Big Island Hotels


Royal Kona Resort

At a Glance


  • convenient location
  • waterfront pool
  • low prices


  • can be crowded
  • parking is tight

Fodorite Reviews

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Royal Kona Resort Review

This is a great option if you're on a budget—the location is central; the bar, lounge, pool, and restaurant are right on the water; and the rooms feature contemporary Hawaiian decor with Polynesian accents. The hotel is adjacent to numerous shops and restaurants in the heart of Kailua Village. A luau with Polynesian entertainment (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) is fun and quite popular, and the Lotus Center spa offers massage, facials, and chiropractic, plus there's a fitness room on-site. Don the Beachcomber and Don's Mai Tai Bar (check out the restaurant's classic South Pacific architecture and authentic tiki decor) unveil incredible views of Kailua Bay.

    Hotel Details

  • 436 rooms, 8 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 01-06-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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  • Décor  

    Clean and convenient

    We just returned from Hawaii. We found the Royal Kona Resortto be a very pleasant experience. We checked in late at night. We found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. We were in the Ali'i Tower. The room has been redecorated and found it to be very nice. The bathroom could have been cleaner. The shower had gunk on the walls and we had to wipe the top of the toilet off. Refrigerator had sticky stains on the door shelves. Otherwise the room was clean. A microwave in the room would have been nice. The renovations are not complete but what has been done looks very nice. The Bay Tower is in the process. New flooring in the reception, bar and lanai area is about done and looks very good. Close to lots of restaurants and shops. Which is handy as I thought the prices at the on property restaurant to be a little pricey. Parking is available for $10 a night. Off premise parking is hard to find. I would stay again and would recommend it for those on a budget.

    by boge, 4/25/07
  • Value  

    The Best of everything!

    The Royal Kona Resort has the Best location, the Best food and drink at Don the Beachcomber Tiki Grill and Don's Mai Tai Bar, the Best little private lagoon, the Best People (Everyone has been very helpful and kind each of our 3 visits),The Best Luau, and the Best Sunsets you've ever seen. I recommend the Royal Kona to all our family and friends for their visits to the Big Island.

    by Palani, 10/17/07

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