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Hilo Bay Hostel

Certificate of Excellence
101 Waianuenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015
shaunissima Costa Mesa, California
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Costa Mesa, California
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6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Diddillibah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

What a pleasant surprise,haven't stayed in a hostel for years but we were really surprised how comfortable and clean it was. We had a private room with a really comfortable bed and delightfully decorated room, fresh flowers in our room, gorgeous! the facilities were fabulous and the staff were amazing, they were so helpful with suggestions of where to go... More 

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Buderim
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The hostel has so much character, is clean, with friendly staff and very close to everything. Loved Hilo, it's how I imagined Hawaii should be. We ate at Pineapples Restaurant, (5 star in my book) with live music. Pineapples is walking distance to the hostel. We kayaked with whales and turtles. Magnificent. A must stop when you visit Hawaii. Claire... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Great location! Great staff!!! Good Hostel. I've only been there once and can say it is a right proper hostel. The restroom, kitchen and showers were well maintained and very clean. The only real letdown was that most of the clientele were 40+. Not sure if this was a fluke...or a regular theme here. Kinda cuts down on the socializing.... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Professional, welcoming, organised, clean... Has all the makings of the ideal hostel. Old school decor, boarding house vibe, well kept kitchen, bathrooms and dorms. Friendly and thorough staff. Cos the place is so well run, plus the safe, homey and placid atmosphere, it tends to attract the older solo travellers and school/college groups from time to time... Can detract from... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Very nice hostel in the center of Hilo , up the stairs to a very comfortable common area that has a fun Feel to it . The staff is very nice and very helpfull and the keep the place very clean they spent a lot of time helping us rent a car / location is good but not the best... More 

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Streefkerk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Hilo Bay Hostel is a hostel were you feel at home rightaway. The hostel is located in a beautiful old house. Very central. We had a spacious private room with a small fridge. The kitchen is cosy with enough plates etc. The common area has a big table were you can eat, a big desk with electricity for your devices... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A good value in a pinch. We unexpectedly had to spend another night in Hilo ; we realized it at 11 pm ; and money was tight. We met people from all over the world, and the wifi is free. Fixed our own breakfast ; gracious use of kitchen included. Not fancy, but interesting...A bit of Hilo History ; )

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