(800) 560-5558 or (808) 329-2455
75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona
This hotel is located across the street from Kailua Bay in the heart of Kailua-Kona. The buildings, built over time several decades ago, are immaculate but very dated. Tidiness is a welcome obsession here. The simple grounds are constantly groomed; the rooms are acceptable, but the mattresses leave something to be desired. Also, sounds do carry between rooms, especially the plumbing sounds. (The showerheads are perfectly mounted—if you are 5-foot-2 inches tall.) You won’t find waterslides, glass elevators or an atrium the size of Kaua‘i, but you will find a pleasant hotel with a central location and fairly reasonable rates staffed by friendly folks. If that’s what you are looking for—stop looking. Tower rooms with an even number on the high floors have distant ocean views. Prices include breakfast for Superior and Deluxe rooms (simple choices) at a nearby restaurant. Standard rooms in the oldest building are $149–$159. Superior rooms are $169, deluxe rooms are $179. But usually discounts are available; if you consider that few pay the rack rate, it might be a Solid Gold Value.