2 Br+2Ba (Sleeps 2-6) Almost everything in this condo is brand new. Condo can sleep 6. The beds are queens, one is pillow top and one is firm and are equipped with luxury linens. The couch is a comfortable double foldout. It has two full bathrooms for the convenience of your guests.This Condo has a fully equipped kitchen with brand new appliances. There are two BBQ decks for grilling. There are extra snorkeling masks and fins and other beach equipment. The lanai has a partial view of Kailua Bay, Kona town and the mountains. There is a mountain breeze.. Great location near the ocean side of the condo but away from the noise of the nightclub/restaurant. One minute walk to the ocean where you can snorkel,fish, surf or swim. You can walk to the old airport beach and a Keiki (kids)swim beach. There is also the beach and swim area used for the Ironman Triathelon, where you can lap swim, snorkle or play in the waves. The Ahuena Heiau of King Kamehameha is across the street and looks as it did when the missionaries first arrived on this Island. The Kailua Bay Pier is right here. In the morning you can see spinner dolphins offshore, and a little bit later you can watch the deep sea fishermen offload, or the cruise ship set off. If you want more civilized activities, the restaurants and clubs are outstanding. The old palace is right across the street where they offer native arts and music as well as tours. You are next door to one of the first churches built in the Hawaiian islands, a beautiful stone structure with Koa wood interior. After touring, there is a cooling salt water pool on grounds and covered, secured parking.
The Big island is the best for active vacationers. It has everything from a live volcano to an active truck and rodeo crowd. You can beach bum, snorkel, scuba or zipline and ride horses. You can even go hunting here, deep sea fish, watch the stars from a huge telescope and snow ski down a volcano.
I live in Colorado and love the Big Island because it has mountains just like home. It also reminds me of my Colorado home because it has opportunities for fun social activities as well as natural unspoiled beauty. I love that Hawaii has both mountains and ocean. I like to be active and there are lots of opportunities for adventure. I can snorkle the beautiful tourquoise ocean or watch a live volcano. No where else could you do both on the same day! My place in Kona has great access, but it is also has all the comforts of my own home. I can refresh, relax and cool off here. Owning this home in Kona on the Big Island is a dream come true.
Patti Merrifield purchased this condo in 2012
I chose this property because its location is ideal for families and active vacationers who want to experience everything they can. This place includes everything I want out of a vacation. The ocean and town activities nearby are great and I appreciate having air conditioned comfort when I return home. Having a condo in town means that sometimes part of the group can go one place and part can go somewhere else. This is great if I want to go shopping while my friends are out trying to catch giant fish. We love to explore the island, but it's fun to start your day talking to locals over coffee at one of the nearby restaurants. I also love the story of King Kamehameha living out his final days here in Kona and all the historical sites that are associated with that time period.
Kona Plaza is just steps away from many activities but this condo is also comfortable to come home to after traveling around the island. I love the covered parking, in Kona it is such a convenience!
We had an awesome stay at this Kona property. The Unit was very clean and comfortable. We showed up early and Patti was very accessible and very accommodating. We were able to walk everywhere on Alii drive. Looking forward to staying here in the future.
We found the condo as advertised and the booking process simple; no problems. The complex was quiet, which surprised us a bit given its location in a small shopping center with restaurants and bars nearby. Everything was clean and in good order, very convenient without the need for a car.
The deck, pool and BBQ deck are all well maintained and comfortable. We will definitely return to this condo in the future and recommend it to anyone going to Kona.
This condo was lovely and exactly as pictured. I was very happy to find a two bedroom unit right on the main Alii Dr that was within a reasonable budget. You really can't beat this location. The secure underground parking was an added bonus. I appreciated having a key pad door lock instead of having to fiddle with a hard key.
The kitchen/living area are remodeled and very nice; important as that is where we spent most of our time. The bathrooms were also redone nicely and there were plenty of towels. Those rooms were the most important for us. The Lanai was HUGE and that was a great bonus as well. We ate lunch out there daily, as it is furnished with a large table.
I wish the view was better from the lanai, but really for the price we paid, I don't feel like I can be that picky. There is a partial (small) ocean view, but you can't really tell just how close you are to the ocean unless the cruise ship is in port. It overlooked an ally, roof tops, and a bar. It was fun to people watch from. And the restaurant and night club that it overlooks were not loud or disruptive.
The bedrooms are in need of a little TLC. The furnishings were minimal and outdated. The beds were older; not even comparable to a 3+ star hotel. But all we did was sleep in there. I would much prefer the focus be on the living/kitchen/bath area than the bedrooms any day. The dryer was also out of service when we arrived, which was a bummer as I had small children and packed with the intention of doing laundry. Hang drying just doesn't feel right to me.
We brought a Pack 'n Play with us and left it there. It was cheaper to ditch it in Hawaii than to rent it from the local shop. So I hope you future renters can put it to good use.
condo was clean, remodeled I would recommend this condo. It was very close to downtown Kona.
We have been to the island multiple times, and our favorite thing to do when we are not at the beach or out on a 4 wheel exploration, is to visit the resteraunts and shops on Ali'i Dr, so our #1 priority was finding a cheap dwelling as close to Ali'i as possible, and this place accomplished that. I would recommend this place to anyone that is looking for a bed and kitchen and will be spending most of their trip out on the go. The owners were very responsive and accomodating and responded quickly to all of our questions throughout the booking and stay. Based on what we were looking for I give this a 4 star rating. I would have given them 5 stars except the beach equipment wasn't on par with other VRBO's that we have stayed at, and the we didn't have a dryer during our stay. The 1 set of snorkeling gear was broken and missing a fin, and there was no cooler or beach chairs, which are all a must when staying on the big island. We did purchase 2 new snorkeling sets and left them behind for the next renters. The dryer was still in the process of being replaced, but we were notified of this inconvenience prior to our stay. All of the other amenities are as advertised. The Lanai is large and great for eating your morning and evening meals, but it doesn't get much sun or have great views. The pool was clean and open everytime that we looked. We used one of the large grill decks, and it is great for hanging out, but the views of the ocean are blocked by the big trees across the street. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this is probably not the place, but you should also be looking at the resorts, or atleast other VRBO's that cost much more, but if you are looking for a cheaper place to sleep and cook while being right near Ali'i, then this should be a consideration. We will definitely be looking for availability the next time we come back to Kona, and will be recommending this place to others that make the trip!
Our family of 5 adults spent six nights post-holidays at the Kona Plaza. It was clean and very much as the photos represented. 2 bathrooms, although small, was a definite plus. We enjoyed the central location, easy access to highways , as well as convenience to local businesses. internet connection good. We cooked more than eating out and the availability of the grill decks was nice. Patty was very helpful with advance planning and responsive to emailed issues.
We are frequent vacation renters and appreciate the value of detailed reviews. We offer the following comments, not to be critical, but to assist future renters in being prepared for their best stay.
*Kitchen is quite functional with nice appliances but is tight for multiple cooks.
*This rental was on the minimal end for kitchen supplies with no foil, plastic wrap, oil, or condiments–one roll of paper towels and a few spices. TP was also a limited supply.
*Beach equipment is limited. Snorkeling equipment is child size. No beach chairs or small cooler.
*Only 1 beach towel and 5 bath towels so we needed to use the same towels for both. The dryer was very loud so its use was very limited. Patty did attempt to get us additional towels but there was a communication issue with the maid service. I trust that dryer has been repaired restoring laundry convenience.
*Sleeper sofa was not usable for our stay and although Patty offered for us to purchase a portable bed, it was a lesson that the island has its limitations in product availability. Rental fee was discounted and much appreciated.Again, I trust that the sofa has been repaired or replaced, but if you need sleeping for 5, confirm with Patty.
*The lanai is a very nice size and we used it for all of our meals. However, very loud bars/clubs next door resulted in our being inside with lanai doors closed after about 8-9pm. This, plus a limited ability to open the bedroom windows, means this is not a rental that has beautiful Hawaiian breezes flowing through, if that is something you desire.
*Ramp from street into building parking lot is steep. Beware of clearance with rental car.
*Only 1 key provided for arcade door and grill decks so coordination is needed. Exploring leads to other ways around the building.
Again, these comments are meant to be informative. It is hard not to have a great time on the Big Island! Sitting here back in the land of snow we are trying to hold on to our memories of the island beauty. Thank you Patty.
Location is close to snorkeling, swimming, surfing, shopping and deep sea fishing as well as great dining, musical performances(of all types), and archaeological sites. Eat on the waterfront, swim at King Kamehameha's favorite spots or just roam around this quaint, historical town, there are nearby activities available for all levels of expertise and interest.