Royal Kona Resort
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We're conflicted as we write this review. The Royal Kona has a perfect location near restaurants, shops and many activities. The view from our 6th floor lanai in the Bay tower is spectacular, one of the best in Kona. However, the room is in desperate need of refurbishing...its tired, old, warn and it looks straight out of the '80s. Even the incredible lanai has old stackable chairs like you buy at Walmart...really uncomfortable. The room not only needs new furnishings, but also more furniture (an easy chair to relax in would be wonderful). The toilet kept running during most of our stay, the shower head was shoulder level, you can see where water stains on the ceiling were patched and there's a need for some color to break up the endless brown/beige. The potential of this resort is incredible!We enjoyed the bar at Don the Beachcomber, it's a great place to watch the sunset. We loved our visit to the private lagoon. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Will we stay here again? No definite decision yet, we'll definitely give some consideration.
We came here for the first two nights of our honeymoon, the woman that checked us in was so beyond kind, upgraded our room to a partial ocean view and sent us up complimentary champagne! She also had excellent recommendations for us. Loved our stay :) also the evening entertainment was great, and the location was central to pretty much everything you'd need.
We arrived and were greeted by friendly staff at the front desk, they even sent up a complimentary bottle of champagne to our room for our honeymoon and the promised loud noises that night (we did not drink for fear of a headache as it retailed for $3.99 😬) it was a nice gesture but they could have at least tried for something more. Our room had beautiful views (best they could offer). However, the loud noises continued all three nights to the point of having to burrow in pillows and drink to fall asleep from the adjacent restaurant. The carpet in he room felt a little wet and gave off a musky odor. The balcony was enormous and had gorgeous views. The bed was firm but decent. The bathroom was decent except for the shower, it was terrifying. There was mild, cracks, rust all around the tub and walls. Overall, the room needed renovations and upgrades, like the coffee pot, which was rusted. Another thing is the wi-fi, $10/day is a lot. They also did not have clear information about the hotel and we had to call or go to front desk to ask questions about beach towels, wi-fi, etc... The bar area is great, nice to relax and read in by the ocean. Drinks are expensive if it's not happy hour, and mai tai's could be better (I am a snob there as I make mine with fresh squeezed pineapple and orange juices). Overall an ok place, great location but needs renovations. Staff were excellent.
The lobby and reception area of the Royal Kona are great. Despite finding the rooms and bathrooms clean and neat, they are tired. We had a great view of the water and a massive balcony which was well worth it. The rooms smell a little musty and shower is over the discoloured bath that I wouldn't bath in (I am however fussy!). The mai tais are great - look out for happy hour with reduced food and drinks. Food was fine but nothing special. The location is great if you want to be in the heart of Kona with a few steps to the Main Street. My son enjoyed a swim in the pool which has a shallow area for small children. Free wi fi in the bar area. We had breakfast at nearby Bongo Ben's which was good. All up the Royal Kona was fine, pleasant but I would not have wanted to be there for more than the 2 nights we booked. It wasn't a hotel I would rush to but if I wanted to stay in Kona, I would consider it in future. It was functional and outside of the lobby, the rooms lacked the wow factor (aside from the view and sunsets).
I went to Kona HI for a family vacation that i will never forget. We stayed Royal Kona Resort on the last night of our trip and wished we stayed there all through. Friendly attendants, awesome Ocean view and very native. We will visit again soon
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Royal Kona ResortKona,United States
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75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1310
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