Hotel Overview

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.


Kona, HI, USA - Keahole (KOA) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1968
Last Renovation: 2006
Accessible rooms: 4
Floors: 7
Total rooms: 436


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Royal Kona Resort is now a 100% non-smoking hotel. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any public areas. There are three designated smoking areas throughout the resort, please contact resort staff for further information. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged to those who violate this policy. The fee will be assessed by the hotel and charged to the guest's folio. Cleaning fee is subject to change without notice.
Advisory A minimum self parking fee of $25 (plus tax) per room, per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. Parking fees are subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for, but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory Lagoon Tower Improvement Project, November 21, 2022 through June 30, 2024. Royal Kona Resort is a 12-acre oceanfront landmark with three distinct guestroom towers - Alii Tower, Bay Tower and Lagoon Tower Exterior maintenance and improvements are taking place at the Lagoon Tower located on the southern end of the resort property. To minimize noise disruption, repair work on the Lagoon Tower will be restricted between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday thru Friday.
Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed resort fee of $25.00 (plus tax) per room, per day, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees that they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due. For a detailed description of what is included in the mandatory fee, please see hotel policies.
Advisory The ongoing Lagoon Tower Restoration project is projected to continue throughout 2024. Guests will be exclusively accommodated in the Bay and Ali Towers, with reduced rates offered for the Lagoon Tower Renovation room types. Availability for arrivals between July 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024, will be open this week.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
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.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee - A mandatory hotel-imposed fee is charged and collected by the hotel either at check-in or check-out.

Amenities included in the resort fee are:

• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (one coupon good for two Mai Tais per room/stay)

• Bottled Water on arrival (two per room/stay)

• Filtered Water Stations 

• Enhanced Guestroom Wi-Fi

• Fitness Center Access

• Guestroom Safe Usage

• Local & 800 calls

• Daily Yoga/Fitness Classes

• Daily Hawaiian Cultural Activities (weekly schedule and sign-up available at Front Desk)

• Reef Safe Sunscreen (available at the pool)

• Complimentary Tennis Racquet Rentals, Tennis Balls & Water (available at Royal Kona Resort Tennis Club)

• $25 Island Activities & Tours Credit (valid when purchasing tours/activities valued at $200 through the Activities Desk) 

• $20 Lotus Center Spa Credit (available on 90-minute massages)

• $20 greens fee credit plus 50% discount on club rentals at Makalei Golf Club ($25 value)

• 20% off green fees and club rentals at Makani Kai Golf Course ($33 value)+++• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (two coupons per room/stay)

Inclusions subject to change and are based on availability. Some activities require reservations.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 5349 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very nice resort

    We just returned from 6 nights at the Royal Kona in a corner king room. It has a lot going for it. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. The room was large and well appointed. The corner balcony was silly large. Honestly, we never used the other half around the corner. It does get you 2 walls worth of windows which are gorgeous. The rooms are a bit dated and they appear to be remodeling parts of the hotel now. Everything was clean and functional. Hearing the surf break on the rocks while you sleep is awesome. Parking is $25/day but very convenient. You couldn't ask for a better location for walking to dining options and quick drives to most of the things you want to see in Kona. The hotel bar and grill was nice for a quick bite after a long day of travel getting there. The food was good, but not spectacular. The coupon for 2 free Mai Tais was a nice touch. Overall a very good experience. An ice machine on each floor would be nice, but the filtered water machine makes up for it.

    Apr 20, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice place to stay but would be better with updates.

    We stayed at The Royal Kona for 2 nights. They have 2 things going for them, the staff and the outdoor dining/bar area. The rooms need to be updated but are very clean. The pool area is small but we had no problem getting loungers. We think this resort is middle of the road-not bad but not awesome either.

    Apr 19, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely Hotel with Great Location

    My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had a great time! The location was perfect. It is near a lot of little beach shops and restaurants. It is also a close drive to many things as well. The atmosphere of the hotel is very open and airy. Our room in the Bay Tower was more up to date than anticipated! We had a great view of the ocean and enjoyed looking at the ocean. The only negative about the rooms were the balconies. They aren’t very private and you can hear the people staying next door to you if you’re both out on the balconies. The pools and lagoon were also great amenities. We never had any issues getting seats by pool or lagoon, but know that shaded seating by the lagoon goes fast. The lagoon is great for beginner snorklers, as it is shallow and there are little fish swimming in it(we even saw a turtle by the rocks!). Overall, I would stay here again and recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Kona!

    Apr 18, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mixed Feelings

    The good: - Great location. Easily walkable to “downtown” Kona and lots of shops and restaurants. - Good breakfast. Waking up to eggs and bacon on the oceanfront is great. - Good ocean front bar. - Our room was clean and well kept by housekeeping. The bad: - When we went to our room we noticed we received two doubles instead of a single bed. It would have been nice for the check-in staff to have asked or mentioned. When we asked if we could change, we were told single bed rooms were sold out. Admittedly there is a disclaimer that “bedding configurations aren’t guaranteed” on the website, but it’s a little odd. I imagine it would be upsetting to book for your honey moon or something and receive two small beds. - Rooms are pretty dated. We stayed in the “Bay” tower, which is not yet renovated. Nothing extreme, but the rooms are definitely showing their age. The bathroom in particular was disappointing. - Staff/service were only ok. We had a pretty curt person at check in, but maybe it was a one-off. The bar/breakfast staff seemed short staffed which made service a little slow and not as friendly.

    Apr 17, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Owners need to increase maintenance budget.

    Great location, lobby and restaurant area was nice, staff was great. Our "updated" room was dumpy and if you looked closely, it was dirty and not maintained well. Pool area was very bad, years of pool side grunge and pool tile scum was a serious eyesore. The room was on par for an old Motel 6 in small town Montana. We expected much better from a "resort". Owners need to increase the maintenance budget. That said, we had a great visit to Kona.

    Apr 17, 2024

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