I stayed at the Royal Kona in July 2003. This property is run-down and has an outdated and weathered feel to it. It needs a paint job badly. I would hardly say that this hotel deserves 2 stars. The great location and views from the property are about all it has going for it. On the exterior, the hotel feels like 1971- there has been no noticeable renovation for several decades. There is chipped paint everywhere and cheap industrial stained carpets, often pieced together with duct tape, especially in the halls. Inside the rooms, you will again find cheap industrial carpet, extremely firm beds (I had a hard time sleeping every night), weak air-conditioning (one night I woke up in a sweat), small thin towels, peeling wallpaper, popcorn ceilings with yellow stains, rusted lighting fixtures, mold and dust in the vents, small holes in the walls, and rusted balcony doors (the one I had didnt even shut all the way, and came off its track). The balconies are designed so you can hop over to another rooms balcony (not very secure nor private). While the hotel claims it has renovated recently, the most it did was put in some new furniture, maybe a mirror or table. They also say on their website that they have irons and ironing boards- well, they dont, and it wasnt just the room I was in either. They also surprise you with a $7 charge per day to park your car in the parking lot. This is a low-budget hotel, which is fine if you are trying to save money. You can surely tell that it caters to the masses of tour companies such as Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and the like. The staff is plain and boring, with hardly a smile. I would not stay at this hotel again, nor recommend it to anybody.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Royal Kona Kailua
- Royal Kona Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona