Big Island Hawaii Hotel Guide

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A quick word about Big Island Hawaii lodging...You are going to find the majority of the resorts, condo rentals, and bed & breakfasts are located on the Kona, or sunny leeward, side of the island. How sunny is it? Kona usually gets less than 10 inches of rain a year...it's usually closer to 5-6 inches.

Hilo, on the windward side, gets much more rain...in the range of 180 inches a year...making it the wettest city in the U.S. People don't usually like to stay where it rains alot so Big Island accommodations in Hilo are much more limited than in Kona.

However, all that rainfal makes Hilo extremely lush...it is a plant or flower lovers haven. In fact, Hilo is the orchid capitol of the world. Hilo is also much closer to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park than Kona...Kona is a good 2 hour drive from the the park whereas Hilo is a little less than an hour away.

Suggestion: If you would like to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in depth, I suggest you stay a night or two in Hilo or in the park itself.

I have categorized the following Big Island Hawaii hotels by location and the following price tiers:

  • $ - $100 and up
  • $$ - $200 and up
  • $$$ - $300 and up
  • $$$$ - $400 and up
  • $$$$$ - $500 and up

Rates vary tremendously based on a property's proximity to the ocean and the rooms' view. Properties closer to the ocean tend to cost more. Likewise, Garden or mountain view rooms are going to be much cheaper than ocean view rooms. There is also a difference between partial and full ocean views.

The price tier that I list for each property represents the rack rates for the cheapest room category at the property. Remember,...People rarely pay the rack rates...For the best rates, call a knowledgable Hawaii Travel Agent...me!

Sidebar--Many resorts are charging what is called a "resort fee". It usually runs anywhere from $10-$25/day. It includes such things as internet access, phone calls, gym use, parking, etc. You can't decline this fee, so just be aware of it.


Big Island Hawaii Hotels -- Kohala Coast

The Kohala Coast is about 20 miles north of the Kona airport...a 25 minute drive away. It is home to the most luxurious Big Island Resorts. The abundance of sunshine and crystal clear water make this area a vacationer's paradise.

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Four Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Kaupulehu
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Ka'upulehu

Luxury guest rooms and 1-2 bedroom suites

Cost: $$$$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Fairmont Orchid
The Fairmont Orchid (formerly The Orchid at Mauna Lani)

Luxury guest rooms and 1-2 bedroom suites

Cost: $$$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Mauna Lani Resort at Kalahuipua'a
The Mauna Lani Resort

Luxury guest rooms, 1-3 bedroom villas, and 5 private bungalows

Cost: $$$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Hilton Waikoloa Village
The Hilton Waikoloa Village

Guest rooms and suites

Cost: $$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Guest rooms, 1-bedroom suites, and 4-bedroom Hapuna Suite

Cost: $$$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL DECEMBER 2008
Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Kona Village Resort
The Kona Village Resort

Thatched roof hales with no televisions, phones, or radios

Cost: $$$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Next to Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach and ancient Hawaiian fish ponds

Cost: $$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotels -- Kona

The area known as Kona can be somewhat confusing...Some people refer to it as Kona...others call it Kailua-Kona...and some people even refer to the whole western side of the Big Island as Kona or Kona side.

The town of Kona (or Kailua-Kona) is the area south of the Kona airport, and that is the area that the following properites fall under. The accommodations are cheaper than on the Kohala Coast...and although there is abundant sunshine, there is a lack of swimmable beaches...thus the cheaper prices.

Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

Oceanfront on Keauhou Bay

Cost: $$$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort

Oceanfront in the heart of Kailua-Kona town

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Keauhou Beach Resort
Keauhou Beach Resort

Oceanfront next to Kahaluu Bay - one of the island's best snorkeling spots

Cost: $$

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Kona Beach Hotel
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Oceanfront in Kailua-Kona

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

Downtown in Kailua-Kona

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotels -- Hilo

Hilo is a stark contrast to sunny Kona...it gets around 70 inches of rain a year making it the rainiest city in the United States. However, it does have a laid-back small town charm that I love...and it is a great place to stay to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which is 45 minutes away.

Don't try and get a room here the week after Easter (mid-April). The Merri Monarch Hula Festival is held here and everything is sold out.

Choices of Big Island Hawaii Accommodations are very limited in Hilo...very limited...here they are...

Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Oceanfront on Hilo Bay

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel
Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel

Oceanfront on Hilo Bay

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Naniloa Volcano Resort
Naniloa Volcano Resort

Oceanfront on Hilo Bay

Cost: $

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Big Island Hawaii Hotels -- Volcano

There is only one hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Big Island Hawaii Hotel | Volcano House
Volcano House

Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Cost: $

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