Kona Islander Inn Hotel

2 stars
755776 Alii Dr., Kona, HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.7
out of 5
31 reviews
kona

had a great time rented a car and seen a lot See full review

  • srg15068
  • Mar 23, 2011
Perfect for budget travellers

We've used the Islander a number of times. There are three different types of rooms depending on... See full review

  • theukeman
  • Feb 4, 2012
Budget-friendly Kailua inn offers kitchenettes and a central location
Budget-conscience visitors looking for rustic Island charm will appreciate the plantation-style Kona Islander Inn Hotel. The hotel is located in the heart of Kailua town, nestled among so much ginger, banana and other tropical foliage that it feels more like a secret oasis. Rooms include kitchenettes and private balconies with views of the central swimming pool, gardens or ocean. The waterfront and a petite sandy nook are just across the road. Kailua's plentiful shopping, dining and sites are all within a few minutes' walk.
Highlights
  • Stretch the dollar at one of the area's most affordable hotels, with in-room kitchenettes for additional savings on meals
  • Enjoy a location in the heart of charming Kailua town, a few steps from restaurants, shopping, bars and historic sites
  • Mellow Island atmosphere and lush tropical-foliage landscaping
Location
Kona Islander Inn Hotel spreads out across tropical landscaping in the heart of Kailua-Kona, across the street from the ocean and a sandy nook.
Rooms
Kona Islander Inn is a 3-story, plantation-style hotel with refreshingly simple, Island-décor studios. Each features a kitchenette, private balcony, air conditioning, free unlimited island-wide calls and TV. Many of the rooms face an inner courtyard swimming pool. Higher-floor east-facing rooms have views of the ocean. Laundry facilities are also on-site.
Features
Guests can relax in the sunshine at the pool or head to the waterfront nearby. Kona islander Inn Hotel is next door to Kailua's lively farmers market, held Wednesday through Sunday-a great way to shop for budget-priced in-room-kitchenette meals. Plentiful restaurants and cafés also line Alii Drive throughout the town area.
Transportation
  • Kona International Airport (9.3 mi/14.9 km)
Attractions
  • Hulihee Palace (0.3 mi/450 m)
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (4.3 mi/6.9 km)
  • Kahaluu Beach Park ("Snorkel Beach") (4.9 mi/8 km)
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (19.5 mi/31.3 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Captain Cook) (92.9 mi/150 km)
Policies and fees
Please come to our office at the Kona Islander Inn- 75-5776 Kuakini Hwy. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740. Please call 1-800-622-5348 or locally 1-808-329-3333. If you arrive after 8 p.m. when our offices are closed- our security guard, located in the lobby of the Kona Islander Inn, will have an envelope with your keys. Please provide your ID and or reservation information. Use the security desk phone to call for assistance if the guard is not in the lobby.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

19.6362 -155.992
Area served
Kona
Nearby airports
KOA
Area description
Enjoy the sounds and freshness of tropical breezes in the evenings as you sip a cool tropical drink. Reminisce about the days frolicking at the beach and develop an appreciation of the relaxation that comes from being in Hawaii.

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Kona Islander Inn Hotel Rooms

Standard queen
Pool, hot tub, BBQ, A/C, white sandy beach, kitchenettes, Internet, on Alii Drive in the village- walk to everything. Fall asleep to the beautiful sounds of the ocean in the standard queen rooms at Kona Islander Inn Hotel.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Internet
WiFi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1000

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 (31)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Overall score

2.7 / 5
5.01.0
31 out of 31
Amenities:
2.5
Room cleanliness:
2.5
Hotel staff:
3.3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.3

55% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Joyce Yeh
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec 12, 2012

Unit #329 Rita Roberts

This review is for unit #329. The best place you will find thats budget friendly. This place was very clean and NO ROACHES! Each unit is individually owned, so dont let the bad reviews for other units confuse you. Make sure to rent from Rita Roberts. We would definitely recommend this place and now we know where to stay whenever we go back to Kona.

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

Right across from the place you will find restaurants, a farmers market and the beach

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Rudy and Mary
Salem, Oregon
Nov 9, 2012

We'll come again.

We had read previous reviews and were aware that some liked it, some didn't. The bedding was clean. The carpeting was dirty, The supplies were minimal, I couldn't even sweep the kitchen. A vacuum should have been available. Friendly staff. I enjoyed my stay in spite of the spotted carpet. We spent hours and hours enjoying our deck overlooking nicely manicured gardens with ocean view in background.

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

3
5.01.0
Sherry the Hula Girl
Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug 9, 2012

Right in the middle of everything!

I loved the location of this hotel! It was within walking distance of many restaurants and great shops! It has nice grounds and is very close to the ocean. The thing I did not like was the lack of room service (which I knew about that coming into the hotel), but because of it, the shower was disgusting--looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a long time. If you're able to overlook that kind of stuff, then this is a fine hotel; but if you're looking for super clean, new towels every day, etc., don't stay here!

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

Keep your car parked at the hotel and just walk to the various restaurants/shopping. That way you're guaranteed a spot in the lot when you turn in for the night.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jeff7272
Pueblo West, CO, USA
Apr 8, 2012

Islander inn

Room # 153 - great view of the ocean from the lanai. Tiles broken and curtains ripped. No maid service, extra towels or toilet paper. Some bugs and ants but overall a pleasant stay. Very convenient to shopping and restauraunts but very little parking at the hotel. You are getting what you pay for but we were not at the hotel much anyway.

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

4
5.01.0
theukeman
AZ
Feb 4, 2012

Perfect for budget travellers

We've used the Islander a number of times. There are three different types of rooms depending on how well individual owners have refurbished and maintained them. We had to ask to be moved to a better room because the first one we were allocated was tired and rough. The second room was great. If you want value for money, right by the ocean, in the centre of Kona, you can't beat this!

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

3
5.01.0
Deerguy
Calgary, AB, Canada
Feb 2, 2012

Not all rooms are equal

The grounds and staff out standing. But there's always a but. The rooms are individual condos that are rented out through the front. So there are amazing rooms and then there's some that just don't cut it. Be aware and let them know if it's not up to snuff.

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

1
5.01.0
awOR
Hood River, Oregon
Jan 12, 2012

A DIVE

I rarely write a review. I am content with very basic motels when all I need is a roof and a bed and am easily satisfied, so was not expecting much from Kona Islander Inn. Beware of what you are getting into- the place looks decent from the outside, but my room (Molokai 232) did not qualify as even close to acceptable. I was reluctant to touch anything. The room was old, outdated, in disrepair, not clean, ants, etc.... it needed to be gutted and redone from top to bottom. Upon arrival I found that this is supposedly a condo-hotel, or something like that, apparently with no consistency among the rooms. I guess I got the room that was meant for a skid-row residence hotel. If you are driving a car, note that there is not even close to enough parking capacity on site for the number of units. I will never return to this place... I'd rather park by the beach and sleep in my car. Sorry for the poor review... the place has potential with a massive remodel of the interior.

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

1
5.01.0
EmOxon
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jan 4, 2012

Backpackers shelter

Given that the name of the place includes Hotel and Inn (albeit only on the Billboards outside) I expected to have at least some basic room service. Boy I was wrong! Upon arrival we were given a piece of paper with code required to enter the room. Entering a shabby looking room, in the dim light I read the instructions stating that no room service is provided except for a NOMINAL FEE. NOMINAL FEE turned out to be $15 for changing linen only. Forget about cleaning room and changing towels. Well I think if you planning a vacation - you don't expect to do a lot of housekeeping while vacationing? Description stated that room had a kitchenette. This happened to be in between entrance and bathroom. The microwave was not working properly (front panel was falling out), but after 3 request to change it (which we were assured will be done promptly) we gave up on it. Internet is available only at hotel's lobby and is at the price. Parking available but in short supply which due to lack of public transportation is regrettable. Hotel's beach (which mentioned briefly but left unseen on the web-site's video) is nothing more than access to shoreline full of volcanic rocks but with plenty of backpacker hanging around. Bottom line - if you looking for a decent place to spend your vacation - look elsewhere

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

Bubba Gump's accross the street is very good as well as Java Rock down the street. Also there is a Open Market with supply of fresh fruits and tourist stuff...

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Jahred
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Nov 24, 2011

Wowza, what a funky room

Well lets start with the fact that it is right on Alii drive overlooking the ocean and has a beautiful garden! One of the best outdoors I have seen at a hotel. Then we saw the room!!!! WOWZA! I have stayed in many hotels and this room was by far the funkiest. The floor and curtains were GROSS. The kitchenette had no stovetop and the dishes provided were mostly dirty. The bed sheets were the wrong size and didn't seem to have been cleaned. When we asked for new sheets, a small surfer girl behind the desk said "Its kind of like your home away from home, and the laundry room is around the corner" UMMM?? Ok....What that meant was, wash your own stuff, and don't expect any help from us. The good news is it was Hawaii, so we spent all our time outside, and this cheap hotel offered us a spot right in beautiful kailua town.

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

1
5.01.0
huicho
Maui, Hawaii, USA
Oct 18, 2011

horrible get away

the first night we arrived it was arround 10:30. no one was there to assist us, very bad service they did not had me registered on the computer so i had to wait for another 45 minutes. The room was very duty, and so old, the carpet the bathoom the shower, everything. next day when we came back, they were so unorganized becouse they had to give us another room and they took our things. it was totally a disaster.

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