Kona Seaside Hotel
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Guyhjalmar stayed here on Mar 15, 2014 during their trip titled: Elliot's Round The World Trip.
Another great breakfast, then pack to leave... then something cute and sad at the same time...
Like a few days earlier, Zac had a sudden bout of homesickness. He was demanding we take him back home to Australia right now. We said that wasn't possible today, so he decided to go by himself and stormed off. Next we see him walking to the door …
J-she wakes up very ill. That restaurant did something to us last night, I cleared mine out pronto the night before. J-she is so ill she’s considering alternative transport to Kona cause she doesn’t want to get in a plane in her sorry condition. She really doesn't look well.
It’s a beautiful clear day in complete contrast to …
Today we take a tour through the outskirts of Kona, again without preparation or a car we're a little hamstrung for choices. So we take up on Antek's one and only 'recommendation'.
Prepared for disappointment we alight into the van with a lovely old Kiwi duck who is our 3rd in the party.
Steve our guide is charming, yet another wonderfully …
Our day started with a minor panic as we thought we would miss our plain to Kona… Eventually we did manage to get to the SF airport on time and arrive safely on the volcanic island of Hawai’i (but, unluckily, my luggage was accidentally sent to Honolulu instead of Kona, Big Island).
The day was full of action: …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kona Seaside Hotel Kailua-Kona
I stayed 2 times on a 8 day trip to the Big Island. I spent my first night on the 25th of November 2003 then drove over to Hilo for 2 nights and returned on the 28 and stayed through the 2nd of December. My first impression was dampened by rain upon arrival at the airport and a drenching getting rental auto. The front desk was efficient with check-in but did not mention that luggage carts were available. The garden room was immaculate and ready for my arrival. The quality of this hotel did not appear until my return on the 28th. I chose for the upgrade tower room with ocean view and found it quiet and enjoyed both sunrise and sunsets. While maid service was slow they really work all day to clean and make your room clean enough for your mother to stay there.
Stayed there for 13 days
my mother, sister stayed there for 13 days and enjoyed every minute. it is walking distance to all of the shops ,places to eat and i would stay there again.every one who worked there was wonderful.got a free upgrade for the tower garden rooms with a balcony.we rented a car and got a great deal from the hotel.nice safe place to stay.
Excellent budget hotel
Staying at the Seaside Hotel in Kona, Hawaii was quite comfortable. Using the Entertainment card we obtained a rate of $60 a day! We stayed three days and the rooms are immaculately clean. The location is in a great area where you can walk along the coastline and enjoy the famous Kona Brewery or pick up souvenirs from the local shops open till 9pm.
After reading the reviews I almost passed this dandy hotel up. We opted for the deluxe room with a ocean view. Very large and clean With a view of the harbor and pacific beyond. We also had a nice view to the east behind us and the sun rising over the mountains. Two pools and nice senic grounds were well kept. Great location, walk to everything. We enjoyed the local resturants, most of which were on Idine. Did not need a car as we took an Island tour. Local bus for $2 runs the whole beach also. It's not the Royal Hawaiian where we stayed next bur it is relaxing and quiet. We stayed Sept. 19-23.
No frills but very clean for the price
I usually stay at the King Kam across the street, but they somehow lost my reservation and were completely sold out. A friend had once stayed at the Seaside and told me it was clean so I decided to give them a call.
The room was less than $65/night and suprisingly, was very clean. It looked almost too clean! I was amazed. No mold smell or grimey feeling.
Everything seemed to work just fine. I didn't see an alarm clock but I had my PDA for that. The AC was a wall unit and kept the room comfortable.
The only negative was the 1960-70's decor and lack of convenient parking. But, if you are visiting Kona on the cheap, consider the Seaside for a few nights to balance your budget.
Clean and Cheap
The decor is decidedly stuck in the 1970s, but that is about the only negative I have for this hotel. In Hawaii, you don't spend too much time hanging out inside anyway.... The rooms are very very clean, as are the ground and pool. The staff is friendly, the location is great, and the price is good. The locals here ALWAYS recommend it, which is probably the best recommendation of all.
Great for the price
We stayed here on our last night of our two-week stay on the Big Island. We arrived without a reservation and snagged a standard room with a queen-sized bed. It was a long walk from the lobby to a distant wing, and we had to walk upstairs to our second-floor room, but we had a nice view of the ocean and the pool, plus a mini-fridge. The room was on the small side but, at the price (about $70 with tax) was perfectly fine, and you can't beat the downtown location. If you don't expect luxury, just a clean room at a good price, you can't go wrong here. I'm not sure I'd want to spend a week here, though. One caution: ask to see your room first. Some have pretty lousy views.
I grew up in Hawaii and had not been back in over 20 years. It was nice to see the Kona Seaside still there. The location is second to none, right in the middle of it all. Our room had an ocean view. During the week we stayed there we found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The accomodations are traditional Hawaii. Those expecting a luxury 4-star resort at these prices is insane. What you do get for the money are reasonable accommodations, great service and a wonderful location. Our hotel bill for 8 days was about the same as 2 days at one of the new resorts. My only gripes: the parking lot was small and always full and the pool area and viewing deck (to look at the ocean) close at 5pm. Bottom line--older hotel with a sensational location for half the price of the King Kam. across the street.
This hotel is an older design right on the main road into Kona. You can see the ocean from a number of spots on the property, but it is certainly NOT "Seaside". It is clean and well maintained, but that doesn't help the noisy air conditioning units and all night road noise. It seems to cater to large groups that tend to dominate the pool and sitting areas. Pools and ocean viewing areas close earlier than seems reasonable. The main hotel building offers larger rooms, at the expense of sitting on the main road into the Kona seaside area. The rooms in the smaller buildings towards the back of the property are much smaller than the main hotel building, but at least they offer a somewhat quieter sleeping environment. We actually made them change our room from the main hotel building to a smaller room in the rear of the property to get a nights sleep. We would not recommend or stay in this hotel again.
The description of the rooms is a little deceiving. True, the hotel is conveniently located to stores and pier. However, the rooms are old, air conditioning units outdated and work at minimum cool. Kitchenette has microwave, an old hotplate, small frig, and sink along with limited utensiles and dishes. Rooms with garden view are ok but you will be looking onto other guests' rooms as well, so there is little privacy if you want to keep the curtains open to the garden. Make sure that your room with kitchenette is not one on the end of the wing where you seem imprisoned by walls and a dumping ground behind the walls. Parking is difficult, since the hotel allows the public to use its parking facility. You will find yourself parking at a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel on a Friday or Saturday night after 6 pm. The pools are open only from 9 am to 6pm, so no early morning or cooling evening dip. The terrace that looks out to the bay is closed at 6pm, so if you have a garden view and want to enjoy a sunset from the hotel, you need to go elsewhere. We were not told that breakfast was included in the rate at a nearby cafe, only that there was a nearby cafe and restaurant that gave discounts.We found this out only after our stay when we looked into more details about the hotel on the internet that were not there before! The hotel appears to cater to large groups and doesn't bother with details to really make your stay pleasant. Few at the desk will even lift their head to say hello as guests come and leave. Just the minimum. It is okay for a short stay of a couple of days, but not for a week.