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This cozy studio in a great location so close to White Sands Beach and Kahaluu Beach Park. Why spend all that money on expensive Hotels.
In these challenging economic times, why spend so much on an oceanfront rental when you can enjoy all the advantages of the beach on a low budget?
This centrally located, clean, no frills studio in the heart of the White Sands Beach area off of Ali`i Drive lets you enjoy a stay near the beach, yet just far enough away to avoid the sight and sound of traffic.
The ground floor studio is equipped with a kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Wireless internet access is included. A gas grill, washer, and dryer are available for our guests.
Enjoy White Sands Beach for world-class bodysurfing and boogie boarding. Explore Kahalu`u Beach, what some call the best snorkel beach in the Hawai`i. Catch the trolley into downtown Kailua-Kona, a mere 4 miles away. Shop at Keauhou, just a mile south of the studio.
The FREE wireless high speed cable modem can be used on your own laptop or of course you can turn off all electronics and just hang out and read a good book.
Why pay for ocean front or ocean view that you will not see since you will be so busy on your daily island adventures all day anyway? Why pay for a pool when you will be jumping in the ocean just down the street? Why pay for an ocean view when you cannot see it at night? The reality is you will most likely want a comfortable private place to relax to get ready for another day in Paradise.
A tax of 13.42% will be collected upon arrival.
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o Linens Provided
o Cable/Satellite TV
o CD Player
o Stereo System
o Cooking Utensils Provided
* Outdoor Features
o Gas/Electric BBQ Grill
* Other Amenities
o TOASTER, COFFEE MAKER, LAUNDRY FACILITY
o Pet Friendly
o Smoking Not Allowed
* Activities (on site and nearby)
o Jet Skiing
o Wildlife Viewing
o Fitness Center/Gym
o Basketball Court
o Cinemas/Movie Theaters
o Miniature golf
o Horseback Riding
ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A RENTAL AGREEMENT PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AND THERE IS THE HAWAII ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COLLECTED UPON ARRIVAL OF $13.42%
Guest will be given directions right to the Rental. I actually live about an hour away but my assistant in Kona is always available if you have a question.
Interaction with Guests
My assistant is always around and me living about an hour away come to Kona about 2 to 3 times a week. Always available by ph(phone number hidden)
Nice quiet Neighborhood.
Rentals cars are always a plus since this is the Big Island. Parking is included and free. Kona also has a shuttle service that runs up and down Alii Drive from 7a to 7p. It is $2.00 each direction
Covered in Rental agreement NO SMOKING!
Overall I felt pretty underwhelmed by this place. Not that it is a bad place to stay, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting.
Firstly, communication with Bill was easy and very prompt and clear. There were no problems in this department. We never met Bill personally, but he was always available if needed.
The space: People complained of cockroaches, which is good to note but I kind of feel like you aren't going to get away from that no matter where you stay. I give the place a pass on that. However, all in all, the value of the place is pretty average. I think you would get about the same experience in a budget hotel as you do here (except you have to do some of your own cleaning). The bed was wildly uncomfortable (bows in the middle) and there was a pretty bad odor emitting near the laundry facility on the 2 days we were there. However on the positive side, the neighborhood is great and the location can't be much better. The big gotcha to me is that the Hawaiian tax is not baked into the price and you have to do some basic cleaning for checkout. Which is fine. I do my best to keep a place clean and gladly clean up after myself. But in the end the place cost us nearly double the initial price (after AirBNB fees and the Hawaiian state tax) and I feel like the value we got for what we paid just was incredibly average.
I am not totally sure how the Hawaiian tax works but I do know that other AirBNB's that we stayed in on the island did not collect additional fees from us outside of AirBNB. That kind of made me wary but whatever. I don't think I would stay here again but I think this place would be ideal if you were with a big group and rented out the entire place. There are a few rooms in the house and it seems like that would be a great setup. Its proximity to the beach and other amenities is definitely the strong suit.
We had a wonderful stay here! Bill was quick to respond with any questions and was able to alter accommodations for us last minute due to some travel changes. The unit was perfect for a simple no frills retreat after long days exploring the island. The unit was exactly as described, and was very clean and well maintained. Anyone complaining about "bugs" need to realize it's all part of the territory, and should go see the roaches at the ocean front $200/night condo my parents stayed in lol thanks for a wonderful stay, we will definitely be back!!!
This unit was exactly what we were looking for -- ideal for one or two people looking for a place to stay close to the beach, and close to Kailua / Kona or the airport. As other reviewers mention, it's small and doesn't have a ton of amenities; but that's the point! This unit is an amazing value for the price, and the amenities are all outside -- it's Hawaii!
As for the host: Bill was great; he was welcoming, and made everything easy for us. He was extremely responsive, replying to questions and sending the necessary paperwork, etc. very quickly. We didn't ask him a ton of questions about itinerary, etc. but he still provided a helpful guide of recommended things to do near the apartment.
Great host, great value. Would stay here again.
Great location, walking distance to the beach and a short drive to shops and restaurants. The place was clean and a good size.
/!\ Cockroach // Cafard // Cucaracha // Kakerlake // ゴキブリ /!\
To be clear: if you want to stay at this place, at your own risk! This is a no-frill place indeed but I strongly ASK everybody to not trust the stars rating and read all reviews of this listing.
The location is good, the place isn't bad and inside the apartment, it's OK. But the whole building + garden is infested with cockroaches. So during the day, no problem! (email hidden) trying to enter through all holes in windows and doors. I've killed many and for those of you thinking it's not much of an issue, cockroackes could come with you back home in your baggages. And here starts trouble...
So, if you don't mind bugs, this is your place. Otherwise, stay AWAY from this place!
I could go in all other problems (bad wifi, no kitchen, old bed/mattress,...) but just with this bug issue, I feel it's enough said!
At your own risks...
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