We enjoyed the sound of the ocean and beautiful view from our room, watching the sun set from our balcony was as nice as any spot in nearby Kona. We think this hotel is ideally situated as it is a 10 minute drive to a great snorkling beach, or a 5 minute walk into town for happy hour. Relaxing at the pool on the ocean or the lagoon is a good way to recharge after a volcano adventure. We have been enjoying the Royal Kona for years, and hope to continue for many more.
Just needed one night before flying out of Kona. It is an old hotel. It was convenient being right in town. I did not have to drive anywhere for my last night out. Convenient to restaurants and bars. It was ok.
Everything was good, pretty much as described and expected. No unpleasant surprises. There is no beach close to the hotel in a "traditional" sense, despite it's right on the coast, but it's a Big Island and most of the hotels don't have that, and in general there are very few standard big enough beaches with regular white/yellow sand. There are 3-4 of them within simple drive north from the hotel, bike ride would not be too pleasant, since you'd need to ride on the shoulder of the state high way, but doable too.
"Nice two bedroom two bath condo but not on beach"
Accommodations spacious for my family of five. Would have liked option for two double beds in second bedroom instead of King. Condo ok condition but in need of some updates mainly in kitchen. Channel selection limited, Old style box TVs and very small low quality flat screen in living room. Wish property were closer to beach, short drive to white sands beach. Pools both small full of old retirees daily which deterred my kids from wanting to use them. bedding was comfy, staff were very friendly. Had to call first night for bugs in the kitchen and they were quick to respond. Not much insulation between upper and lower units. We were woken daily with pounding from unit above us. Overall nice pleasant relaxing stay.
The pros: close to downtown Kona and actually on the coast. There is no beach, but the volcanic rocks below our room housed all sorts of crabs, fish and eels to check out. The room had a washer and dryer, which are essential for a longer stay or if you plan on doing a lot of beach activities
The cons: Old, hard beds. The air conditioning was a wall unit and did not reach into the bedroom. The only reason that we stayed was the Murphy bed in the front room. We were cool and could watch the sunset from bed. The WiFi is very slow.
Individual units are owned by different people, so finishes vary. We were in D34
Traveller from Tempe, Az
Set on Hawaii's Big Island, Castle Kona Reef, a Condominium Resort is at the southern edge of Kailua-Kona, a famous deep-sea …More
The Islander offers good value for the cost of lodging. Parking offers challenges as number of parking stalls does not provide for all residents. Rooms are dated but offer all the basic essentials. Low on ambiance high on meeting most basic needs. Centrally located.
Kailua-Kona is the epicenter of shopping and recreation on Hawaii’s western shore. Big-game fishers delight off its waters, while shoppers reel in deals along Alii Drive. The Kailua-Kona area is a hiker’s paradise because many of its best beaches are accessible only by foot. Inland, the scent of coffee permeates the air as plantations harvest precious Kona beans. Nearby coffee farms open for tours.