$129 Avg/night
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
View map of 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Big Island), HI 96740

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
431 out of 431
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JPVC
Couples
Boston, MA
Jan 5, 2013

great reasonable choice in town

As most others have noted, it's not the newest, freshest, fanciest resort in town. However, it is VERY good reasonable place to stay. Rooms were clean and large. Ours had a little balcony and a little kitchenette. The lobby area is nice - plenty of cozy couches and chairs to settle down in while watching the sunset. There is a reasonably nice bar with some good food options. Location is great - you can walk right into the town of Kona. Parking is available for 10 dollars a day for hotel guests.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a great alcohol selection at the ABC store, a brief walk outside the hotel.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Houston, TX
Apr 25, 2010

Kona Trip April 2010

This hotel has a great location in Kona for dining and shopping, and is close (10 min drive) to the harbors that many snorkel and dive tours leave from. It does not have a real swimmable beach, but nice public beaches are only 10-15 minutes away.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Bongo Bens or Java on the Rocks has a much better Breakfast (2 min walk to the north).

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
WA
Apr 22, 2010

A good Hotel for the price

They should include parking in the package.

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Grandma Annie
Couples
Central Coast, CA
Apr 17, 2010

great Kona location

This was our 1st trip to Hawaii, and it was great! The Royal Kona Resort is in a great location, close to restaurants & shopping. Good (if somewhat pricey) restaurant on site and a nice little outdoor bar too. There were spa services & a wedding planning service which we did not use. Fun & delicious Luau on site. We think parking should be discounted better for hotel guests. Excellent ocean views from the restaurant & bar. There is a small shop that offers clothing items & some necessities on site too. Also a tour/recreation company is on site but we didn't have time to make use of their services either.

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

Couples

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The Kona Farmers Market is a must visit!! Great values on food items (especially fresh tropical fruits) gifts & souveniers, clothing. Some vendors even offer shipping!

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Oregon duo
Couples
Portland Oregon
Mar 29, 2010

Nice vacation location

We upgraded to an ocean front. It was in the older part, but the view was worth it. We walked all over Kailua. Didn't check out the ocean pool until leaving. Can snorkel there and see pretty fish. Beautiful views from bars and resturant.

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
John Baddeley
Couples
Eureka, Ca
Mar 22, 2010

Royal Kona Resort

Its a very affordable place to stay in kona. The food is good & they have a great bar

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
St Croix, USVI
Mar 19, 2010

Very Nice!

Very nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean and comfortable. Right in town and on the water what more could you ask for. The restaurant and ocean front bar were both good, I was very pleased.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hawaii Super Relaxer
Couples
Eugene, OR
Mar 3, 2010

Excellence!

The hotel was comfortable and very nice even though we stayed in one of the towers that has yet to be renovated. The hotel is perfectly situated on the beach with wonderful views of the ocean, the surrounding bay front and the sunsets. Ali'i Drive is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel and is home to great food and galleries, both providing wonderful Hawai'i atmosphere. The Big Island is very laid back and the hotel was relaxed but still very "upscale" for lack of a better word. The hotel is also centrally located on the island making it a short drive to the northern coast and about 2-3 hours from Volcanos National Park. Hilo would be similarily situated but is a much smaller port and other areas on the western coast would not be quite so central to the north and south tips. I was also very impressed by their response to the tsunami evacuation that just took place (February 2010). The evacuation itself was very well executed then, once everyone was sitting around waiting, they provided water and food at no charge to "take care of their guests". Where we were waiting at, they were the only hotel set up with supplies. Once the evacuation order was lifted, they were back to the hotel getting the power back on and dining areas open within the hour (I didn't expect to see much opening up so late in the day). Overall, I was very impressed with the hotel, the room, the location, and the staff. I definitely could not have asked for more for the price, in fact, I think the price could be a bit higher and be justified.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Excellent "local" dining, both inexpensive and upscale.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Las Vegas, NV
Mar 2, 2010

Very nice stay.

Location location location. That's what it's all about. Perfect location for all the action in Kona. Walking distance to all the tourist restaurants and hot spots. Short driving distance to Target, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other cheaper options for supplies. Nice clean rooms and great atmosphere. Would stay again. Only major drawback is having to pay $10 per night for parking even though you're a guest.

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

Couples

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

There are a few stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Ross, Safeway, etc) a couple of miles away in case you need to buy supplies or groceries. The ABC stores across the street are expensive. There are also a few fast food places in the same area if you want to save money on food.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Nagoya, Japan
Mar 1, 2010

Aged but decent

The hotel is located in the center of Kailua Bay. Most of the hotels have seen their heyday come and gone. Most of the nightlife on the island is here and you'll want to stay here if you want to mix with locals. The other resorts are a disneyland of all the stores you have at home except they are located on isolated locations around the island. The staff is very friendly and the views are fantastic. A rental car is necessary no matter what hotel you stay. The hotel is aged and had many coats of paint on many of the areas. Still the hotel is clean. The hotel bar has a normal fare of hotel food and the breakfast buffet average. You are walking distance to many places of shopping and food. You will find individually owned stores in this location. Of all the hotels in the bay area I think this one has the best views. The massage therapist is a stellar professional and knows her work. She is highly recommended.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Huggos next door is a great piano bar that is not loud and has a great staff with good music. Great if you are out of your Jager bomb shot phase of your life or just want a classy night.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Alaska
Feb 23, 2010

NIce overall

We were upgraded to a full ocean view room - very nice. But we were on the ground floor and the lanai tho spacious is easily accessible by adjoining rooms' lanais or anyone who walks along the wall. Adjoining rooms had a revolving door of one-two nighters and some were noisy. Try for the 2nd or 3rd floors for privacy and security. Great location to walk to town, outdoor market,Kona Brewery (a longer walk) etc.

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

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

You can get bus rides up and down Alii Drive for good snorkeling locally but a car is nice for all the other great things to do/see on the island.

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