4.0 out of 5

"I need to let someone know that I paid an extra $20.00 a night to have a Ocean View and did not get that ocean view. And, of course, there was no roo ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 24 Oct 2017

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in Kailua-Kona awaits you at Royal Kona Resort. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church. Highlights at this hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

All 436 rooms feature lanais, WiFi, and cable TV. You'll find nice touches like soaking tubs and free toiletries to enhance your stay. Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and safes are also available.

A relaxing day at Lotus Center Spa can include beachside massages, body wraps, and body scrubs along with aromatherapy and Ayurvedic treatments. At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Other amenities include a fitness center, WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of self parking.

With a stay at this 3-star Historic Kailua Village hotel, you'll be 19.5 km (12.1 mi) from Captain Cook Monument.

Royal Kona Resort ratings based on 185 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
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3 out of 5


Pros: very much except no ocean view
Cons: Need more bartenters at BeachComber. There was only one bartender all day for the entire 4 days. Many people at the bar.
Location: Lots of restaurants and shops. Beautiful views
I need to let someone know that I paid an extra $20.00 a night to have a Ocean View and did not get that ocean view. And, of course, there was no room available to move to. That made me quite upset. I would very much like to have a refund on that. Not sure if it was Travelocity's fault or Royal Kona Resort. Thank you Kristin Diorio 10-24-17

Posted by , from OC Calif on Oct 24, 2017

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1 out of 5

Expensive . Very disappointing.

The room was dated. Beds were old . Felt the springs . Wobbled like a cheap motel. There a few positives: close to downtown kona. Walking distance to a lot of great restaurants including "mi 's bistro". Staff made great suggestions for snorkeling. The Hotel on occasion provide a hospitality suite so that you can snorkel, get a shower after check out and go to the airport. For the money stay at the Sheraton. Same money.

Posted by , from atlanta georgia on Aug 5, 2017

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel

Pros: The personal
Cons: Nothing
Location: Nice
Very nice,the personal so nice and they help so much

Posted by , from san jose CA on Aug 4, 2017

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2 out of 5

Convenient, but not great

The Royal Kona is in a convenient location, close to the airport and near shopping. However, the hotel itself is very outdated and needs a facelift. There is also no room service. If you want to order food for your room, you need to go downstairs to pick it up. I stayed in a corner oceanfront room, which is supposed to be the best room type, but it is far from that. The bed is very uncomfortable and feels like your sleeping on a cot mattress. There were roaches in my room and there was no mini bar and no bath robes. The room was also pretty small. The only good thing about the room was the view as it was nice. The hotel staff though is very friendly and accommodating. I was expecting a better quality room and hotel for the price I paid.

Posted by , from New York on Jun 23, 2017

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3 out of 5
Hotel was very outdated, pictures deceiving. Bed was comfortable.

Posted by on May 20, 2017

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3 out of 5

Okay for the price

Pros: Price and location to airport.Upg
Cons: Upgrade rooms, especially the bath.W
Location: Was on a one day circle tour of the big island so not sure.
Booked this online as was only looking for a one day layover, is basically a time share or vacation club. Overall the staff were excellent as were all staff in Hawaii. Facility is showing its age, rooms were clean, not overly furnished, would say it is due for a refurbish.

Posted by , from VA on Apr 27, 2017

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5 out of 5

Beautiful views

Very friendly and helpful staff! Beautiful views and close to stores. Loved it.

Posted by , from B on Apr 13, 2017

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4 out of 5

Good experience

The room wasn't as modern as we would like, the ac worked whenit wanted too despite maintence coming in. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The activities available on the resort were great!

Posted by , from Q on Mar 28, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great Kona resort

Location: Location perfect! Close to restaurants, beaches, sites. Trips to Hilo- zoo and botanical gardens or volcano park worth the drives. Do GreenwoodFarms
We stayed for 7 nights and wished we had 7 more. Great staff, security, luaa, location and room. Easy walking to food. Easy travel to historic sites. Tours avsilable, but we chose to do our own thing. The lagoon was never crowded and the one night we used the pool, we were the only folks there. Our request for maintenance support was met in minutes. Seems that in fixing the clogged drain in the room above us, they backed up our pipes. By the time we returned, our room was clean and working well. My one complaint is the confusing parking lot. Our car was hit by a couple from Germany as they tried to get assistance to operate the gates and navigate the one way roads. Got to meet hotel security and local police, but it took hours to process. (Renting a car? Get the insurance- Hawaii is a no fault State.) Loved out Lagoon tower room where we had a partial ocean, resort view. We could watch the luaa each night from our balcony. Lots of restaurants nearby and pedestrians on the main strip. Felt safe.

Posted by , from DC on Nov 14, 2016

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1 out of 5

Horrific Hotel

First of all, to check in there is no valet parking, no bell hop to assist with baggage. Staff don't smile and when you get your keys that's where the horror starts. Walk path to room is thru side street so watch for trucks and cars. Elevator walls are termite eaten, stairway cement is cracked and dirty. As you reach your room door it was so dirty we didn't want to touch door. Inside room was smelly and desperately needs up grade. Both beds had a big dip in mattress that you sunk in when laying in bed. It was the worse place we ever stayed. Will not tell anyone to stay there in fact stay far from it. Wish I had taken photos but we were so disappointed that we stayed out of room and away from hotel all day and returned just to shower and sleep. Wore sleep ever!

Posted by , from Wailua, Kauai on Sep 18, 2016

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Property Features

Royal Kona Resort offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. Event space at this hotel measures 5400 square feet (502 square meters) and includes conference space. Spa services, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands are also featured at the business-friendly Royal Kona Resort. Parking is available for a fee. This 3-star Kailua-Kona hotel is smoke free.

  • 436 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 5400 sq ft of conference space
  • 502 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1968
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Conference space
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Computer for guest use
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.) (15 km / 9.3 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Royal Kona Resort offers 436 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to lanais. Televisions come with cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private lanai
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Cable channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Royal Kona Resort has a restaurant on site.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool is on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Lotus Center Spa has 3 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa; other services include facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.

  • Number of treatment rooms 3
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Massages on beach
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 35 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

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


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 12 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Kona Resort
  • Kona Royal
  • Kona Royal Resort
  • Royal Kona
  • Royal Kona Resort
  • Royal Resort Kona
  • Royal Kona Resort Kailua-kona
  • Royal Kona Kailua-kona

You should know

  • Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.


Honeymoon/Anniversary Program

Honeymoon/anniversary couples will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine.

Full details at check-in. Taxes and gratuity may not be included. Offer subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply.