Located right in the heart of the action across the street from Kailua Pier in Kailua-Kona, Kona Seaside Hotel offers standard, recently updated accommodations ideal for visitors on a budget. Many of the rooms have ocean views, plus there is a swimming pool on-site, not to mention four good restaurants. And during Ironman, you might just have the best seat in the house from the comfort of your own lanai.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Parking can be very limited and costs $10 each day. Though a car is pretty necessary, be sure to ask hotel staff for their recommendations if you will be getting in late in the evening.
Rooms are spacious and though some of the rooms could use an upgrade the bedding and furnishings are contemporary island cool. The moderately priced rooms include standard, value, and deluxe, based on view and room size. Some rooms have ocean views, while all of them have refrigerators, air conditioning, and small private lanais.
Bathrooms are compact but have large mirrors and vanities and tub/shower combos.
The surprisingly large lobby is very welcoming with island-inspired furniture and lava rock walls.
The pool is small, with a few lounge chairs, but it’s surrounded by tropical plants and well-manicured lawn, making it a nice place to spend time.
Though there is plenty to do in the area you will want to rent a car to explore the island. There are also loaner bikes available from the hotel to check out the surrounding area.
If you booked a Hawaiian vacation mostly because you love poke and seafood, you’ll definitely want to stop by Sun Dried Specialties (20-minute drive) – the name might not leave much of an impression, but the food definitely will. Broke da Mouth Grindz (4-minute drive) has tasty food that will give you your Hawaiian and Filipino food fix with favorites like loco moco, furikake chicken, and adobo fries.
Bar hopping on Alii Drive (14-minute walk) includes Humpy’s, Laverne’s, and Ocean’s where you can grab a drink and enjoy some warm ocean air. The music gets loud and the dance floors are open on the weekends. The Big Island’s newest brewery, community-owned Ola Brewery (4-minute drive), offers brewery tours and tastes. Be sure to try the White Pineapple Cider!
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel offers great value right in the middle of the fund of Kailua-Kona Village. Drinking, dining, swimming, and more are right within walking distance of these well priced accommodations. More than anything, we love that this hotel was created by and still owned by a Hawaiian native, a rarity among island hotels.