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Hilo Backpackers Hostel

69 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hilo
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The moment you walk through the door of Hilo Backpackers you become part of the family. Jared (aka my hero) greats you with friendly smile but the service doesn't stop there. He is a goldmine of advice for what to do on the big island. We intended to spend only 1 night but ended up staying 5. We hung out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed in many places and only now I'm taking the time to write a review because this guys deserve it. Really nice ambience, the tours are great, etc. Totally recommended !. You can't miss the volcano national park tour and Jared is a great guide!

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Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a good stay at the Hilo backpackers hostel. Stayed for 5nights. Should have Done more research though and booked a few days on the other side of the island. The rooms are clean, good pressure in the showers. Nice open spaces, good common area. It would have been nice to be able to bring food and drinks up to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This story is very difficult to tell politely, but I will do my best. I made my reservation on November 5, 2014, and emailed the hostel directly to double check that my space was confirmed. They confirmed on November 7, 2014. My purpose was to attend Merrie Monarch, a large scale hula competition which fills Hilo with thousands of guests,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The hostel is clean and spacious. In a great location for volcanoes if you have a car otherwise your pretty screwed. Giving 3 stars as when i read the website for this hostel on the main page it said free tours for those staying 3 or more consecutive nights. I don't mind paying of course but would of been nice... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a great hostel if you are familiar with staying at hostels. If you are expecting an experience like the Hilton, then you should probably go pay Hilton prices and stay there. Yes, breakfast is minimal, but it's free, and you can always go somewhere else within walking distance if you need something more substantial. There is Bear's Coffee,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Hostel is ok for a night or two. Supermarket is close, rooms are clean, beds are shaky, so if the one on top moves all is moving. No kitchen just a few kitchen items. Free (portioned) breakfast (one coffee/tea and 2 toasts, a fruit per person) is ok but nothing special. Free Wifi and luggage storage is a plus. Really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place is spacious! Lots of downstairs hangout area. Seems like they just move beds around depending on what is needed - because there were 4 of us total, they moved us all into a room together which was nice. Jared was really awesome and very helpful! Only stayed 1 night, as we were just passing through. but really enjoyed... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Stayed about 4 days. Lots of amenities if you want to cook in, pack and create lunch, etc for your adventures. Snorkling and other water supplies available for usage. Breakfast was minimal toast, fruit and coffee but FREE and certainly will get your day started. The place was detail cleaned everyday I was there. It was very safe and secure... More 

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Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hostel is well located, clean and secure, but Hilo isn't a big town. We stayed there for 2 nights (Mauna Kea, Akaka Falls, Volcano National Park) before going to the west side of the island. Staff (Jared) was very helpful and present. Gave us good recommendations and even recorded Game of Thrones finale for us! Atmosphere in the lobby was... More 

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