Hilo Area

Hilo Bay Hostel

A very nice hostel with bright, very clean rooms and shared spaces, including the kitchen. The extra effort put into the place really shows. It's on the second floor of a historic building built in 1913 on a busy corner in downtown Hilo, so expect road noise....

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Arnott’s Lodge

Located just off Kalanianaole Avenue in east Hilo past the industrial area, this hostel is popular with backpackers. They also offer mostly private tours in their vans, since, as they put it, “Most of our guests don’t have cars." (If you book the Mauna Kea Summit...

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SCP Hotel Hilo

Very clean, modern, minimalist hotel rooms across from the Ice Pond. This family hotel got a long-awaited updating and reopened in mid-2021 as SCP Hilo. Very warm staff that make the whole hotel feel inviting. The updates earned them a Real Gem rating....

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Grand Naniloa Hotel

The Grand Naniloa underwent renovation in 2016, but we have a feeling that the $30 million changes are just the beginning for this snazzy resort, and we look forward to their future with… curiosity.  The hotel is clean, spacious and modern (though many things have...

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Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

This used to be the best hotel on Banyan Drive, but it's got new competition over at the Grand Naniloa Hotel. It's hard keeping things pristine in moist Hilo, and the interior of the hotel feels significantly more luxe than the outside does on your drive up. Their...

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Dolphin Bay Hotel

We find this hotel quaint and comforting with helpful staff and a hotel cat (that has his own guest-filmed YouTube video). It also helps that it's one of the better bargain hotels in Hilo. Rooms are clean and have complete kitchens. No phone in your room, but you...

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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

We’re not sure how to classify this one, so let’s start with what it isn't: a hotel, a hostel, or a bed and breakfast (but you do get breakfast if you stay in their rooms). Think of this place as a destination retreat locale. It's only about 20 minutes away from...

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