$109 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 15, 2015 Check-out: Jan 18, 2015

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
3.1
out of 5
165 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
Pleasantly surprised

Friendly staff, excellent location and cute pool. Nothing fancy, but relatively inexpensive See full review

  • Akmarcia
  • Nov 19, 2014
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)

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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 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 (165)

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

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
28 out of 165
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
JBCYJ
Business
nc
Dec 15, 2011

old bathrooms

Th bathrooms are very old and rusty. They need to remodel them very soon. The same for the rerig.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
TAGV
Business
San Jose, CA
Dec 13, 2012

I do not want to mislead...

the location of the hotel is actually really good, walking distance to whatever you may need. The staff are mostly friendly and the continental breakfast was fine. The room was hideous, It had areas outside the bathroom that smelled like urine, and had hair on the shower wall and the bed. It does have cable and free wi-fi.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Maxwell from Idaho
Business
Coeurdalene Idaho
Mar 5, 2014

Room at Uncle Billy's

Room was dirty, smelled bad. Checked out a day early without a refund.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Sacramento, CA
Feb 24, 2012

Cheap hotel in center of town

The hotel location is good - close to the beach & shopping. The room location I had was terrible - heard loud conversations on both sides (registration area & parking entrance). The mini-refrigerator had rust around the edges. The cold breakfast was very limited - bread, english muffins, pastries, papaya.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Seasoned Explorer
Business
Lake Tahoe, NV
Jan 10, 2014

Base for an Explorer

If you leave early and return late, it works great. Needed a place to secure things and a comfortable bed. Although the bed was short for me, it was fine. Early coffee available in lobby. Tried the continental breakfast on a rest day. Ordinary with no protein. Shower and sink fixtures needed refurbishing; their condition detracted from room, but functioned fine.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Taxi from airport to rental car desks at Marriott cost $35.00 with tip each way. Airport shuttle from Marriott was at least $15.00 per person. However, comparable rental car price dropped from $46/day to $29/day. Best deal depends on number in party and number of rental days. Do the math.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
AW single traveler
Business
Seattle area, WA
Apr 22, 2010

Exceptional Staff

Staff was excellent, but that's as far as it goes. The place is really run down and just seems to be hanging on the edge of maintaining operations. Everything is tired, worn and dated and seems like a total compromise. Too bad because the location is prime, but that's it. The place doesn't look like it's had any updates for 30 years (or more). But the staff and [...] are genuinely nice people, and I felt great since all I needed was a clean bed, and that's all I got.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Don't buy any activites before you go. Wait till you get there, but research all that you think you'd like to do. There are dozens of operators there that will beat any price you would get from the internet, and ask plenty of questions regarding locations and pick up drop off....you don't want to be wasting time driving to Hilo when you're in Kona. Roberts Hawaii tours (Circle Island Tour) is a waste of time if you have a car...and you should definitely have a car since you can see everything yourself at your own pace. But if you are coming for only a day, and don't want to drive, then I highly recommend it. Otherwise, call (or e-mail) for the iteniary and then just drive to those places you think you'd like and skip the others (e.g. the lowest bakery in the US). There's a lot more to do and see if you have a car for the same time frame of the 12 hour day. Moutain Thunder coffee was interesting, and the staff was especially friendly...but then again, it seemed that the entire population of this Island was like that...truly the Aloha spirit.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Hilo, HI
Jul 3, 2009

Good for the price

The staff was nice and it was in a great location. The rooms where nice but kind of dirty, the only big problem was that my sink was infested by ants and they were all over the twols and stuff. Other then that it was good for the price.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
roundabout
Business
Mountain View, CA, USA
Dec 28, 2011

Average budget hotel in a good place

Nothing particular for that price. The rooms are old, but clean. The breakfast is just nominal. There are many restaurants, gift shops, groceries etc. around, but the beach is not very good.

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

Business

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Shawn K
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Stanski
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Not Applicable

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

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