Royal Kona Resort

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

Hotel Overview

3.8/5

Overall score

87%

Would recommend

Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.7
Value:
4
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.

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

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.

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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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 (454)

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
454 out of 454
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
Islands Girls
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5, 2009

Great Stay and Reasonably Priced

Rooms were clean & comfortable. They accomodated our stay to 2 beds as requested and ocean view. They were even able to check us in early. We're from the islands and we expected more "ALOHA" from the staff and not a feeling that it's just a job. This was our 1st time at this hotel and we will return again and maybe we will feel more welcomed the next time. And we do return quite frequently. Great location and in walking distance to a lot of eating & shopping places.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go horseback riding in Kamuela (Waimea) side of the island. Had a GREAT time and the "Da Hana Ranch" was wonderful.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Hawaii 5-0
Business
Dayton, Ohio
Aug 5, 2009

Good Price

Overall it was average for a hotel. 3 out of 5 stars. The staff was excellent. The bedding can improve but was acceptable for sleeping.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Steve Cali
Business
Orange county, CA
Aug 1, 2009

oceanview and conveniently located

We also grealy enjoyed the entertainments

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

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Bend, OR
Jul 30, 2009

Great location

Loved the little lanai to drink coffee on in the morning and watch the sunset from at night. The staff was helpful and friendly. Nice room and comfortable bed. The pool is not elaborate but nice and clean, and close enough to the ocean to look out at the waves from your pool-side chair. On-site restaurant and bar are expensive, but the hotel is walking distance to good shopping and restaurants on Ali'i Drive. Had a good time at the Luau. We liked this place.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
huyek
Business
minneapolis. mn
Jul 29, 2009

cool place

hotel is fine... kinda old thou.. location is great, stuff too...

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Texan-on-the-Bayou
Business
Marrero, LA
Jul 22, 2009

Royal Kona Resort was very good!

Check-in was smooth. They charge for parking but there was plenty of room. This hotel is centrally located for shopping and recreation. Near-by beaches were small, crowded, and rocky but we saw turtles every day. The harbor is close so surfing and fishing are easy to get to. Good restaurants within walking distance. Hotel restaurant overpriced. Friendly, efficient staff. They have a touristy Luau that was loud and close to the hotel, but ended by around 10:30. Great view of the the ocean! Surf pounding below our windows all night. We would definitely go back.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Both Bongo Bens and U Top It are close and affordable for meals. Both had good selection and good quality.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Mesa, AZ
Jul 20, 2009

Not that great!

The luaus at night were so loud that we had to turn our TV up to a ridiculous level just to hear it. The bathroom was so small that you had to know how to play the game of twister just to shut the door. Also, the shower was painful. It was an old showerhead that spit out the water in tiny pricks. Ouch! The outside looks very glamourous but deceiving since the room wasn't that great. You would think a hotel this size would have a jacuzzi but it didn't. Very surprising.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bummed to be home
Business
Eugene Oregon
Jul 20, 2009

Great Location

Great location and plenty of food options within walking distance. Our favorite was LA CALA Mexican food just a couple blocks away on Ali'i Drive(try the house margerita). The hotel staff were friendly but the room was not as clean as it should have been (being 6'4" I can see places that had not been dusted/wiped in years maybe). The room was in some disrepair (damaged/hole in bathroom door not patched very well, missing baseboard trim, sliding balcony doors rough to open, tacky restoration in bathroom). We stayed in the Ali'i tower that was supposed to have been updated maybe they just missed our room? Minor stuff to some maybe but overall the room could have used a good spring cleaning. If we go back to Kona I think we would stay here again, as the other options off Ali'i Dr. did not look much better from the outside. Staying on Ali'i Dr. cut out having to find parking in the area which can be hard to find when busy. The hotel had a nice little lagoon to hang at however we did not use the lagoon as we were busy snorkeling other areas. Snorkel Bobs rents and sells snorkel/beach gear and is less than a block away from the hotel.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

LA CALA Mexican food (better than any in Eugene, OR). We ate here many times and tried several different items. They were all good and they had very friendly staff. Also, Lava Java has great breakfast (if you sit outside do not leave your food unattended as the birds will swoop in and nibble at it). Stay away from the hotel buffet it was bad.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Rob Island Hopper
Business
Honolulu, HI
Jul 18, 2009

A little updating needed

The hotel has an amazing view of the bay and you can fall asleep to waves crashing against the shore, that is, if you can hear them over neighboring rooms slamming doors. The rooms need updated and are also in need of disrepair having some cracks in the walls and ceilings. There was also a smell that lingered in the room.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mardi Gras Vacationers
Business
Baton Rouge, LA
Jul 15, 2009

Great Location for the Price

The hotel was clean and non smoking like all of Hawaii now. The room was big and most of the rooms are ocean front. The pool was a bit small, but they made up for it with a lagoon to swim in and a beach. The location was great and we could walk to tons of breakfast, lunch and dinner locations as well as local shopping places. On the bad side the Luau that we went to at the Hotel was overcrowded with one bartender. The show was good but not worth having to deal with always standing in line for drinks and waiting for food forever.

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

Business

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