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 3605 reviews
My daughter got married here, so we decided we would stay here so we wouldn't need to worry about the hassles of traveling. BEST DECISION EVER. While this place is a little dated, it is the perfect location for first timers (like us) as well as seasoned veterans. We weren't planning on spending a lot of time indoors anyway! The views are SPECTACULAR. The food is SUPERB. The luau is AWESOME. The people are AMAZING. It's located within walking distance of shops and restaurants and a snorkel rental place is right on the premises. Kudos to the wedding planner and the resort for making my daughter's wedding everything she dreamed of. Everyone did their best to make sure our first trip to Hawaii would be PERFECT and they did. We will definitely return to this little bit of paradise and I highly recommend that you give this resort a try. Mahalo nui loa Royal Kona Resort.
A Diamond in the Rough
Stayed here with my daughter and two grandchildren, one aged 7 and the other 18 months old. The view is incredible! Oceanfront and hearing the comforting waves from our sixth floor balcony in the main tower was a great change from the first two nights in the tower under construction overlooking Huggo’s and its too loud music. I know! If the music’s too loud, you’re too old! But we did have two little kids with us so appreciated the offer to move. Getting housekeeping to understand that the little one needed to nap from noon to two was a small issue. Somehow, that’s exactly when housekeeping wanted to visit. We went about three days just handing trash cans to our housekeeper at the door and exchanging towels. Construction, as mentioned earlier, was active at nap time too. Room was large enough, balcony was a nice extra space but furnishings and decor are, as mentioned in every review I’ve read since returning last week, outdated and in desperate need of a change. This one consideration would be appreciated and probably encourage me to book next year’s family trip here again. I’ll keep watching the reviews! We had a car that I paid a weekly parking rate for and bought luau tickets. I agree that for that day, parking should be comped for guests. Visitors from other hotels were accommodated from what I heard. The pool was nice but smaller than what you’d expect at a hotel this size. A jacuzzi would be a great addition. Having the smoking area so close to the pool should be reconsidered. We left the pool twice due to the smoke. The lagoon was a great destination for our oldest child and his daily afternoon adventure while baby sister napped. She loved the sandy area of that lagoon. Happy hour offered pretty good deals (and Mai Tais). The breakfast offered a wide variety of offerings and I think the friendliest staff. We used our car (a Nissan Rogue from Hertz) for most of our daily trips but did stroller to Huggo’s and restaurants across the street on Al’li Drive several times. The ABC Store is very close and has souvenirs, milk, sunscreen, aloe vera gel and the like. We went on the Glassbottom Boat and traveled to see the City of Refuge and snorkeled just north of there, leaving our car parked at the City of Refuge to use their restrooms. I’d recommend these activities along with the hotel’s luau. Can’t wait to return to Kona. Perhaps it will be to stay at the Royal Kona again!!
Great Location, Friendly Staff
We loved the resort. Absolutely beautiful views. The only reason I can't rate at 5 star is that I had trouble finding parking (despite paying for daily parking) due to the Luau attendees on 2 consecutive days.
A Pretty Decent Experience
This resort is old was built in the 1960's. The rooms were dated and in need of an update. The Royal Kona will not disappoint on location and view. The restaurant located with the resort served wonderful meals with open air seating with a awesome and relaxing view. You really couldn't get any closer to the water if you wanted to. During happy hour you could save on food and drinks. The prices weren't extreme or to high. The breakfast buffet a little pricey but a nice selection of food. The service was great no matter where you relax at. There are several restaurants and bars real close to the resort. If you are a walker you won't be disappointed. Also Lyft drivers are fast to the property. All and all a pretty decent experience.!
Great location - dated amenities
My wife and I stayed at the Royal Kona for the first three nights of our 25th anniversary return trip to Hawaii in June 2019. It is located on a perfect stretch of real estate right on the ocean. The views from the pool deck and the restaurant were amazing, the food and drinks were delicious and reasonable, and the atmosphere were magical. Unfortunately the rooms were dated; the pool was minuscule and the fitness center was nonexistent. However, it was the perfect base to explore the island of Hawaii , especially the charming village of Kailua Kona! If I were to return to the big isle, I would definitely return to the Royal Kona. I just think 3-4 days is the perfect amount of time to spend there.