Question: Hotel during Ironman Triathlon

Below is an email question we received from one of our readers:

My husband is competing in the Kona Ironman, Oct 10th. I need a local’s advice on where to stay that is family oriented. We have two kids (5 & 6 yrs). I’ll be by myself most of the time while my husband is focusing on the race. We’ll be in Kona Oct 3-11th.


Answer: The Royal Kona Resort hotel is right on the water in downtown Kailua-Kona — I just stayed there not too long ago - great hotel with plenty of parking. The main attraction here is the excellent location — smack-dab in the middle of Kailua-Kona town, right on Alii drive — just a short walk from the swim portion of the race.

A more-family oriented hotel (and one of our favorites) is the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort up in Kohala — about a 20 minute drive from Kailua-Kona. Lots of family-friendly amenities, numerous beautiful pools with water slides, man-made lagoon with sea turtles, etc., but further from the race…

I guess the first thing you’ll need to decide is what area are you looking for a hotel. For more information, read our article about Where to Stay on the Big Island.

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