(808) 329-1425
75-5968 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona

This is a small, old-style Kona hotel. All rooms have incredible oceanfront views right next to the water. How close? The swimming pool is permanently salty from waves washing over the rock wall and is available to you 24 hours “if you behave.” The guests usually end up forming a loose family of sorts and help light the tiki torches every night. You won’t find the usual array of amenities. Missing are phones, air conditioning, TV and laundry facilities. Need a beach chair, cooler, beach towel, etc? No problem—they will gladly loan them to you, if those items are available. This is a good place if you’re looking for a smashing oceanfront location, friendly staff and a mostly clean establishment. Guests often return, sometimes booking two years in advance. Rooms (450 sq. ft.) start around $279; kitchenettes around $319.  Rates are per couple, so you’ll have to call if you’re not the standard two people. 2-night (or more depending on season) minimum stay.