Set oceanfront overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of Kona town, the Royal Kona Resort is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, historical sites and activities. After a multi-million dollar renovation, guests enjoy upgraded guestrooms in the Ali'i and Lagoon Towers, a private saltwater swimming lagoon, oceanfront pool, tennis courts and spa. The resort also offers meeting facilities, wedding services and Kona's best oceanfront luau. Dine at the water's edge at Don the Beachcomber signature restaurant or try one of the many unique Mai Tai creations at Don's Mai Tai Bar.


Kona, HI, USA - Keahole (KOA) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1968
Last Renovation: 2006
Accessible rooms: 4
Floors: 7
Total rooms: 436


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Royal Kona Resort is now a 100% non-smoking hotel. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any public areas. There are three designated smoking areas throughout the resort, please contact resort staff for further information. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged to those who violate this policy. The fee will be assessed by the hotel and charged to the guest's folio. Cleaning fee is subject to change without notice.
Advisory A minimum self parking fee of $25 (plus tax) per room, per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. Parking fees are subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for, but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory Lagoon Tower Improvement Project, November 21, 2022 through June 30, 2024. Royal Kona Resort is a 12-acre oceanfront landmark with three distinct guestroom towers - Alii Tower, Bay Tower and Lagoon Tower Exterior maintenance and improvements are taking place at the Lagoon Tower located on the southern end of the resort property. To minimize noise disruption, repair work on the Lagoon Tower will be restricted between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday thru Friday.
Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed resort fee of $25.00 (plus tax) per room, per day, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees that they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due. For a detailed description of what is included in the mandatory fee, please see hotel policies.
Advisory The ongoing Lagoon Tower Restoration project is projected to continue throughout 2024. Guests will be exclusively accommodated in the Bay and Ali Towers, with reduced rates offered for the Lagoon Tower Renovation room types. Availability for arrivals between July 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024, will be open this week.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee - A mandatory hotel-imposed fee is charged and collected by the hotel either at check-in or check-out.

Amenities included in the resort fee are:

• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (one coupon good for two Mai Tais per room/stay)

• Bottled Water on arrival (two per room/stay)

• Filtered Water Stations 

• Enhanced Guestroom Wi-Fi

• Fitness Center Access

• Guestroom Safe Usage

• Local & 800 calls

• Daily Yoga/Fitness Classes

• Daily Hawaiian Cultural Activities (weekly schedule and sign-up available at Front Desk)

• Reef Safe Sunscreen (available at the pool)

• Complimentary Tennis Racquet Rentals, Tennis Balls & Water (available at Royal Kona Resort Tennis Club)

• $25 Island Activities & Tours Credit (valid when purchasing tours/activities valued at $200 through the Activities Desk) 

• $20 Lotus Center Spa Credit (available on 90-minute massages)

• $20 greens fee credit plus 50% discount on club rentals at Makalei Golf Club ($25 value)

• 20% off green fees and club rentals at Makani Kai Golf Course ($33 value)+++• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (two coupons per room/stay)

Inclusions subject to change and are based on availability. Some activities require reservations.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 5349 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely Hotel with Great Location

    My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had a great time! The location was perfect. It is near a lot of little beach shops and restaurants. It is also a close drive to many things as well. The atmosphere of the hotel is very open and airy. Our room in the Bay Tower was more up to date than anticipated! We had a great view of the ocean and enjoyed looking at the ocean. The only negative about the rooms were the balconies. They aren’t very private and you can hear the people staying next door to you if you’re both out on the balconies. The pools and lagoon were also great amenities. We never had any issues getting seats by pool or lagoon, but know that shaded seating by the lagoon goes fast. The lagoon is great for beginner snorklers, as it is shallow and there are little fish swimming in it(we even saw a turtle by the rocks!). Overall, I would stay here again and recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Kona!

    Apr 18, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mixed Feelings

    The good: - Great location. Easily walkable to “downtown” Kona and lots of shops and restaurants. - Good breakfast. Waking up to eggs and bacon on the oceanfront is great. - Good ocean front bar. - Our room was clean and well kept by housekeeping. The bad: - When we went to our room we noticed we received two doubles instead of a single bed. It would have been nice for the check-in staff to have asked or mentioned. When we asked if we could change, we were told single bed rooms were sold out. Admittedly there is a disclaimer that “bedding configurations aren’t guaranteed” on the website, but it’s a little odd. I imagine it would be upsetting to book for your honey moon or something and receive two small beds. - Rooms are pretty dated. We stayed in the “Bay” tower, which is not yet renovated. Nothing extreme, but the rooms are definitely showing their age. The bathroom in particular was disappointing. - Staff/service were only ok. We had a pretty curt person at check in, but maybe it was a one-off. The bar/breakfast staff seemed short staffed which made service a little slow and not as friendly.

    Apr 17, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Owners need to increase maintenance budget.

    Great location, lobby and restaurant area was nice, staff was great. Our "updated" room was dumpy and if you looked closely, it was dirty and not maintained well. Pool area was very bad, years of pool side grunge and pool tile scum was a serious eyesore. The room was on par for an old Motel 6 in small town Montana. We expected much better from a "resort". Owners need to increase the maintenance budget. That said, we had a great visit to Kona.

    Apr 17, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    We LOVED the Royal Kona!!! We would absolutely stay here again! The lobby is awesome, full of vintage hawaiian details like the giant tiki pole at the entrance and the carved stone walls in the lobby. The bar, restaurant and pool are right on the water's edge with fantastic views and the grounds are gorgeous. The rooms are no frills, and like others have mentioned, need a refresh, but the location totally makes up for it--you can hear the waves crashing even with the sliding doors closed, and the sunsets are spectacular. We had a deluxe ocean view room and it is exactly as pictured on websites--sweeping views of the bay and ocean. We started out on the 4th floor of the Ali'i tower, in a room with double beds. This was fine, except--this side of the building (even numbered rooms) overlooks the restaurant and the restaurant kitchen vent, which meant that there was a strong smell of food cooking inside the room, both morning and night. We went to the front desk and spoke with the lovely Mae, who graciously changed us to a room with a king bed on the 7th floor. The room still overlooked the restaurant, but we could not smell food cooking from that height. The king bed upgrade was very nice! Another aspect of the hotel we really enjoyed was the lagoon--I snorkeled there a few times and saw a nice selection of reef fish. The lagoon has a tiny beach and lounge chairs, and it is a quiet and peaceful spot to hang out. There is also yoga every morning overlooking the ocean. The hotel is right across the street from restaurants and shopping, an easy 3 minute walk. We walked to breakfast and dinner and picked up snacks and drinks at ABC across the street. The day we left we had a red-eye flight but had booked the room until the next morning so we would have the room all day. At the airport we found out that our flight was canceled, and even though we had already checked out, Maria at the front desk assured us that we could return to our room for the night. We ended up getting booked on another airline, but it was great to know that Royal Kona would accommodate us if we were stuck. I would rate Royal Kona 4.5 stars if I could for the service from the front desk, the gorgeous grounds, beatiful setting and awesome Hawaiian style. It's not a super upscale resort like you find in Waikoloa, but Royal Kona stars in great service and authentic Hawaiian feeling.

    Apr 15, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE YOU BOOK! If I could give 0 stars I would. We will never stay here again. The hotel does not care how their events affect guests. There is a wedding reception going on that is so loud it’s like the DJ is on our actual balcony. It’s a Sunday night at 9:30. You can’t even enjoy watching TV in your room because it is so loud. The room is an absolute dump. Frayed carpet, bathroom is like a motel and fixtures are rusted. This place is absolutely not worth the money.

    Apr 14, 2024