(800) 367-5004 or (808) 935-9361
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is one of best hotels on Banyan Drive at the moment (though that in itself is not worth tons of bragging rights). Their location overlooking Coconut Island affords them nice views. The rooms and bathrooms are fresh and modern, still in keeping with the feel of Hawai‘i. All the photographs in the rooms were taken on property, and when you come in you’ll find cards that share stories about the islands. These little details are welcoming, however the a/c does have some quirks. The most annoying being it’s motion sensitive and will shut off at night unless you get up and walk around. Good for sleep walkers and those of us who have small bladders, but the rest of us will sweat it out. Overall, the building is well-maintained for its age with updated restaurants (they’re working on some additional remodeling). The top floor is the smoking floor (but only on the lanais). There are some small shops on property (not run by the hotel), such as a beauty salon, massage spa and a convenience store. No room safes, but free safety deposit boxes at front desk. Rooms (347–376 sq. ft.) are $157–$249. Suites (542–748 sq. ft.) are $217–$410. Check for discounts.