Kona Islander Inn Hotel

2 stars
755776 Alii Dr., Kona, HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
49 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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Reviewer score 3.8 out of 5
Reviewer score 3.5 out of 5

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 (49)

Ratings and reviews for Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
49 out of 49
Amenities:
2.5
Room cleanliness:
2.6
Hotel staff:
3.3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.3

55% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Seattle
Jan 26, 2011

great value

fine, quiet, view of the ocean, close to everything downtown kona. Parking available a block away free on steet. friendly staff, beautiful grounds, older renovated charming hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Seattle
Jan 26, 2011

great value

fine, quiet, view of the ocean, close to everything downtown kona. Parking available a block away free on steet. friendly staff, beautiful grounds, older renovated charming hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kwikining
Utah
Jan 15, 2011

Kona Magic Sands

We were "upgraded" from the Kona Islander Inn (located in heart of Kailua-Kona) to the Kona Magic Sands (3 miles south on Ali'i Drive). We checked in and out from the Kona Islander which had major parking issues. Check-in was quick and easy. From the outside the Kona Magic Sands looks old due to construction from concrete blocks. Masonry workers were resurfacing during the day and were fairly noisy. The on-site restaurant Jameson's was closed due to renovation. Not a big deal though. The Magic Sands is waterfront property and if you down like crashing waves, don't stay here. It is aalso nestled between two awesome state parks. Each condo unit has a designated parking space (big plus in Hawaii). There is also an on-site laundry facility. There is a wash-off area on premises. A BBQ grill is available in a privately locked grounds area. The grounds have an unheated family-sized swimming pool, sun chairs, patio tables and palm trees overlooking a stunning view of Magic Sands Beach and the ocean. There is no sandy beach on property but it is lined with a seawall due to a black lava rock at ocean's edge. Each unit varied in accommodation. Ours had an enclosed veranda with sliding glass and screen doors. This was a studio unit with a 27" flat screen TV and a queen-sized bed (fairly comfortable). The veranda could be parted with a Japanese-style sliding screen which had several holes in the paper. The dining option was a table on the veranda. The kitchenette had a full-sized fridge, an outdated cooking surface, microwave, coffee maker, blender and ample plates, cups and utensils for maybe 4 people. The spice rack was well stocked and there were some non-perishable condiments on the shelves. The bathroom and kitchen had nice tiles. The sink and toilet were clean and newer. The shower was okay but the fixtures showed signs of corrosion. Hot water flow varied by time of day as I don't believe each unit had its own water heater. There were plenty of towels. There was also a small closet with extra bedding, pillows, beach towels and some snorkeling masks. There is no maid service. A vacuum is in the closet. The air temperature was comfortable with 3 ceiling fans but this would not be sufficient in the summer months. The studio was pretty bug-free. There are several permanent residents and "snowbirds" in the complex which makes it nice for security. The coastal highway is kind of noisy during the day and quiet hours were enforced in the complex. There was a deadbolt for security. I wish there was a digital safe in our unit to secure valuables. There are not any shopping or restaurant options nearby. I consider this a plus but others may not. Overall, we were satisfied with the price and options. This is not a four star establishment but a pleasant surprise for the money.

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

Several state parks within a mile.

Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kwikining
Utah
Jan 15, 2011

Kona Magic Sands

We were "upgraded" from the Kona Islander Inn (located in heart of Kailua-Kona) to the Kona Magic Sands (3 miles south on Ali'i Drive). We checked in and out from the Kona Islander which had major parking issues. Check-in was quick and easy. From the outside the Kona Magic Sands looks old due to construction from concrete blocks. Masonry workers were resurfacing during the day and were fairly noisy. The on-site restaurant Jameson's was closed due to renovation. Not a big deal though. The Magic Sands is waterfront property and if you down like crashing waves, don't stay here. It is aalso nestled between two awesome state parks. Each condo unit has a designated parking space (big plus in Hawaii). There is also an on-site laundry facility. There is a wash-off area on premises. A BBQ grill is available in a privately locked grounds area. The grounds have an unheated family-sized swimming pool, sun chairs, patio tables and palm trees overlooking a stunning view of Magic Sands Beach and the ocean. There is no sandy beach on property but it is lined with a seawall due to a black lava rock at ocean's edge. Each unit varied in accommodation. Ours had an enclosed veranda with sliding glass and screen doors. This was a studio unit with a 27" flat screen TV and a queen-sized bed (fairly comfortable). The veranda could be parted with a Japanese-style sliding screen which had several holes in the paper. The dining option was a table on the veranda. The kitchenette had a full-sized fridge, an outdated cooking surface, microwave, coffee maker, blender and ample plates, cups and utensils for maybe 4 people. The spice rack was well stocked and there were some non-perishable condiments on the shelves. The bathroom and kitchen had nice tiles. The sink and toilet were clean and newer. The shower was okay but the fixtures showed signs of corrosion. Hot water flow varied by time of day as I don't believe each unit had its own water heater. There were plenty of towels. There was also a small closet with extra bedding, pillows, beach towels and some snorkeling masks. There is no maid service. A vacuum is in the closet. The air temperature was comfortable with 3 ceiling fans but this would not be sufficient in the summer months. The studio was pretty bug-free. There are several permanent residents and "snowbirds" in the complex which makes it nice for security. The coastal highway is kind of noisy during the day and quiet hours were enforced in the complex. There was a deadbolt for security. I wish there was a digital safe in our unit to secure valuables. There are not any shopping or restaurant options nearby. I consider this a plus but others may not. Overall, we were satisfied with the price and options. This is not a four star establishment but a pleasant surprise for the money.

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

Several state parks within a mile.

Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Seattle, WA
Dec 19, 2010

Good location, no room service

Good: - perfect location, quiet place - good price - microwave, fridge, kitchen utensils Bad: - cockroaches in kitchen - old furniture, bathroom - no room service

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Seattle, WA
Dec 19, 2010

Good location, no room service

Good: - perfect location, quiet place - good price - microwave, fridge, kitchen utensils Bad: - cockroaches in kitchen - old furniture, bathroom - no room service

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Calgary Alberta
Sep 13, 2010

Very Nice

The location was great and the grouds were very nice. The rooms were great for the price. I would book here again.

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

Shopping Dining were all very close to the hotel.

Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Calgary Alberta
Sep 13, 2010

Very Nice

The location was great and the grouds were very nice. The rooms were great for the price. I would book here again.

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

Shopping Dining were all very close to the hotel.

Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Big Island Explorers
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13, 2010

Kona Islander Inn

Very nice place right across the street from the beach. Lovely location in a cute village with walking distance to restaurants, shops, convenience stores. We had an ocean view room with a balcony. The room is furnished like a small studio apartment, not at all like a hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Kona Islander Inn Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Big Island Explorers
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13, 2010

Kona Islander Inn

Very nice place right across the street from the beach. Lovely location in a cute village with walking distance to restaurants, shops, convenience stores. We had an ocean view room with a balcony. The room is furnished like a small studio apartment, not at all like a hotel.

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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