Set oceanfront overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of Kona town, the Royal Kona Resort is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, historical sites and activities. After a multi-million dollar renovation, guests enjoy upgraded guestrooms in the Ali'i and Lagoon Towers, a private saltwater swimming lagoon, oceanfront pool, tennis courts and spa. The resort also offers meeting facilities, wedding services and Kona's best oceanfront luau. Dine at the water's edge at Don the Beachcomber signature restaurant or try one of the many unique Mai Tai creations at Don's Mai Tai Bar.


Kona, HI, USA - Keahole (KOA) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1968
Last Renovation: 2006
Accessible rooms: 4
Floors: 7
Total rooms: 436


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Royal Kona Resort is now a 100% non-smoking hotel. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any public areas. There are three designated smoking areas throughout the resort, please contact resort staff for further information. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged to those who violate this policy. The fee will be assessed by the hotel and charged to the guest's folio. Cleaning fee is subject to change without notice.
Advisory A minimum self parking fee of $25 (plus tax) per room, per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. Parking fees are subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for, but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory Lagoon Tower Improvement Project, November 21, 2022 through June 30, 2024. Royal Kona Resort is a 12-acre oceanfront landmark with three distinct guestroom towers - Alii Tower, Bay Tower and Lagoon Tower Exterior maintenance and improvements are taking place at the Lagoon Tower located on the southern end of the resort property. To minimize noise disruption, repair work on the Lagoon Tower will be restricted between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday thru Friday.
Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed resort fee of $25.00 (plus tax) per room, per day, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees that they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due. For a detailed description of what is included in the mandatory fee, please see hotel policies.
Advisory The ongoing Lagoon Tower Restoration project is projected to continue throughout 2024. Guests will be exclusively accommodated in the Bay and Ali Towers, with reduced rates offered for the Lagoon Tower Renovation room types. Availability for arrivals between July 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024, will be open this week.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee - A mandatory hotel-imposed fee is charged and collected by the hotel either at check-in or check-out.

Amenities included in the resort fee are:

• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (one coupon good for two Mai Tais per room/stay)

• Bottled Water on arrival (two per room/stay)

• Filtered Water Stations 

• Enhanced Guestroom Wi-Fi

• Fitness Center Access

• Guestroom Safe Usage

• Local & 800 calls

• Daily Yoga/Fitness Classes

• Daily Hawaiian Cultural Activities (weekly schedule and sign-up available at Front Desk)

• Reef Safe Sunscreen (available at the pool)

• Complimentary Tennis Racquet Rentals, Tennis Balls & Water (available at Royal Kona Resort Tennis Club)

• $25 Island Activities & Tours Credit (valid when purchasing tours/activities valued at $200 through the Activities Desk) 

• $20 Lotus Center Spa Credit (available on 90-minute massages)

• $20 greens fee credit plus 50% discount on club rentals at Makalei Golf Club ($25 value)

• 20% off green fees and club rentals at Makani Kai Golf Course ($33 value)+++• Welcome to Paradise Mai Tais (two coupons per room/stay)

Inclusions subject to change and are based on availability. Some activities require reservations.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 5383 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Royal Kona Coast staycation.

    I had an Awesome experience with our stay here with my family. The great view, food, hospitality with an amazing old Waikiki feel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely come back and stay at the Royal Kona Coast. My family is already planning the next visit.

    Jun 09, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great base needs some TLC

    In the Bay Tower - very dated in need of major TLC. Very basic room and furniture. Old towels and tiny toiletries. Only one bar if you don’t want to sit at the bar you have to wait to be seated (even for a drink). Waited 20 minutes to queue for breakfast even though loads of empty tables. Thursday night there is some live music so all drinks are served on plastic cups! Food very good and wine reasonable. Small pool no real shade. Whatever you do don’t turn the wooden sun beds to face the sun - not allowed! Stunning sea location but not for swimming.

    Jun 09, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Would stay here again

    My partner and I stayed at the Royal Kona for two nights, and overall had a positive experience. I will list the things that made the trip memorable, and some things that could've improved our time here. First, the feel of the resort is definitely traditional Hawaiian, and the views of the ocean and the landscaping is beautiful. We loved the open air area of the tower, and enjoyed watching the fish in the lobby. Also the location was perfect for walking around and enjoying Kona (restaurants, shops.. etc.) We stayed in an oceanfront room, and our balcony was absolutely gorgeous. The furniture in the room seemed new and the bedding was comfortable. Lastly, the pool was stunning. It's overlooking the ocean, and the pool attendant was very attentive and kind. Now I will mention the few things that could've improved our stay. The bathroom could use some updates. It was pretty basic but could've used a better cleaning, and some new towels/linens. I would've also loved to have had a robe in the room. Additionally, we found our room very loud at night. I'm sure that was just from our neighbors, but we found we could hear people talking outside even with our lanai door closed. Lastly, the parking lot seemed very busy and was consistently full when we tried to park closer to our room. Not a huge deal but there seemed to be lots of construction equipment that was taking up valuable space in the lot. In conclusion, my partner and I would happily stay here again as the negatives were not critical in our opinion.

    Jun 06, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place to stay

    Stay at Royal Kona every couple of months just to get out of the Rain of Hilo side. Rooms are always clean. Don The Beachcombers is always welcome. It's a nice place to get away for a couple of nights. Parking can get a little tight especially with a Luau going on (which is most days now). The pool is always overly busy too. Food at the restaurant is typically excellent. Staff is always great. Mahalo

    Jun 04, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Friendly staff.

    My boyfriend and I spent five days at this resort. We were greeted by a very friendly staff, and a room is exactly what we requested, which was an ocean view. The hotel is in the process of getting a facelift, which is sorely needs. My BF and I used the pool area a lot. The chaise lounges are positioned so that you have an excellent view of the waves crashing and of the ocean. I guess really the only gripe I would have is the fact that, like many other establishments, the bar area was understaffed, therefore, the staff was slow and flustered. The bartender, however, made excellent mai tai and bloody mary’s. The two of us dined at the beachcomber restaurant at the hotel and were pleasantly surprised with how good the food tasted. We also enjoyed the Thursday night live music by Johnny Valentine. During our entire stay the staff was pleasant and personable. One of the big positives while staying here was the fact that room cleaning staff was excellent and thorough. Every time we came back from our daily activities, our room was spotless and in order. Despite the fact that the hotel is a bit rundown, we will return definitely soon.

    Jun 03, 2024
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