We stayed at Aston Kona by the Sea for three nights during a recent trip to Hawaii. This is a condo complex situated right on the shoreline, in southern Kailua-Kona, about 3 miles from the center of town. The location is particularly good if you want to be somewhat away from the bustle of downtown and don't mind having to drive there or to go swimming. The complex has an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, and a little sitting area at the shore with some BBQ grills. The shoreline like in many places on the Big Island is rocky and swimming right at the hotel is not recommened. There is a parking garage available.
A grocery store is located about 2 miles away, there is a farmers market at the Outrigger, about a mile south on Alii Drive, it is about the same distance to the closest swimming/snorkeling spots. Go there to buy fruit, or go to a fuit stand. There is a deli a couple of properties over which is within walking distance, and may be useful in a pinch.
We stayed in unit 215, which had partial ocean view from the balcony and was a roomy 2-bedroom unit. The master bedroom and kitchen were in good shape, and the kitchen fully equipped. The smaller bedroom did have some older shower implements in its bathroom and could do with an update. The unit we were in also had a stacked washer/dier.
Sleep quality was reasonable, we did hear the people upstairs from us in the early evening, which was a bit annoying as we were all on PST schedule and wanted to go to sleep early.
The internet access in our unit was highly flaky, and if you have to rely on working internet to stay in touch you will find this to be a source of frustration just as it was for us.
One big plus is that there is a local Expedia expert on site, who we found very helpful and picking smaller things to do with the children. A free orientation/continental breakfast is available on the first day after arriving.
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Aloha and thank you for the opportunity to continuously improve our services and product. Our location can't be beat right in front of the ocean and very close to the Kailua Village. Your feed back of our units will be reviewed and all corrective action to improve our product will be taken. We are working closely with our our newly installed WIFI service provider to improve the quality to our expectations.
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