Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

Hotels and Resorts on the Big Island

A June 2008 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by golden101

Hotel Honokaa Club  Photo, Honokaa, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Here is a list of Big Island Hotels and Resorts that I have stayed at.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hotel | "Beautiful Open-Air Hotel with all rooms facing the ocean"

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Photo, Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
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I stayed here last year during the summer and I would come back again! We (my family and I) had suite at the north end of the hotel which was very comfortable and roomy. The best thing about this hotel is that it is adjacent to the beautiful Hapuna Beach with its white sands and blue water. The room that we stayed in was very comfortable and private. We could see the ocean and there was a nice green lawn in front of our balcony. I like the design of the hotel which is very open with sprawling grounds. Much of the flooring in the lobby and throughout the hotel is made of natural slate and wood. We ate in several times through Room Service and we had dinner once at the Coast Grille which was out...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2009

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62-100 Kauna' oa Drive
Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
1(800) 882-6060

Naniloa Volcanoes Resort

Hotel | "Wouldn't Stay at this Hotel"

Naniloa Volcanoes Resort Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Formerly the Naniloa Hotel, this hotel is now under renovation but it is open to the public. The hotel has 382 guestrooms with about 132 rooms already renovated. They have a pool, 2 restaurants, a semi-private golf course, and have an outstanding view of Hilo Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to beautiful Banyan Drive that winds through picturesque Reed's Bay and the lovely Liliuokalani Gardens. If you drive to the parking lot you will see an empty parking lot and one of the hotel's towers looks like it needs to be demolished. Their spa is still being renovated and will be ready by the year 2010! Until their hotel is fully renovated I would recommend staying at either the Hilo Hawaiian (...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 23, 2008

Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
93 Banyan Drive
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 969-3333

Manago Hotel

Hotel | "Historic Hotel"

Manago Hotel Photo, Captain Cook, Hawaii
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This hotel is still in operation since 1917 when a Japanese family opened it in Captain Cook. It offers clean, simple accommodations, delicious home cooking, and a lot of aloha spirit, all at budget prices. The older rooms with shared bath ar plain (22 rooms) and the rooms with private baths (42 rooms) in the new wing are still pretty spare (no decorations and no TV), but they are clean and surrounded by Japanese gardens with a koi pond. Adventuresome travelers might want to stay in the Japanese rooms with Tatami Mats to sleep on and Furo (deep hot tubs). Rooms can be reserved as a single or double occupancy, with a maximum of 3 occupants. The third floor rooms are more expensive and have the mos...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 31, 2008

Manago Hotel
P.O. Box 145
Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704
(808) 323-2642

Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff

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Hotel | "Classy Low Rise Hotel"

Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This classy low rise hotel is very striking in its appearance with its stark white five-story building with a whale sculpture. This resort/condo complex is 2 miles from the main drag in Kailua-Kona. The hotel is stepped back from the ocean for maximum views and privacy. The grounds feature a waterfall and lush garden atrium. Hanging bougainvillea add beauty to the white exterior of the hotel. For the price of a moderate hotel room, you'll get a large room with a large, sunny lanai, a full kitchen, and a washer and dryer. There is unlimited tennis at their tennis courts, 2 pools, spas, a sauna and barbecue facilities as well as services such as voice mail, a small store, and a concierge desk. Th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2008

Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff
75-6040 Alii Drive
Kailua 96740
808-329-8021

Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

Hotel | "Very Hawaiian Hotel"

Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is another popular hotel in Kona. Who doesn't know Uncle Billy's in Kona? This is where a lot of locals stay (from the Big Island as well as from neighbor islands). The lobby is very Hawaiian with a thatched rooms and the hotel restaurant looks like a Polynesian long-house. The rooms are very basic with nothing fancy (similar to the rooms at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel) but they're comfortable and come with large lanais. Most rooms also have mini refrigerators (request one at booking if you want one), and some units have kitchens. Note that it can be noisy at night especially during holidays like Labor Day and when the hotel is fully booked. The hotel looks a bit rundown, especially the f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 17, 2008

Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
75-5739 Ali''i Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
808 961 5818

Royal Kona Resort

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Hotel | "Beautiful Hotel on the Ocean"

Royal Kona Resort Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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This beautiful hotel on the ocean was built in 1968. It has an unusual design like a white mountain. It is located close to the main drag on Ali'i Drive which makes it within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Kailua-Kona. As you enter the open-air lobby you can hear the sound of waterfalls and smell the salt air of the ocean. There are three main buildings spread out over the property. The higher the room, the better the view and the higher the rate. All units are the basically the same with coffeemakers, refrigerators, safes, two double beds, and a nice bathroom. Rates start at $115 for a gardenview room in the Bay Tower. Note that there is no white sand beach in front of t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 17, 2008

Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii
329-7230

King Kamehameha

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Hotel | "Landmark Hotel on Ali'i Drive"

King Kamehameha Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This seems like a landmark hotel because it has been around for quite some time now. It sits in front of Kamakahonu Bay and to the right of the Kailua Pier. King Kamehameha the Great's royal residence was adjacent to the current site of his namesake hotel. There is a heiau (stone temple) in the back of the hotel on Kamakahonu Bay called Ahu'ena which was dedicated to the God Lono. I have stayed at this hotel many times and have seen the many changes that the hotel has experienced. It isn't as crowded as it used to be about 15 years ago. The hotel shows its age but hopefully it will get a big makeover soon. Guestroom categories include standard ($119 without tax), partial oceanview ($139 without...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2008

King Kamehameha
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
+808 329-2911

Hotel Honokaa Club

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Hotel | "Historical Hotel on Mamane Street in Honokaa Town"

Hotel Honokaa Club  Photo, Honokaa, Hawaii
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This hotel has been around for a very long time. It has changed owners many times over the decades but the hotel still keeps to its plantation roots. The original hotel was built in 1908 as the club for the plantation managers and became the center of social activity for the plantation workers. Today it continues to operate as an old style hotel for visitors and kamaainas (locals) as a home away from home. My family and friends have stayed at this hotel over the years and my husband's relative operated and owned the restaurant that is in the same building at the hotel a few years ago. Over 20 years ago I stayed at this hotel and ate at the restaurant when I lived on Oahu. Back then people from Oa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2008

Hotel Honokaa Club
P.O. Box 247
Honokaa 96727
(800) 808-0678

Uncle Billy's at Hilo Bay

Hotel | "My Favorite Budget Hotel in Hilo"

Uncle Billy's at Hilo Bay Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is where I stay at if I need to find a hotel in Hilo. Sometimes I need to stay overnight in Hilo (for a sporting or a school event) since the drive home is about an hour away. This cute hotel is a low rise hotel, unlike its high rise neighbors - the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and the Naniloa Volcanoes Hotel. What I like about this hotel is the Hawaiian decor and ambiance. Uncle Billy's is one of the two least-expensive places to stay along Hilo's Hotel row, Banyan Drive (Hilo Seaside is also another inexpensive low rise hotel). This is an oceanfront budget hotel in a great location, and they have wonderful car/room packages. You enter via a tiny lobby that is dressed up in Polynesian style, compl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2008

Uncle Billy's at Hilo Bay
87 Banyan Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
(808) 935-0861

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Hotel | "Classy Hotel in Hilo "

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is an older hotel but it is always in good shape and it is probably the most classy hotel on Banyan Drive. All rooms have a/c, a TV, phone, restaurant, and there is a pool. The Hilo Hawaiian occupies the most beautiful grounds and landscaping of any hotel in Hilo. From the hotel's veranda, you can see Coconut Island, and the lovely Hilo Bay. Although the interior halls and rooms in the hotel are sort of dim, it is a very nicely kept hotel. The service and staff are attentive and the hotel is usually quiet, unlike its neighbor, Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel. You wouldn't want to stay at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort because it looks like it is going through major construction. It must be no...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2008

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 935-9361

Hilo Seaside Hotel Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This older hotel across the street from Harrington's on Banyan Drive is a quaint and charming budget hotel. It is clean and well kept and has a Polynesian ambiance. Room prices are reasonable starting around $82 for a standard room. Their room categories range from standard (garden view), superior (Hilo Bay or poolside view) and deluxe (near lobby). They also offer room/car packages. The grounds are laid around a central courtyard and there is a nice koi pond to the right of the entrance. Rooms are very comfortable with a TV, beds, air-conditioning, a refrigerator, and standard bathroom. The rooms have the jealousy type of windows so you can see out into the garden or pool area. Note that if y...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2008

Hilo Seaside Hotel
126 BANYON WAY
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
808-935-0821

Keauhou Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Feeling of Old Hawaii"

Keauhou Beach Resort Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This past weekend we (my family) stayed at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. We had a choice of staying at either the Sheraton Keauhou or the Outrigger Keauhou but we chose the Outrigger Keauhou because the kama'aina rate was more affordable. Sheraton Keauhou had a kama'aina rate of $169 for a standard room without breakfast and Outrigger Keauhou had a kama'aina rate of $130 for a Partial Ocean View room with two breakfast buffets included in the rate. When we checked in on 9/27 it went smoothly without any problems. We took the elevator up to the 4th floor (our room was 434) and we were pleasantly surprised by the nice green carpet and the beautiful green walls. Our room was very nice and the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2008

Keauhou Beach Resort
78-6740 Alii Road
Kailua 96740
(808) 322-3441

Kona Seaside Hotel

Hotel | "Nice Budget Hotel"

Kona Seaside Hotel Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Like the Hilo Seaside, the Kona Seaside Hotel is a no frills budget hotel located on Palani Road near King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. It is within walking distance to Ali'i Drive and Kailua Bay where most of the small shopping malls and restaurants are located. The rooms are simple and cozy and overlook Kailua town and part of Kailua Bay depending on which room you stay in. Standard rooms (poolside) start at $88, Superior rooms (garden view) are $98, and Deluxe rooms (partial ocean or mountain view) are $110. All rooms include a refrigerator, air conditioning, There are two pools, laundry facilities, and 4 oceanfront restaurants nearby. Rates begin at about $100 for a standard room with doubl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2008

Kona Seaside Hotel
75 5646 Palani Rd
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-2455