Kona Tiki Hotel

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

This small hotel, built in 1953, is an 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 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 they are available. This is a good place if you’re looking for a smashing oceanfront location, friendly staff, mostly clean, very basic room with a small shower in bathroom, and very reasonable prices that will keep you coming back over and over. And their guests do—often booking two years in advance. Rooms (450 sq. ft.) are $99–$139. Kitchenettes (450 sq. ft.) are $129–$155. Studio (approx. 900 sq. ft.) is $179–$189. Rates are per couple and they charge extra for children and adults staying in the same room. 3- or 7-night minimum. Longer stays get cheaper rates.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 16 rooms
  • Pool
  • Empty fridge (some have small freezer)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free continental breakfast
  • BBQ
  • 3- to 7-night minimum, longer stays get cheaper rates

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