There are two Enterprise locations in Kailua Kona, one being at the airport and one being in town accessed by one-way $30 cab ride. No shuttle is available to town. The airport location is obviously more convenient for fly-ins. However we found that the cab ride resulted in a one-week car rental savings substantially greater than the two-way cab fare and for us, well worth the effort.Enterprise staff were very welcoming, and gave recommendations on shopping and dining that proved very helpful. They applied a USAA account discount to our rental cost, which we weren't even aware was available. They weren't overly aggressive on insurance options, and offered an upgrade to a convertible at a rate we couldn't refuse. All in all, a very pleasant entry to our vacation.For a first-time Fort Mustang convertible user, the operation orientation might have been a little more thorough, but we ultimately figured things out with a pioneer spirit and little fumbling around. And the inside of the windshield needed a good cleaning for into-the-sun and night driving. But we thoroughly enjoyed the wind-in-your-hair feeling of a convertible (at least my wife did because she has hair), and the top-down view of Hawaii can't be beat.Incidentally, the price of gas in Hawaii is very California-equivalent, or even more depending on location. However if you're driving a lot, as we did, and happen to be a Costco member, the short drive to Costco north of town is well worth it. We were able to make a round-trip drive to anywhere on the island on a single fill-up.The drop-off at the end of our stay was very easy, and the Enterprise desk even called a taxi service they use, which offers a reduced price to Enterprise customers. We had a wait of less than 10 minutes for the cab.In-town Enterprise was a very good experience, and we would certainly recommend them to others.
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The process of getting and returning the car was easy, but there was a ROACH PROBLEM in the car. When we first picked up the car (Camaro convertible), it was deceptively clean. However, on the first night, we noticed that there were a few roaches crawling around the interior. It was disgusting! We decided to set-up two roach traps in the car overnight, and the attached picture was the result; there was about 50 roaches in one trap and another 40 in the other. We set-up another two roaches after getting rid of the original ones, and only caught a few more. When returning the rental car, I mentioned to the worker that there were roaches in the car and that we still had two more traps in the car. She nonchalantly stated that they have a special spray for the roaches. Her demeanor pointed toward roaches being a common problem in their cars. As someone who does not like roaches, this really bothered me. Who would want something crawling on them while they are driving? If it weren't for this issue and the employee's attitude toward the issue, I probably would have rated this company a lot higher. I'm definitely going with a different company next time.
Google+ is impossible to use. But the folks at National insisted (via two emails) that I write a review of my car rental experience in Kona, so here it is. In a nutshell, my advice to anyone renting from National is to find a way to contact a REAL person. Whenever I did, my experience was wonderful. They went out of their way for me and were amazing. The ONLINE and automated TELEPHONE experience at National is comparable to that at other large companies. In other words, it's offshore, pitiful and off-putting. As to the car, we got a free upgrade (possibly because of our executive status, but I think it would have happened anyway). And we got to enjoy a Mazda Miata (with the top down) for ten days in Hawaii!!! Any need to say more? The FOLKS at National are amazing. So are the cars. The company's electronic presence is the pits. Avoid it if you possibly can.
I have rented from Enterprise solely for over 20 years. My recent rental in Kona, Hawaii was absolutely the worst car experience I have EVER had in a rental. The car was a Dodge Dart. The worst car ever made I'm pretty sure. First off the car which was "no smoking" policy reeked of hideous cigarette smoke for the entire week we drove the car, the car drove like a lumber wagon, interior noise level from road noise was almost unbearable, every little bump you drove over sounded like the front end of the car was going to fall out, It was and is just a terrible quality car. BUT of course the service level was excellent from the rental staff, they did credit us with a tiny 5% off for the bad experience we endured.
Because I booked through AutoSlash.com (which I highly recommend for rental car booking) I was able to get the exact vehicle that I wanted for an outstanding price! When I arrived, it turned out that there had been a mix-up in the booking and the particular "class" of vehicle that I had booked did not include the exact vehicle that I wanted (I booked an SUV, but I should've booked an off-road SUV because I wanted a Jeep Wrangler). But there was nothing to worry about because the customer service was excellent and they put me into a Jeep Wrangler for the same price as a regular SUV very quickly! Thank you National, you helped make my trip very memorable!
Driver who picked us up aimed to please and upbeat. Terrific service mindset and upbeat attitude (service with a smile). Lady who introduced me to rental vehicle was reassuring (flight was late), informative and helpful. Kudos Kona National for your wonderful customer focus
They have shuttles that run often to transport customers between the airport and the car rental place. Upon checking in, I was greeted by kind and knowledgeable staff. I was off in my rental car to enjoy my vacation within minutes.
Everyone was terrific, from the shuttle bus driver to the counter agent to the return agent. Got a great car and had no problems with anything. I'm an Emerald Club member and would use National again at Kona, for sure.
Great service! The team there went the extra mile to provide us with a vehicle to our total satisfaction. I will definitely look to be there again. Keep up with the good work! Mahalo!
Pick-up and drop-off was fast, quick and easy! On lines and very friendly service. This made our trip to the Hawaii big island that much more relaxing. Mahalo!