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 Rating3694 reviews
Awesome experience and wonderful and friendly staff.
Our experience at the hotel was nothing short of wonderful. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. As soon as we came we were greeted warmly. We also had help with our bags to our rooms. The staff were so welcoming, and polite. Parking was convenient. The view was very intriguing. The room was clean and cool. We also had the opportunity to take a tour around the hotel, and check out the ponds and the ocean. We had a great time.
Almost 5 stars!
Pros: 1) lovely resort right on the ocean 2) staff is very friendly and helpful 3) beds were comfortable 4) food in restaurant and bar/grill was very good, if a bit pricey 5) sitting on balcony with ocean waves coming in right below and view of the ocean was fabulous. 6) A/C worked beautifully! (Some resorts don’t even have a/c, and the humidity makes a/c a MUST! 7) Easy stroll to several restaurants. Cons: 1) no microwave in room 2) Tub in room 474 was very slow draining Neither pro nor con: 1) currently being worked on. Construction can be a noise issue during the day. However, we’re glad to see them updating this 1960s resort. We’ll be back!
Hawaii is Breathtaking
Resort location is excellent, View is right on the ocean and absolutely beautiful!!! Very convenient to most restaurants and local attractions Corner balcony view is wonderful, Service is very good, Maid Service is good, Rooms need upgrading... old and outdated Luau is not worth it!! Over priced, Poor quality food, Entertainment needs improvement
Awesome experience! Clean rooms! Accommodating staff! Beautiful views! Very relaxing! Can't wait for the next time we come back. My daughter and I loved it so much we wanted to stay longer. In fact my daughter is compilating going to College in Hawaii. We truly felt like we were in Heaven each day because of the views from the sunsets at night to the ocean sounds we woke up to in the mornings. Because of this stay we now have planned to take a vacation like this every year to a new location to get away from home. I've learned the importance of enjoying everything life has to offer outside of our own city. Thank you to all the staff at The Royal Kona Resort.
We have visited the Big Island six times and every single time we have stayed at the Royal Kona Resort. The grounds are lovely and the rooms are larger than most hotels. Everything is “old Hawaii” and their staff goes above and beyond. I would like to recognize Ann at the front desk who really made our vacation a wonderful experience by placing us in our favorite building and making sure our daughter was only a couple of rooms away. Our views were spectacular, the pool was perfect, and the mai tais were the best at Don the Beachcomber. And a big shout out to their gift shop that always carries quality merchandise. I bought two kimono style robes this time because they are my favorites!