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 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 5409 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    LOUD/Not Relaxing/Cute

    Such a cute place with nice people. Very LOUD. Not relaxing. I wanted to stay here since our last trip. There is LOUD DRILLING at the pool. Also LOUD MUSIC at night and LOUD garbage cans and buses starting at 6 am!! Our room is really cute. They gave us a corner but it's over the garbage cans. (Room 436 don't do it!). No doubles so they gave us a bed but there is no room for it so we take turns sleeping on the loveseat. The poke bowls are excellent and I would highly recommend if you want to eat here that's enough of a visit. Stay somewhere a bit away. It's not a place to chill. I'm from California but it would inky let me say Ireland.

    Jul 17, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Amazing place! They treat you right too. I can’t wait to come back and visit again. I’m from Oahu and my boyfriend and I stayed for a weekend. It was the best. The views and the free drinks and the yummy food made it for us. Love the rooms too. We will be back.

    Jul 15, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Close to everything, not for hanging out or socializing.

    Pros: The resort is close to the heart of Kailua Kona. The beach and everything else is only a walk or a short drive away. The lagoon on the side is a great place to swim in private. The rooms are older but the ocean view rooms give a great glimpse of the ocean and possible sunset. Staff was friendly and kind. Cons: There is no outdoor common space. The pool is closed at sunset. The lagoon even sooner. With the exception of a few lounge benches, there is lilttle outdoor space to just hang out and talk with friends. They have security guards who will usher you if you are standing around too long. The Luau was okay. The bar/food area closes early. If you are looking to mingle and hang out with friends, this is not the place. If you want to swim or hang out a little bit longer at the pool, this not the place. If you just want to be close to everything, this is it. This is disappointing since they do charge a resort fee but there is very little resort amenities to make it worth it.

    Jul 14, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful mini staycation!

    Check in was a breeze! We were upgraded to an ocean view room with a lanai to watch the fantastic sunsets each night. We loved the dining area overlooking the ocean. Meals were all top notch and portion sizes are large so we were able to share. Hotel is located right in the heart of Kailua-Kona so shops, restaurants, nightlife, farmers market and even a beach are a short walk away. Tip: ask at desk for monthly event calendar. Thursday nights, there are concerts in the lobby area and performers are renowned Hawai’i musicians and recording artists!

    Jul 12, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Living the dreams!!

    Super views, impeccable service, friendly staff and reasonable pricing. Couldn’t ask for anything more!! I think service is best I have experienced in USA. If I happen to visit again, I know where to stay. Being in historic city center adds to the experience

    Jul 08, 2024

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