Royal Kona Resort

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This 12-acre landmark oceanfront resort overlooks breathtaking Kailua Bay and is in the heart of Kailua-Kona. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops, historical sites, activities and a great base for exploring the island including Volcanoes National Park and the Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
Location: Oceanfront in the heart of Kailua-Kona Town, a 5-minute walk to Hulihee Palace and 14km from Kona Int'l Airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • CABear00 : Calgary, Canada
It met my needs

For my trip I didn't care about a nice hotel, with a large pool and beach front property. I just needed a place to sleep and shower, but I wanted it on or close to the main strip of Alii drive so that I can walk to restaurants and shops. The Royal Kona met my needs. The staff was very friendly and I had no issues in any of my interactions with them. I had an 11 pm flight home and they were accommodating with a free 1230 pm check out and complimentary hospitality room for an hour. I was still able to use their parking as well which was great for the day. The rooms are spacious with a fridge and sink inside as well as a small sitting area. Some of the cons: the hotel is outdated so the bathrooms weren't the best. I found the toilet to be low, you kind of fall onto it... I'm 5'3".... The shower in my room wasn't bad, but in the hospitality room it took a few minutes for the water to warm up. I found the pillows too soft for my liking. And the fridge dripped alot which got annoying at night. Other things to note with the hotel is that the parking is $10 a day and WiFi is $40 a week. Although it seems ridiculous, many hotels in the area have a daily resort fee to cover parking and WiFi so you'll pay either way. As a Canadian who was on airplane mode the whole time and solely relying on WiFi I found the entire island to not have much for password-less free WiFi.

  • Paul H : Brisbane, Australia
Great location, rubbish building

Brilliant location of a once great facility. The location, the bars over looking the sea, all excellent. The rooms needed to be refurbished 20 years ago, the floor on the balcony had concrete cancer and was falling apart. The room had no glasses, no cutlery, the shower sort of worked, but it was clean.We had to change rooms because of an issue, but had to argue to do it. We were charged car parking when but were never told there was a fee attached $30 per day for secure parking, pity their was no gates to stop people driving in, or security to ensure the cars were safe.This reeks of owners squeezing the last cent before they go bust.All in all, really disapointing, but a great location.

  • Lucas S : Albany, Georgia
Great Location but a Dated Establishment

As a diamond owner the Royal Kona wasn't up to some standards we've been used to. The grounds are dated but they don't keep that a secret and it's obvious. The excellent part is the location. You're literally right on the water facing the ocean. Downtown Kona is just up from the resort, all within walking distance. There are a lot of bums in Kona though. There are several tours available through the resort as diamond members. They have several luas throught the week and a pool with a large bar area. Overall it was a very relaxing and also exciting vacation.

  • Nicole J :
Hawaii Wedding

We visited Royal Kona resort and October 2016 for our wedding. I have to say we were extremely pleased with the resort and the service that was provided to us the housekeeper was amazing, don's mai tai bar was incredible the best mai tais I've had in my life! My wedding coordinator was fantastic I was really worried about planning a wedding in Hawaii all the way from Florida but everything turned out perfect. Ranae Keane was my photographer and she did an amazing job she went above and beyond and my photos were stunning everyone loved my photos!! Some of the cons room service is not available at this resort and the balconies don't provide much privacy but overall very nice resort we loved it my husband and I were very pleased and we look forward to going back to Hawaii for our anniversary Royal Kona is on the list. Mahalo

  • Burgess H : Saint Paul, Minnesota
A royal visit to Kona but....

If this hotel was located any place else it would get a 2 or 3. Not that it is bad but the physical plant really needs updating. Carpet, elevator panels, paint,etc. Breakfast buffet is marginal. That said we had a corner room with a million dollar view and crashing waves that provided the best sleep therapy possible. Also the staff is very friendly, helpful and accommodating as best they can. Heather, one of the concierge was great and helpful. She worked past her shift to help me. Her recommendation of a night time volcano tour was spot on perfect. So don't expect a 3 or 4 star type hotel. Do ask for ocean front room.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 412 Rooms
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Luau (fee)
  • Tennis courts
  • Salon (fee)
  • Laundry facilities (fee)
  • Wireless Internet (fee)
  • Gift shop
Hotel Room includes:
  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • A/C
  • TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee-maker
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Internet (fee)
  • Lanai
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Royal Kona Resort
    Kona,United States

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Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1310

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.