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We caught a taxi to the airport for our 10 AM flight to Kailua-Kona. The flight took 50 minutes and we arrived in Kona to beautiful weather. We could not check into our hotel until 5 PM so to kill time we decided to rent a car for the 4 days in Kona and travel around the Island. The round trip took around 3-4 hours which also took us through the …
Today was a me day. Started with my favorite Papaya Nest breakfast. Half a papaya, vanilla yogurt and granola. A great way to start the day! Then I did some shopping along Ali'i Dr. I ate lunch at Humpy’s (it’s a humpback whale) and had a delicious fresh fish sandwich. The fish of the day was Big Island Ahi. Apparently that is a tuna, …
Today I headed north along the Kohala Coast. First stop of the day was Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. This park preserves the coastal sections of two ahupua'a or traditional land divisions. Families fished and farmed here. There are very few facilities in this park, but lots of hiking trails. If you were to hike, you would need to bring …
This morning I started out with a breakfast of half a papaya filled with yogurt and granola at this place just up the road that I think is called Java on the Rocks. I'll have to check tomorrow as I'm sure I will end up at the same place. It's a restaurant normally, but in the morning there is a little stand inside and you can get bagels, omelets, …
Today I left Volcano for Kailua-Kona on the west coast. The shortest route is to follow Hwy 11 west out of Volcano, passing the southernmost point in the US and then going north along the coast. The other route is to take Hwy 19 north out of Hilo and follow it around the north side of the island. I chose to take the north route as it sounded more …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Kona Resort Kailua-Kona
It looked so nice from the website we decided to stay here for our honeymoon. Well, we took one look at our corner king honeymoon room and left. There are water stains on the ceiling and they have to tape down the rug in the outside corridors with duct tape! The outdoor corridors smelled like a laundrymat since the laundrymat was on the bottom floor. This might be a better hotel for low budget, non-honeymoon types.
Just spent 9 nights here and was totally satisfied. Very clean rooms and helpful staff. They even called one day when we had been on the other side of the Island overnight to make sure everything was OK. I would definately go there again. I was shocked to see all the negative reviews. It's within walking distance of all the touristy shops and the view from our room, an ocean view room, was fantastic. Good parking and you get a discount after so many nights. we needed a third set of towels and had them within 5 minutes of arriving. MAHALO Royal Kona and staff.
If you like paying alot of money for motel 6 quality then this hotel is for you. The room was not very clean, there was no fan in the bathroom(at least not one that worked anyway), and everything seemed like it needed updating. I would highly recommend looking for somewhere else to stay.
We stayed here 3 nights Jan'03. Although the hotel was sold out, many rooms were still available via the internet for $99/night, garden view. The hotel's location is a very convenient 10 minute walk from Kailua's restaurants and shops. It sits right on the water and has a great salt water pool adjacent to the hotel with it's own breakwater. While the hotel states it's been rennovated, it's not "3 star" quality. The hotel has a large center building and two smaller side buildings. Room condition in the latter was fair. Our room had some ceiling and wallpaper blemishes, dark florescent lighting, small blankets, weak a/c, variable shower water temperature, no hair dryer or ironing board, and inoperative alarm clock. The bathroom floor had cigarette burns, baseboard gaps along the wall, shower curtain was old, and cheap toiletries. Our room wasn't cleaned until late afternoon. The pool was closed for rennovation. The restaurant was pricey compared to the many choices available a short walk away. The hotel's prime location and reasonable cost, relative to the area, are its saving graces...
We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort in August 2001. After coming from a fantastic hotel in Waikiki, this hotel was a total wake up call! The porters didnt offer to take our luggage and the reception staff were blunt & rude - no happy welcome smiles thats for sure. We had asked for an inter-connecting room which we didnt get and ended up climbing over the balcony each time to reach our other family members. The rooms were furnished old fashioned and in serious need of a face lift (which I believe they have since done). The bathroom room was mouldy, cramped and small and the safe in the wardrobe didnt work. The buffet breakfast was very exciting either. Most of the hot food was cold and you have to be careful of the birds flying around inside - they will steal your food off the plate !! The Luau dinner is a good experience and the food & cocktails served there were very nice. The Hotel is in a convenient place to walk into Kona for shopping and other eateries, but all in all it needs a serious renovation done & friendlier staff.
Best location on the Big Island. Great Breakfast.
Park for free on the street. Walking distance to
most resturants and shops.
No swimming beach. (Beach 10 yards long)
Pay max $90 included breakfast.
Just returned from the Big Island and a stay at the Royal Kona Resort. Like the other reviews say, the location is great, but here's what you get as far as lodging:
We stayed at the Royal Kona on the last night of our vacation. The hotel has a great location but was a little seedy in my estimation. I had read several reviews of this hotel mentioning a recent renovation. I have to wonder what the place must have looked like prior.
Having just returned from a third visit to the Royal Kona, I'd like to fully endorse and expand on what "Mark, Kansas" wrote in his March 6th review.
Great Price and Location
Great location, walking distance to about anything that is worth seeing or doing in Kailua-Kona. The staff were very friendly and informative about the area. I have stayed there on two different ocasions for ten days and will be there again this year (2002). Nice resort for kids and adults alike.