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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
506 reviews
Great place

We had a wonderful time here, good bar right n the water, good food, See full review

  • Con
  • May 10, 2015
Romantic trip with my husband!

This was amazing! The hotel was beautiful, clean and the staff were very friendly. They gave us all... See full review

  • Evelyn
  • Apr 6, 2015
KONA'S BEST LOCATION - With a dramatic oceanfront setting overlooking picturesque Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort offers great value and is conveniently located within walking distance to the village of Kailua-Kona with its many fine restaurants, shops, historical sites, and activities.

Ideally situated on 12 acres of tropical gardens on a lava promontory, the Royal Kona Resort is surrounded on three sides by the crystal clear waters of the blue Pacific. The resort is comprised of three guestroom towers, and all guestrooms in the Alii and Lagoon Towers were completely remodeled in 2006, offering guests a fresh, new, contemporary decor. The resort's Bay Tower offers travelers a choice of comfortable, value-priced guestrooms which were refurbished in 2001. Each of the resort's spacious guestrooms feature large outdoor lanai's on which guests can enjoy the tranquility, and take pleasure in beautiful mountain vistas or gaze out across the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

A relaxing open-air lobby and surrounding tropical salt-water fishpond lead out to an expansive oceanfront sundeck and split-level freshwater swimming pool which is impressively perched on a lava flow directly above the ocean. The resort also features a private sandy beach cove and sheltered salt-water swimming lagoon which is perfect for snorkeling.

Other resort amenities include four Tennis Courts available for day or evening play, rejuvenating massage and spa treatments at the resort's Lotus Center, complete hair, nail and skin care salon services, and great on-property shopping. Island specialists are available at the resort's Activity Desk to assist guests in booking tours and to recommend other island attractions, and specialists are also available on-property to assist couples with destination weddings and vow renewal ceremonies.

Kona's very best dining experience is showcased in a truly world-class ocean-side setting at the Royal Kona Resort's award-winning Don The Beachcomber restaurant. And guests will find live entertainment, light meals and a variety of tropical beverages, including the Original Mai Tai, at Don's Mai Tai Bar. With its open-air setting, right on the water's edge, Don's is the perfect spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of all of the activity taking place on Kailua Bay, and a great place to catch a breathtaking Kona sunset. Several nights a week, the resort also presents Kona's only oceanfront Luau, the "Lava Legends and Legacies Polynesian Luau", amidst a lovely oceanfront Coconut Grove.

For a great location in the heart of Kailua-Kona, gracious Hawaiian hospitality and service, and the Big Islands best value, the Royal Kona Resort is an excellent choice.

We have been advised that the freshwater pool at the Royal Kona Resort will require repairs and these have been scheduled from April 1 through April 7, 2015. During this period the freshwater pool at the Royal Kona Resort will be closed for guest use. The oceanfront sheltered saltwater lagoon will be open and available for guest use throughout this period. Arrangements have also been made for guests to enjoy access to freshwater pool area at the neighboring Kona Reef during this time period.

Royal Kona Resort is a 100% non-smoking hotel.

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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Reviewer score 3.6 out of 5

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.

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.

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!

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by CheapTickets

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
26 out of 506
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.8

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Liesl V.
Business
San Mateo
Apr 18, 2015

Business and Pleasure

The hotel was at a great location and the pool was nice. Wifi was worse than my trips to Africa! It was impossible to work which was part of the reason we were there.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kai
Business
Belmont
Apr 17, 2015

Nice place to land

This is a bit older hotel - that brings you right back to a slower paced time - nice that it's a bit out of the fray yet close enough to walk to everything from.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Iren2012
Business
Michigan, USA
Oct 23, 2012

Exotic place to stay

Exotic, beautiful, inspiring and mystical place! There was the only thing what upset me much: my room wasn't ready when i arrived at the hotel at 3p.m. My flight was too long -16 hours; and i was too tired to wait for an additional hour at the lobby when my room will be cleaned.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Delicious food, reasonable prices, inviting environment...

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hal W.
Business
Honolulu, HI
Mar 8, 2012

Outdated rooms, Sub-par service, First Rate Location

My room hadn't been updated since this place was built in the 1970's. Inconveniently placed power-outlets, old light switches, stains on the carpet... it works, but if you are a picky hotel guest- you may want to check elsewhere.. On the other hand, if you don't really care about little details like that, and just want a nice comfortable bed in a beautiful location, for a really good price this facility will fit the bill. (the bed was very comfortable btw) Was here on business, so didn't explore beach/pool (do they have a pool?) but otherwise it fits the bill for business travel to Kona. As an aside, the chief complaint I had was the lack of Bell Service/Valet. You have to unload curbside yourself, then go park your car in a rickety old parking lot a bit of a walk from the entrance. They also give you a parking pass to display on your dash on check-in so if you are going to park, you are supposed to walk all the way back to your car to display that... I ignored those instructions and my car was still there in the morning. $10/day for parking- don't show the gatekeeper your computer stamped ticket when you go to leave, show them the handwritten one they give you when you check in to avoid paying double for parking as other guests have alluded to in these reviews. At $100/a night in paradise, I'm willing to overlook this minor inconveniences though- I think most rooms have ocean view, and you just can't beat the location. One other high point- the lobby bar- EXCELLENT service from the bar tenders there, and the setting is simply magical- Quesadilla is really good too with a Kona Brewery Longboard draft. Recommended!

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

Business

Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Lobby bar is a great place to get your drink on and enjoy a great sunset. Always a pleasant breeze flowing through.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
TexasTechGrad
Business
Honolulu, HI
Apr 3, 2011

OK Hotel

Old and small TV, very narrow shower, no lotion in room, parking is $10/night or take chances with street parking - Beautiful ocean view -

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

Business

Time-saving tip: In Hotel

Food was not bad for being hotel food, but not great either.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dale Joo
Business
Seoul, Korea
Mar 25, 2011

Best price and location to enjoy Kona

I wouln't recommend to have a breakfast/dinner in the hotel.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
las vegas
Mar 8, 2011

nice place in kona

first time in Kona. Nice place.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SD Biz Man
Business
San Diego, CA
Jun 24, 2010

Gold Star Experience

My stay was for business purposes overnight, but needed to enjoy the beauty of the Big Island as best one can and still conduct business. Conveniently located to my business locations. After a stressful day of meetings, the room accommodations were well appointed(value ocean view type) and provided the solace and comfort that was needed. The view was incredible and the staff were all very courteous. Well priced. Definitely recommend this to all. I can hardly wait to return for a pleasure trip.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
gottascuba
Business
Murrieta,Ca
Jun 1, 2010

Great place !

I have stayed at other hotels in the Kona area and this was by far the best. Great little oceanside bar, great food at the restaurant, free parking and a short walk to the main town. Even though I had a late check in the staff upgrade my room to an oceanfront at no extra cost.

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

Business

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
gottascuba
Business
Murrieta,Ca
Jun 1, 2010

Great place !

I have stayed at other hotels in the Kona area and this was by far the best. Great little oceanside bar, great food at the restaurant, free parking and a short walk to the main town. Even though I had a late check in the staff upgrade my room to an oceanfront at no extra cost.

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

Business

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