Holiday Inn Express

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

A three-story building 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, especially if you get a good discount off the rack rates listed. Suites add a larger fridge and a pullout sofa bed. Parking is $10 a day. Rooms (350 sq. ft.) are $139–$189, suites (400 sq. ft.) are $159–$209.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 75 rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Free Wi-Fi or high-speed internet access in rooms
  • Free light buffet breakfast
  • 24-hour business center
  • Empty fridge
  • Coffee makers with free coffee daily
  • Free laptop-sized room safe
  • No lanais—just a few Juliet balconies
  • Free local calls
  • 24-hour fitness room
  • 42-inch TVs
  • Coin-op laundry

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What Readers Have to Say

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- R. Weigel