Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Values
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.


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 Smoking Policy: The Royal Kona Resort is now a 100% non-smoking hotel. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any public areas with the exception of the Lagoon Terrace, the Sunset Cove and in a designated smoking section near the pool. 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 parking fee of $15 + tax per night, per vehicle for self-parking will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. These 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 is not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Current Renovations: Description: Smoking Policy:
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

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
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.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 star tripadvisor rating Based on 3545 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great location, perfect setting, huge room, needs some updates

    You couldn't pick a better location in Kona, the views, the waves, and the resort were great. Loved Dons' bar and restaurant. The views were incredible. I could sit and watch the waves for days. Our room was on the pool side, so there was some noise from the kids playing in the pool, but the pool closed early so no biggie. The room itself was huge, lots of room, lots of storage, and a little kitchenette. When first built, I am certain the place was incredible. But years of sea air are taking a toll on the buildings exterior. Just needs some updated. Location near center of "historic Kona" was perfect. Walked to anything we needed.

    Jun 01, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    they are associated with my time share, Diamond International, this is my second trip there in two years, it is an older hotel, but pretty well maintained. just remember it is an older hotel. I do wish they had a microwave in the hotel room. I love the balcony looking over the bay. we could listen to music coming from Huggo's restaurant/bar. the pool was nice. very good location to the farmers market and water front beach and souvenir shopping.

    May 30, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice location, dingy hotel

    The exterior of the hotel is fine, but our room was sub-par. Tired looking furnishings, musty smell, damp feel. Mold in bathroom. A room like that needs a total renovation. It's just not conducive to a relaxing vacation, especially since the weather was rainy when we visited which meant spending more time in the room than we expected.

    May 29, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely old Resort. Private lagoon with sea water, sea urchins and small fish for snorkeling.

    The hotel is lovely, and the terrace is always shady. The restaurant, Don the Beachcombers, is open Thurs. thru Sunday for dinner. The bar is picturesque & has the best Fish & Chips. The help is polite and friendly. The breakfast buffet is exceptional and varied: I loved the Salmon and Bread Pudding. Dinners were also very good. Hotel staff was helpful and friendly. We watched the Fire Dancers after having dinner elsewhere. The landscape is phenomenal with ponds, fountains, flowers, a swimming pool. My only criticism is the bathroom showed its age, not squeaky clean, no grab bars or soap dishes in the shower. We enjoyed the place immensely, however.

    May 28, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Depends on what you’re looking for...

    This hotel is nice for the price range. Gorgeous views, pool, lagoon. I don’t have any extreme negatives about the experience except one thing. If you value solitude or quiet reflections by the water, this is not for you. It is a noisy hotel!! At least from the tower we stayed in. Luaus 4 times a week and the noise is loud in the rooms. Napping once, a toddler crying in the pool area woke me up. Twice had what sounded like a couple fighting in the middle of the night. However, if I had younger children I think this place would be great. Lots of kids having lots of fun. Noise might be better in other towers away from pool. I guess a plus to being by the pool would be free view of the luau. One evening, I watched the performers practice after everyone left (from my balcony). That was kind of cool. People complaining that this is a “dump” seem a little (a lot) pretentious. I’d suggest a dose of gratitude for the ability to stay at a place on the ocean. Makes me glad my parents raised me the way they did. They couldn’t have afforded to stay here. Okay, life lesson concluded. 😉

    May 28, 2019
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