Holiday Inn Express Resort, Kailua-Kona

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(888) 465-4329 or (808) 329-2599
75-146 Sarona Rd, Kailua-Kona

A three-story resort completed in late 2014 sitting behind Uncle Billy’s in Kona town. This is a familiar brand, and the one here is no different except they used a slightly more Hawaiian color palate in their modern room design. A couple of room features we really liked were the soft and firm pillow options (which they have cleverly embroidered on the pillowcases in case you can’t tell the difference) on the beds and the pullout desk on wheels. Fairly urban views from rooms at this hotel, and you are not on the ocean. The resort finishes feel cheap to us, so we’re not sure how things will hold up over time. The pool is kind of small here, and some rooms literally are at eye level with it. Their light buffet breakfast adds value and makes this an easy Solid Gold Value, especially if you get a good discount off the rack rates listed. Suites add a larger fridge and a pullout sofa bed. No lanais—just a few Juliet balconies. Rooms (350 sq. ft.) are $145–$222, suites (400 sq. ft.) are $159–$250.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 75 rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa/hot tub
  • Free fitness room
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Elevator
  • ADA accessible
  • Coin-op laundry
  • Free room safe
  • Free local calls and toll-free calls
  • Empty fridge
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker with free coffee daily
  • Free continental breakfast
  • TV
  • Self-parking is $10
  • All non-smoking resort
  • Cribs available
  • Only service dogs allowed

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