$148 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 9, 2015 Check-out: Jan 12, 2015

Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Big Island), HI 96740
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
439 reviews
Hard to beat the location, price and amenities!

Can't think of a single complaint. Right at the southern end of Kona with everything in walking... See full review

  • JReagan
  • Dec 5, 2014
Old faithful

RKH is a grand dame hotel. Maybe a little long in the tooth but fundamentally classy bones and... See full review

  • Bibble
  • Dec 1, 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 pool will be closed from 23 September to 30 September. During this period, the private saltwater lagoon will remain available. Guests can also use the pool facilities 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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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
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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 (439)

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
439 out of 439
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Jul 26, 2011

"Aloha Spirit Still remains"

From the front desk to the Grounds people and parking gate, very warm with Aloha. you can't find these unique people in many places.The rooms are large and spacious. we stayed in the main building which did not have a nice ocean view. The rooms desperately need a Renovation! old looking furniture, beds are not comfortable. Housekeeping knocked on our door even with the Privacy Card displayed just to ask what time we would be checking out, even after front desk appoved our 2pm checkout the day before. overall, it was OK. hopefully the owners put some capital into this property soon. I would only then, love to return yearly. Its very convenient to the town area.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Moscow
Jan 5, 2009

Not worth the money

The room was small and the bathroom was tiny. The room had an odd odor and had hideous yellow walls. The t.v. was very small, the number of channels few, and the reception poor. No complimentary wireless internet. No fitness center. Hotel generally shabby. Considering how much we paid in comparison to a cheaper, much nicer condo in Maui, this place was extremely disappointing. There is also very little in the way of affordable restaurants nearby nor is there much to do in Kona. Also, they charge you $10 a day for parking.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 2, 2007

Location, Location, Location - nothing else

The sound of the crashing waves and the spectacular view of the beach from the hotel was awesome. Nothing else was. The room was antiquated. The towels had holes, were frayed, and small. The bathroom ceiling had mold on it. The room smelled musty. But the view from the balcony was great!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There were several good restaurants within walking distance.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
CAMERON PARK, CA
Mar 12, 2009

good location for the price.

IN ALL FAIRNESS I WOULD GO BACK THE CHECK IN WAS NOT GOOD TRIED TO UP GRADE CLERK NOT HELPFUL. AND SHORT . I WOULD GET A PARTIAL OR FULL OCEAN VIEW NEXT TIME. MUCH BETTER TO LOOK AT THE OCEAN THAN THE PARKING LOT, CARS GOING BY PEOPLE WALKING BY A LITTLE NOISEY.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
plus10
Business
Carlsbad, CA
Jul 1, 2009

Where to stay next time?

Drab rooms (brown on brown on brown, hey, it's Hawaii, where are the colors?) Suspected maid just wiped off the glasses as two of the days there we noticed lip marks on them. Restaurant good with 20% discounts for guests.

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

Business

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

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
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Nov 19, 2008

The hotel is in a good ...

The hotel is in a good locations and ok in other respects.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Kava bar & great sushi all within walking distance.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Diver Dan
Business
Vista, Ca
Dec 10, 2009

Needs rehab & Mai Tai bar a rip off

Great location for walking to downtown, bike riding, free diving and swimming. Staff didn't do a thing about the dirty carpet. Advised them of the condition first morning there. Hotel bar is a rip off. Expensive drinks little alcohol content. Outrigger Resort much better location and experience.

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

Business

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Surferboy
Business
Great Falls, VA
May 7, 2010

left

Too noisy asked for my money back after one night

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

Business

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Honolulu
Oct 24, 2010

Overpriced and tacky

The hotel is not bad, but, like so many in Hawai'i, has seen better days. Internet is not free. Breakfast is reasonably priced.

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

Business

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