If you're hoping to spend less than $200 a night on Hawaii's Big Island and prefer small inns to big resorts, two likely prospects are Waimea Garden Cottage (in the northern town of Waimea, a.k.a. Kamuela) and the Kilauea Lodge (in the park-adjacent southern village of Volcano).
Waimea Gardens Cottage is really three units, which neighbor the owners' house on a grassy creekside site. Waimea is an old cowboy town where restaurants such as Merriman's and Daniel Thiebaut win praise for sophisticated use of island ingredients, and the beaches of the Kohala Coast are 15 minutes by car. Each of the units has a kitchen or kitchenette stocked with breakfast ingredients. Hot tub, no pool. No credit cards accepted, but the owners take payment by PayPal and check. Usually a three-night minimum. Rates $150 to $180 nightly; P.O. Box 563, Kamuela (Waimea); (808) 885-8550, www.waimeagardens.com.