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 3565 reviews
Rooms Need Updating But Clean
Our first stop in Hawaii. Great location in Kono but definitely more of a hotel than a resort. Rooms were nice. Restaurant on site, however, only breakfast that is served is a buffet. Located close to restaurants and shopping.
More of a hotel than a resort
This hotel is very centrally located. It is close to Kahalu’u Beach (which has great snorkeling but very busy with tourists) and also within walking distance to a ton of souvenir shops and beachside restaurants. It is in the heart of the historic/tourist area. The hotel was a little older than I thought based on the pictures and felt a little more like a hotel than a resort. The room was clean and we even had a decent view of the ocean and town. Parking was $15 per day and filled up early each evening which was a little stressful. They also charged a resort fee on top of parking.
geat location spotless housekeeping staff is very good
we spent our 30th wedding anniversary there and could not have been more pleased . Matt the assistant afternoon director was very helpful when my wife slipped in the salt water lagoon and sliced her thumb open with getting her prompt medical care. there was a sea turtle swimming in the lagoon the two times we were in there so a plus. had a drink or two at don the beachcomber bar pricey but good and found street parking other than the first day to avoid the 15 dollar a day parking. We had a comp for the breakfast buffet and although the food was good the wait staff was very inattentive and for 24 dollars a head I would expect a made to order egg station I would stay again as the housekeeping was the BEST I have ever seen anywhere as far as doing a good job! great location right down the hill from the hussle and bustle
This is a great hotel with the best location on the Big Island!
We had a huge room. Daily Parking was inexpensive. There was no resort fee, but the place feels like a 5 star resort. The pool was on the smaller side, but there is so much to see and do on the island that it was never busy. The hotel has a lot of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Amazing and relaxing stay
Ocean views are to die for, I went to sleep to the sound of waves - something that brought back many great childhood memories. Room was comfortable, location was prime. I would stay here again and again.