Growing up on the east side of the Big Island, Kailua-Kona was our weekend getaway spot. Kona is usually dry and sunny, always warm, and covered in white sand beaches that the east side lacks. When we weren’t camping, Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel in Kona was our go-to affordable place to stay. I spent last weekend at Uncle Billy’s, the first time I’ve stayed there in about 10 years, and it was just as affordable and even nicer than ever.
What’s awesome about Uncle Billy’s in addition to having the lowest rates in the area, is that the hotel is smack dab in the center of the action – right there on the main street of beautiful Kailua town across from the ocean, and many rooms have an ocean view. The modest but nice hotel has a tropical island decor and feel, and even has a pool and hot tub.
The hotel is a little reminiscent of the 70s, with some deep orange here and there around the grounds. Uncle Billy’s isn’t a luxury resort – let’s make that clear – but it’s affordable, clean, and simply nice. The staff has always appeared to be mostly local, offering aloha and a relaxed local style warmth.
In close proximity are shops, restaurants and bars, and coffee shops and breakfast places to drive or walk to at the start of the day. I spent about an hour each morning around 9 a.m. at the pool and every time I was the only one there, and the sun was already bright and burning.
A standard room starts at $79. A deluxe room starts at $99, and a superior starts at $89. All rooms offer a free continental breakfast, and a $4 a night discount for a two or more night stay. They also offer kama`aina (resident) rates.
Visit www.unclebilly.com for more info.