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Hilo Bay Hostel

101 Waianuenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hilo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2010
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2010

I've long believed that American hostels, in addition to being vanishingly rare, are generally inferior in quality and value to their counterparts around the world. The Hilo Bay Hostel, however, really defies this generalization. The very friendly owner, Scott, has done an amazing job of restoring a historic hotel into a hostel that's fully functional, clean and modern but still... More 

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Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights. Were pleasantly surprised with this hostel. The staff was very helpful and enthusiastic. If we needed anything (information on whereto or how to travel) they were quite forthcoming. the place is right in the downtown, easy access to groceries or places to eat. while we were there we cooked our own... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. The dorm rooms have big roomy bunk beds, clean bedding and have a nice feel to them. The bathroom and kitchen were clean and the communal areas were welcoming. The staff were very helpful and the place felt safe. There are only 2 negative points I have. The... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

Great service, clean room. We booked into a room with its own bathroom. Great facilities for young people on a budget, Sparkling kitchen. Sitting and dining area is old world Hawaii, beautifully restored and maintained. Top place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010 via mobile

Having spent time travelling i found this is the best hostel I have stayed in. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the service is fantastic. My experience at the Hilo Bay Hostel added depth and enjoyment to my experience of the Big Island. Moreover, it's the best value hostel I have used. Overall, great value, customer care and... More 

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

We had reservations at a B&B at Volcano, but discovered it was a sort of scam, so drove back to Hilo to find a place to stay. I had previously explored hostels, but been disappointed with what I had found. Price was a major consideration, though. Quite by accident we saw the Hilo Bay Hostel, and my partner went in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

Great place to stay for the price. Very nice employees - friendly, caring, and helpful. Good location.

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Dunedin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

I stayed at the Hilo Bay Hostel for 3 weeks over Dec 2009/Jan 2010 and I found it to be the best hostel I have ever been a guest at. My partner and I were travelling with another couple and we truly enjoyed ourselves. The location is unbeatable, situated in a historic building in the centre of downtown, we were... More 

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Sept Iles, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2009

I'm writing this review somewhat late (I had my trip more than six months ago) but everything about this hostel sticks in my mind, simply because it was one of the best I've stayed in. I was on holiday with a friend who was working up in the Mauna Kea Observatory and we had a private room for two weeks.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Scott & Terry are perfect hosts. The hostel is an old hotel. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We stayed 4 nights there and it was really "home away frome home".

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Address: 101 Waianuenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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