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 5344 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    It's a resort hotel, not a cute boutique.

    This is exactly what you would expect. No more, and no less. The rooms were comfortable and in pretty good condition. I'd say our section of the hotel was due for renovation, but we had no complaints. Things were just a little tired. The staff were friendly. Parking was an extra which I always think is a cheap trick. This is a resort not New York City. It just sets you up to expect a nickel and diming experience. They seem way understaffed on the bar area (and that does meals and breakfasts) - so expect a wait to be seated even for a drink after dinner: and that bar closes early. Servers were efficient but not friendly (worked off their feet). The location is very good with excellent views over the bay. It has a nice small pool and separate kids pool, plus a saltwater tidepool/lagoon. If the hotel is busy these get slammed. There is no beach here - pure rocks. There's a small beach down the coast 3 miles (10 mins by Uber) at Magic Sands. Otherwise there's easy access to the rest of the town. Two things to be aware of. Kona is a cruise destination, so you get daily influxes of several thousand people flowing in and out. If you want to do excursions be sure to book ahead. This hotel hosts a big early evening luau with room for hundreds. Great if you are going to it; maybe not so good if you are staying.

    Apr 11, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mostly wonderful

    Best staff at hotel. Very friendly and helpful with any needs. Our room was fabulous but the bed was too hard. Probably different mattress or maybe needs topper for it. Most staff was nice except one front desk person said since we used third party she couldn’t help us. Lady I still paid and you got paid. One restaurant staff so rude to us for not ordering alcohol. I have a liver disease and I’m a Mormon. We do not drink. She made our stay miserable when she was around. They know she’s a problem. Please Amy stop making people miserable. You have a job because these people come there on vacation. Please be nice. I cried because you tried to ruined that part of my vacation. Tyler did make it so much better. Thank you for that. I would still say the food is FABULOUS!!! Good to see they keep the great employees like Woody who was there when I was there 14 years ago. Margo, Jenny , Lacey, and most staff were so nice. Paula you are the best. She does everyone’s job and smiles. The people were the best part. I will refuse to let one person destroy that. I would come back again. The coffee in the room not so great. Awful! Couple tweaks and this place would be a 12 out of 10.

    Apr 08, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mildew smell is atrocious

    The room smelt like mildew. The bed covering was stained. The tub was obviously original to the building. The owner of this building needs to start using some of their profits to update the rooms. Also, the need to invest in some giant containers of Febreze to get rid of the smell in the room. The only things we enjoyed at this hotel were the view and the restaurant. The Luau was well organized but grossly overpriced.

    Apr 04, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mixed experience

    The bedroom was comfortable but despite asking for a twin room in advance we were given a king bed - having travelled from the UK with a three year old for a whole day and arriving in the evening this wasn’t overly helpful, but the reception changed our room promptly for us. The room felt sparse with only the two beds and tv unit - would have been nice to have an extra chair to use to sit indoors with. We took to moving chairs between the lanai and indoors as needed as there were three of us. The only other downside was the water never really ran warm, we mentioned this and we’re asked if we’d let it run for ten minutes. As a precious natural resource we didn’t really think that was an ideal response, but even when we did try that it didn’t get warmer and just wasted water! We loved the lanai overlooking the mountains and hearing the birds in the morning and the ukulele lesson was fantastic - a definite highlight of our trip. The Mai tai vouchers on heck in were a nice touch as part of the resort fee. We didn’t eat here as preferred to eat at the local restaurants which are very close. Great position to explore the island from.

    Apr 03, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good value for Hawaii

    I thought this place was overpriced until I looked at what other hotels around Kona were charging and it turned out to be decent value by comparison. We got a room at the discounted tower renovation rate and ended up with a partial sea view and only heard muffled drilling noise once in the five days we stayed. The room was a bit dated and I rather assume that will be getting done fairly soon, but everything was clean and working with a comfy king sized bed and a large balcony. Check in was easy and the receptionists were very helpful and friendly. The car parking is safe with plenty of room and the hotel is within easy walking distance of restaurants, bars, souvenir shopping etc. The laundry room was easy to use and very handy too. We didn't eat here so I can't review the restaurant and their regular Aloha evenings seemed popular but aren't our thing

    Mar 17, 2024