We visited the big island for a couple weeks in July and stayed at Vista and had a "corridor" view from building E of the ocean. Started off the vacation with a wonderful July 4 fireworks display over the Kings shops. We were also wondering how bad the construction/vehicle noise might be, but as it turned out even though Kolea is finishing up, we noticed little construction noise and there was no problems (there are still some walls to build and private residences near the ocean). Depending on where you stay in Waikoloa there can be alot of construction going on, but they don't work the weekends or nights when you are likely to be home. We really could not hear much traffic noise either, but I suppose if you were looking for total quiet and had big bucks to spend you could get your wish at the 4 Seasons or Mauna Lani or if you were wanting to spend double what we spent you could stay at Hapuna or Mauna Kea which are full service hotels and full service prices - of course with the two best beaches at your footsteps. Get to Mauna Kea early to get one of the 30 beach passes. We spent time looking at all the main properties on the Kohala coast as this was our 8th trip to Hawaii and always scope out good places to stay for the next trip. We would stay at Vista again if in Waikoloa. The "blue book" is surprisingly accurate and we kept one in the car the whole time. We loved driving over the saddle road, but then again we are from Colorado and we like driving mountain roads. Hilo is undergoing positive changes and we liked the local atmosphere there, compared to 4 years ago when we were last there and it has the best farmers market. There was one radio station that we like to listen to with Hawaiian music but wish there was more. There are lots of hiking trails in the National Park and Pololulu is a fun hike that my 5 year old and I scrambled up and down 15 minutes each way (but we are avid hikers). The beach trail from the Hilton to A-Bay is a nice evening walk for anyone, but bring good footwear. By the way, the food is as expensive or as reasonable as you care to spend, but in Waimea a bit less, try Tako Taco. Aloha!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vista Waikoloa is centrally located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort and offers spacious condominiums with fairway and ocean views of beautiful Anaeho'omalu Bay. Enjoy easy walking access to shops and restaurants at the Kings' Shops and Queen's Marketplace. All guests have free use of the Vista Waikoloa Recreation Center which includes a heated lap pool, two hot tubs, a large pavilion with gas BBQ's, a business center with WIFI and a fitness room. The check-in office is located on-site open 7 days a week with staff to personally greet you when you arrive. In terms of value, location and quality, the Vista is an excellent choice for your next stay at the Waikoloa Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista Waikoloa Hotel Waikoloa