by Wendy Irvine
The Kona coast is known for its luxury resorts, so it can be a relief to find a beautiful hotel with reasonable prices. The King Kamehameha is paired with the only white-sand beach in the heart of Kailua-Kona. You’ll find a calm bay and amazing snorkeling on the adjacent reef. The West Tower rooms have been renovated, and the East Tower is coming along nicely with minimal impact on guests. You’ll find refrigerators in each room and coin-operated laundry machines on the first floor of the East Tower.
Our Editor Loves
- Beautiful hotel with reasonable prices
- Lots of fun family activities available
- Refrigerators and laundry machines are available
Great location in downtown Kona, lots of good restaurants in walking distance. Really do NOT enjoy the small, confined pool. Though it does have access to the public beach directly, yet... still small and crowded... So we took the trolley to enjoy its sister hotel - Sheraton’s amazing pools! > <. Honestly, other than location, there is not much special about this hotel.
The location of the hotel is great, right on the beach and close to a lot of amenities. The customer service at the hotel was great, from the valet drivers to the housekeeping, we felt everyone gave you that aloha feeling. It has coin operated laundry which was nice seeing we stayed in Hawaii for over two weeks it allowed us to pack lighter. Buffett breakfast was nice, with a cook to order omelette station. Pool area and restaurants were nice. They now have a resort fee I believe $25 we had the option of declining this as we had booked the trip prior to them instituting the fee. That was great customer service, but I don’t see why they added the fee. Basically you get 2 bottles of water and reserved two beach chairs. the pool closes daily at 8:30, the game room at nine, really leaves you looking for things to do. They have raised the parking fees, but did honor ours @$19 which is what it was when we booked. Again good customer service. The main floor is beautiful, but as you go up the towers the housekeeping and upkeep needs improvement. In our room the refrigerator had the previous guests, food left in it, and the recycling can was disgusting. Carpet’s are stained a bit as well. But the rest of the hotel seemed cleaned well. The room view was partial ocean view. And was great. Overall the hotel is a good hotel, they need to retrain some housekeepers, or institute a room audit before putting guests in rooms. They need to keep the pool and amenities open longer especially if they want people to pay a resort fee.