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TravelPod Member ReviewsCourtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Kailua-Kona
Where Claire learned to snorkel, great sands beach with protected cove for low water tides.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Kailua-Kona
No no no no no!!!! Don't stay here!
What a wretched place the King Kamehameha Kona "beach" hotel is! I would not ever consider staying there again.
My room (and the entire floor it was on) smelled musty. The furniture was poorly conceived. In a room with two double beds there were exactly two drawers. My room mate and I were forced to live out of our suitcases for a week because we had nowhere to put anything.
Staff was pleasant enough, but not at all helpful. They gave me no help at all with my lost luggage claim. They were slow as mollasses in everything that they did, causing LONG lines at the front desk.
Housekeeping did not provide enough towels. The first day we had three of everything but after that we kept getting fewer and fewer towels each day.
I could not get late check out because my room was re-booked. The front desk told me that my luggage (and my computer, and all of my dive gear, and my underwater camera etc.) would be held in a secure room until my departure later that evening. When the bellman came to get it he told me that he was going to leave it "chained up" in the lobby (where anyone who wanted to could go into it and removed things!). When I protested he finally put it in the locked room.
Service in the restaurant is abysmal. It took me over half an hour one morning to get a single paoched egg and some dry toast. There were less than ten other active tables in the restaurant at the time.
The "beach" is a small strip of sand on a harbor that has boat traffic all day long. Amenities are minimal. Rooms have a small refrigerator and an ironing board, but no hair dryers. This wouldn't bother me one bit in an inexpensive hotel, but the King Kam is not inexpensive. The Royal Kona Resort, for instance, charges similar tarriffs for a much nicer environment in the rooms as well as tho common spaces.
The only thing that the King Kam has to recommend it is a location near the pier where several of the scuba boats pick up their clients. This isn't really much of a plus as most dive ops will drive you to the peir from their shop. Don't waste your money on this place. If you want to stay at a fleabag, stay at a place that charges fleabag rates. If you want to pay for and enjoy a first rate tourist class hotel, avoid the King Kam.
Not the value you hoped for...
Worn out furnishings, poor air-conditioning and rude staff make this hotel less than comfortable. My husband and I stayed there on the last leg of our three-island vacation. It happened to be Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of locals were staying there -- I assume to take advantage of the great private beach. Multiple families per room -- with doors wide open -- made for a noisy stay. And the staff? Less than friendly. We do still laugh about one "barnacle" of a baggage handler who liked to scowl and mumble "holy mackerel" a lot.
My Wife Remembers
While talking to my wife about the reviews on this hotel, she concurred a lot of things negative written about it. We stayed there about four years ago and she said she remembers the bugs crawling around the room, and how old the room appeared. She did have something positive to say though...the tub in the bathroom was large. I remember that the area outside of the shops was hot, as though the A/C was not operating. I did like the staff though. They were very helpful and friendly. Now all they have to do is bring the interior appearance of the hotel up to par, and they'd have a beautiful setup.
We Loved It
We were island-hopping on our second honeymoon and stayed at the King Kamehameha in Kona. We had a wonderful room and time there. They did not have a king size bed for us, but we had two double beds, so we used one for our suitcase. We took advantage of everything the hotel had to offer. We ate the complementary breakfasts, which were simply exceptional. We enjoyed the view from our balcony. We shopped in the lobby shops. The best part of all was the wonderful private beach next to King Kamehameha's favorite home. We loved the beautifully restored ancestral property. We attended the luau there and it was tremendous. We had a wonderful time at it. The food was good and the entertainers were superb. I went swimming every single day in the little tidal pool area between the hotel and the ancestral home. I simply loved sunning myself on the beach there. We also really liked the pictures/illustrations of the Hawaiian royalty that are found all over the lobby. We stayed there for two weeks and really enjoyed ourselves. We will go back there again. We just really had a great time there.
Don NOT stay here
Stayed here in January, hoping to have a decent vacation. When we arrived, not only were the rooms worn and tired, they were dirty. We changed to another hotel very early the next morning -- we would have changed that night but it was too late. Waited to shower in the new hotel as the bath in the King Kam was filthy and clogged. If you can avoid it, do NOT stay here. You'd be much better off staying somewhere else and commuting to the beach.
Nice hotel, nice location
We stayed at the King Kam because it was convenient to the harbor where we met our live-aboard dive boat. They offered buffet breakfast included and a rental car at a good rate. The hotel more than met our expectations for the price. The room was spacious and clean. The mattress was comfortable. TV worked well. Nice view. Quiet. And very confenient to the harbor and downtown restaurants and shopping. The included breakfast buffet was delightful and fast. We would definitely stay there again!
We'd suppose to stay at the Kona Beach for 7 nights for our honeymoon. It took forever to check us in. Having coming off the plane tired and ready for a good night sleep when we got the room, my wife and I were digusted. The Room was dirty, smell moldy and the furniture was old and the A/C was blowing warm air out only. I've seen better living conditions at a run down motel 6. I went down immediately and ask for a different room, or at least one with a working A/C. The checkin desk staff was rude and pretty much said we're sorry all of our rooms are like that. They finally moved us to a different room with a better A/C, but still the overall room was horrible. I figure since it's a tropical climate there are more bugs, but this is ridiculous. The next day when we woke up, I found roaches, ants in the bathroom, bad water pressure when I was taking a shower, Toilets did not flush. My wife woke up with insect bites all over her leg and arm. We were really disappointed. I noticed another hotel on the other side of our hotel. Royal Kona Hotel. I'd went and asked them if any rooms were available and the offerred us a great rate and a free upgrade. With that my wife and I checked out of the Kona Beach Hotel and checked in to the Royal Kona Hotel. We got a lovely Oceanside view room that looked over the water and town. Man if I knew about this hotel I would off paid more for this. I figured that since we would hardly sleep getting a cheapier room was the best way to go about, boy I was wrong. Overall The Royal Kona Hotel was great, insect bite free and a lot newer than the other place. I would never head back to the Kona Beach Hotel. Not even if it was offered to me for FREE. The place is a dump and needs major cleanning up. Well after the move we had a great time and the mood was really nice for honeymooners to do what we/I wanted to do in the room.
Needs lots of TLC
We stayed for a week and couldn't wait to leave. The beds were concave and the rooms were not all that clean. The only thing that kept us there was the location. Found that there were better resturants within walking distance than the one's in the hotel. Beach was too small. BIG Disappointment.
Back to the 70's
This hotel is in need of renovation. Decor and furniture date back several decades. Beds in our standard room were worn and concave in the middle. Cleanliness of room and service was average. Hotel has good location in this town and is the only hotel with a beach. Very touristy hotel with nightly luau's and many tourist shops and tour operators located in hotel's groundlevel mall area. There may be better hotel options with better value in this town.
We stayed in the King Kam for four nights in June 2002. The rooms were standard; we had two doubles, a refrigerator, coffee maker, table and two chairs. The room's are very 70's and could use remodeling and a good cleaning. The hotel experience was OK. The location of the hotel was very good. They have a very small beach and a nice pool (great drinks and food there) and you can walk to anywhere in Kailua-Kona. The restaurant was OK - an average breakfast buffet. You could do better elsewhere.
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