Just returned from a one week stay at this hotel. Loved it!! Exceeded expectations. So much so that we will be returning for an even longer stay in 4 months. The location right in town is perfect. The views from this property are an experience all by themself. A wonderful clean pool located right next to the ocean. Could hear and see the waves crashing and feel the light spray while sitting beside the pool. Also enjoyed drinks and great poolside service from the adjoining Don's Mai Tai bar. Very comfortable bed and clean, quiet room on the lagoon side. The service provided by all the staff was excellent. Specifically, Peter at the front desk. Superior service from him that far exceeds any service I have recieved at any other business in a very long time. From the moment we stepped up to the counter, Peter made us feel welcome. We were travelling with my parents who booked another room. Without us even asking, he rearranged rooms so that both of our rooms were next door to each other. I am seeing some other negative comments about this hotel being "dated," etc. I would refer to it as a classic, iconin gem with that old Hawaii feeling I remember from when I was a kid. I first visited Kona when I was 7 years old and just celebrated my 47th birthday this past week while there. My Grandparents owned a condo for 25 years in Kona. Even after they sold it, my family continued renting it for our visits (from the new owners). At 7 years old, I vividly remember seeing this hotel when arriving in town and was fascinated with how it looked. In those days it was the Kona Hilton. Throughout the years, I always thought it would be great to stay at this hotel. To celebrate 40 years of visiting Kona, we decided it was time. I could not be happier that we did and will probably be staying here going forward. If you have a phobia about "dated" or an older property then you will find the elegant, fancy and new up north of Kona in Waikoloa. However, those are miles from any civilization and it is frequently windy up there....to the point of being miserable. You can also be prepared to pay at least three times as much for rates at these "new" hotels. Royal Kona Resort is a great value for the price. We spoke to multiple fellow guests during our stay. Many have stayed all over Kona and shared our opinion about what a great place this is and a great value.
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- Royal Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Royal Kona Kailua
- Royal Kona Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona