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Castle Kona Reef - Condo Resort

Hawaii Big Island, HI, US (KOA)

Room rates from:
$249 $137
Avg. Nightly Rate
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$1,509 $1,269
Per Guest for 5 Nights
Based on 2490 reviews
Budget condominium resort located oceanfront on the sunny Kona Coast of the Big Island.
Style: Castle Kona Reef - Condo Resort
Room & Rates
Castle Kona Reef

One Bedroom One Bath Garden View Suite

Starting from
$249 $137
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One Queen Bed and One Sofa Bed. On the ground thru 4th floors, overlooking landscaped garden, and/or pool, with a partial ocean view from the lanai.

Guestroom amenities include: FREE wireless Internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, private lanai with table and chairs, full kitchens with cooking/eating utensils for up to 6 guests, microwave [most units], rice cooker [on request], coffee maker, shower/tub, hair dryer, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board, clock/radio, phone and voicemail [free local calls], color cable television/VCR/DVD and stereo.
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Castle Kona Reef

One Bedroom One Bath Ocean View Suite

Starting from
$282 $155
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One Queen Bed and One Sofa Bed. Views of the ocean across the pool area overlooking Honu Beach.

Guestroom amenities include: FREE wireless Internet,  ir conditioning, ceiling fans, private lanai with table and chairs, full kitchens with cooking/eating utensils for up to 6 guests, microwave [most units], rice cooker [on request], coffee maker, shower/tub, hair dryer, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board, clock/radio, phone and voicemail [free local calls], color cable television/VCR/DVD and stereo.
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Castle Kona Reef

One Bedroom One Bath Ocean Front Suite

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$326 $179
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One Queen Bed and One Sofa Bed. Spectacular view overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Guestroom amenities include: FREE wireless Internet,  ir conditioning, ceiling fans, private lanai with table and chairs, full kitchens with cooking/eating utensils for up to 6 guests, microwave [most units], rice cooker [on request], coffee maker, shower/tub, hair dryer, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board, clock/radio, phone and voicemail [free local calls], color cable television/VCR/DVD and stereo.
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Castle Kona Reef

Two Bedroom Two Bath Ocean Front Suite

One King Bed, Two Twin Beds and One Sofa Bed. Spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Guestroom amenities include: FREE wireless Internet,  ir conditioning, ceiling fans, private lanai with table and chairs, full kitchens with cooking/eating utensils for up to 6 guests, microwave [most units], rice cooker [on request], coffee maker, shower/tub, hair dryer, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board, clock/radio, phone and voicemail [free local calls], color cable television/VCR/DVD and stereo.
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Castle Kona Reef - Condo Resort
75 5888 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona, HI US 96740


Conveniently located on the southern edge of historic Kailua-Kona town, a wide variety of restaurants and shopping are within walking distance of the property. 

Why Stay Here

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Picnic Area
  • Elevator/Lift
  • Barbecue Grills
  • Front Desk (limited hours)

Resort Details

The swimming pool is set near the ocean, making it a convenient Mai Tai sunset spot. Soak in the jet spa, or relax on the sun deck with a book. Later, barbeque or meet up with friends at the party pavilion.

Accommodation Details

Kona Reef is one of the few Kona vacation rentals that offers luxury, location, and value. Beyond Kona Reef`s full kitchens equipped with all the extras, you`ll also appreciate FREE wireless Internet, air conditioning, color television, and your very own lanai. Best of all, these Kona vacation rentals are close to the area`s most popular attractions. Drive the dramatic coastline and you`re sure to hit most of them. Visit the City of Refuge and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Snorkel Kealakekua Bay. Stop at macadamia nut farms, coffee plantations, botanical gardens, historic churches, and spectacular lookouts. There`s so much to see and do on the Big Island. Why not let us be your tour guide?

Please be advised that this resort  provides mid-stay housekeeping service for stays that are 7 days or longer. Guests who are staying less than 7 days can purchase additional housekeeping services at nominal costs.


You will be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • Cleaning fee: USD $50.00-125.00 per accommodation, per stay (varies based on length of stay and unit size)
 We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example based on length of stay or the room you book.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Weekly housekeeping provided; fees apply for additional cleaning
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


  • 25 inch T.V or larger
  • Air-Conditioning
  • BBQ Area
  • Business Center
  • Cable
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Concierge Desk
  • Condo-Style Accommodations
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Express Check-In
  • Express Check-Out
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Full Kitchen
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Lanai
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Ocean Front
  • Ocean View
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Private Bath
  • Private Sleeping Area
  • Radio
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe Deposit at Front Desk
  • Sun Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Vending Machines
  • Washer and Dryer (+)
  • Wedding Services (+)
  • Wireless Internet (+)
  • Wireless Internet Access (+)
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 2490 reviews
from Noosa, Australia
Submitted on 22-05-2016
Great Position, Resort needs total refurbish. This hotel is so dated it's not funny. Carpet is sticky from salt air, tables with metal around glass are rusting, not skid bottoms on baths are peeling off. I given a good scrubbing it would improve. Our daughters room had hair all over the bathroom floor. But saying this the position was great and the included breakfast was excellent. Wifi was free in the bar area only but it seems that you are charged in most hotels in Hawaii. Most of the staff,... Read more
Submitted on 23-05-2016
We stayed in Ali Tower 7th floor in a spacious corner room with wrap around balcony, giving us a view of the bay and hills. The hotel would have been spectacular in its early days, the rooms are huge with large bathroom and two wardrobes. The beds super comfortable. Beware if you arrive late as the kitchen closes at 9pm, lucky it's a short walk to a range of eateries along the Main Street. The bar is a great place to grab some snaps of the glorious evening sunset.
Submitted on 23-05-2016
We enjoyed the hotel property as a whole and while its "dated" but clean, you can't beat the location (walk to town) and property amenities are quality (food, drink, entertainment) and WOW...the views of ocean and sunsets are perfect! We will stay here again for longer periods as its also close to public beach for swimming and another for snorkeling.
from Anchorage, United States
Submitted on 25-05-2016
There is a lot that is good about this hotel but it is in dire need of some TLC/remodeling. The staff was amazing and extremely friendly, the restaurant and bar were excellent, the bed was comfortable and had great pillows. The first night we were there we were given a room in the Lagoon Tower. Upon entering the building it smelled like a lagoon and looked terrible. When we got to our room on the 4th floor we were shocked. The carpet was damp and the room smelled musty. Trying to find a pl... Read more
from Chesterton
Submitted on 25-05-2016
Older building, but clean. Beautiful property walking distance to stores, restaurants, and public access beach. Hotel restaurant is pricey for mediocre food but the view is unbeatable. 15 minute commute to Kona airport. Close enough make a quick drive to Wal-Mart and grocery stores but has resort atmosphere. Beautiful pool area, gift shop, and bar.
from Las Vegas, Nevada
Submitted on 29-05-2016
If you equate the Royal Kona "Resort" with resorts on the Kohala Coast you will be disappointed. The only reason I don't give the Royal Kona five stars is because of its age and the fact that it is in need of renovation/remodeling. However, if you want a hotel with great staff, an amazing location, and magnificent ocean views at a very reasonable price...this is the place for you. I am a former kama'aina and this is our hotel of choice when we need a night or two or three in Kona. Pay the fe... Read more
from York, United Kingdom
Submitted on 31-05-2016
First the bad points; a bit tatty, big screen tv in bar way too loud, restaurant poor choice of dishes and overpriced. Now the good points. Ignore the tv bar and restaurant, sit on the terrace with a Mai Tai and some bar snacks, then enjoy the sunset. I suspect that they don't put much effort into the restaurant because within 200 yards there are more than a dozen first-rate dining opportunities offering a range cuisines to suit all tastes and pockets. The big plus is the location, on the be... Read more
from Hawaiian in New York City
Submitted on 02-06-2016
The best coast view from the resort & walking to the Kona downtown area. Room with enough space and nice ocean & mountain view. The pool, the bar and restaurant are just on the rocky coast, very impressive view. You can spend the whole day in the Resort. Parking fee $10/day, WiFi $9.95 per 24 hours, laundry room washer $1.75 & dryer $1.50.. In our 7 nights stay, the room service did not change the bed sheets once.
from Johnson City, Tennessee
Submitted on 02-06-2016
The hotel is old and has not been kept very well. The tables at the bar are covered in a sticky substance. The carpet in the rooms could have been changed 10 or more years ago. The walls are all scratched by the many impacts received by luggage and have not been repaired. The views from the main building show the roof of the restaurant area and it is used to store junk
from Cameron Park, California
Submitted on 05-06-2016
Yes, this facility is in need of some updating. Some rooms have been renovated, others waiting. The staff (especially Ann at the front desk) were very helpful, courteous and efficient. Our first room had a killer view, and a killer noise in the AC unit---they immediately gave us a new and far better room for no additional fee. The carpets were new, the room was clean,furniture was nice, but the bathroom needs updating with new fixtures---they all worked, but show their wear. The West facing room... Read more
from Colorado
Submitted on 19-06-2016
Run, run as fast as you can if you expect to be appreciated or pampered. You will not get it here. We checked in and were given NO information on pool towels and even where our room was. We went to main tower, discovered our room wasn't there and had to wait in line at the desk to find out where it was. They acted as though they were doing us a favor by helping us at all. The property itself is lovely and well kept. Rooms are dated but had the service been better, I would have been over the... Read more
from Spencer, Iowa
Submitted on 19-06-2016
I had read reviews about the Royal Kona, and most have some truth to them. The location is the main thing. You are in the heart of Kailua, with lots to do and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. It is an older hotel and does not meet the standards of a Hilton or Sheraton. But, if you request a corner king and put out a little more money, the view is spectacular! We were in the south corner of the lagoon tower and we could look over the edge and see right down to crashing waves. It's ... Read more
Submitted on 20-06-2016
Good hotel but not amazingly great. Check in wasn't until 4pm which is understandable because they have so many rooms to clean, etc. but it does suck when you've just arrived after travelling for the last 15 hours or so and you just want to relax and put your bags away and all. We checked in at around 3pm as there was a room available and parked our car in their parking lot. It costs $10 per night which I think is a fair price, pretty cheap if you ask me. They showed us on a map where our room w... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 20-06-2016
It's surrounded by lava rocks, not sandy beach. Nearest beach is a 25 minute walk away. This hotel was built over 30 years ago and never updated. Ever. It's rusting... like an old prison... a big concrete prison. It has a small 'private beach' it's the size of two tennis courts, a bit of sand and a cool place to snorkel - for 15 minutes. Sadly wedding guests have usually booked it out. The overpriced Luau means between 6 and 10 every other night, you'll have the banging of drums outside yo... Read more
from Gosford, Australia
Submitted on 21-06-2016
Not too impressed with the service or quality of the rooms for the price. The location was about all that was positive for this resort. Lovely sunset from the lounge and close to all restaurants and shopping.
from Charlotte, North Carolina
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Just got back from a four night stay. The hotel itself is in an amazing location, walking distance from shops and restaurants. However, the hotel is VERY dated and is in desperate need of a renovation and there was ZERO customer service. The customer service, or lack there of, experience was appalling. I work in the hospitality industry and have seen people fired for less. Front desk acted like you were bothering them if you needed assistance. I walked up to ask for a bellman to assist in stori... Read more
from San Diego
Submitted on 28-06-2016
We just returned from the Hawaii vacations. This resort has best location in my opinion, right next to the popular beaches, has its own beach as well. The seaside restaurant are walking distance with nice breakfast place as well. For us service was good too, room service was prompt. The only issue is the property is little dates, rust showing up on faucets in the bathroom, need some improvement hence I took away one star from the rating. However, everything else was great. We didn't use the pool... Read more
from Indianapolis, Indiana
Submitted on 29-06-2016
What a disappointment. You can see that this was once a beautiful and vibrant resort. Today it is more like a 2-3 star HOTEL--which is my main complaint, this is NO resort. The facility is crumbling and needs a complete renovation. We were in the Bay wing, possibly a different wing would be better. There is no room service, no beach service. The staff at registration were warm and welcoming -- then it ended. Location, location, location is the ONLY reason to return. Loved the sound o... Read more
from Billings, Montana
Submitted on 01-07-2016
My husband and stayed at the Royal Kona for 4 nights. The positive: views and live music at sunset... Fantastic! Also our room view- spectacular, with waves crashing right there beneath lanai.. So nice to sleep to ocean waves. We enjoyed the location and could walk to town. Food at bar was great! Negatives: food at restaurant it was so so. Over priced. Check in was a bit slow. We felt lost trying to find our room. Room was large, but old and dated. Pool is too small. I might stay here again ... Read more
Submitted on 01-07-2016
Great location lots to walk to and drive to. From beautiful sand beaches to poke shacks. Great island destination. Rooms a little dated but island charming can't beat the views. Breeze seems to float Thursday the lounge area al the time. Love it, great place to shake off the busy city living and tune into Kona time.
from Austin, Texas, Usa
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Nice friendly clean good food restful for us may not be for the younger crowd.Loved our ocean view room and sound of ocean.grounds very nice need an update soon but good value for money.Close by local market shops beach and restaurants.lots to do we had visited Honolulu but we found Hawaii more restful and had much more history.
Submitted on 03-07-2016
We stayed in Kona for the night because we didn't want to travel back to Hilo and we picked this hotel for the location. The bar was nice and the servers even better. Rooms are a little out dated and beds were hard. I wouldn't like to stay there for an extended stay but it was nice for the night.
from Buckeye, Arizona
Submitted on 03-07-2016
We love staying at the Royal Kona Resort. This was my second time staying and we will make it a tradition to stay here every time we come to Kona. The staff is the best! From the time we checked in with Ms. Leimomi who was pleasingly pleasant, to check out with Ms. Linda who was a breath of fresh air who extended are check out without any hassle. Our room was nice and clean with a gorgeous view and the bed was very comfortable. The reason why I came back here was the lobby. Absolutely lovely! I... Read more
from Chino, California
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Not the place to come if you are looking to stay in your room, but the rooms are clean, but not the best in terms of bed and furniture. However, the grounds are a nice stroll to downtown Kona. There is an onsite Lua that we are going to attend July 4th, and fireworks can be seen from our balcony over the bay. For Diamond Resorts people, "Silver" means nothing here -- no free wifi or any of the other Diamond Amenities. A little grumpy about that, as much as we pay in fees each year. Probably... Read more
from Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Submitted on 04-07-2016
Stayed at RKR for two nights July 2016. Great location but Resort is very tired and could do with a good dose of TLC. Our room smelt musty, outdoor balcony carpet was torn and had heaps of holes, balcony handrail rusty. Our corner room was large, but bathroom really small. Really pleased we were out both days doing activities and only in the room to sleep. Would not stay here again. Too depressing.
from Alexandria, Virginia
Submitted on 08-07-2016
The Royal Kona Resort is in a great location ~ easy walk to shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, it is in need of a complete overhaul. Everything is dated and "old" Glad I was only staying for an overnighter. The front desk staffed talked way too much amongst themselves to the exclusion of guests coming to the desk. They would continue their conversation. I observed this while waiting for my room to be cleaned prior to check-in. I would stay here in a pinch but would certainly look for somethin... Read more
from uk
Submitted on 12-07-2016
We stayed at this nicely situated hotel a number of times when it was in the Hilton group. The food was outstanding and we enjoyed several 'Luaus' with pig roasting wonderful Hawaiian music and flower garlands. The views of the setting out to the west and the culture of the Islands is something that we shall never forget. Needs just a little TLC and will be great again
from Leicester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-07-2016
Yes she is tired and in her dottage but our room was clean and spacious. We enjoyed the tidal lagoon and watching the luau from our balcony. Didn't try the food or bar but liked the location. They honoured our anniversary whilst there with a bottle of champagne which was a nice touch.
from Lewisville, North Carolina
Submitted on 13-07-2016
We stayed here for a few days on either side of a dive trip. The room was clean and sufficient, the restaurant was nice and the food good, although we thought the breakfast buffet was a bit over priced. We found the staff helpful and pleasant and enjoyed our stay.
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 14-07-2016
We chose this restaurant as it was convenient. We asked to be seated by the sea wall right on the ocean - really nice view. Except there were 2 rats running around by our feet. Brazen little rodents that came up right by our feet.. one then climbed the wall and went by the table next to us.. they were a bit startled. we addressed this to our waitress who's only question was - are you a guest of the hotel? not sure the relevance but i'm guessing they would have taken a different course of action ... Read more
from Woodbine, Maryland
Submitted on 14-07-2016
The staff was friendly and accommodated our request for 3 rooms close together. The rooms had a great ocean view with a large patio. The rooms were large but dated. The beds were not very comfortable. there is no beach at this hotel and you gave to walk down the street for a beach.
from Phoenix
Submitted on 15-07-2016
The Staff goes out of their way to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. The room was clean maintained everyday. We were offered a hospitality suite after check out to clean up for our late night flight back home. The pool is clean and lagoon are a nice touch.
Submitted on 16-07-2016
A quiet place to a short stay, with good location, clean, a small pool, but you can swim in a natural pool, protected by the rocks. There is a also a parklot but the Wi-Fi is expensive. There is lual at night, including dinner, but it problably needs reservation.
Submitted on 18-07-2016
The property is nice with a decent pool. Service was decent. What was fantastic was the beautiful views of the ocean. Our room had a giant lanai and the view was spectacular. The local restaurants and shopping were decent too. But, the room was pretty bad. Beds were terrible, linens were stiff and the room has not been updated since 1975. The bathroom was also horrible. So, stay if you have to, but plan to be out of your room the majority of the time. Had we stayed here for more than one night, ... Read more
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Lovely grounds but the rooms are in need of major renovation. Rooms were clean but tired looking and in room decor/condition was moderate at best. Good deal for the location (great location!) and price but I'd choose another hotel over this one next time unless the rooms get renovated. Food and bar are decent but extremely overpriced. Don't waste your money on the breakfast buffet or onsite restaurants. Walk two minutes to a nearby restaurant and get a better meal for much less money.
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 19-07-2016
My family and I stayed at the Royal Kona for 8 nights in an ocean view room with two doubles. We got an excellent rate per night, yet I was a bit worried about staying here due to mixed reviews. Well, we all absolutely loved our stay. Check-in was fast, the room was spacious enough, the bathroom adequate, and the balcony views were amazing. The staff were nice, housekeeping efficient, and everything went smoothly. The property consists of three buildings, and we were in the main one. The... Read more
from Cumming, Georgia
Submitted on 20-07-2016
The location is excellent, very close to the airport, great views and good food nearby. The hotel is greatly in need of updating, the rooms are 'old' but with modernization it would be good again. Plan to spend most of the time out of the room, although the lanai is good and great sunset views.
from San Francisco Bay Area
Submitted on 20-07-2016
The Royal Kona is the resort from the 1950s that has kept up it's appearance and up with the times. The people who work here really make it what it is as they are so friendly and accommodating. The ocean-fed salt water pool with it's resident wildlife is a great place to swim, or the freshwater pools near the fabulous lanai. The Royal Kona is my go to place in Kailua, right in the midst of things, and it never disappoints!