Royal Kona Resort reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 Very Good

  • Cleanliness 4.0
  • Location 4.5
  • Rooms 3.5
  • Service 4.0
  • Value 4.0

5329 TripAdvisor reviews

TripAdvisor users rated this property 4 out of 5

Lovely hotel in lovely spot but interiors looking tired.

Steve C (Wigan, United Kingdom) on Feb 16, 2024

The hotel is in the perfect spot, right on the rocks with the waves crashing just below. Very close to the vibrant centre of Kona. Our room was large and comfortable, but as with the whole of the complex, is in need of some TLC. We would return, as we enjoyed position and the area. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We were lucky enough to see humpback whales while enjoying a glass of wine on our balcony.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

A Charming Retreat

4AA4 (Sunshine Coast, Canada) on Feb 12, 2024

Let's face it, Royal Kona is 50 years old and can seem a little dated. But the room was sparkling clean, the sheets crisp, pillows were fluffed, the staff attentive. But its location can't be beat. Facing the ocean the view is spectacular. The Kona winds were up while we were there, meaning that the ocean was robust. At high tide, strolling couples had to dodge the big splash off the rocks. This place has a pool, so what who doesn't, but it has the salt water lagoon which is a treat to swim in. Waves crash on the rocks protecting the pool and the little beach is a nice place to hang awhile. Don's Mai Tai bar is great place for drinks, meals and great entertainment. Not too bad for sunsets and whale watching as well. The short stroll to downtown Kona with all its curios and eateries is totally walkable. I've stayed before and will again.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 4 out of 5

Weekend stay at the Royal Kona Resort

RobertandRobink (Pahoa, Hawaii) on Feb 12, 2024

Had a nice stay. We had a corner room, fairly large, but the room lacked lighting. There was a couple wall sconces at the bed and one table lamp on the desk, but no floor lamp or table lamp at the couch. With the size of the room, it would have been nice to have a coffee table or end tables at the couch, with a lamp. It looked like the room was recently updated, but maybe not all the furnishing had arrived. My only other comment to make is, the room was on the 6th floor, over looking the area where they have the Luau, it was noisy in the room why the show went on. Food and drinks were good at the bar. would stay at the hotel again, but not a room overlooking the Luau.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 2 out of 5

BEWARE the hidden and undisclosed costs.

11Paul11 (Rancho Santa Fe, California) on Feb 12, 2024

Booked my stay through Hotels.com which included all fees and taxes. At checkout they assessed me an additional “resort Fee” by saying Hotels.com utilized another booking group so they did not have to honor this. They also attempted to charge me for parking by saying I checked in with a car, I Ubered to and from the airport. Caveat Emptor here, I will not stay here again!!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Fall asleep to the sound of waves, and watch whales breach while having your morning coffee

capeshark (Delaware) on Feb 12, 2024

This hotel is in an amazing location. It sits on a rocky outcropping and waves thunder in on the west and north sides of the hotel. It was glorious to sit on my balcony and watch and listen to the waves! Humpback calves would breach every few minutes, right in front of the hotel. The room was very very clean and the check in and check out was fast and smooth. And, it was very reasonable in price :) A change in my trip plans landed me at this hotel during my stay on this side of the big island, and I felt very fortunate to have ended up at such a perfect location. Definitely would stay there again.

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