Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

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(800) 367-2111 or (808) 329-2911
75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona

Built in the mid ’70s, the King Kam (as it’s known locally) is a Kona fixture. Located next to the Kailua Pier, the hotel is fronted by the tiny but calm Kamakahonu Beach. The ‘Ahu‘ena Heiau (shown on the Kailua-Kona chapter opener) is also on the grounds. This area was the home of King Kamehameha during his later years, and his legacy has been adopted by the hotel in paintings and artwork (they give tours).

It’s amazing what $35 million and a great design team have done for this hotel. Rooms can be described as modern and fresh. The design is rooted heavily in Hawaiian nature patterns and is reflected in everything from the coffee bean fabric on the chairs to lava pattern on the hallway carpets. This design works for us. Microwaves may be rented for $10/day. Rooms either have two queen beds or one king. The staff is really proud of the current look and shows it with a lot of aloha toward guests. The infinity pool is very inviting. More retail space was planned at press time. Self-parking is $18, valet parking is $26; local calls are a buck.

King Kam is the center of the universe every October when the Ironman Triathlon takes place. Most of the athletes stay here, as do many from the television crews, and rooms are hard to get then. It’s also conveniently located with warm staff and a beach—all those factors combined keep it a Gem. Rooms (348–380 sq. ft.) are $389, suites (837 sq. ft.) are $1,099. Discounts are easy to get off those rack rates. When booking rooms, some can be had for $195 and up.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 452 rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 2 restaurants
  • 10 conference rooms
  • 2 lighted tennis courts ($10/hour)
  • 6 shops
  • Free 24-hour business center
  • Free Wi-Fi or hi-speed internet access in the rooms
  • Coin-op laundry
  • Empty fridge
  • Free laptop-sized room safes
  • Coffee maker in room with free coffee daily
  • Free 24-hour fitness room
  • Day spa
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Lu‘au

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