stayed.
Three thumbs down- location, facility, management
We reserved two condos in this resort in Nov.'05 through RCI, not knowing what we would be getting into. I did check TA and had one review regarding the bathroom locations. Based on that, I did explain and asked for downstairs units for our family as three have knee problems. Well, we had downstairs bathroom units, but to get to the condos, you had to go down a flight of stairs!(there are units all on one level). They put us at a "quiet spot" away from the construction on the site, but it was next door to a huge construction project that started at 7 a.m and finished at 5 p.m. each day, complete with earth moving equipment. The first night my husband killed a roach that we could have used to carry in our luggage. The second unit had some centipedes and an infestation of fleas. Location is 1 hr. from town, 20 min. and 1/2 mi. walk from nearest beach. You pay x-tra for A/C and TV's have bad reception. There is not any soundproofing between floors,so you hear everything.(rollerskating at 4 a.m.?) On the plus side, kitchens and storage are huge and maintenance and houskeeping staff are very helpful and friendly. We did like having w/d in unit. We learned Shell Vacations owns these and this is typical of their resorts.