Royal Kona Resort

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
23 reviews
Honeymoon

Our stay was great. We were upgraded to a partial ocean view room and had complimentary champagne... See full review

  • CLJ7.
  • 8 Jan 2016
Fabulous location

I have read some unflattering reports about this hotel but we found it terrific in all respects... See full review

  • Greg W.
  • 13 Nov 2015
The Royal Kona Resort is an architectural marvel set on twelve oceanfront acres, offering an impressive range of amenities for a fabulous stay.
General
For the comfort of business guests, the property provides exceptional meeting and banquet facilities. Have a great time with friends and family at the oceanfront swimming pool and enjoy the private beach area as well as saltwater snorkelling lagoon. Further, on-site facilities include a massage and Spa Centre, and four lighted tennis courts.
Location
Set oceanfront overlooking majestic Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort is perfectly situated at the south end of historic Kona town. The property is also within walking distance to the village of Kailua-Kona with its many fine restaurants, shops, historical sites and activities as well as approximately 15 minutes south of Kona International Airport.
Dining
The Royal Kona Resort provides award-winning cuisine and cocktails at Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and the adjacent Don's Mai Tai Bar.
Rooms
The Royal Kona Resort offers its guests contemporary and upscale accommodation, featuring all modern day comforts for a convenient stay. Available room categories include Alii / Lagoon Tower, Garden/Mountain View, Partial Ocean View, Ocean View and Oceanfront.

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.

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:
16:00
Check-out:
11:00

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted 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.

Ratings and reviews for Royal Kona Resort

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
23 out of 23
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
3.5
Comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.7
Value:
3.8

74% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CLJ7.
Couples
Melbourne
8 Jan 2016

Honeymoon

Our stay was great. We were upgraded to a partial ocean view room and had complimentary champagne brought up to us. We stayed in the old part of the resort so the room was average but we did have the lagoon at our door step! All in all great expirance and we'll definitely visit again!

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
patrick l.
Family
Yeppoon
8 Jan 2016

Enjoyable Stay

This hotel rooms are showing their age particularly the bathrooms but were overall clean. We enjoyed our stay and was within walking distance to a lot of eateries. Breakfast was enjoyable. Pool and bar overlooking the ocean was great. The hotel Luau is a must do. A wonderful night.

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

Family

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
spiros t.
Family
N/A
15 Dec 2015

family holiday in kona

I stayed in Royal Kona with my 2 boys, 12&16yrs old. Great location , helpful staff. I found the hotel outdated & in need of a renovation. Pool area seemed about 10yrs or less but the rest hasnt changed since the 70s.hotel is very central but quiet ,perfect for families. I suggest finding an affordable unit near by as being the best option in Kona

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

Family

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Greg W.
Couples
Berowra
13 Nov 2015

Fabulous location

I have read some unflattering reports about this hotel but we found it terrific in all respects except for internet access. Room was fabulous although we did choose to upgrade to a corner front ocean view and 100 worth the money. Just about all staff were great and BEST location in Kona for restaurants, cafes and sports bar style places. The Luau was also excellent

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
OldKona
Family
N/A
18 Feb 2015

Royal Kona - not so royal

Hmmm.... what can I say.....the Royal Kona is well due for an upgrade. The rooms, although spacious are very tired and old. Linen is very thin and rooms are past the fresh clean look. The location is excellent....right on the waterfront and everything you need just outside the door. Nice atmosphere in the bar but the dining area in desperate need of some work. Resort seems a little overpriced for the age and condition. On a positive note, the Luau was fantastic. Great value compared to other options in Waikiki. Plenty of food and drinks and the show once the sun went down was amazing.

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

Family

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Rich
Family
San Jose, California
6 Jan 2015

Noisy and lost our laundry

The location is good and rooms are spacious and comfortable. However, it is noisy because we can hear people walking upstairs and when we were just softly walking we got complaint from people on the lower floor. My wife did laundry at night. When she returned she saw the dryer door open and we lost 2 shorts and one beach towel.

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

Family

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Nice beach path for biking and walk to beach to view sunset.

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ray L
Couples
Melbourne, Australia
16 Oct 2014

Holiday returning home

Initial reception was not good as we had been delayed and arrived late. The room offered was unacceptable , not clean or prepared properly. We were up-graded complimentary which was a very big improvement, although decore was dated but properly clean. Buffet/restraunt was very good and good value for money, of course the bar was excellent. Would definitely return again but would " insist" on a good room. Swimming pool was a must and we used it extensively.

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

Couples

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

A good holiday shop and brouse

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rhonda013
Family
Perth, Western Australia
29 Sep 2014

Hawaiian Feel

We were first put in rooms in the Lagoon Tower. I was not happy with the rooms and asked to be moved into the main building. They moved us into our new rooms the following morning, in the Alii Tower, then all was great.

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

Family

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
la210812
Couples
Central Coast, NSW
4 Sep 2014

Great Restaurant

Great restaurant, cute little accommodation on the beach

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

Couples

Review of Royal Kona Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Aussie JourneyMan
Couples
Gold Coast, Australia
9 Aug 2014

Pass the blame Staff

Although a little dated on the outside, the resort has everything you need, EXCEPT for helpful staff. We had booked a tour for Mauna Kea and the company was unable to contact us with location changes. Unable to contact us directly, they called the Resort and left a message for us at 1:30pm, only for the front desk to unsuccessfully pass on the message when we checked in at 3:40pm. This resulted in us missing our tour. After speaking with the tour company and learning about the undelivered message, we then asked the front desk, and there was indeed a message waiting for us. The front desk then not only refused to take any responsibility for this, there was NO apology. Even when the "Activities" manager called our room, there was NO apology, they simply tried to blame the tour company.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Plenty of food/pubs nearby

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