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For our Guests on a Budget, This Condo and Property offers great amenities and a very friendly price! Onsite pool and spa, and located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, the Kona Islander Inn is walking distance to everything you want to do in Kona - Restaurants, Shopping, Farmers' Market, and more! Or - take the Honu Express to the best snorkeling beach on the island - "Kahalu'u Beach" and the Keauhou Kona area, which is about 6 miles south of Kona ($2.00 each way) There are mopeds available to rent if you enjoy exploring on your own - visit the Kailua Pier to go on a snorkeling tour or underwater tour of your choice! We offer two completely remodeled and redecorated units.
An assortment of activities are available onsite or nearby:
Great location. Walking distance to all downtown Kona restaurants and beaches.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. It was a functional place, that served as a great resting place for our adventure filled honeymoon. We really enjoyed the location and lanai (where we ate breakfast every morning). The building was old, but it well kept. The place was clean and had what we needed to make quick breakfasts, rest our head and get ready for adventures. The AC was great, and wonderful for the hot and humid Hawaiian nights.
The place had some draw backs and is better suited for one. The shower is really small. The bed is really firm, and was too hard for us (we woke up with sore backs). There is one sink which you share with the bathroom, so we had to brush our teeth and was our dishes in the same place (it worked but not our style). Of no fault of the owner- the parking was limited. We came back a few nights to have no spot.
Overall, I would stay in the place if you want a functional spot that is centrally located and would rather spend money on adventures and eating out!
The location was certainly great. I was traveling without a car, and many shops and restaurants were within walking distance. There are also plenty of tourist centers nearby to help you with booking tours or other activities during your stay. The Kona Shuttle leaves near the accommodation, and is easy to get around the area with.
The accommodation surely looks like what is shown on the pictures. However, I did think that the place could have been cleaner. My bed linen and towels both had other people's hair on them. There was only hand soap available, both in the shower, but also to do your dishes with. I brought my own soap to shower with, but obviously not to clean dishes with. The dishes in the cupboards were dirty when I arrived, that should be checked by whoever's cleaning the room for the next person. Also, upon check-out you had to leave the room relatively clean (dishes done, roll up linen and towels, take out the trash). It's not a big deal, but then why pay a mandatory 60 dollar fee for clean up?
I expected a kitchen, but it was more a kitchenette. No hotplate, but there is an electric pan in the cupboards. No water boiler unfortunately. I only used the microwave and refrigerator, which both worked perfectly fine.
All in all, I had a pleasant stay at the accommodation. The location is definitely the best part, and overall it's very comfortable to stay here. When you're staying in: there's a perfectly working air conditioner and van, tv has cable and many channels, wifi works fine in most parts of the room. Some work is currently being done near the apartment, but it didn't bother me too much.
The description states that it is a Studio and has a Kitchenette or Partial Kitchen it Has Never indicated there was a Full Kitchen as None of the units at this complex has a Full Kitchen and each owner puts in the kitchen appliances for each unit so they vary. If this guest had asked for a Hot plate I would have gotten her one as each guest has their Own individual desires. Honestly most guests Do Not Cook much when renting a Studio as most Studios do not have a Stove. ALL in ALL the we Try to attend to each Guests individual desires if they contact us and express that they would like something that is not currently in the condo.
We have to have guidelines for guests to follow upon vacating the condo otherwise some guests will leave them in horrible shape as that has happened in the past which is the reason the Guidelines have come from, Past experiences with some guests that left the unit a horrible Mess. Like they say, it takes one bad apple to upset the cart and so from them the guidelines have been developed. We Appreciate You Following the Rules and Policies.
Location was definietly the best part of this lodging. It was close to beaches, shopping, and restauants. I could go down the road in either direction and have a blast. The pictures are very accurate of what you get...the bathroom is attached to the kitchen though, which I thought was strange but it worked. It can be kind of confusing to get there (there are two driveways with gates) and the keys never really worked properly. The location was beautiful, very tropical, the air conditioning worked great. A word to the wise for anyone wanting to stay there soon, next door a GIANT church is being built and there was massive construction noise the whole time that gets started really early. I'd research that if you want to sleep in (there was no sleeping in). The pool closes early and they lock it up, so plan to use it during the day, never at night. It was good for what we needed it for.
What a terrific place to stay in Kona! Walking distance from two delicious bakeries, the farmers' market, the pier, the Palace, and located right across from the ocean. We saw a turtle in the tidepools on our first morning, walking to breakfast. Wonderfully landscaped, on the lanai you don't feel like you are surrounded by other condos.
The location was very good - right in the heart of kona village and very convenient. The condo was clean but very small and the bathroom is attached to the kitchen - shares a sink, etc. There were only 2 towels in the whole condo - would have been generous if they could have supplied 2 more - especially in Hawaii where the weather and activities make showering more frequent. The complex is relatively inconvenient to check into and out of. The jacuzzi was drained the whole time so unable to use. Mostly I was not impressed by Gayle's level of caring or attentiveness. She sent out a very standard email and very kurt answers when I asked her if there was any chance at all of checking in before the 3pm regular time. I understand if there it was not possible that day, but I got more the feeling that she just couldn't be bothered to check to see if it would be clean before 3pm or not. At least she could have mentioned why we couldn't check in even a little early - in a nice way. Also when the power went out while we were making dinner and we had searched all over the condo for the box to switch it on after talking to the person at the condo desk, I called Gayle and she laughed and said they don't know what they are talking about. Only security could switch it on. She was not sympatehetic or helpful in any way. A little understanding would go a long way. Every other experience I have had on airbnb has involved hosts that are very caring and attentive, so I guess this was very unexpected for us.
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