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Royal Kona Resort
Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
Reviewed 22 November 2013

We booked the Ocean view room for our stay in Royal Kona Resort through Costco travels for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We stayed there for 4 nights. I was little disappointed after seeing the room as it was little dated and the bathroom was too small. They gave us a bottle of champagne as complimentary. I loved the view from our balcony and the sound of the crashed waves was amazing. The good part is all the restaurants and shops are walkable distance from the resort. On our anniversary day, we booked for Luau show and it was awesome. The host was very funny and made our day. The staff were very friendly and good hospitality.

I was upset that it was a short trip. Next time, I would like to visit BI for a week and would like to stay in RKR. I would definitely recommend to stay in Royal Kona Resort.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2013

Aloha TA family, great to see more satisfied guests enjoyed their stay. Yes, the location of the resort, and close proximity to the ocean makes for great memories. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves so much, and that they had so much fun at the luau too. Although we're not the newest kid on the block, we do do strive to provide clean and well maintained rooms and grounds for our guests to enjoy, we'll definitely see them again when they return. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We had a fantastic vacation and Royal Kona Resort was Fantastic! Amazing view, location, people and hospitality! We could not have had a better time in The Big Island! We would recommend Royal Kona Resort and would definitely stay again! The staff really wanted our stay to be memorable and they were very helpful to share places of interest and things to "must see!" We loved the sound of the crashing waves in the evening and watching the beautiful sunsets in the evening!

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the ocean and the lagoon. We had a perfect view for the amazing luau with...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2013

Aloha TA crew, more really satisfied customers. These well traveled reviewers did their homework I'm sure when they planned their vacation. It's great to see them, and others recognize the great staff we have. All of us in the hospitality business want to ensure our guests are happy and have amazing vacations. I'm glad they had a great room that they were able to enjoy the ocean and views from, and that they were able to enjoy all the wonderful things the Big Island has to offer. We'll definitely look forward to seeing these guests again soon. Much mahalo,

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

The first + that I found was even before we arrived at Royal Kona. The manager Jay was always very nice & very helpful with all my questions & emails. We had taken up the deal they had for hire car & brekky. When we arrived and pulled up at reception I was taken aback at how beautiful everything was. Friendly staff right from the get go. Then when we got up to our room (room 419) the size of the room & the view was from our balcony was amazing. We will definitely be back if we go to the Big Island again. The only downside was our stay was too short. We stayed 4 nights. We found no fault with the property. Being so close to the ocean made it so enjoyable. Whether it was drinks at the bar or breakfast in the mornings we was very happy with all we encountered.

Room Tip: Room 419 great views & good sized room
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2013

Aloha TA family, glad our friends from Down Under had an awesome stay, too bad it was too short, cure for that is stay longer next time! I didn't do anything crazy for them, just answered questions, made suggestions and made sure they were happy. It's our goal to have happy guests, making awesome memories. It's all about doing your homework before you travel, and they did just that. No surprises, no confusion, no disappointment, just exceeded expectations. We'll look forward to their visit next time their travels bring them back to Kona for sure. Mahalo Nui Loa,

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We love this hotel..can walk everywhere...upgrade to ocean front ..you won't be sorry...we love the Harbor View..when the ships are in town...and watching the Luau also..The bar is fun...Don the Beachcomber ...SKIP THE RESTAURANT ..ITS SOOOO OVER PRICED...THE BREAKFAST IS RIDICULOUS PRICE WISE..shopping on the main drag ..Ali'i ...provide an abundance of happy hour bars and and restaraunts.

Room Tip: Ocean front...you won't be disappointed..
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2013

Aloha TA fans, glad these guests loved their stay with us too! Again, complimenting the location, which is the best in Kona right on Alii Drive. Not sure why they thought our restaurant prices were too high, we're pretty right on in the mix, and have some awesome food as well. Try Happy Hour at Don's Mai Tai bar for happy hour from 4p-6p nightly too. Good tips, as there are other great places to enjoy in town, have a loo. We'll see them again too when they return soon I hope, Mahalo!

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We had a ocean front room in the lagoon tower. The room was nice somewhat dated but clean, comfortable beds and plenty of space. The biggest plus was the sound of the ocean at night the waves coming in and hitting the wall and sitting on the lanai watching the activity on the ocean. The location is the best, walking distance to anything you would want on a vacation. All the staff was nice and helpful. We prepaid breakfast buffet it worked good for us , but if you are expecting a large buffet with a lot of options it would not be for you. It was our first trip to Kona and will come back and stay at the Royal Kona.

Room Tip: Loved Lagoon tower because of the sound of the ocean the waves.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2013

Aloha TA family, great to see a first time visitor to Kona had such a great stay with us. Our awesome location allows most of our guests to see and hear the ocean from their clean well maintained rooms too. Glad they found our location to Alii Drive convenient too, with shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, farmers market, historical sites and the pier handy too. We'll definitely look forward to welcoming them back when they return. Much Aloha,

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Reviewed 18 November 2013


We live on the Hilo side and stayed one night.
Positives - Comfortable beds, great pillows, balcony, beautiful grounds.
Negatives- skimpy towels, bed covers look cheap, bathroom needed scrubbing.
Would definitely stay there again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

Aloha TA family, glad to see one of our local residents "kamaaina" stayed with us, and had a nice stay, we encourage our Kamaaina to stay with us as we offer the best value for location hands down. We truly strive to provide a clean and well maintained resort for all of our guests to enjoy, and we'll take their tips into serious consideration. I'm glad they enjoyed, and we'll look forward to their return visit again. Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at Royal Kona for 5 nights in July 2013 for our honeymoon.

The hotel itself is nice but very dated. The room was ok however the lanai scared me a bit - I felt as if it would fall down at any moment.

We had drinks in the bar which was very nice to sit in and watch the ocean. The bar staff were great!

The restaurant was ok - some of the waitresses could smile and be a bit more welcoming!

The pool was nice but it can be hard to get a seat. The lagaoon pool was amazing for snorkeling and we saw some gorgeous fish, This is a great place to have a snorkel for those (like me!) who have never tried before and am not confident with the water.

The hotel provided champagne for us which was very much appreciated!

Overall the hotel is fine - the rooms are clean and tidy, just a bit dated. It's definitely not the worst hotel I've stayed in and its close proximity to the main drag is a bonus!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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DofSales, General Manager at Royal Kona Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

Aloha TA family, great to see our guests from Australia also enjoyed their stay, and found our resort to be of great value. Our rooms and grounds are clean and well maintained, and our location is the best in Kona for proximity to Alii Drive and all the shops, restaurants, galleries, farmers market, historical sites and the pier. I'm glad the enjoyed their holiday with us, especially taking advantage of our private lagoon, it's a great spot to view sea life and the occasional Honu (green sea turtles) at high tide. Don't forget the spinner dolphins that frequent the bay right in front of the hotel too, they're amazing to watch play. Glad they enjoyed, we'll look forward to their return!

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Address: 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1310
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: £114 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Kona Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 436
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