Kona Plaza, Big Island

Kona Plaza is a quiet and private condominium resort located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Within walking distance of various attractions, the resort offers guests a range of amenities, including a saltwater pool, sun decks, BBQ areas with ocean and mountain views, and secure underground parking. The air-conditioned complex features elevators, and the pool area is typically uncrowded, providing a relaxing atmosphere. The resort is close to numerous restaurants, shops, and the pier, which offers excellent snorkeling and swimming opportunities. Guests can also enjoy views of historic Mokuaikaua Church and watch events such as the annual IRONMAN competition from the rooftop decks.

Kona Plaza Average Rates


As of May 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Kona Plaza is $144. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $211. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 256 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Kona Plaza condo resort on Big Island receives generally positive reviews from guests, highlighting its excellent location, cleanliness, and amenities. Guests appreciate the resort's proximity to restaurants, shops, and beaches, making it an ideal base for exploring Kailua-Kona and the surrounding areas. The inclusion of free parking, spacious lanais, and well-equipped kitchens in many units adds value to their stay. The availability of beach gear and other extras is frequently mentioned as a significant benefit.

However, there are some recurring criticisms, including issues with air conditioning in some units, noise from nearby construction or the surrounding area, and occasional maintenance concerns such as aging appliances and minor cleaning oversights. The process of checking in and dealing with property management is sometimes described as cumbersome, with guests suggesting improvements in communication.

Despite these drawbacks, the overall sentiment is that Kona Plaza offers a convenient and comfortable accommodation option, with many guests expressing a desire to return. The resort's central location, combined with the practical features of the condos, makes it a recommended choice for travelers looking to experience the heart of Kona. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 256 guest reviews.

Recent Kona Plaza Reviews


Great location if you want to walk through downtown Kailua Kona every morning (which we did). The amenities are fine especially if you are adventuring out each day to see the island. It's not some 5 star ocean view but it's a good place to park yourself between adventures
Rich H.
February 2024

We enjoyed our time. Location was great, would absolutely consider this property for a future vacation. Loved seeing the sunset from the very spacious Lanai.
Bonnie P.
February 2024

Centrally located
Jimmie R.
February 2024

We enjoyed our stay in Kona. Made good use of the Kona trolley that stopped right by the condo. Location was great, could walk or take the trolley to a number of beaches & grocery stores. Only trouble we had was on arrival. We arrived very late at night and had trouble finding the entrance, as was looking for it on Alii Dr. We didn’t see any sign or building # for the condo on Alii Dr. Luckily we found someone who knew the parking lot access was at end of Hanama place.
Carolyn R.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Clean, and very up to date. Enough space for our family of 6 to stay comfortably. Great location, close to shopping and restaurants. Would definitely stay again.
Cristi O.
February 2024

Condo was exactly as listed. It was very well kept and stocked.Great location where you can walk everywhere.
Patricia L.
January 2024

Quiet, wonderful bed, close to all activities,
Gayle R.
January 2024

We loved staying in this unit. We have stayed at this complex before and the location is awesome if you want to be in walking distance of all the touristy shopping, restaurants, nightlife, farmers market, and an easy slip into the water;) This unit was SO CLEAN and just really nicely updated. It was very well stocked. We were used to having to buy more during our stays and did not have to do that this time. The lanai is big and great for dinners/lounging/etc. we would DEFINITELY stay here again. Woulda booked it for March, but it was already taken! Haha!
Carrie B.
January 2024

The interior of the property was clean and communication with management was easy. The unit itself was very dark in terms of lighting and the decor feels outdated. The two portable AC units in the bedrooms are very loud and would not work until we cleaned their filters at 3 in the morning. Because of this we did not get the best sleep during our stay here. The location is great and it is easy to walk to local restaurants and stores.
Brian S.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Over all excellent stay great location walking distance to beach Shopping & restaurants property clean and as advertised TVs on the small side especially in the bed room but would definitely Recommend staying here
Jon S.
January 2024

We loved our time in Kona. The condo was well equipped and comfortable to share with another couple. The beds were incredibly comfortable - seriously, I don't think I've slept so well on vacation before! The location cannot be beat either, we loved being able to walk almost everywhere! We would definitely recommend this property to anyone and will more than likely book again, whenever we return to Kona.
Kelsie J.
January 2024

Condo updated and clean. Biggest lanai we have ever enjoyed. Comfortable accommodations and great location. Easy walking to restaurants and coffee shops and beach by the wharf.
Larry or Kathy S.
January 2024

The condo was perfect! It was clean and comfortable. There was everything you would ever need. The large lanai had a great view - I saw whales every day including a beautiful breach! It was easy access to the main roads to get to anywhere on the island. You could walk to many great restaurants and shops. We would highly recommend!
Tim H.
January 2024

Great location in downtown Kona, close to everything. Easy parking. Everything you’d need in the condo and then some! Only downsides were the ac was broken so there were portable AC units that would make your room freezing and the rest of the condo warm. The rooms were a little cramped and hard to walk around the bed but the living space was roomy! The lanai was beautiful! Does over look an alley. There was a car parked outside the complex with people living in it… but they didn’t bother us. Also with the window AC units I wish the windows felt more secure. Pool was beautiful, everyone was welcoming and quiet! Would stay here again in a heart beat!
Elisabeth F.
January 2024

Have wanted to stay in a unit facing the bay for years and now I can cross it off my list. Enjoyed walking around Kona town and will definitely come back.
Beverly C.
January 2024

We really enjoyed our stay here. The unit is well-stocked and so close to everything!
Susan M.
January 2024

Fantastic upgraded condo that was the perfect fit for our family. If you follow the online directions emailed to you it’s easier than google which had us a little turned around. Bring near old town/cruise port means easy walkable access to plenty of good food options, which is nice after a long day of exploring. The condo itself was great, the A/C welcome and the amenities just like staying at a nice hotel. I was very impressed with how clean it was and how few bugs there were, which means it’s regularly cleaned and taken care of! This place made our stay in Kona just an awesome way to end our Hawaiian vacation
Suja T.
January 2024

This place was perfect for our family. We loved it.
Jasmine R.
January 2024

Communication with owner was excellent. She was very accommodating and even allowed us to drop our luggage early so we didn't have to drive around all day with our bags in our car. The place is very well equipped with kitchen goods, beach & snorkel gear, toiletries, etc. You can't beat the location - shops/restaurants/bars/pier/beach all within walking distance. We saw about 40 dolphins from the patio. My only criticism (if you can call it that) is the oversized furniture. Two enormous reclining chairs are in the living area and there is no where to move them if you open the sleep-away & trundle bed. The furniture on the patio is also difficult to get around. We were out most of the day, anyway. I would definitely stay here over a hotel because of all the amenities.
kris c.
January 2024

Our VRBO was a beautiful place to stay, the bed was comfy, great kitchen, bath and beautiful lanai. The air conditioning in each room was great too. Chairs, towels and snorkeling equipment was provided for guest, and you could walk 5 minutes to town or the beach. The parking in the garage was safe and secure with a special key provided. We had a marvelous time and will return soon! Thank you!
Tamara E.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Our rental was amazing! The property was clean and ready for us. There was a welcome gift bag on the table. The view of the bay was picture perfect. There was snorkeling gear and other items in the closet for us to use at the beach. We will definitely be coming back and hopefully renting the same property!
Jessica H.
January 2024

We enjoyed our stay in Kona at the Kona Plaza condominium. We loved how clean it was. We loved that it slept six people very nicely. We enjoyed being able to walk down to the beach and the shops just a short five minutes away. It was a very convenient and comfortable place to stay.
deidre O.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Very enjoyable stay. Cleanliness and simplicity of check in were top notch. Sizable unit with modern amenities. Slept extremely well. Located in the heart of Kailua Kona with easy access to the main strip. Truly enjoyed our stay.
Raul G.
December 2023

Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and wonderful, place was exactly what we expected.
Leonard B.
December 2023

The property was just as advertised with a remodeled kitchen, vinyl floors and many items in the closet for use such as beach chairs and an ice cooler. It was a real convenience to be able to walk to town which was just a couple of blocks away for shopping and restaurants. The unit had a great air conditioner and the kition was well stocked. It was great to have a washer/dryer to use. The neighborhood was very quiet. Now for the down side. The bedroom was a great disappointment! The carpet was very dirty (photos sent to management company), the foam pad on top of the mattress made the bed less comfortable in my opinion, and the linens were either old or of poor quality. Aside from the bedroom issues, the parking structure was undergoing a huge construction project to repair cracking and spalling in the top deck. The top deck parking was closed and the underground portion was a maze due to the huge jacks being used to shore up the upper deck. When I asked the management company about this they seemed completely unaware it was going on.

December 2023

the balcony was great, huge but overlooking an alley not ali-i. The condo itself was nice and clean but the area was a little less.
judie r.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We were very pleased with the accommodation. Loved the walkability to Ali'i Drive.
Melissa A.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Great comfortable, welcoming condo unit
Jeanne E.
December 2023

Condo had everything you would want for a perfect staycation; comfortable king bed, wonderful a/c and perfect location! Good communication w/Property Mgt. There was some maintenance ongoing in parking garage during our stay, but still ample stalls available. The complex residents were so friendly and helpful too! Hope to stay here again!
Lori W.
December 2023

Just OK
Rod G.
December 2023

Our third time staying for a month at a time. Amazon view sitting in the lanai watching all the water activities and people watching at the ABC store. We love it there because it’s so centralized. It is close to everything. The pool is wonderful too. All the grounds are so clean. Definitely would stay there again.
Randy W.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Terrific location in the heart of Kona. Convenient to walk or short drive to beaches and coffee farms.
Susan A.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We had such a great time, thank you so much!
Kevin B.
December 2023

I had stayed in different condos in Kona Plaza in earlier years. I was sad to see how it had aged. Our condo was in need of upgrades: The mattress in the bedroom was not as comfortable as the hide a bed(which was in desperate need of cleaning) The shower head leaked, the faucets in the bathroom need more of a cleaning than we could give them. When the a/c was on you couldn’t go on the patio from the heat coming out of the heat pump. There was no safe in the unit so you had to take your valuables with you whenever you left.The knives in the kitchen needed sharpening. The scaffolding in the basement was a little concerning. The condo is very centrally located and the pool was very clean.
Elizabeth C.
December 2023

The condo is well equipped and the complex is very quiet, located in the historic area of Kona. Chuck and Junko were very friendly and flexible to work with.
Naomi E.
December 2023

This was a great location to stay at a great price. Pictures are always a bit deceiving so I did find that it's a bit older than I had expected but honestly, who cares? It's priced appropriately. If it was newly renovated it wouldn't be affordable. So don't expect perfection. Expect a 90's revenue property, not a modern owner-occupied suite. It's safe, clean and in a fantabulous location. I would stay again.
Allison G.
December 2023

We ended up staying at another property, because of a problem with the AC at Kona Plaza. Response was quick, professional and friendly when we called the emergency line to report this. Fortunately there were options for staying at another property within the the Elite Pacific group and we were able to check into the alternate property within an hour. Second property was beautiful.
Bonnie L.
November 2023

Love staying at this complex as it is so central to downtown Kona. The condo was clean and spacious with a lovely lanai. I will stay here again if we come back.
Kathleen K.
November 2023

The property is located in the heart of historic Kona, with shops, restaurants, farmer's market and access to the water all within walking distance. The property staff were super-responsive and beach supplies well stocked. We had a great time!
Sarah S.
November 2023

Excellent location and views
Nadim B.
November 2023

nice property. Loved the beach gear included and the screened area for eating breakfast. Great location in the heart of things, but still quiet.
Kathryn M.
November 2023

We had a great stay! Mary was very responsive, and her condo was very well stocked with beach equipment and other condo necessities. She even let us check in a bit early since it was vacant the day we arrived.
steven l.
November 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Stayed here for the Ironman World Championship. Fantastic location- very convenient and close to race venue, and many restaurants, all within short walking distance. The condo was great. All updated kitchen. Lots of space. Great having washer/dryer. Convenient parking underground. Hold not have picked a better spot for race week. Very happy with our stay.
Patty S.
November 2023

Great location to view and volunteer for the Ironman! Definitely would stay again.
Brian N.
October 2023

Location was fantastic. Enjoyed our time there.
Lisa S.
October 2023

My wife and I were in Kona for the Ironman world Championships. The condo's location was perfect as it is a five minute walk to the start line and Ironman Village. Communication with our hosts was good, the parking in the garage was great and the checkin process was super easy. Everything about the condo worked great for us with the small exception of a fan motor on the roof that was going pretty continuously and was most noticeable in the bedroom. We are very light sleepers, but were able to solve the issue by using a fan in the condo to mask the sound while we slept. Overall a great place to stay for the Ironman or anyone wanting to be close in town.
Dane L.
October 2023

Unit clean and inviting, large lanai. Parking free. Location close to restaurants, easy check-in/out. From this location you could easily just take a bus vs having a car. Excellent email communications with property managers. If you have no clear plans on what to do on the island, this a central place to make excursions from. We will definite consider this place again.
John T.
October 2023

A very spacious apartment. The Lanai was perfect to sit and have breakfast. Excellent air conditioning. Nice to have 2 bathrooms and a washer & dryer. The parking spot is a bonus. Within walking distance to a wide range if restaurants. Also not far from a Safeway Supermarket. Would definitely recommend this apartment.
Jacqui P.
October 2023

Clean, organized, great location, prompt response from host, comfortable. I would stay again
Beni T.
October 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The location was perfect for our needs. We appreciated how clean the condo was, beds were comfortable, pillows not so much. The AC was still out they did get portable AC units for the bedrooms which was great. For what we paid I would have liked to have seen some sort of AC in the main part of the condo the fans helped but it got pretty warm. Overall our stay was great and we would stay again for sure.
Teri D.
October 2023


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