Hotel overview

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. After a multi-million dollar renovation, guests enjoy upgraded guestrooms in the Ali'i and Lagoon Towers, a private saltwater swimming lagoon, oceanfront pool, tennis courts and spa. The resort also offers meeting facilities, wedding services and Kona's best 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 Don's Mai Tai Bar.


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 A minimum parking fee of $18 + 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.
Advisory The Royal Kona Resort is now a 100% non-smoking hotel. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any public areas. There are three designated smoking areas throughout the resort, please contact resort staff for further information. 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.

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

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

3.5 3864 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Stayed March 2019

    Rooms not great as many have mentioned, the beds were horrible. I really enjoyed the view from the room and the dolphins you can see right out front. This was truly magical. Many reasturants within walking distance. Resort staff were friendly. The pool was nice just wish it was bigger.

    May 31, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The crashing waves made it memorable

    We stayed 3 nights in the Royal Kona Resort. We were first assigned to an upper floor room in the main building, but my girlfriend wanted to be down on the first floor. So they moved us to room 378 in the Bay Tower (which is the one closest to town). The room had a king bed, TV., A/C, 2 end tables and lamps, 2 inside chairs a tall bureau, a phone, (a high) electronic safe, small fridge, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, and a wet bar. The bathroom had a tub and shower. The lanai was huge, with 2 chairs, 2 loungers, and a table. But it had low walls, with the neighbors, so not as much privacy as desired. The window "blinds" were sliding wood blinds. Our room was a hike from the bar and pool area. And you had to go directly through a restaurant along the way. We were surprised that there was only one pool for such a large hotel. Since my girlfriend doesn't walk too well, this was an inconvenience, but being close to other restaurants in town made up for it. We used the laundry in the Lagoon Tower. While there, I checked out the lagoon, but it was closed - don't know why. As others have mentioned, there are only 7 handicap parking spaces in front of the hotel. But they are free, if you can get one. We enjoyed eating at Huggos On The Rocks restaurant, and watching the huge waves crash, over by our room. We were sure the patio would be wet when we returned, but it wasn't. Nice, but didn't seem like a resort that provided for all guests (especially those in the Bay Tower), so unlikely to return.

    Apr 02, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great service

    The staff was so welcoming and kind. We loved the location and the architecture of the building. The food and drinks were very good. The grounds were beautiful and everything was clean. My only complaint are the rooms. While they are clean with a comfortable bed, they really really need to be updated.

    Mar 29, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Everything is nice

    I stayed at the Royal Kona for two weeks at the end of February and enjoyed myself thoroughly. The rooms were clean, the air-conditioning and the wi-fi operated effectively, and the staff was hospitable. The food is good, though a bit high end.The RC is near restaurants and shops on Alii Drive. Renovations are proceeding, and that is sometimes noisy, but only during the day. I like the hotel.

    Mar 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful from beginning to end!

    This resort has the best ocean views, I could sit anywhere on the resort and see the large ocean waves wash up on the lava rocks, which sets the sage for a grand pacific sunset. They have a lagoon full of beautiful marine life, we got to swim with a small turtle. The staff is very nice and welcoming. The rooms are okay... in need of updating BUT, the grounds and the views make up for it (our room was only for sleeping and showering) because you don’t want to stay inside!! When you go to Don the Beachcomber, the resort bar and restaurant ask for Mike! He makes the best Mai Tai’s. My only disappointment was that the luau was cancelled due to covid-19 restrictions 😔 but we will definitely return!

    Mar 25, 2020