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Royal Kona Resort

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
454 reviews
Awesome

This hotel is walking distance to main downtown.. However the view, bar and restaurant make you not... See full review

  • Abbey S.
  • Feb 23, 2015
Nice place to stay

While the hotel does need some updating the overall experience was amazing. The room had a great... See full review

  • Kathy E.
  • Jan 12, 2015
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

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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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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Sunnyme
Business
Settle, Washington
May 30, 2014

Sunnyme

Hotel is old and needs updating. Breakfast is not included. Rooms are away from the parking lot so moving your luggage in and out of the hotel is a pain.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
KauaiKen
Business
Utah
May 20, 2014

Good value for an ocean view room in Hawaii

Pros, great location for eating and drinking, right across from bars and restaurants, great views of the lovely Pacific Ocean. Cons, hotel is old, needs some insertion of cash from the owners to update the rooms, everything from the towels to the paint to the furniture is old and dated. If the rooms were updated this hotel would be great, we had an ocean view room and that made the difference from a good vacation to not so happy vacation, get an ocean view room! Bar staff was very unfriendly, slow and could careless about service, bar also played rock and roll music, while we like rock and roll, I certainly enjoy Hawaiian music while in Hawaii! I'm guessing most other visitors do to, that's why we are there, it's Hawaii, play Hawaiian music! All and all, for the price we paid for a full ocean view room, it was a pretty good deal and hotel, May or May not stay at this hotel again.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
davedp
Business
canada
Mar 24, 2014

good hotel

Room was good and location is perfect however, bathroom has old shower and has rust. Restaurant is good. They made out of their menu items just for us.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Karen Art lover
Business
Seattle, Washington
Mar 19, 2014

Gorgeous spot for romance or family

We booked an Ocean front, King bed room and it was well worth it. Beautiful view from lanai, and loved falling asleep to sound of waves. Gorgeous views from the Bar - right next to the waves and views of Kona at night. Also has a nice little lagoon that is perfect for introducing children to saltwater swimming in a protected spot. Short walk to downtown, but easy to avoid the worst traffic if you head the other way. We would definitely stay here again!

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Great Snorkeling in safe place - head to Turtle Bay (Kahalu'u Beach Park). Short drive south from hotel. Right after tiny, white St. Peter's church on ocean side.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ReneeKay
Business
Santa Cruz, Ca, USA
Mar 19, 2014

Great value on the beach

The hotel sits on the beach and has amazing views of the ocean. The room was spacious and clean, with a kitchenette-style sink, small refrigerator and coffee maker, and the balcony is large enough for a couple of chairs. I would recommend this hotel.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
pale portlanders
Business
Portland, OR
Mar 16, 2014

Excellent location

We loved this hotel. The location was perfect--easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, the beach, and open air markets with beautiful views of the ocean. The hotel is dated and not luxurious, but very clean and comfortable with friendly staff. The internet was a disappointment--pricey and only included one device in the daily price. Splurge and get an ocean view room. We originally booked a standard room, and upgraded after arriving because our room was dark and after all we were at the beach, so why not enjoy an ocean view?

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Morning coffee at Java on the Rock. Wonderful ocean view, friendly service, and delicious Kona Coffee.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
GeoJo
Business
Minnesota
Mar 13, 2014

Great get away

Quick check in Nice rooms in the lagoon tower Located on the bay on the edge of down town. Bar menu closed at 9 so we went to Huggos Just another day in paradise. Small pool and/or beach lagoon.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Huggos on the rocks is just next door Stopped at Safeway for wine, beer and snacks on the balcony.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lilgerman
Business
Portland
Mar 13, 2014

not bad...

A microwave oven would have been nice. The prices were of course high, so it would have been nice to be able to heat some food

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Joseyone
Business
Minnesota
Mar 3, 2014

fantastic location, lacking in comfort and interior updates

The location was fantastic! The room however is in dire need of updates -new bed/mattress and bedding as well as carpet and paint is desperately needed! we paid for the king oceanfront with wrap around lanai and while the view was great - the room itself was not worth the $300/night price tag! the Royal Lahaina in Maui was a thousand times better and less money. A few updates to this motel is much needed and would go a LONG ways! This was a once in a lifetime trip for us and while the view was great, the room was very disappointing for the cost! don't get your hopes up by the photos -they are deceiving!

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Char Family
Business
Olympia, WA
Feb 22, 2014

Terrific location

Great location and views. Lagoon is pleasant, able to see fish, dolphins and whales. Would have preferred queen or king bed rather than 2 doubles. Liked the open air restaurant/bar great for viewing. Walking to town for shops and restaurants was nice./

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

Business

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