$148 Avg/night
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Big Island), HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
449 reviews
Nice place to stay

While the hotel does need some updating the overall experience was amazing. The room had a great... See full review

  • Kathy E.
  • Jan 12, 2015
Awesome family trip

This hotel was close to everything and has its own private beach the kids loved it. See full review

  • chaquina p.
  • Dec 21, 2014
Oceanfront Kailua resort features Don the Beachcomber mai tai heaven
Perched on a lava-rock promontory on the edge of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is a landmark hotel with renovated rooms and stellar ocean views. On site, guests find the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don's Mai Tai Bar. A tri-star shaped hotel built around an open-air lobby and surrounded by a tropical saltwater fishpond, the atmosphere captures the Big Island spirit without forgoing all the niceties of resort living. A sandy beach ledge, sheltered swimming lagoon and split-level swimming pool add to the romance.

 

Highlights
  • Split-level swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Legendary Don the Beachcomber restaurant and mai tai bar
  • Saltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beach
  • Evening luau and Polynesian revue
Location
The oceanfront Royal Kona Resort is perched on a dramatic lava-rock bluff in Kailua-Kona town, just minutes from restaurants and shops. The Kona region is a favorite Big Island destination for its sunshine, snorkeling, coffee and macadamia nut farms, big-game fishing and local-style charm.
Rooms
The tri-star shaped Royal Kona Resort has recently refurbished and remodeled its accommodations, resulting in a fresh, Island-contemporary atmosphere. Each alii, bay and lagoon tower guest room features a beautiful garden, mountain or ocean view, private balcony, air conditioning, TV, mini-refrigerator and high-speed wireless Internet access at the Royal Kona Resort (fees may apply).
Dining
The Royal Kona Resort is home to the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don’s Mai Tai Bar, where, of course, a mai tai is a must. Several nights a week, the Royal Kona Resort also presents an oceanfront luau and Polynesian revue. Restaurants are plentiful throughout Kailua-Kona.
Recreation
Enjoy the Royal Kona Resort's split-level swimming pool, saltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beach, tennis courts (fees apply), fitness center and full-service spa (fees apply).

 

Transportation
  • Kona International Airport (9.4 mi/15 km)

 

Attractions
  • Hulihee Palace (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Downtown Kailua-Kona (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • Kahaluu Beach Park (“Snorkel Beach”) (4.1 mi/6.6 km)
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (4.4 mi/7 km)
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (19.2 mi/30.9 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Captain Cook) (92.8 mi/149 km)
Policies and fees
  • The freshwater pool will be closed for repairs from 1 - 7 April 2015. During this period, the saltwater lagoon will be available for use. Arrangements have been made for guests to enjoy access to the freshwater pool area at neighboring Kona Reef.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Reviewer score 3.5 out of 5

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.

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Guest Reviews (449)

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
449 out of 449
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
n.a.
Business
Seoul, Korea
Sep 5, 2010

what a wonderful place!

The views we enjoyed at the hotel was really unforgettable. We could also enjoy the busy and pleasant atmosphere in the town. Except the hotel being a little old, we had impressive and refreshing time staying in the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Enjoy the sunset dining at the bar. Fantastic!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
NYC , ny
Aug 21, 2010

Relaxing stay

Loved the room, the staff and location. Breath taking views and amazing bar and grill in lobby. Breakfast was a little pricey and pool could have been bigger with a little more privacy

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Manu
Business
Switzerland
Aug 19, 2010

Perfect

just a perfect place to stay

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Utah
Aug 16, 2010

Over priced stay

One of the things that they could have had would have been a hot tub. Yes it was Hawi'i and hot but sometimes it is nice to just soak in a hottub at night and relax your muscles. It would have been nice to not have to listen to music blaring and rattling the windows and glass table in our room until 11:00pm from a pre-concert thing they were having.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Long walk from hotel

rent a moped, they are alot easier to find parking for than a car so you won't have to walk everywhere.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
WA couple
Business
Tacoma, WA
Aug 13, 2010

A good stay

We arrived early, but the staff had a room for us. The room was in the Lagoon Tower, very spacious and had an ocean view from the lanai. The room was very clean, and housekeeping was quick and thorough every day of our stay. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was the service at the hotel lounge. We went down to the lounge to view the sunset twice (a fantastic sunset viewing location) and were extremely disappointed with the service. In a word, SLOW! Had one drink and an appetizer, and it took 2 hours from the time we sat down until we received our check. The second time, we never received a check, even after we complained to the bartender and all the waitstaff we could find. This is a good hotel, a little older, but the rooms are spacious and clean, housekeeping is great, and the staff is friendly. Just don't order from the lounge unless you have a few hours to burn.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Parasailing with UFO is about a 10 minute walk from Royal Kona. They run a friendly and professional service. It's a bit spendy, but my wife and I both felt it was well worth the money. Takes about an hour from check-in to return. A fantastic experience.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Dallas, Texas
Aug 10, 2010

A great, relaxing stay...

This was a great trip for two single girls. Royal Kona Resort was great and accomodating. The pool was small and didn't have a whirlpool spa, but if you went during the later part of the day there were not too many people. The staff was very friendly. The on-site restaurant was too expensive, but the location was great and were able to walk up and down the street and had many places to dine. The trolley was great to get to beach accesses and more shopping. The views were awesome. The Lotus Spa was awesome...try the Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage, it is the best!! Drink specials and great music at LuLus. It was very relaxing. The rooms were spacious, and if you go there expecting too much you will be disappointed....rooms looked old and rusty. Great ocean views made it worthwhile.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Huggos or Lulus were the best!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Raleigh, NC
Aug 8, 2010

Great vacation destination

The Royal Kona Resort was a great place to spend a week. The location is perfect - almost everything in Kona is within walking distance and the view of Kailua Bay is amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful and the resort was quiet and relaxing. I had an ocean view room on the 4th floor the Lagoon tower, and spent the first couple of hours each day taking in the view from the balcony. On more than one morning I saw dolphins frolicking in the bay! The food, drinks, and view at the resort's restaurant were great, but be sure to take advantage of all of the other great restaurants within walking distance - there are too many to name! You won't be sorry if you spend your time on the Big Island at the Royal Kona.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Check out Lava Java, just a short walk up Ali'i Drive. The food is delicious (breakfast or lunch/dinner), the staff is friendly, and the view of the water is great.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Nikiski, AK
Aug 4, 2010

Love the Location

You can tell that the Royal Kona is a bit older, but the staff is very nice and the rooms are clean, just a bit worn. We loved the location as it is right on the beach and you can walk to all the restaurants and shops.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Never eat at the same place twice!

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
William (there for beach wedding nearby)
Business
St. Louis
Jul 29, 2010

Old Classic With Best Location

Front Desk and Lynn's Sundry people were charming and helpful. I did a lot, repeat, a lot of shopping. You are ideally located near the charming old town and the "farmer's" market (where they have all kinds of goods in addition to poduce). No auto needed for that. Java On the Rocks (and Huggo's [same building, different time] for breakfast and LuLu's late at night are just a stone's throw away. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at hotel are good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

24 Hour Safeway up the hill off of Henry St. was really handy to have for snacks and various sundries late at night or early in the morning, particularly when you have not yet adjusted to the time differences caused by the travel.

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Hilton, NY
Jul 26, 2010

Good family place

The hotel was in a good location in town close for shopping and restaurants. Our family especially enjoyed the hotel lagoon which was great for snorkeling and swimming. It also had a nice salt water pool. We enjoyed the luau at the hotel. The food and entertainment were great. We had 2 standard room and our rooms were not in a great location. We were on the second floor above restaurant air conditioners and where the laundry was delivered at about 5:00 AM so it was noisy. The rooms had older carpet and furnishings but were clean. The staff was helpful and pleasant. We were not in the rooms that much as we traveled around for sight seeing. I believe the snorkeling in the hotel lagoon was a highlight of the trip. If you take a standard room check the location of the room before you move in. There are many nice locations even if they don't look directly on the ocean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are a lot of restaurants and shopping places very near the hotel. There is a nice market for fruit and clothing and crafts just a short walk from the hotel. Try the hotel luau we thought it was great.

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