$129 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 28, 2014 Check-out: Oct 29, 2014

Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Big Island), HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
434 reviews
Great get away

Quick check in Nice rooms in the lagoon tower Located on the bay on the edge of down town. Bar menu... See full review

  • GeoJo
  • Mar 13, 2014
Honeymoon/Vacation

Every person and every thing about the Royal Kona Hotel was perfect. From the room, to the... See full review

  • BobPullen
  • Jan 21, 2014

KONA'S BEST LOCATION - With a dramatic oceanfront setting overlooking picturesque Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort offers great value and is conveniently located within walking distance to the village of Kailua-Kona with its many fine restaurants, shops, historical sites, and activities.

Ideally situated on 12 acres of tropical gardens on a lava promontory, the Royal Kona Resort is surrounded on three sides by the crystal clear waters of the blue Pacific. The resort is comprised of three guestroom towers, and all guestrooms in the Alii and Lagoon Towers were completely remodeled in 2006, offering guests a fresh, new, contemporary decor. The resort's Bay Tower offers travelers a choice of comfortable, value-priced guestrooms which were refurbished in 2001. Each of the resort's spacious guestrooms feature large outdoor lanai's on which guests can enjoy the tranquility, and take pleasure in beautiful mountain vistas or gaze out across the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

A relaxing open-air lobby and surrounding tropical salt-water fishpond lead out to an expansive oceanfront sundeck and split-level freshwater swimming pool which is impressively perched on a lava flow directly above the ocean. The resort also features a private sandy beach cove and sheltered salt-water swimming lagoon which is perfect for snorkeling.

Other resort amenities include four Tennis Courts available for day or evening play, rejuvenating massage and spa treatments at the resort's Lotus Center, complete hair, nail and skin care salon services, and great on-property shopping. Island specialists are available at the resort's Activity Desk to assist guests in booking tours and to recommend other island attractions, and specialists are also available on-property to assist couples with destination weddings and vow renewal ceremonies.

Kona's very best dining experience is showcased in a truly world-class ocean-side setting at the Royal Kona Resort's award-winning Don The Beachcomber restaurant. And guests will find live entertainment, light meals and a variety of tropical beverages, including the Original Mai Tai, at Don's Mai Tai Bar. With its open-air setting, right on the water's edge, Don's is the perfect spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of all of the activity taking place on Kailua Bay, and a great place to catch a breathtaking Kona sunset. Several nights a week, the resort also presents Kona's only oceanfront Luau, the "Lava Legends and Legacies Polynesian Luau", amidst a lovely oceanfront Coconut Grove.

For a great location in the heart of Kailua-Kona, gracious Hawaiian hospitality and service, and the Big Islands best value, the Royal Kona Resort is an excellent choice.

Royal Kona Resort is a 100% non-smoking hotel

Hotel Map

19.6323 -155.9891
Area served
Kailua-Kona-Big Island of Hawaii, HI
Nearby airports
Kona International Airport-LOA
Area description
Unique and dramatic setting located overlooking beautiful Kailua Bay. Walking distance to historic Kailua-Kona town's shopping and attractions. Approximately 15 minutes south of Kona International Airport.

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Royal Kona Resort Rooms

Alii Tower / Lagoon Tower Rooms
All guestrooms in the Alii and Lagoon Towers were completely remodeled in 2006, offering guests a fresh, new, contemporary decor. All guestrooms feature large open-air lanai and mini-refrigerators. Available room categories include: Alii / Lagoon Tower Garden/Mountain View, Partial Ocean View, Ocean View and Oceanfront.
Bay Tower Rooms
Offers travelers a choice of comfortable, value-priced guestrooms which were refurbished in 2001. All guestrooms feature large open-air lanai and mini-refrigerators. Available room categories include: Bay Tower Standard, Partial Ocean View, Ocean View and Oceanfront.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Dining

Don the Beachcomber
Set oceanfront with sunsets and a tropical atmosphere, the Hotel presents Don the Beachcomber, a specialty-themed restaurant serving Pacific Fusion cuisine. This Restaurant is the newest addition to the Royal Kona Resort serving breakfast and dinner daily.
Don's Mai Tai Bar
Curving around the water's edge, features Hawaiian specialty drinks including the Original Mai Tai! In addition to the complete cocktail service in Kona's most spectacular location overlooking Kailua Bay, guests can enjoy lunch or appetizers (pupus) while watching dolphins, sea turtles and whales (seasonal) frolic in the ocean. This is the ideal spot for watching a Hawaiian sunset. Big screen television, dancing and entertainment scheduled throughout the week.
Lava Legends & Legacies Polynesian Luau
Featuring Kona's only oceanfront Luau, guests can enjoy an open bar and a feast of traditional Luau favorites. Watch as the evening begins with an authentic Imu ceremony and continues with a lively performance of song and dance that is common throughout the Pacific Islands. The evening of entertainment concludes with an incredible fire knife demonstration by the award winning Tihati Productions!

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Hotel provides over 25,000 square feet of function space that is ideal for small intimate gatherings or meeting to theatrical Theme Parties for up to 500 guests! Audio visual equipment is available to rent in addition to WIFI services.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (434)

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
434 out of 434
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.6
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
penndemar
Business
grand rapids mi
May 7, 2012

Meh.

I don't know why they bother to ask if you want 2 beds or one.....they never have the info in the computer, andI had to go back and get the correct room after already going up to my 1st room. The clerk was very nice about it all, but, he did say that the info was not in the computer???? The location was great for dining and drinking in town with many choices. The bar and patio was nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

most places close early on this island. We had many fewer choices after 10pm.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kanoe
Business
Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Apr 18, 2012

Great weekend

Wonderful location, beautiful pool,close to town. Would visit again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Huggo's on the beach. Live music,dancing under the palm trees, beautiful Kona sunset.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Indigosummer
Business
Sacramento, CA
Apr 17, 2012

Unsatisfied exprience at Royal Kona Resort Hotel

I've booked this hotel 4 months in advance. I was placed in the room in the tower that faces the stage and the luau concerts are held every other day from 5pm till 8pm on this stage. The sounds of drums and music from the loud speakers was unbearable, it's impossible to have any rest even with all windows and balcony doors closed. I requested to change the room and had passive agressive attitude from the staff at the front desk. Finally, after insisting on changing the room, I was relocated to the room above the commercial air conditioner of their downstairs restaurant. Isn't it 'good care about their clients'? There were cockroaches in the room, the floor of the kitchenette and bathroom was dirty with the brown stains. There is no beach at this hotel, only tiny lagoon with the ice cold water as the hotel building actually blocks sun in the mornings. Please save your money and nerves, do not spoil your vacation, book some other hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Rent a car, drive to the Hapuna beach or better book the nearby hotel at this beach. It's only 25 minutes drive to the north from Kona airport but the beach and the ocean are gorgeous.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
kona tom
Business
Pleasanton, CA, USA
Mar 12, 2012

Needs to remodel

Had a 13 inch analog tv and the remote did not work. Doors were slamming too noisy. This was an upgrade? Will probably stay at the King K hotel next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
theschwartz
Business
Chicago, IL, USA
Mar 10, 2012

first stop of multi stop trip

Stayed for one night and it hd everything that we needed. Perfect view of the ocean. Many places to eat and shop.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Perfect location to shops and dining

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hal W.
Business
Honolulu, HI
Mar 8, 2012

Outdated rooms, Sub-par service, First Rate Location

My room hadn't been updated since this place was built in the 1970's. Inconveniently placed power-outlets, old light switches, stains on the carpet... it works, but if you are a picky hotel guest- you may want to check elsewhere.. On the other hand, if you don't really care about little details like that, and just want a nice comfortable bed in a beautiful location, for a really good price this facility will fit the bill. (the bed was very comfortable btw) Was here on business, so didn't explore beach/pool (do they have a pool?) but otherwise it fits the bill for business travel to Kona. As an aside, the chief complaint I had was the lack of Bell Service/Valet. You have to unload curbside yourself, then go park your car in a rickety old parking lot a bit of a walk from the entrance. They also give you a parking pass to display on your dash on check-in so if you are going to park, you are supposed to walk all the way back to your car to display that... I ignored those instructions and my car was still there in the morning. $10/day for parking- don't show the gatekeeper your computer stamped ticket when you go to leave, show them the handwritten one they give you when you check in to avoid paying double for parking as other guests have alluded to in these reviews. At $100/a night in paradise, I'm willing to overlook this minor inconveniences though- I think most rooms have ocean view, and you just can't beat the location. One other high point- the lobby bar- EXCELLENT service from the bar tenders there, and the setting is simply magical- Quesadilla is really good too with a Kona Brewery Longboard draft. Recommended!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Lobby bar is a great place to get your drink on and enjoy a great sunset. Always a pleasant breeze flowing through.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Swiss Couple
Business
Schweiz
Feb 24, 2012

What we expected

Everything a bit old, but the rooms are big and clean. You have to pay additional for parking! We had a very good stay at this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tlightle
Business
Butte, CA, USA
Feb 6, 2012

Great location great service

The staff was wonderful and helpful. Loved the breakfast included package. Great location central to shopping, eating and recreation. Bar has a fabulous view. Highly recommended

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

Purchase the prepaid breakfast Buffett.

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sebastiano
Business
Maui, Hawaii, USA
Jan 31, 2012

Weekend Get-Away

Hotel nicely located, registration staff very friendly, room was comfortable. Only housekeeping item was one of the elevators floor carpet was severely stained. Could use a cleaning. Aloha

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Farmers market just down the Alii Drive from the hotel was a wonderful place to shop and to support local business people.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
supercooper
Business
Germany
Jan 10, 2012

Don't be surprised!

Parking 10$ a day! Internet 10$ a day! Check your bill, even if you didn't use an internet!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

LAVA JAVA! Excellent food, free internet

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