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Hilo Backpackers Hostel

69 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed there for few nights and I had a great time. Jered saved for me the bed I asked, was patient and helpul. He knows a lot about the island and gave me great tips. The locations is amazing but you still need a car to get around. The volcano- 45 minutes drive from there Rainbow falls- 5 minutes... More 

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Originally, I planned to live in the dorm, but the only bed available was either on the top bunk or a very creaky spring mattress near the door. The following day, I opted to upgrade into the private room and it was much more comfortable and worth the extra $30. Free breakfast is a plus, and the location is so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel is clean, relaxing and comfortable. The guy on reception was really laid back and made us feel very welcome. It's a good location near the tsunami museum and a little cinema. Would definitely go back!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

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 June 5, 2015

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 June 4, 2015

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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