Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added 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 3714 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great location, older rooms

    The location of this hotel is top notch - walking distance to the heart of Ali'i Drive and snorkel bobs. A short drive to beaches and grocery stores. The check in area/first floor are beautiful - lots of space to sit and watch the water. The rooms are very adequate and clean, they just aren't as modern as some hotels. But overall, great place to stay and great friendly service. There is a $15 charge to park overnight.

    Dec 05, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Totally and utterly felt degraded for the first time in my life while travelling

    Never ever stay at this place, this is the most passionate review i have ever done. I’m pride myself on being honest about my reviews, if its good its good and if its bad its bad, but i am so upset with the way myself and fellow guest were treated that i went straight to my trip advisor and this will probably be my fastest review to date. I arrived at this hotel on the 2nd of December and by the 3rd of December i was totally disgusted by the treatment i received and the discrimination towards my fellow guests. On the 2nd of December i met 2 American couples a french gentle man on his honeymoon an Indian gentle with his family on a time share holiday and an Hawaiian gentleman who was from a neighbouring island, all terrific people in their own right, all showed themselves to be very polite and caring people, which means a hell of a lot to me because i’m a solo traveller and it can feel hard to fit in when you travel alone, but not once did i feel lonely amongst these fellow travellers. We all became acquainted while sitting in the designated smoking area outside the hotel on the lawn (you can not smoke in your room or balcony, or outside bar or pool area, which is fair enough and hotel policy) Anyway i met these very friendly and inviting people in the smoking area. We all shared respectively where we were from and our occupations, mine being that i work with sexually and criminally exploited children, a very stressful and responsible job for my local government. On the 3rd of December one day after i met these people I bumped into them again while having a cigarette and what started off as a lovely evening ended in discrimination and a damn right lack of respect towards us as a group and in respect of the Hawaiian man, discrimination. We were seated in the smoking area around 10pm on the 3rd December when we were approached by 2 job hungry employees Ross and Reginald who rolled up on a golf cart and announced themselves as ‘Hotel security’, They proceeded to warn us that they had received a complaint from someone in one of the 3 hotel blocks that we were being noisy and laughing and we had to be quiet or they would report us to hotel management and that could lead to the police being called 😳😳. Well excuse me, i wasnt aware that i was staying at a cemetery or hospice where people were required not to have fun and to be dead quiet. I actually choose to come here from London for my birthday on the 5th December and was delighted to meet such friendly travellers who offered to drive me around and eat out with them so i wouldn’t feel alone (bless them all). Anyway after being told off on close to my 46th birthday and spoken to like i was a delinquent, we were told to smoke our cigarette and move on (basically clear off back to your rooms, your not welcome to socialise) and off the “security” went on there golf cart. How rude, i paid close to £700 pound to stay here for 4 nights, travelled all the way from London to be spoken to like an idiot (disgusted) Then 40 minutes later they returned and asked us all for our room numbers and names, buy this time there was only myself, a couple from the US and the Hawaiian man left in the smoking area (i might add that the Hawaiian man fought in the military for this country) well he was spoken to the worse out of all of us, to the point he had to start quoting his american rights and out of all of us he had spent the last 5 years coming to this morgue of a hotel, i’m sure if he had been caught by the enemy during combat he wouldn’t have faced such interrogation or discrimination. I really felt so sorry for him that i had to step in and ask these to dim wits why they were being so discriminative towards him, after all they never bothered asking me “the British traveller my room number and name” 🤔. So so sad to see a native Hawaiian of 57 and a veteran being spoken to like this absolutely disgusted. Anyway these 20 something year olds must gave really felt big about themselves after treating him like that, they also had a go at the American couple. I was so disgusted i demanded to know their names. Let me tell you something people unless you like being chastised and discriminated against like 15 year olds do not stay at this hotel, i have travelled all over the world and this is one place i will defo not return to after witnessing that, I’m disgusted, upset and slightly bewildered as to what i witness. I will never ever return to this hotel and my fellow travellers including the American couple of 49 snd 52 years old who are here using their time share will not be returning either. Disgraceful and totally un-exceptable way to be treated. Oh and they were not the slightest bit interested when they were told by the American couple that they had been approached early in the day by skateboarding drug dealer while sitting in the smoking area. It would not surprise me if the dealer were in cahoots with the security, how comes they never noticed that? I for sure will never ever stay here again. I’m really not looking forward to being stuck in this place on my birthday in a couple of days ☹️

    Dec 04, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    We had a GREAT time!

    My best friend and I went on a "girls" trip to Hawaii to celebrate our 50th birthdays. The hotel is perfectly located. Our "partial ocean view" was incredible. Our room was clean and comfortable and we had a mini-fridge. We went on multiple day trips... Volcanoes National Park, Hawi, Kohala, Black Sand Beach, and we did a Manta Ray Swim and went to the Seahorse Farm. The Manta Ray Swim is NOT to be missed! The seahorse farm was very "touristy," but we had a great time (and we got to hold a seahorse!). There are plenty of good food/drink options and shopping within walking distance of the hotel. I even bought 2 nice tops at the hotel gift shop for ~$20 each. DON'T SKIP the Lu'au! Yes, it's a little pricey, but it was an absolutely amazing show. You are able to chat with the dancers afterward, and they clearly love their home and history and have been training for most of their lives to do this. If you can, spring for the preferred seating. It's worth every penny. If you go to the lu'au, make sure you arrive early and have a mai tai! Free Thursday night local music was lovely -- we had the poke nachos and kalua pork sliders (YUM!). My complaints are really just quibbles -- there was only one dresser in the room and the bathroom didn't have a vent fan. Neither of these was a dealbreaker. If I go back to Kona, I'll be staying at the Royal Kona Resort. Aloha and Mahalo for a wonderful vacation experience, Royal Kona!

    Dec 03, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Most outstanding Mai Tai (select the “1944” with the 23 year old rum) at the perfect location in Kailua-Kona.

    Where is the blessed best place to go for a mai tai and cocktails in Kailua-Kona? Don the Beachcomber in The Royal Kona. Booked to stay there for two nights after conference had ended. We had heard of the iconic mai tai bar and felt extremely lucky to discover it was actually in our hotel. I decide to go full on tourist, despite the embarrassment of my grown-up friends, and order my piña colada *in a pineapple.* Best. Decision. Ever. The female bartender, who is absolutely top-notch, played along and decided to go a little overboard in support of my enthusiasm and added extra paper umbrellas and monkeys. It was so charming and delightful that everyone felt the need to try it, and it turned into a very enjoyable afternoon at the open air bar. Several of my friends ordered the 1944, without doubt, hands-down, the best mai tai I have ever had. It elicited a spontaneous ”wow!”from me, And I was not alone. Because it was so good we decided to try the Plantation Mai Tai and the Don’s Mai Tai. The three were ordered to be tasted along side each other by my friends: as we tasted each one, and decided one was better than the other. The 1944 has a 23-year-old room which is as smooth as… Silk. The plantation contained a delicious apricot bourbon but it was hard to beat the 1944. Don’s Mai Tai was great and prettiest, but didn’t have the same core-kick as a 1944. If you are brave enough to try to get there during happy hour, especially on a night when they have a live musician, be savvy enough to go early, and by early I mean at least an hour early. We arrived in the place was so packed we joined a couple of people who were sitting on the ledges of the water wall. Because it was sunset, there was an extraordinary view, seen below. Happy hour prices were excellent, the service was busy but understandably so. The hotel service was very comfortable, excellent air conditioning, as well as screens to keep out the light so you can sleep in in the morning. The location was perfect in very close proximity to several good eating and drinking venues as well as other places he might want to get to. Great Kona coffee in the rooms. The workout room is a little bit small, actually very small. But when in Hawaii, most of the working out is happening outside — Swimming in the waves are running in the sun. Being from the PNW we wanted all the vitamin D we could get. Looking forward to our return visit!

    Nov 30, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great hotel

    We stayed here for 1 week and got a triple upgrade to a corner suite w ocean view, which was absolutely amazing! The hotel is a bit dated, but still very nice and with a great location - renovation is ongoing so you might be lucky and get a “new” room. WiFi is extra and a bit pricy - other hotels offers free WiFi for their guests. There is a very small pool, but next to the lagoon tower they have a small lagoon and beach which is FANTASTIC - lots of fish and even turtles. We spent many hours on the small beach! The Main Street filled with restaurants and shops is only a few minutes walking away. Thank you for a great stay we would like to come back!

    Nov 28, 2019

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