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!
The location in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona walk to everything! A Non- smoking 400 sq ft studio condo in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. The small condo is a very clean 4 star unit with budget accommodation prices with a lot of aloha! My condo sits off of Alii Drive between Lava Java and Bubba Gumps. The property has a pool, jacuzzi, BBQ and beautiful grounds that represent the best of Hawaii. 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 in unit 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. 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
Interaction with Guests
Just 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.
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!
Neva was a very nice host - we didn't meet personally but he helped us a lot as we arrived late and needed a shuttle and a car rental - thank you so much for all your advice. The place was very nice, clean and well located. It was our first booking with Airbnb and we can totally recommend it.
Thank you for Riaan's hospitality and the experience is excellent! The place is close to the volcano national park which it is definitely a must see. Riaan has given me a lot of useful advise which has made my trip to be a unforgettable vacation
Although short, enjoyed my stay at "a slice of aloha" clean, great location, with an amazing view of the City's July 4th fireworks display. Visit Kona a few times a month and I would definitely stay here again.
The appartment is convienently located in walking distancefrom a number of fun restaurants at the shore. Renters can use the appartment-complex swimming pool and hot tub. Te airco in the appartment is too loud to leave on at night so then it can get warm. Although the appartment is somewhat small, the facilities are good (note that there is no stove though, only a microwave) and it looks clean. We would stay here again.
Although we have never met with Neva, the welcome was nice and we had phone numbers to call in emergencies and never had the feeling that we cannot contact Neva. The apartment was great, it had an amazing location, all the restaurants/cafes and the beach are in walking distance. The porch was a great spot to sit and chat after a long traveling day.
The first night was wonderful! The second night I could not sleep because the pump the toilet did not work and made a noise. I was only the next day to the reception. Had to organize everything yourself. From Neva no support got. The balcony was cleaned by the hotel staff with cleaner water pressure and thus could no longer be used and the balcony on the second day! The third night was ok again. I was guest at the wrong time in the wrong Airbnb!
Neva has to work very hard my concern about the situation and has come up with the prize. Thank you for this.
The Internet connection is only on the balcony! If everything would have worked it would have been great - all like in the pictures! Super centrally located and reasonably clean. The use of the pool was also fantastic. I would go there again.
Tamara- We were so happy to host you. I am sorry the toilet made a noise during your stay while I was camping without communcation. I do tell every guest to contact Ellen if there is an emergency and I am off island and give everyone her personal number. Over 4 years of hosting we have only had 3 mechanical issues, so it was unlucky luck- boo. I was so grateful and as I told you I refunded you $ for your inconvenience and send you a big aloha. We will see you again with a quieter toilet now that it has been fixed! Safe travels and thank you again Neva
Although I never met Neva, check-in at the front desk was easy. The location was perfect, since you are right in town, making it easy to walk around Kona at night without needing to worry about parking. I stayed in June which is a slower time of the year, and parking in Neva's lot was never an issue.The apartment was on the small side, but perfect for 2 people. I was worried about the bed based on another review - it was definitely VERY firm. There were some thin eggcrate type paddings on top which probably helped some. I was so exhausted by the end of the days that it didn't matter at much as it normally would. The day bed was very comfortable. There are definitely more signs of rules posted around the apartment than any other Airbnb place I have ever stayed. It is his apartment though and I understand he is just trying to keep it in good shape. The apartment was well stocked with utensils, plates, etc., and even a cooler/beach chair on the lanai which we didn't see until the last day!
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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!