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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
  • Sheila G : Saint Paul, Minnesota
People relax !

I like this place good service great Bar and Food!, For all you people that are so concerned over what's new and old, just be glad you woke up this morning, great place great price and if you think place is old you need to stay out of Kona.History is whats it's all about and quit judging and be happy, the world is a beautiful place live! Who cares whats old and new!

  • Debbie S : Windsor, Canada
Royal Treatment at the Royal Kona!

Highly recommend. All I had hoped for in a Hawaiian resort. Beautiful open air lobby. Greeted by friendly staff. Right on the ocean gave beautiful sunset views and sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks put me right to sleep every night.Very affordable for a genuine Hawaiian resort right on the ocean!!Other reviews mention it being not very updated however I did not expect it to be as it is an Island and I can't imagine the expense to renovate. That being said, it was perfectly lovely and clean. I brought a self inflating camping mattress (cost was only $60.00 on amazon) as I read that the beds tend to be on the firm side and I need more cushion. I found this to be a terrific solution. My back did not ache all week.We stayed in the Ali Tower (the main tower) and it was great! Close to everything and it felt grander.If you want to swim in the natural ocean lagoon than I recommend bringing water shoes as the rocks are very slippery and hurt the bottom of your feet.Take advantage of the hospitality suite on the day of checkout if you have a late night flight, great to freshen up and take a shower before heading out and best thing is it's no charge!!If I get a chance to return to Hawaii.. and had to stay within this price range again.. this is the only place I'd stay! :)Mahalo!!

  • MontanaTraveler2011 : Helena, Montana
You can do way better

The Royal Kona Resort was one of the biggest disappointments of our visit to the Big Island. Although it looks like a paradise, its better days have passed it by. The beds are terrible and old. There needs to be a complete renovation of the rooms. The fans from the restaurant make the rooms on that side of the hotel sound like a jet is fling by your room. The hotel will “nickel and dime” you to death. The location is good but that is about all that is positive about it. You can do better.

  • Brownneyzz :
Give this resort a chance

We had booked a week at the Royal Kona Resort without reading any reviews and mainly going off the resorts website. A couple weeks before our trip, I started reading reviews and to be honest, I was very worried that we had made a mistake. Upon checking into the resort, my immediate thought was that the ground were beautiful and relaxing. The open air lobby and relaxation areas, along with the open air bar and pool area were amazing. We had reserved a oceanfront king corner room. The reviews had said that the resort was dated, and it was. The rooms were older, and needed some TLC, but it was better than I expected. Some reviews had said that the rooms were dirty. Our room happened to be very clean. I'm wondering if some people had mistaken an old room for a dirty room. I have traveled internationally and within the US for 12 years and have flown over 800,000 miles and have stayed in a LOT of dirty hotels, but our room was very clean and I had no issues staying there. We had a private lanai on the third floor of the main building, overlooking the pool. This resort has a nightly luau (which I've been to on another trip) and our room overlooked that area. I had read reviews that said the smell of the pig roasting and smoke bothered them along with the noise. We never smelled anything bad, and we had no smoke from the pig. We actually LOVED spending every night on our lanai watching the luau - it was amazingly fun to see it so close from the comfort of our own room.Our room had a king bed, a dresser, 2 nightstands, and a small table with 2 small chairs to sit in. We also had a corner lanai - half private and the other half sharing with another lanai next to us. We used the private side and loved it. The sound of the ocean outside every night is just amazing. Our air conditioning worked great - our room was very cool every day. Our room also had a small countertop with a sink, coffee maker and a small fridge. We went to the local Target and stocked up on some snacks and drinks and enjoyed them nightly on our lanai. Our bathroom was small, but sufficient and clean. Who goes to Hawaii and stays in their room all day?! No one, so the room is sufficient. The breathtaking view of the ocean in these corner king rooms is just amazing.The resort has a gift shop with reasonably priced gifts, snacks, sundries, alcoholic drinks, etc. The report also has a great open air bar, and serves food. One of our favorite things to do was to get back to our resort to watch the sunset every night from either our lanai or from the open air bar. The resort had good food in the bar, and also has happy hour from 4-6 pm weekdays with a lot of discounted drinks and food. The staff is very very friendly and helpful.The resort also has a regular restaurant that serves dinner Thu-Sun and breakfast every day. Breakfast is a bit expensive and it was the only thing we really didn't like there. A lot of the food was cold and the tables were a bit dirty from previous customers. The only other negative was that the resort charges $10.00 a day for parking. However, EVERYWHERE in Hawaii charges for parking, so welcome to the island of expensive stuff. Also, they charge $9.95 a day for wifi so we just went without it. This hotel is right next to Snorkel Bobs where you can rent Snorkel gear cheap, and right next to Huggos which is an amazing restaurant. You are within a 5 minute walk to the main strip with all the shopping, restaurants and bars, and 20 minute drive from some cool attractions. When I go back to Kona, I will definitely stay at this resort just because of the view, the staff, and the relaxation I felt while at this place. If you don't expect the four seasons quality, give this resort a try. You will love it for the price.

  • Swamy N :
Beautiful location, decent price

The hotel is an older hotel but has perhaps the best location in Kona; it is oceanside and basically on the main Kona strip. The views we had from our 7th floor room were amazing. On the first night, we had an obstructed but decent views of the luau. On the second late afternoon, we saw a humpback whale tale from our balcony! The common areas are beautiful. Sure it was imperfect, but it was a wonderful base to the Kailua-Kona part of our adventure.

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.