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 Rating3696 reviews
Beautiful view from the room!
We loved the view from the room. The only thing that bothered us was the heavy music playing in a nearby restaurant. The room was very spacious with not much furniture. The chairs and table in the room were outdoor furniture. We stayed two nights and enjoyed the location of the resort!
Pretty Resort Okay Rooms
The hotel rooms were just okay and definitely need updating but the resort grounds were beautiful. The staff was friendly and nice and very helpful. If the rooms were a little nicer it would be a 5 star rating.
First time to Kona
This was our first time to this island. We went to the Royal Kona by timeshare exchange. These rooms were not what we were accustomed to as they did not have a kitchen. The rooms were cleaned and there was daily maid service which was nice. We had a great partial ocean view. Decor was a little dated but not terrible. The grounds were very well maintained.The pool by the ocean has spectacular views and you can lay out and listen to the waves. You are walking distance to great restaurants and bars. Almost every night you could find some live music near by. The only problem we had was that they did not have a hospitality room the day we checked out for those who had a red eye flight. We have been to Hawaii multiple times, and usually we end up on the red eye flight. It is nice to be able to lounge by the pool or ocean and have the chance to shower and change before you get on a long flight. Other places we have stayed always have a way to accommodate this. Other then that we had a great time. Thank you
Royal Kona - Beautiful Vacation in Kona
The Royal Kona Resort took care of everything my girlfriend and I wanted. From the bartenders to the front desk and the housekeeping staff, everyone helped to make our vacation a great time. Not to mention the perfect location and beautiful view. Everything in Kona is walkable from this spot, and you cannot get any closer to the water. Great time all around.
Great location in Kailua-Kona
The hotel is not 5 star, but it is clean, friendly, great parking area, and close to many stores and restaurants (all within a short walk). We live in East Hawaii but love to go to the West Side to rest, eat and drink at Outback, and relax watching the dolphins in Kailua Bay from the Hotel. I personally love the private lagoon for snorkeling and swimming. There are lots of tropical fish there and sometimes a Honu (green sea turtle) comes in during high tide.