Extra Value: No Resort Fee.
Family: Kids 17 and under Stay Free. Kids 5 and under Eat Breakfast Free.
Royal Experience Package: Oceanfront accommodations plus daily American breakfast buffet. Hawaiian luau and show (one-time during stay) & sunset cocktail, dinner cruise (one-time during stay.)
Even before you are welcomed to the Royal Kona Resort by the gracious staff you will be embraced by a swirl of salt air -- ha, in Hawaiian, the life-breath of the islands. You will see it ruffling the fronds of the palm trees that fringe the 12 manicured acres, tossing the waves against the stark black lava rocks at the property's feet, marching columns of clouds across the uninterrupted expanse of sky. The air here presents you with the perfume of tropical flowers. It is a reminder that you are on the Big Island of Hawaii, a reminder to breathe, to exhale, and completely relax.
Set oceanfront overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of Kona town, the Royal Kona Resort is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, historical sites, and activities. Guests enjoy spacious guestrooms featuring a large lanai with beautiful mountain vistas or magnificent ocean views, a private saltwater swimming lagoon and sandy sunning area, oceanfront pool, tennis courts, and spa. The Resort also offers meeting facilities, a romance center, wedding services, and an oceanfront Luau. Dine at the water's edge at Don the Beachcomber signature restaurant or try one of the many unique Mai Tai creations at the adjacent Don's Mai Tai Bar.
At 390 square feet, the recently remodeled and spacious guest rooms at Royal Kona Resort are as expansive as the ocean and mountain skylines they showcase. For even grander appointments, the Corner King rooms offer 450 feet of relaxing space. At the heart of the resort is the Alii Tower, which is home to the open-air lobby, Front Desk, and Don the Beachcomber restaurant. The Lagoon Tower, on the south side of the resort, overlooks the private beach and saltwater lagoon. It also houses a beauty salon and self-service laundry. To the north, closest to Kailua-Kona, is the Bay Tower in which the massage and spa center can be found.
Designed by renowned Tiki architect George "Pete" Wimberly, the soaring, sheltering roofline of the resort's signature Don the Beachcomber Restaurant perfectly sets a tropical theme. Hawaiian music wafts through the dining area, flowing past the shaded, waterside tables. Don't be surprised if you are joined for breakfast by a pod of spinner dolphins, or starting in late October, migrating humpback whales whose breathtaking aerial performances bring the whole bay to a standstill. The dining is as spectacular as the view, a fusion of Asian inspiration, European technique, and the finest, freshest local ingredients.
The Royal Kona Resort in compliance with Hawaii State Law is a 100% non-smoking hotel. Smoking is not permitted in any guestrooms or public areas with the exception of the Lagoon Terrace, Sunset Cove and in a designated smoking section by the pool. A cleaning fee will be charged to those who violate this policy.
General Policies & Fine Print
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 3585 reviews
Worst hotel experience in Big island
We stayed in the hotel for a night. After returning from a night snorkelling tour, we were very tired. And we sadly found out that the aircon is not working, the noise from the bar next to the hotel lasted till early morning. The room is spacious, however, it is worn and smelly. Comparing to the other stays on the big island which we paid a similar price, this is definitely the worst.
A Pleasant Vacation Resort
My wife and I stayed in a very ample room with two double beds and more space than most hotels I've stayed in. A large balcony gave a beautiful view of the Ocean and Pool and wooded grounds. The people at the concierge counter were more than helpful and friendly, they truly sought to meet not only your every need, but also they were great in following up on any of our concerns. Two shortcomings though: No Microwave in the room, and no Free wifi. I would recommend this resort.
Wouldn't stay here again
It was a last minute booking as we had a change in our travel plans so it was convenient to book this place. The room was quite spacious. I didn't notice before booking, but the wifi costs 10 $ a day in this place which is a shame. What kind of hotel is that that don't offer free wifi? It feels like they want to charge you for everything. The hotel definitely feels like it needs a renovation, the paint is peeling off the doors and there is a lot of rust in the bathroom. The parking lot is paid and we honestly were afraid that we would not get a spot if we came back to the hotel after 5pm, as there was already a sign at that time in half of the parking lot that it is full and the other half was seemingly getting full as well. So we only stayed in the vicinity in the evenings.
Great location, okay stay
As posted by others, this hotel is in a great location with great views. It is a little worn, and could stand with some improvements, and I felt it was a little pricey for what we got, but we did have a nice stay overall. Since we were driving from another part of the island on check in day, I called early that morning and asked for an early check in. I was told it shouldn't be a problem, but that I should check as we got closer. I called again 30 minutes away and they still couldn't guarantee me anything. Arriving at 1pm, I went to the desk to see if we could check in. At first I was told that I could upgrade to a full ocean view (I had a partial ocean view reserved) and she could get me right into a room. She informed me it would be an additional $40 a night. So then I asked if I didn't upgrade how long I would have to wait for a room, and she said she had one ready for me, but wanted to see if I wanted to upgrade first. I found that rather sneaky! Other than that, check in was fine and there were no issues with our bill at any point of the trip. This hotel has a luau on the property that is quite popular. We had reservations for it the first evening and I have reviewed it separately on TA. Our second evening, since we were not attending, we realized how much it affected everyone else at the hotel. Parking was crazy and the line out front covered the front of the entire hotel! We had other plans that evening, but when we came back, we had a very hard time finding a spot to park. The attendants did squeeze us in, since we were hotel guests with a parking pass, but the lot was very full with luau attendees and busses were dropping off big groups at the door. It was quite crazy. We were four people to our room with two beds. The hotel price was good with a BOGO breakfast deal. But they charged $35 each per night for our two adult children. I thought that a bit excessive. (I knew this at the time of booking, but still think it is a lot) So at that price you would think that we would have 4 bath towels in our room, right? Nope. At no time did the maid leave more than 2. It was easy to get more though, because the pool towels are easy to grab at the gift shop and they ask everyone to keep them in their room for the maids, so we just grabbed extras and made do. The breakfast buffet was great! Pricey, but the BOGO deal made it worth it. Checking in the first day, the lady at the podium made us feel like we were inconveniencing her. The second day's lady was much better. The pool was smaller than expected, but not crowded during the day, so it was sufficient. The waitresses from the bar come over to check if you need drinks or food, which was great! Our partial ocean view was lovely!! Saw lots of ocean and all of the bay. We were there over the 4th of July and could see the barge shooting off fireworks in the bay, so it was a great location. We overlooked Huggo's on the Rocks next door and the music was quite loud in the evenings, but calmed down in time for bed. They have tiki torches over the water, and the view was nice from our room. Overall, this hotel was a good place to stay. Customer service ranged from ok to not so good. The room was clean and location was great! So it earns a solid 4 stars from us.
Wish they had a bigger pool and a jacuzzi.and better customer service all around.
It would have been nice to have a separate pool for adults also in the picture description it appear that there was a jacuzzi.the hours for the pool for closing was to me a bit early. The customer service I experience was not consistent. Overall made the best what I had.