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 No- smoking 400 sq ft studio condo in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. The studio is a very clean 4 star unit with budget accommodation prices with a lot of aloha! The 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 have rented out my condo since 2004 and have enjoyed sharing Kona with many like minded travelers. We have made made major updates in 2014 and are very comfortable compared to the Sharaton, Marriott Courtyard, and Royal Kona!
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 will need to bring or buy your own condiments (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 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!
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
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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+No Smoking anything in the unit including pakalolo-there is a designated smoking area for the property, inquire at the front desk. Breaking this rule will forfeit entire deposit.
+Remove trash/rubbish DAILY to avoid any bug issues PLEASE! and remove all trash/rubbish before leaving the unit
+Do NOT eat in the main room- please use the dining table provided on the lanai/porch. This avoids spills and bugs coming inside.
+Leave the parking permit at the front desk when checking out.
+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!!
Condo property is made up of owners and guests. Pool and quiet hours enforced at 10 PM. 2 adults max allowed to stay in studio. No smoking on property at all. No drinking alcohol at pool. No pets allowed on property. 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 in 6 buildings; please be respectful of your fellow guests and owners. Remove trash daily from the unit please to avoid inviting bugs in. Please eat all food on lanai/porch at the table to avoid food/drink accidents inside. Most importantly....enjoy Kona and the land of aloha!
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!
Maybe it is really obvious to most people, but this is a straight up hotel room advertisement. I expected it to be apart of somebody's home, like all of the airbnb experiences I have had before. It's a nice hotel in a good location. I just didn't know I would be staying in a hotel until after I made the purchase. So incase you are looking for a more personal room like most other airbnbs, THIS IS A HOTEL ROOM.
Very convenient location, well kept grounds, easy communications. The condo has an air conditioning unit that had to run continuously along with 2 fans to barely keep the room cool. It was hot! We only spent time in the room during the evening and through the night, but still it was very warm in room and never cooled off completely. I prefer to never use AC, I live on the Big Island and I'm used to the warmth, but inside it was close to 90 degrees without it even at night. This was the only issue though, and all other aspects of the rental worked very well for us. Nice looking pool and hot tub area, walking distance to it all. Mahalo!
Neva's place was exactly as described! The complex is quiet, and within walking distance to a number of restaurants, coffee shops, and a street market is right next door. Everything was clean, too! The only minor thing was the air conditioner; it is blocked by the large daybed, and we were pretty hot for a few days until I discovered it had been on Econ mode. Switched it to Cool, and the place cooled down pretty quickly. But if it's not too hot out, a pretty nice breeze comes in through the balcony doors. I would definitely recommend this place!
We loved the location and feel of the studio! Looking out from the balcony, you feel like you're in a tropical jungle. A great deal! My only complaint would be the firmness of the bed but everyone has a different preference for that sort of thing.
Came here for the first few night of our honeymoon and it was perfect. There is every you need here. The place is clean, close to everything in Kona, and the complex is designed to feel like a jungle! We would certainly stay here again!
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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!
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