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Hilo Bay Hostel

101 Waianuenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was love at first sight for me. If all hostels were like this, way more people would stay in them! The entrance is up a wide set of stairs to a spacious common room. All the room doors (almost) open into the common room, so it is a great place to meet fellow travelers. The common area has a... More 

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Tahoe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My husband and I rented a private room for a one night stay while we were on that end of the island. The owner Scott was a nice guy. He had several good suggestions of what we could do while we were there. The room was clean. The sheets were clean but pretty stained. The windows need to be wide... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I've stayed in dozens of hostels in my time and this was by far the most friendly, diverse and full of character. Beautifully decorated throughout, with clean rooms - you couldn't ask for more. The excursions to the volcanoes were very well organised and topped off what was a wonderful stay on the Big Island.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I stayed in this hostel for 5 nights and I can't really complain about anything. They had everything I was looking for, a good bed, good wifi, a kitchen and a good location. They don't have a freezer in the hostel, so if you're planning to buy frozen meat, you have to prepare everything at once and then store in... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is my fav place to stay in Hilo. And I've been staying here for both work and vacation during the last 11 years. It's an old hotel, nothing luxurious, but very reasonable price, convenient to downtown Hilo (3 used bookstores within walking distance, lots of little ethnic restaurants & shops). A kitchen you can cook meals in, laundry facilities,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Staff was friendly and welcoming. Our room was large, but located on busy noisy street that was never quiet.. No screens on windows so bugs fly in. Bed was very uncomfortable so much that our backs were in pain. Shower has feel of sandblaster. Birds in the lobby cages can be noisy, and if you are near the bathroom you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Stepping into this hostel feels like you've stepped back 100 years. The building itself is ok- a bit creaky & dusty but it's a hostel & that can be forgiven. Seems to allow longer term boarders that are a little on the wacky side- some sleep continuously and expect absolute silence during there forever sleep- so you feel uncomfortable in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The rooms are very clean, the staff is very friendly, and it's in close proximity to the city center. The kitchen is a social place and I especially enjoyed tasting the exotic fruit that various travelers picked up at the local farmers market. Would definitely stay here again!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've stayed here twice--once in 2003 and once in 2015. It's a pleasure if just for the opportunity to spend time in one of Hilo's historic downtown buildings. Both the exterior and the interior of the building exude historic character. The owner and the staff have a lot of experience dealing with all kinds of guests; they seem very astute... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Our stay was 4 nights in a dorm room. We slept in a double bed together, so they put the price down, which was very nicely done. Then the first night we had a lady drinking in bed all night, trying to get private with two guys. One of them wasnt even supposed to be in our room. Managements reaction... More 

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