Upon first arriving at the hotel i was a little worried because on first glance its a little dated, But after seeing our room and taking a little walk around the grounds any apprehensions we had about the place quickly went away. The dated'ness of the resort adds to the charm and experience because it's kept up with such great care. it was really cool to experience the classic Hawaiian style of the hotel grounds and room. Having the sound of the crashing waves lull us to sleep was heavenly. The drinks at the bar were great, Misty is a master mixer, and i don't know if there is a chair in the place that isn't in view of what is one of the best sunsets in all of if the Hawaiian islands.
This is a good clean modest hotel in a great location to be in as a "home base" to explore the rest of the Big Island. The staff are very friendly and accommodating.
Not everything is perfect:
the only thing we didn't like was the experience we had with the Expedia travel rep that was selling excursions, we felt like she was giving us a one sided opinion about what to do and what company to do it with. for instance when we asked about going to the Sheraton to have a drink and watch the manta's we were told that we wouldn't be able to see mantas from there that the only way was to book a swim with or scuba with excursion.... well we went and we saw manta's. sure , we weren't in the water with them but we got to see them while listening to music and sitting under the stars....... If your going to book excursions shop around, you will find vendors easily on line and in the market place place across from and slightly down the street from the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Royal Kona Kailua
- Royal Kona Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona