A lovely 400 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. Steps to it all!(pictures to be updated in 2015)
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!
Second time in this unit. Her posting is %100 accurate and the grounds are amazing, she was also INCREDIBLY helpful with fixing my schedule. Do yourself a favor and stay here. Can't say enough good things! Thank you Neva!
Great value, beautiful apartment right across the road from the water. Perfect location close to everything in town. Check-in was a breeze and everything I needed was right there. I will definitely stay here again.
Aloha Jess- thank you again for your stay and warm comments. We quite enjoyed having you and hope to see you again in the future. I am sorry I missed the review deadline for you- I have been crazy busy. If you need a recommendation, I will always give you one. A+ guest. Mahalo, Neva
What a great place!! Location was excellent, apartment was very nice and clean. Neva was quick to respond with any questions and needs. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here.
We have just made reservations to return to Neva's "Slice of Aloha..." unit in Kona....for a fourth holiday. Need I say more?
One of our daughters and her husband are living in a "tiny house" and these studio units in Kona are more than a bit like tiny house living.....but in a perfect climate and with the added pleasure of a well maintained common areas characterized by dense plantings of banana, ginger hibiscus, ferns, and other tropical plants, a lovely little pool/barbeque area and seating in a veranda and semi-open air lobby where you can get away from your traveling partner and the TV during a football game.
Although we do rent a car, we often go for days without using it as we enjoy walking to the market, library, cafes, and grocery stores in addition to walks along Ali'i Drive in the quiet of early dawn.
We don't mind the quirky, sometimes jostling, sometimes quiet, older touristic Kona strip -- just as far from our initial dreams of Hawaii -- as our own hometown Fairbanks is from a first time visitor's dream of Alaska.
The location and the room work well for us and our experiences with AIR B&B host Neva have been straight up, smooth and easy.
Visitor December-January 2014/15
The condo is in a very good location, and the room looks like it is shown in the pictures. However, we did not meet the host at any point, and there is one thing that I found quite annoying: the parking of the property is always full if you arrive there before 5.30-6pm, and if it is the case you will probably need to go to a nearby private parking to park the car...of course, paying the corresponding fee. Even if there is a parking and you are allow to park there, it is very unlikely that you will arrive as early as to find an empty spot in case you are doing tourism around the island. Despite this fact it was a good place to stay, nice location and nice room, would recommend it if you know beforehand that the parking is very limited!
Jose! We wish we could have met you but we came on island the week after your stay. Thanks again for your stay and we hope your travels have been safe and comfortable. I saw your comments on parking and I agree it can be hectic sometimes. I have been here for 2 weeks in November high season and never had an issue but that's how it can go. There is front and back parking so many people miss one of the lots on their go around. There is parking on Kuakini Highway (FREE) too. Thank you for your other nice comments and we enjoyed having you and we do hope to see you again soon. Warmest aloha, Neva
Absolutely fantastic place! We loved it. Umfortunately, only stayed there for 1 night... The balcony and the view on the tropical courtyard are the best. Further, the room comes with a nice sitting area, a comfty bed and a nice kitchenette. That appartmenr is part of a hotel type facilitiy with receptio, parking lots and a great swimming pool. The room is very quiet and privacy guaranteed. Definitely would come here again!
Neva was a wonderful host. The space was exactly as described: Nice lanai with table and chairs, towels for our use, and everything was clean. We especially loved the pool/hot tub setting, surrounded by tiki torches and palm trees. Made for a very relaxing end to the day. Only thing was parking was a little dicey, so just be prepared to park across the street sometimes, and then carry your luggage up 2 flights. (This is mentioned in the description, so we weren't surprised - just wanted to point it out for those not as mobile.) Really liked that the location was walkable to restaurants and night life, as we didn't have to worry about that 2nd Mai Tai. Overall, very satisfied with our stay. Thank you, Neva!
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I am a former US Team cyclist and am now training with Blind Visually Impaired Para-Olympic athletes on the tandem bicycle. 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!