About this listing
An aloha 420 sq ft condo in the heart of downtown Kona. Recently remodeled with beautiful mahogany cabinets and hard floors make this little gem a very clean and contemporary slice of aloha. Just steps to ocean, pubs, stores, markets!
If you are looking for an intimate AirBnB host/guest experience where we all meet, share stories, and sing kumbaya, this is not for you. If you are looking for a clean, well appointed 1 bedroom 400 sq ft condo in the heart of downtown Kona where a single person can feel alone but welcome or a couple get to enjoy each other then this AirBnB Slice of Aloha is for you! At 50%+ less price per night than many of the local condos and the Marriott Courtyard, Sharaton, or Holiday Inn and in prime location, my little slice of aloha can help make a Hawaiian trip to Kona easy and budget friendly and we try really hard to allow a 5 star experience for a fraction of the cost that you would pay elsewhere.
The location in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona walk to everything! A Non- smoking CLEAN 400 sq ft studio condo in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. The small condo is a very clean unit with budget accommodation prices with a lot of aloha! My condo sits off of Alii Drive between Lava Java and Bubba Gumps- WALK TO EVERYTHING in downtown Kona. The property has a pool, jacuzzi, BBQ and beautiful grounds that represent the best of Hawaii with a small beach across the street. Unit has a small kitchenette that includes a full sized new refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, blender, rice maker and microwave and very basic eating utensils- plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, cutlery. Queen bed sleeps 2, there is a sofa twin bed in case you don't want to share. Flat screen HD TV and new Air Conditioning too! Unit also has a small lanai that overlooks the pool and jacuzzi and is a lovely place for some Kona coffee or island drinks. Quiet unit on top 3rd floor in the middle so little or no foot traffic (3rd floor/walk up). Internet shared with another unit available from the lanai and public coin operated washer dryer on site. Restaurants, bars, and small beach just outside of your doorstep along with the weekly Farmer's Market. On-site FREE parking available although space may be limited after 6 PM so grab your spot early- there is overflow parking available too for $5 a day. Airport shuttle is approximately $28 for 2 people one way if you use speedi-shuttle- and make sure you pre-book- they don't take walk ups! Taxi is about $38 one way from the airport. No smoking condo complex is a unique property that really has "old Hawaii" flavor and it is in downtown Kona on Alii Drive. You are right in the downtown area and steps from beautiful water views, sunsets, and nightlife, but my unit is quiet and secluded from any noise. There are 100 units in the complex in (6) 3-story buildings and all condos are individually owned. The best part of the property is its grounds- boasting of dozens of native plants and soon to be a very very small botanical garden. Most owners take great pride in their "small slice" of Hawaii because they live on site part of the year and most of the owners keep the property maintained very well for ourselves and guests. My unit is kept clean, has some updates and we are hoping to do the bathroom in 2013 . All furnishings are Hawaiian contemporary and have much aloha. I live onsite about 4 months a year between guests and I have rented out my condo since 2004 and have enjoyed sharing Kona with many like minded travelers. I have made made major updates in 2014 and are very comfortable and compare to the Sharaton, Marriott Courtyard, and Royal Kona in comforts and design but at 50% the price and I have a small kitchenette and large refrigerator too!
I bought the studio in 2004 when I was an Ironman athlete and trained 3 months out of the year on the Big Island and I raced several Ironman World Championships in Kona. I later became a pure cyclist and today I still train on the Big Island several times a year.
Kona is my home away from home and is a pretty special place for me and it is fantastic to share a part of Hawaii with so many travelers. Owning a unit in Hawaii is expensive and we try to provide a nice clean travel option to budget minded travelers since so many options in the area can be dirty and uncomfortable or way too expensive.
I keep the studio with very basic amenities so not to over complicate things and it has exactly what you need to make a great trip comfortable. Although basic, we do try to keep quality and comfort in mind. We do not keep food or condiments in the unit between guests to avoid issues with heat, humidity, and bugs. If you plan on cooking on the BBQ you may need to bring or buy your own condiments but check first (salt, pepper, sugar, etc).
At the start of your stay you will be provided with paper towels, a small dish soap, a cleaning sponge and dish towel, 2 rolls of toilet paper, shower soap,clean linens and towels. These amenities are not replenished during your stay and the guest will need to buy products beyond the supplied inventory. If 1-2 people staying 2-3 nights, the supply should be adequate. Condo is cleaned ONLY at departure. If you have a daily/weekly cleaning need, you need to let me know an we'll see what we can arrange at the guest's expense.
Although the condo is not the Ritz, it is a lovely clean little gem and a great landing spot to visit downtown Kona, the surrounding beaches, and even a visit to the volcano- a must visit in my humble opinion. I hope to meet you through Airbnb if you choose my place but either way enjoy Kona and the Big I and its beaches, surf, history...it is a spectacular island! With much Aloha, Neva
Pool, BBQ, Laundry (costs approximately $3.00 per wash/dry)
Interaction with Guests
Unfortunately I probably won't meet you in person and we probably won't be having intimate coffee talks but that doesn't mean I don't care....I care about your Hawaiian holiday as Hawaii is so special and we all get to share this lovely paradise and I want you to have a good time. With me we will just have communications mostly as I am off island most of the time if I accept your booking but Ellen is my property manager and is on island all of the time to help with anything. Front desk check-in and check out and they are fantastic to my guests! People do meet and greet at the pool and in the lobby and its fun chatting it up with other guests and owners. If I am on island I will meet and greet you!
Walking to everything in downtown Kona including coffee, markets, pubs, restaurants, shopping, day spas etc.
Best swim beach in walking distance (5 minutes) is at Kona Pier in front of the King Kam (Courtyard) hotel. Paddle board rentals available there. I go there daily when on island for a refreshing dip. You can also swim the Ironman course from the Kona Pier and many like minded swimmers going out between 6AM and 8 AM.
You can walk to everything in downtown Kona from my place. There is a trolley, cabs, and bike rentals to help. A car is needed to explore on one's own time the many wonders of the island. Tours available to transport to volcano and other sites if needed.
Other Things to Note
Free parking with overflow parking if lot gets full.
We have internet shared with another unit, best from the lanai. The front desk can give you a code as well for internet in the lobby.
Hawaii GET and TAT Tax are 13.416% and included in the price.
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Aloha- I am excited to host you! I stay in my condo 4 months a year between guests but am likely to be off island if I have accepted your reservation. I have a great team who help me including Ellen Kjos who cleans and is a fellow owner, Hawaii Resort Management, and Kona Islander Inn Staff. We will all take care of you. I want you to have a great stay and take my reviews very seriously as we cannot meet most stays, so please know that my small home is your home while visiting and together we keep a budget friendly slice of aloha available to people like us! Its a small beautiful little abode and with your considerate stay I will keep the prices lower for all budget minded travelers who get to share my little slice of aloha. Enjoy and thank you for your stay!
+2 people Max
+No pets at all allowed on property
+No parties, large groups, noises after 10 PM
+Smoke Free community: No Smoking anything in the unit including pakalolo
+Keep unit free and clear of trash to keep buggies away
+Respect the condo and its contents- please treat it kindly so we all may continue to enjoy it.
+Respect your neighbors
+Have fun and enjoy this amazing island!!
+One time cleaning at check-out but guest may make arrangements for additional cleanings at their own expense.
+One time clean sheets and towels supplied at start of stay.
+Not that we have had a problem, but there is always a first...property manager takes an inventory every cleaning and any missing or destroyed towels, sheets, utensils, glasses, plates, or other items in the condo will be charged to the guest out of the security deposit.
+Property has 100 units please be respectful of your fellow guests and owners.
Most importantly....enjoy Kona and the land of aloha!
Horrible. We arrived to our room at about 9, to a room that was extremely hot. The tiny AC unit took about 8 hours to cool the room to a sleep level. There was no parking available and had to drive around for hours to find anything. The host wasn't available and her assistant was rude when I spoke to her on the phone. The bathroom shower had bad mold and did look like it had been cleaned for a while. There are signs everywhere that make you feel very unwelcome, telling you everything from take the trash to fix everything that's broken. Some how the host has said that we ruined her time, but it is our honeymoon and we are paying for her room and it was awful. Really unbelievable
I am so grateful that 99.99% of our guests are gracious, courteous, and considerate and lovely people in general. Nathan, as you fell into the .01% we are very sad to have had such a poor experience with you. I believe if you had just taken a moment to read the information we sent you and that AirBnB sent you, your experience would be a 5 star experience. We acknowledge and help you in the housebook that parking can be tight after 6 PM in the main lot but direct you in these cases to the overflow private parking lot at Bubba Gumps which had over 50 spots available and you chose not to park there, which is your choice but I don't know why you did not?
In the information sent to you we explain it is a HELCO and AOAO rule to turn off AC when the condo is vacant. We also told you it only takes 15 minutes to cool the unit down once you turn on the AC and
Fans. Considering the island has 3 hurricanes right now and heat and humidity are at an all time high, yes, you need both to help cool the condo down to 68-72 degrees and you chose not to do that. Also, you are not soeaking the truth, when I called you , you told me the room had cooled down, that was 30 minutes after you checked in.
Also clearly written in my write up, we describe the shower and especially emphasize that it is not dirty, that it is worn out fiberglass. So it is not mold as you describe but rather worn out fiberglass. Ellen my property manager is emphatic with the bleach, trust me! We have 91 out of 103 5 stars for cleanliness.
Finally there are 3 messages posted in lovely Hawaiian frames 1) reminding you to take the trash out daily to avoid cuckarachas 2) to not cut on the countertops as we spent $$$ replacing them and a guest proceeded to cut on them and ruin them immediately after we remodeled and 3) a welcome to our home, enjoy your stay in our home and be considerate of its contents. I do not believe they are demanding or offensive and they have helped keep my home in order so guests get to appreciate Hawaii for under $100 a night....a rarity these days.
From 3 months ago at booking I also explained I was out of town on a personal matter and asked that if you needed anything that you contact my property manager and I gave you her direct mobile number. But instead you called me at 3:30 AM my time and woke up the entire home just to tell me you had landed...again, I kindly had given you all instructions on not to do that. Calling me at my time of 3:30 AM was not necessary nor considerate and very rude and caused some very personal matters to transpire. You later called me a 4 letter nasty word at 5 AM in a text message after you checked in instead of calling my property manager about how go use the AC. I could never have imagined I needed to tell someone how to turn on an AC and fan? I kindly and graciously helped you when most hosts would have kicked you out on the street and canceled you as a guest after your insulting kanguage. AirBnB is about relationships and working together not calling a host a bad name, you should have better manners and be a kinder gentler person. Your words and actions were childish and inconsiderate and honestky I do not believe you make a good AirBnB person and I understand why you have had trouble before.
We wish you safe travels through the storms and feel a bit of aloha spirit may do your soul some good. Best to you on your search for both happiness and a more loving spirit. Aloha.
I stayed at Neva's place for several nights and I had a wonderful time. The place is exactly as described with a nice balcony. Even if I did not meat Neva in person he responded very quickly and was very helpful with tips about getting around! if you are in the area I strongly recommend staying there! 5 stars out of 5!
I had thought that this would be a private condo complex, but units also seem to be rented by the night frequently. The unit is on the 3rd floor (no elevator) and all the way at the end of a long hall. I arrived at night to zero parking, had to park a mile down the street and haul loads of luggage while being extremely tired from traveling. The unit is in the heart of Kona which is convenient if that is where you plan to spend your time. I'm an explorer so I was gone early to hike etc and returned late always to no parking. The room is decorated very cute, but is very hot at all times. The shower works great thankfully. You must wash your face in a kitchen sink that backs up very quickly.
Heather, as you won the award for my first ever rude guest out if 4 years of AirBnB, I will be conservative with my response. My team who is onsite did everything to make your stay comfortable from check in to check out despite your rudeness and Ellen answered your calls immediately, even the one telling her you missed your flight from LA. You must not have been raised well as your language was rude and inappropriate after everyone treated you with respect on your late arrival. Ellen, the Islander Staff, and myself treat people with respect as both host and a guest and did so with you despite your intolerable behavior and language. AirBnB gave you the opportunity to move immediately if you were uncomfortable or unhappy as we want happy kind guests but you refused and emphatically wanted to stay. I did not write a review for you as it is best to sometimes say nothing at all.
Neva took care of everything. Very good communication and the apartment was exactly what we needed. We only stayed one night but enjoyed the central location and the pool and spa. Would recommend it.
Great location right in downtown kona. Only stayed for one night, but had no problems.
Great area that is a stone's throw away restaurants, convenient stores, and the beachfront. Neva was also very helpful, and dropped us messages prior to us checking in and midway through our stay to make sure that everything is fine. The room itself is a good place to stay. The air conditioning was adequate, though we would have liked it a little stronger and quieter. Overall, I would certainly recommend this to others!
Our stay in Kona was great. My experience is in line with many of the other reviews for this place. The bed was a bit too firm for me so I slept on the couch/day bed and my sister slept on the bed and I was quite comfortable. The air conditioner just start to lose its effect the further you get to the front door but I find it quite adequate and kept the room pleasant. Parking can be quite difficult by 6pm. Most days we were home by dinner so we had no issue and the couple nights we returned late we got lucky and found the single spot available. There is available overflow parking (you can get a map/instructions from the front desk) but we never had to use it. There is a washer/dryer but it is not in the unit but in a laundry room as this unit has more of a condo/hotel feel to it than some of my other experiences on Airbnb. But the laundry facility is about a minute walk from the door and only opens with a room key so it is secure. The machines take quarters and a time is reflected when it starts so you know exactly when to come back. The only issue I had with laundry was when the coin machine was out of change one morning and I went to the front desk to ask for change. The young woman at the front desk was busy in the pool area and said she would help me when she was finished. After sitting in the lobby for 20 minutes she finally came to give me change for the machine. None of this was under Neva’s control and she checked on us (messages) several times to answer any questions we had and make sure we were be taken care of so you never have to worry about not getting anything you need. The room looks onto the pool and had a beautiful view even though we never used it because we were always in the ocean. The location is awesome as it is right on the main street and you can walk out the pedestrian gate to the right or left and have access to shops, bars, restaurants, etc. You can hear the ocean as soon as you walk around the corner from the building and head out of the complex. The unit is very clean and kept up nicely. I would definitely stay here again if I came through Kona on another trip.
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About the Host, Neva
I am a former US Team cyclist and I am now training with Blind Visually Impaired Paralympic athletes on the tandem bicycle; I am the pilot. I love being outside a lot! Beaches, Mountains, Sun, Snow- its all good. I love to travel. Favorite recent trip was traveling around the United States in a 16' Airstream for 8 months. Not adverse to main stream hotels but I traveled for work and spent the night in them for many years and would prefer to stay in unique and more intimate places. I think AirBnB is a fantastic alternative to traditional travel!