Most hotels in town have the advantage that they are located at walking distance from the downtown area. Hotel room rates are on the same level as vacation rentals, and generally in between the prices for the more luxurious resorts and the more low-key bed & breakfasts. Below we list some of our favorites covering a range of prices.
King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort (ON the beach)
This hotel is named after Hawaii’s most famous monarch, king Kamehameha. Their location rivals that of Uncle Billy’s and overlooks a great little beach in central Kailua-Kona. The hotel has their own swimming pool and luau, and has a rich Hawaiian cultural background.
Kona Seaside Hotel (very affordable with a stellar location)
This garden hotel, right on the ocean, sits on acres of lush lawns featuring native Hawaiian plantings, a sun deck overlooking the sea and two large swimming pools. Amenities include two outdoor swimming pools, laundry facilities, air conditioning and a shopping mall.
This is a budget options and rooms come with basic amenities. Please make sure that you get a room in the main tower and not in the ‘garden wing’ as it lacks ambiance and doesn’t have the charming look and feel of the main building.
Kona Tiki Hotel (lots of return visitors)
Located one mile south of Kailua village, this reasonably priced hotel prides itself on many return costumers and a family atmosphere!
Visit the Kona Tiki Hotel website.
Uncle Billy’s (best rates in town, temporarily? closed)
Not a very glamorous hotel but the rooms are clean, the rates reasonable, and the location CANNOT be beat!
Check out the Uncle Billy website.