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Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel

87 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Temecula, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Over 200 rooms, but only about 50 "free" parking spaces, so one must park on the street, and walk from up to 3/4 mile away (in the pouring rain)- how is this even legal? There is a virtually empty parking lot connected to Uncle Billy's parking, but they have some kind of feud going with the hotel next door, so... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time at Billys place. Yes, it isn't a plastic hotel, yes, it's older, yes, the nature abounds. I loved the great reviews people have posted and would like to add that the restaurant is fantastic and the bands they have in there are real Hawaiian. The center court gardens are beautiful and they have some neat... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The room was spacious and comfortable with a lovely view of the garden and the sea. The staff were incredibly friendly and efficient. Especially appreciated the fresh papaya at breakfast. There are no phony features here--you'll love it just as it is.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This Hotel offers a taste of Old Hawaii and a unique friendly atmosphere of antiquated charm! Its NO luxury hotel. But what it lacks in the Ritz it make up for in its friendly hospitality and warm useful amenities. I greatly enjoy there garden with the small bridges and large fish. The pool is a nice swim at night. There... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We only spent one blissfully uneventful evening at Uncle Billy's, in the midst of an adventurous two weeks on the Big Island. The location was perfect for a late evening visit to Kiluea and Volcano National Park then return to Hilo instead of making a long dark drive to Kona. The breakfast buffet was surprisingly good. Sparse, but fresh choices... More 

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We enjoyed our ocean front room, 242. Hearing the waves flapping against the lava lullabied us to sleep every night. The canoe crews went out on Hilo Bay practicing rain or shine. We saw several cruise boats come and go from the port. Watching the planes fly brought further attention. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The... More 

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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We started our vacation in this hotel. Our flight was over 3 hours late arriving and yet when we dragged our selves in from an exceptional long day of traveling they warmly greeted us and quickly check us in to our room. The first night I had just reserved a garden view room. Our room was basic and a bit... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The location is ok and the staff are friendly enough. There's a shop on site that sells pretty much anything you might need which is handy. The hotel is just badly in need of updating and a bit of TLC! The wifi is quite poor. And the breakfast could be better.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Uncle Billy's is a great local kama'aina hotel. It is simple, it is cheap, and it offers things you would be charged at other places. $94 a night (kama'aina rate) = standard room (partial ocean view, 2 twin beds), free parking, free wifi, AND free breakfast. This is a very good deal. No, this isn't the Hilton or the Sheraton.... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

After returning from the volcanos I discovered my new roommates...roaches! I called the front office and they offered to kill it for me. After seeing 3 more I decided to checkout that same night. The receptionist only comment was that "ALL the hotels in Hilo have roaches"! No apologies for the inconvenience.

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