Appropriately named, the Big Island of Hawaii is by far the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. While most of the other islands are small enough to be navigated in a relatively short amount of time, the Big Island is large enough that you will most likely find yourself hanging out on one side of the island while you there.
For those that find themselves on the western side of the island near Kona (a town that was once home to the Kings of the Hawaiian Kingdom), there are plenty of hotels to choose from along the stretch of coastline near this city known for its famous Kona Coffee and Kona Brewing Company headquarters.
Kona Islander Inn Hotel
If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay near Kona, but don’t want to shell out big bucks for a posh resort, the Kona Islander Inn Hotel is a good choice. Rooms feature private lanais, tvs and air conditioning. The hotel also has a swimming pool and hot tub as well as a bbq area, tropical gardens and on-sight laundry. The best part? This hotel is just across the street from the Pacific Ocean and a small sandy beach.
Prices from $77.00/night
For those seeking smaller, more intimate accommodations near Kona, this small B&B is a good choice. Both affordable priced and located close to the Kona airport, this hotel combines a sense of remote retreat with modern convenience. The B&B is also located a short distance from the ocean, where guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific ocean from its spot overlooking the town of Honokaa near Kona.
Prices from $86.90
Kona Seaside Hotel
Located across the street from Kona Pier, the Kona Seaside Hotel enjoys a central location in Kailua Kona, ideal for strolling through the village’s unique shops. The hotel’s activities desk can book luaus, helicopter sightseeing flights and a myriad of attractions oriented toward tourist interests. Two outdoor pools offer sundecks where guests may absorb the glorious Hawaiian sun. The hotel features a small shopping center as well as Tante’s Oceanfront Resaurant, which serves fresh fish caught off the Big Island and is known for its reasonable prices. This 220 room Hawaiian hotel consists of three, 3 story wings and a five story tower. The air conditioned rooms provide views of tropical gardens, town or ocean. Most accommodations include balconies. Decor features botanical prints and bedspreads with island style patterns. All rooms have refrigerators.
Prices from $87.57
Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel
The Kona Bay Hotel of Uncle Billy’s Hawaiian Family Resorts is a tourist class hotel strategically located only 11 miles southwest of the Keahole Airport. This oceanfront resort hotel and shopping village is Native Hawaiian family owned and operated for over 25 years. It is situated in the heart of Kailua Kona. This cozy property offers traditional Hawaiian decor coupled with full service hotel amenities and island style hospitality at affordable rates. The resort includes the largest shopping village in west Hawaii, filled with over 80 shops, activity desks and adventure outfitters. Each of the 121 guestrooms are individually climate controlled. Standard bed configuration is one king or two double beds. All rooms have full window walls with sliding glass doors that open up to full private balconies or patios. Furnishings include nightstands with lamps, armoires, ceiling fans, refrigerators, cable TV, decorative mirrors and wall are. The 24 studio suites offer 1 king bed or two double beds. Efficiency kitchens include refrigerator, sink, microwave, two burner stove and coffee maker. A friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to assist you at all times. The hotel is just steps away from fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues
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Prices from $86.68
King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
The King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is a tourist class hotel located on the Big Island’s Kona Coast and is eight miles from Kona International Airport and 105 miles from the city of Hilo. The hotel is within walking distance of Kailua Kona Town, the shopping district and restaurants. The great number of amenities, facilities and extras this hotel features makes it an enjoyable place to stay. The hotel has an award winning restaurant in the Kona Beach Restaurant. The restaurant won the 1999 Illima award for “Favorite Neighbor Island Hotel Restaurant.” The restaurant is open for breakfast daily, and offers buffet dinners on selected evenings. On site luaus provide entertainment and authentic cuisine while Billfish Bar serves snacks and drinks, poolside. The resort offers 460 air conditioned rooms in two, six story wings. Paintings on the walls depict the hotel site as it would have looked in King Kamehameha’s time. Room amenities include refrigerators, coffeemakers and cable television.
Prices from $119
Kona Magic Sands Resort
Nestled between two beach parks all on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, this professionally managed resort offers all the amenities of home at moderate prices. Kona Magic Sands Resort is Kona’s affordable oceanfront hotel where every room is on the water. Actually, every room is almost in the water. Kona Magic Sands Resort units offer color TVs, and private telephones with free unlimited local calls.
Our resort offers a swimming pool and a barbecue area for you to enjoy during your stay. Do not sacrifice comfort for affordability you will find it all at Kona Magic Sands Resort. Spend your vacation money on activities and dining instead of an expensive place to sleep. Kona Magic Sands Resort features the old Hawaiian, lush tropical feeling with the convenience of modern amenities. Upon arrival, imprint of credit card will be required to hold for damage deposit protection.
Prices from $149
Royal Kona Resort
With a dramatic oceanfront setting that overlooks picturesque Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort stands within walking distance of the quaint fishing village of Kailua Kona with its many fine restaurants, shops, historical sites, and activities. Captain Cook Monument is a 30 minute drive from the resort and Parker Ranch, a working Hawaiian ranch that offers outdoor adventures, is located less than two miles from the property.
The Royal Kona Resort features a natural salt water swimming lagoon and sandy sunning area, in addition to a split level freshwater pool and children’s pool. The resort features four tennis courts, the Lotus Center Massage and Spa and on property shops. Guests can experience oceanfront dining and entertainment at the acclaimed Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
The Royal Kona Resort features 452 air conditioned guestrooms positioned in three wings. Accommodations include balconies or patios with gardens, mountain or ocean views. Rooms feature refrigerators, coffeemakers and cable television. Wireless Internet access is available. All rooms are non smoking.
Prices from $115
Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
This hotel is uniquely designed in the style of an 1880s Hawaiian village—complete with palm thatched roofs on rustic bungalows and paths that weave through flower and fruit bearing tropical plants. This hotel is also located just a short walk from the shops and nightlife in the village of Kona.
Another benefit to the tropically designed bungalow hotel is that each hut contains two bedrooms with one king sized bed in each, as well as a sleeper sofa in the living room. Each bungalow can sleep 6, making it perfect for a family or 2 couples looking to cut down on costs and share a bungalow. There are also two bathrooms, with a whirlpool tub in the master bedroom. Bungalows also feature full kitchens, washer and dryers and private lanais.
Prices from $179
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Resort
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is poised on an ancient lava flow at the southern entrance to Keauhou Bay on the Big Island. Once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, Keauhou now beckons all travelers in search of unique Hawaiian vacations.
Guests can choose from two championship golf courses, experience famous Kona town, shop at the adjacent Keauhou Shopping center, or experience any of countless activities that range from lava hunting to swimming with the Keauhou manta rays. While the many attractions and natural wonders of the Big Island will certainly tempt, guests may find the multi level fantasy pool and Manta Ray Super Slide & Pool to be the most alluring. Located at the center of the resort, this large fresh water pool includes a small man made beach, the island’s largest waterslide, whirlpool spas, and children’s play area.
Each room includes the area’s signature 100% Kona coffee. Other room amenities include complimentary toiletries, high speed wireless Internet access for a daily fee, television with pay per view movies, and compact refrigerators. This family friendly resort boasts property amenities that feature a full service spa and fitness center, restaurants, lounges, luau grounds, and room service.
Prices from $175.69
Now that you are headed to the Big Island, here are some things to check out:
- Drink an island inspired brew at the Kona Brewing Company
- Check out flowing lava at Volcanoes National Park
- Looking to pitch a tent? Learn more about Camping in Volcanoes National Park
- The Big Island is home to Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes
- Get a Big Island sneak peak with Volcanoes National Park in Photos
- Do the loop hike and check out the scenic Akaka Falls State Park
- One of the most beautiful spots on the Big Island, don’t miss a visit to the Pololu Valley
- Looking for the best snorkel spot near Kona? Head to Kealakua Bay
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