Even with some of the bad reviews...I decided to plan my wedding, rehearsal dinner and luau at the Royal Kona. I lived in Kona years back and remembered the resort as having lovely grounds and being breathtaking landscape on the Kona coast. I advised everyone coming in the wedding party to avoid the Bay tower. Some decided that it would be most cost effective to still book the Bay tower. they just figured they would be prepared for meager accomodations. They never found out how bad the rooms were...because the staff upgraded them as a result of being there for the wedding. In my mother's case they upgraded her twice for being the mother of the bride. They let my father put his senior upgrade onto my sister's reservation also. Everyone in the party ended up ocean view in the better towers. We were upgraded to the best room in the house. A corner king with a lanai big enough to live on. It wrapped around so that the ocean view was staggering. We were literally right over the ocean. We could even see where we were getting married on the grounds. We arrived in the room to find chilled champagne waiting for us. The colors in the room were nice and not hoakie at all. Certainly it was no luxery suite (they just don't have that) but it was spacious, well maintained, nicely decorated and I cannot say enough about the view! The pool and luau right over the ocean are great. The bar is pricey and the food service is slow...but it's location and decor cannot be beat. The in hotel restaurant called Don the Beachcomber, where we had our rehearsal dinner was lovely and delicious. My sister and mother had a bad experience the night before, but the restaurant more than made up for it. The wedding and reception went off without a hitch. The food they had was restaurant quality rather than mediocre banquet food. All this, and it was very affordable. I'm glad I had it all there! I was not disappointed! If you are looking for a five star resort...this is NOT for you. If you are looking for a nice hotel, on beautiful grounds that is affordable and central...this is your pick!
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Royal Kona Kailua
- Royal Kona Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona