Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

2 stars
75-5739 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Big Island), HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
217 reviews
Excellent location

Hotel is right in the middle of everything, restaurants, shopping and sight seeing. Great pool and... See full review

  • muttheads
  • Oct 28, 2013
Fantastic

So good to be tru the hotel was very close of evethin See full review

  • Ninet
  • Apr 19, 2013
Bungalow hotel in the heart of Kailua town offers plenty of aloha
The centrally located Kona Bay Resort (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts) offers local-style living with a budget-friendly value. Built around a large swimming pool and sundeck, rooms offer simple charm combined with a private patio and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Guests also receive free breakfast daily. Nestled in the heart of Kailua-Kona town, everything is within a few minutes' walk-including the waterfront, restaurants, souvenir shopping and historic sites.
Highlights
  • Save extra with free daily "aloha" breakfast
  • Located in the heart of charming Kailua-Kona town
  • Unwind in the hotel's mellow Island atmosphere, with a friendly staff available 24 hours a day
  • Free high-speed Internet access
Location
Kona Bay Resort (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts) is a true Island-style bungalow hotel in Kailua-Kona, just across the street from the waterfront. Shopping and restaurants virtually surround the hotel.
Rooms
The low-rise, bungalow-style Kona Bay Resort offers garden, superior and deluxe rooms decorated in simple and charming Island style. Some rooms have peek-a-boo ocean views, others the tropical garden. All include a private patio, cable TV, mini refrigerator, air conditioning, ceiling fan and coffee-maker. Free high-speed Internet access is a great in-room perk.
Features
All Kona Bay Resort (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts) guests receive free "aloha" breakfast service every day. Plentiful casual and upscale dining is available surrounding the hotel -- and the oceanfront Huggo's, a local and visitor favorite for decades, is just a short walk down Alii Drive. Free Internet access helps guests plan adventures to coffee farms, active volcanoes and discover historical paths once traversed by ancient kings and queens.
Transportation
  • Kona International Airport (8.9 mi/14.3 km)
Attractions
  • Hulihee Palace (3 blocks)
  • Kahaluu Beach Park ("Snorkel Beach") (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (3.9 mi/6.6 km)
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (19.8 mi/31.8 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Captain Cook) (92.9 mi/150 km)

Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts) Rooms

Superior Room
Our spacious superior rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the property; enjoy views of our tropical garden below with red ginger and fragrant plumerias. Rooms are equipped with either a king size or 2 full size beds, individual climate controls, refrigerators, in-room safes, cable television, telephone, coffee and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, alarm clock radios, and a private lanai.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Dining
Restaurant
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

19.6378 -155.9931
Area served
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Nearby airports
Keahole Airport
Area description
In the heart of Downtown Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (217)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Overall score

3 / 5
5.01.0
217 out of 217
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.8
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.8

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
spragz
pearl city, hawaii
Dec 4, 2012

Great Family Getaway.

Hotel was exactly what I expected. Location wise can't ask for any better right in the middle of Kona town. Most everything was within walking distance. Room was a little out dated but comfortable. Loved the old style it had going on, like the old fashion wooden sliding doors with screens instead of glass. Real beachy Country feel to it. Would recomend to others.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Most everything is within walking distance.

Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mrs. K
Maui, Hawaii, USA
Jan 28, 2012

Great noisy location

Uncle Billy's Kona Hotel is very conveniently located on Alii Drive next to all of the action in bayfront Kailua, Kona. We had a large room in the older, open section of the hotel, with two queen beds and a pleasant little lanai. The room was a little grungy, but comfortable enough with a small refrigerator, a room safe, and free wireless. A continental breakfast was offered, but I can't comment on the quality as we did not take advantage of it. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Parking is cheap at $5 for overnight. The room was not well insulated for sound and it was one of the NOISIEST nights ever, between a lovesick chirping coqui frog, late night partying and singing somewhere, early morning garbage pickup, and the worst, an eager leaf blower who started early before the mall across the street opened. That awful sound penetrated and reverberated throughout the room. Fortunately the room is moderately priced, and if you can sleep through any disturbance, you would probably find it a good value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Enjoyed creamsicle flavored shave ice at the Scandinavian shave ice stand a short walk away.

Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Moscow, Idaho
Jun 4, 2011

You get what you pay for

Not a luxury hotel, but clean and at a great location. Pool area was nice. The free continental breakfast was a little skimpy but okay. Great if you are looking for something inexpensive and don't plan to spend your whole day in the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Jackie Rey Ohana's Restaurant on Kuikini Drive. Incredible food and awesome presentation! Make sure you make it there at happy hour (2-5 pm) for half price pupus. So so delicious!!

Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kaz9827
UK
Jan 8, 2013

Great location clean but dated and tired

The location of this hotel is great and the free breakfast although basic is very welcome along with the early morning coffee at reception at 5.30 am for those early starts. The room has everything you would need and my husband and I stayed for two weeks over xmas and new year 2012. I would happily stay here again and for a budge hotel it is quite good. Although the air conditioning did leak sometimes and was noisy it was not inconvenient. Staying on the ground floor was nice but again noisy but after about 9pm most people were quiet.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Softballers
Kona, Hawaii
Jan 27, 2014

Good Weekend Staycation

The staff were friendly and approachable. One downfall would be the size of the bathroom. Way too small. Overall a nice stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

If you want fresh authentic hawaiian meals, Umekes is the place to go! It's a short walk from the hotel to the building. Great poke as always & it's near by.

Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bucky from Duluth
Sunnyvale, ca
Jul 16, 2013

Good location

The 2 Star rating is appropriate for this hotel. Great location in the center of Kona! Hotel is old but clean and the staff was very nice and helpful. We had 3 rooms and all were nice, clean and comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Aloha al
Pennsylvania
Jan 13, 2014

Good

Good price for average hotel friendly staff convenient location

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
low maintenace
Chicago, Il.
Nov 13, 2009

average hotel

Dining and shopping places were plentiful! Great location, but staff just didn't have a clue about anything. Must do snorkeling at Kahalu'u and eat at Splasher's Grill and Bongo Ben Island Cafe. Skip the Fireneesia- it's very cheesy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Stanski
Sarasota Fl.
Feb 6, 2013

Old Kona Feeling

so good to be away from the big concrete buildings and mega crowds. good location, can walk to everything and just leave the car in their lot. if it's upscale and fancy you want....forget it but as a third world traveler.....everything worked and i felt right at home. kind of reminds me of Key West ....back in the day. " nuff said.." ( quote from TRINK ....Bangkok Post... back in the day )

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Not Applicable

AHI TUNA....................

Review of Kona Bay Hotel (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Shawn K
Mountain View, CA
Jul 14, 2012

Good value, Great location

I stayed here for two single night stays, separated by a night... I flew over for 3 nights from Maui. First time on the Big Island. It was the best deal for published rate room I could find. It's in an excellent location... and the room space and setup is nice... everything is just a bit old and basic ... nothing is upscale or shiny new. I didn't have any problems... I thought it was a good value overall. It may not be the place you want to stay for a 10 day vacation.. depending on what you are looking for. For me,I just need a bed to crash in and a shower... both of which were fine... and the rest of the time I am out doing something. This is in walking distance to so many things - that's the best part. Everything else is average.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
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