Patey's Place is the cheapest place to stay in town. This hostel-style accomodation is in a congested residential neighborhood that is 10-minutes walking distance to town. The have dormitory beds and private rooms for single/doubles. There's free pick-up from the airport if you stay a minimum of 2 nights and a fee to get back to the airport. The operation has a reputation for being a bit casual so I would recommend that you not stay here if you feel that you will not be comfortable.
The Kona Tiki Hotel is an older 3-story complex on Alii Drive. It has 15 pleasant rooms, most with a queen and a twin bed and all with refrigerators and oceanfront lanais. There's friendly management, a small pool and complimentary coffee, juice and breakfast pastries. This hotel is very popular with return visitors and generally books up well in advance during the busy season. I would recommend this hotel to visitors.
This B&B is located on the road to Holualoa, a couple of miles southeast of downtown Kailua. The half-dozen guest rooms center around a large rambling house that's home to Kena and Ann Smith. Their rates are reasonable and include breakfast, a small room with a double bed and shared bath. You can also rent a large cottage with a king bed, private bath and deck. The common space includes a game room with TV and VCR. I would recommend this B&B to anyone that's looking for reasonable rates.
This B&B is run by Ron and Shirlee Freitas. They rent three rooms in their contemporary home. One room has a queen bed with a lanai and sunset view, another is smaller with a twin bed and a double bed. The third room is a master suite with a king-size brass bed, private bathroom and a lanai. The house has a stylish Art Deco theme. Breakfast includes fresh bread, Kona coffee and fruits from the yard. I would recommend this B&B because of its value.
Kona Reef is a 130-unit condo complex run like a hotel. the units have the usual amenities, including full kitchens, washer/dryers and private lanais (porches). Their rates are kind of pricey but the units are nicely furnished and include a lot of amenities. There are one-bedroom units with sofa beds in the living room and two-bedroom oceanfront units also. I would recommend this condominium to visitors.
Kona Makai Condominiums is located on the ocean side of Alii Drive next to Alii Villas. The one-bedroom units have air-conditioning and are fully equipped with everything down to a washer/dryer and can be rented through Kona Vacation Resorts for a reasonable price. There's an exercise room and tennis courts. I would recommend this condominium to visitors and people looking to purchase a condo in Kona.
Hale Kona Kai is a nice condominium located on the ocean in a quiet corner just beyond the Royal Kona Resort. The 39 one-bedroom units aren't brand new, but they're comfortable and have the usual amenities like full kitchens and cable TV. All units have waterfront lanais (porches) with beautiful ocean views. I would recommend this nice condominium to renters or anyone planning to buy a condo in Kona.
This is a 155-unit, oceanfront complex midway between Kailua and keauhou. Their studios and one-bedroom units are reasonably priced. All unis hav full kitchens, TVs and lanais. Most units are privately owned and are decorated according to the owner's tastes. I would recommend this nice oceanfront complex to visitors.
The Kona Islander Inn is an older development in the town center. Some of the units can get musty, particularly those on the bottom floor. The furnishings vary, but most rooms hav TV, air conditioning and phones, while some also have a VCR. I would recommend this large condo complex to any visitor looking for reasonable rates.
Casa De Emdeko is a modern complex. Their one-bedroom units are pleasant and have all the standard amenities, although there's not much of an ocean view as the lanais line up at an agle facing other lanais. There are both freshwater and saltwater pools to swim in. I would recommend this very nice condominium to anyone that wants to live in Kona near the beach.