Fodor's Expert Review Kona Tiki Hotel

75-5968 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96745, USA See on Map

This three-story walk-up budget hotel about a mile south of downtown Kailua Village, with modest, pleasantly decorated rooms—all of which have lanai right next to the ocean—is simply the best deal in town. You can sunbathe by the seaside pool, near where a complimentary continental breakfast is served. Some would call this place old-fashioned, while others would say it's local and has a certain kitschy, Hawaiiana retro charm.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator or air conditioning at this hotel, so you’ll want to be sure to let staff know if you need a first floor room (first floor rooms also have access to a nice grassy area just past their lanais).


All rooms at this hotel are oceanfront and have private lanais and mini fridges, with six different options to choose from based on size and whether or not they have a small kitchenette. Rooms are decorated in a bright island style.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Though most people find crashing waves right outside of their rooms soothing, it can get a bit loud if you’re unaccustomed. Bring a pair of earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.


Compact bathrooms include lovely brightly tiled walk-in showers.


The small lobby is reminiscent of something you’d find in a lodge with just a chair, vending machine, and tiled counter.


The medium-sized pool is nice and includes chairs and umbrella tables, surrounded by low lava rock walls, but it’s the oceanfront views that make it a nice place to spend some time.

If you’re a marine life lover, ask the staff about when they do the morning feedings to catch a glimpse of reef fish and a few beautiful eels. Dolphins also frequent this area.


Though there are no on-site restaurants a daily continental breakfast is provided to guests. Some of the rooms have kitchenettes and there are a few grills outside for guest use.


Getting Around

Though this hotel is within walking distance of plenty of activities, you will need a car to get around the island.


Umeke’s (8-minute drive) is the island favorite that you’ll want to check out if you’re a fan of poke and seafood – it’s loved by locals and visitors alike. Broke da Mouth Grinds (11-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.


With lava flow and mai tai flights (they have 10 different kinds), there’s plenty to love at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (13-minute walk). Thursday nights are particularly fun as they host a weekly Hawaiian music series. The Big Island’s newest brewery, community-owned Ola Brewery (12-minute drive), offers brewery tours and tastes. Be sure to try the White Pineapple Cider!


There’s just something captivating about this little hotel, and the ocean views are some of the best on the island. The price is great, and a nightly sunset tiki torch lighting ceremony adds an extra layer of charm.


Near the beach


Phones: 808-329–1425

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