- Reviews: 322
Namakani Paio Cabins: Comfortable, cheap accomodations
You have to check in at the Volcano House. Pay attention to the appropriate time for check-in, otherwise you lose out for the night. The campground is slightly removed from Volcanoes National Park, but not difficult to find. The signs are pretty good as long as you are paying attention. We paid $55 a night since I have a Hawaiian ID. Otherwise I think it runs around $80 a night. The blankets were very comfortable. It did get cold at night, but wasn't unbearable. The hard part was it was so cold in the morning that we were all afraid to shower. My mom braved it and said the water was warm enough to keep her comfortable. Most or all of the cabins now have one outlet and lights. The area seems safe and secluded. The cabins were extremely clean and well kept. There was ample parking for everyone.
Very cheap, clean, comfortable.
- Reviews: 26
Kanaloa at Kona, Keahou: Comfortable Condo Living in Keahou, south of Kona
Kanaloa at Kona is a Condominium complex that is part residential and part vacation rental. I have stayed at this complex twice now - once in a 3 bedroom 3 bath condo, once in a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo. Both were quite spacious with multiple lanais, full kitchens, washer and dryer, flat screen televisions with cable in all rooms, wireless internet, steps from the ocean, and air conditioning available in some units. I would highly recommend this property to anybody looking to stay in the area, as it is a great value in a nice area near Kailua - Kona, with impressively manicured grounds and many amenities.
There are 3 pools on site, as well as tennis courts and a few different BBQ areas, and a golf course bordering the property. Some units have ocean views and others have views of the golf course, though you can save money by not going for an ocean view unit - you'll probably be spending a lot of your time doing other fun activities around the island
- Reviews: 1257
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: Boo hoo bucks to stay here!
We did not stay at this resort, though we did visit. My boyfriend did look into what it would cost to stay at this hotel. A partial ocean view room would have been US$900+ per day! That is a lot of money for us. We opted to stay at the Sheraton at about 1/5 of the cost! This was a beautiful hotel and the beach was phenomenal! We walked around and found a wonderful art gallery. This hotel is part of the Princeton Resorts.
Not in Kona but north of the airport on the Kohala Coast. Close to the very nice Waikoloa shopping area.
- Reviews: 1257
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel - Castle Resorts: Hotel choices on Hilo side of island is limited
We had spent most of our stay on the Kona side of the island at the Sheraton because we wanted to snorkel. You really can't snorkel on the Hilo side of the island. But, we did want to see the Akaka State Falls and do a lava tour which is on the Hilo side so we decided to spend one night at this hotel.
The choices for nice hotels on the Hilo side is very limited. I think this was the best we could find for the price. At one time you could imagine this was a luxurious, swanky hotel but it is dated. It really can you some remodeling and updating in the rooms. However, the airconditioning worked well - not noisy. There was no hand held hair dryer in the room but when requested, they brought us one. We had a great view of Mauna Kea from our window along with ocean views.
For just a place to spend the night was fine for us. We booked this room through travelosity.
- Reviews: 1257
Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort: Nice Hotel in Kona
We had a pleasant stay at this hotel. Unfortunately, there are no hotels in Kailua-Kona with beach access because it is nothing but lava rocks jetting out as cliffs. This hotel had a meandering swimming pool with a curvy slide. Three and half to four and half feet deep - catering to families. A hot tub and plenty of lounge chairs were to be had.
Wi-fi in the room is not free. Parking is $10 a day with wi-fi in the room it's $15 per day. Free wi-fi is available in the lobby.
Our bed was comfortable and the room itself was okay. I think it could use some updating but it wasn't bad. We did not eat at the hotel's restaurants as we preferred to go out and have local food instead. There is a decent little gift shop at the hotel where you can buy water, wine, postcards and souveniers (which we did).
At the time of booking, hotels.com had cheaper room rates than the hotel's direct site. My boyfriend ended up booking directly with the hotel but at the lower rate. So, do your due diligence of checking rates and get the hotel to give you that rate. Booking directly with the hotel is better than using a third party website because the third party websites won't guarentee the type of room you want.
- Reviews: 428
Hilton Waikoloa Village: Best Hilton Ever
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is huge, a resort rather than a hotel. To get around its grounds (and four main towers) one may take either a tram or a boat that runs on rails. A lavish breakfast is served in two of its four restaurants: American, Chinese. Japanese, continental/gourmet. Rooms are large and most offer an ocean view. Activities include cavorting with dolphins and whale-watching.
- Reviews: 13
Marriott Waikoloa Resort & Spa: Quiet piece of paradise
The Waikoloa Resort & Spa near Kona on the Big Island was a true piece of paradise! Rooms were clean, modern and spacious with large bathrooms and really comfortable beds. Flat screen TV wasn't needed because the view (ask for a "partial" ocean view - save some money but still get a view) was fantastic. The grounds were pristine, around three large pools (one was an infinity pool), three hot tubs and even a water slide. Plenty of lounge chairs and the wait staff was incredible. The outdoor bar/restaurant served a pool-side "drink of the day" or walk through historic lava fields and pools to the "A" bay beach - best beach on the island. Snorkeling included in your resort stay was good (not great) but beach was quiet and clean. Lobby was huge, gift shop was inexpensive and loaded with great souvenirs, lobby coffee station was convenient. The staff at the car port were terrific - so funny and helpful. Also, resort within walking distance to ABC stores, fancy (or not) restaurants and a very ancient trail. A great stay - look for onine discounts and have your self a great trip to the Waikoloa Resort & Spa.
Ancient lava fields right outside your door, very contemplative walks between hotel and beach. Pools were tremendous - three hot tubs (no waiting!) Restaurant specials and drink discounts abound.
- Reviews: 434
Volcano House: Outdated Than Rustic
With crater rim views of Kilauea Caldera, the Volcano House's location is its primary draw, and perhaps maybe even its only draw. While it's the only hotel inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the state's oldest continuously operated hotel, it's evident that this hotel's glory days are long gone. The fact that it's changed ownership numerous times in its century plus history may have something to do with it too. Regardless, it makes me sad to say that the Volcano House feels more outdated than it does rustic. I understand having only basic amenities in keeping with lodge living (no TV, no safe, no microwave, no mini-fridge, etc,...), but paying $205 a night for a musty smelling room with peeling wallpaper, decaying sliding doors, creaking floors (you could hear people walking above us continuously), hand crank windows, and a space heater just doesn't seem right. A place can be "rustic", but still be charming. Sorry to say, but the Volcano House is more rusting than charmingly rustic.
We stayed in the "crater view" room in the main building, which afforded us with amazing views of the crater and the Ohia forest just steps away from our room. Additionally, the hotel's proximity to all the sites within the National Park was a major plus, allowing us to beat any visitor traffic. Lastly, in the evening, spend some time in front of the eternal fireplace in the lobby - the lobby, probably being the only place on the property that exemplifies true rustic charm.
Note: Tip originally written Oct. 29 for Oct. 2009 visit to the Big Island.
Addendum (10/31/09): After having checked out of V.H., a hotel representative called me up to tell me that I had forgotten some items in the room. Because I (for once) over-packed, I intentionally left some things behind. It was just nice to know that they cared and were professional enough to give me a call.
- Reviews: 726
Hilo Seaside Hotel: Clean and simple
I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights and quite liked it. It was clean and quiet with nice rooms, although the room I stayed in had a window up above, at the ceiling level. But this didn’t bother me at all, after all I wasn’t planning to see the island from the window, I came here to sleep a few hours and hit the road again.
All the rooms are situated around a nice garden, except for those with balconies that face the coy fish pond in front of the hotel.
The hotel is located on the main road in the center of Hilo, just a few minutes walk from Hilo Bay. There are several places to have a meal, nearby, and it has a restaurant as well, however we didn’t like the service so we never came back after having one breakfast there.
It’s a simple tourist class hotel with only basic amenities (AC included). If you’re looking for nothing luxurious then you’ll enjoy it. However, if you’re used to up scaled hotels of Hawaiian Island then I’d suggest you to look for a better place.
- Reviews: 518
Camping: Hawaii on a Shoestring
If you’re dying to explore Hawaii but are on a budget, or want a little more adventure than the average traveler you might consider camping. This is by far the cheapest way to sleep on the islands and many of the beaches and parks allow overnight camping. Some sites require permits, but they are easy (and cheap) to acquire, but many sites don’t require any permits. Camping in Hawaii allows you the luxury of sleeping on the beach and hiking to remote parts of the island that can only be accessed by foot. Many of the beaches and parks have showers, toilets and barbecue pits free of charge. It’s definitely an unique way to see Hawaii.
- Reviews: 518
Vacation Rentals: Saving a Dime in Paradise
Many people choose to stay at a large resort when visiting the islands but there are ways to stay on the islands even if you’re on a budget. If you can’t afford the hefty price tag attached to the hotels here, consider a vacation rental. You’ll also be saving money by having access to a kitchen so you can dine in, rather than at pricey restaurants for all meals. There are many websites out there that make finding these houses and condos easy. I’d recommend starting your search with Vacation Rentals By Owner or www.Craigslist.org. Vacation rentals are also subject to taxes and most usually charge a one time, nominal cleaning fee but almost always this ends up being a much cheaper alternative to staying at a hotel. The vacation rental we had on Kauai even came with free laundry, and access to a pool and tennis courts.
- Reviews: 64
Royal Kona Resort: Stay Right On Ocean At Royal Kona Resort
We never stayed here rather we visited the grounds 3 times. Once for the Luau, and two times to go to their fine dining restaurant Don The Beach Comber and have cocktails at Don's Mai Tai's Bar Overlooking Kailua Bay. The hotel lobby is actually outside in the open air which was rather neat to see. The hotel and grounds are gorgeous. They have hug chadeliers hanging, Outdoor bars & restaurants that has unobstructed views of the ocean. Not to mention most of the rooms have ocean views. They also have beautiful coy ponds where you can sit down and relax. Even the pool area has views of the ocean. This is one of the few hotels that are situated right on the island as new hotels now have to be built so far back. The Royal Kona Resort was built way before theese rules too effect therefore the rules do not apply to them.
They also have a private beach only for guests, and a spa, not to mention there is also a luau that is held right on the grounds.
Prices vary here by time or year.
Gorgeous onubstructed views, beautiful grounds, ocean front dining, fine dining, spa, luau held on grounds
- Reviews: 936
The Hilton Waikoloa Village: A Resort Complex You Never Leave!
The Hilton Waikaloa, may seem out of the way, being 20 miles north of Kona airport on a lonely strech of coast -- but I think that's the point. This huge complex resort rambles over hundreds of acres, encompassing a convention center, four major hotel towers, several pools and a lagoon. To get around the place, you board a passenger train or a cable pulled-boat, and it can take 20 minutes to train from one side to the other. If you walk the lavish halls, you pass ornate samples of art from the Pacific Rim, South Asia, Polyneasia and even Europe. The rooms themselves are rather big and decently appointed, but not lavish as the fun is supposed to be had outside your chambers (and if you're having THAT kind of fun inside, well, you don't really care about the drapery, do you?).
This place has so much to do, so many restaurants, a gym and a waterluge that there's no reason to worry about how far you are from everything in that you may never leave (well, there is a Starbucks two miles up Waikaloa road).
- Reviews: 23
ResortQuest Waikoloa Colony Villas: Away from the Crowd!
Waikoloa Colony Villas are definitely a good place to stay if you are going to be on the island for a week or two! They are located in Waikoloa resort area, not to be confused with Waikoloa Village. Waikoloa is located in between Kailua-Kona and Waimea on the shore. It is located about 20 miles north-east of Kailua-Kona and about 80 miles west of Hilo. There are several beaches within about 15 miles and one nice one within a couple minutes of driving. The villas have everything you need, although they do change from villa to villa because most are privately owned. Our villa, #1002, had a blender, pitcher, toaster and all normal kitchen supplies such as utensils, cups, bowl, pans, etc… The ocean is not seen from the villas, but the views are quite nice. Villas can range from 1-3 rooms and price from about $225-350.
Kitchen-can save a lot of money since eating out can be quite pricey!
Close to several beaches.
Nice pool and hot tub!
Golfing close by.
Close to shopping center, (King and Queen Shops)!
- Reviews: 1294
HIlton Waikaloa: Resort in Waikaloa
The place is huge with every amenity known to man and beast. Three towers and you can take a tram or boat to your room. At least six different restaurants. Several pools, including one with a long, long slide. One ocean pool only for adults and a lagoon with all pool toys you can want. Kayaks, water bikes, etc, etc. Turtles and fish are plentiful, but the water is not that clear.
The views out front are fantastic, but there is not a beach on the property. There is one a short walk south, but no one at the resort tells you about this. You can swim with dolphins too.
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