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Dolphin Bay

#1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
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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 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Dolphin Bay Inn for a couple of nights, while in Hilo. This is a great place to stay with your family. There were not a lot of frills, but the room was clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and the grounds are pretty cool to walk around. There was no A/C, but fans helped keep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Dolphin Bay hotel was a quaint place situated a few minute walk from downtown Hilo. The front desk workers were fabulous and gave great advice on where to go and what to do. They have a great map they hand out as well which shows all the best places to visit in the area. What we loved most was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice motel. I didn't give it 5 stars because it's not a luxury resort. If you factor in the price, for Hawaii, it deserves 5 stars because it's a good value and isn't a dump. We'd already stayed several places without A/C so that was fine. The tree frogs chirp all night, but that's kind of sweet,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is more like a B&B, where you feel like being in family and at home. Close to town, staff very helpful and friendly. The rooms have plenty of space, kitchen and amenities. Papaya and coffee available at all times, and excellent garden to relax

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Woodland Hills, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A few things to know about the Dolphin Bay Hotel. If you are visiting the Big Island and are not in need of a "resort" feel then this hotel may be a great option for you. If you want to gaze at the Ocean from your balcony and have enjoy a cocktail at the bar then I suggest you keep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being spoiled by air conditioning at home, I can't lie, I did miss having some AC to help cool us on a hot night. But, there were fans, the rooms were large with a kitchenette and the staff was friendly and helpful. With a washer/dryer on the property, we were able to do laundry with no hasssles. Their gardens were... More 

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Lompoc, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here at the end of June 2015. The location is within walking distance to downtown Hilo and is in a residential area. The gardens are beautiful and provide fruit that is offered at breakfast time (coffee, yummy banana bread, bananas and papayas). The staff is very helpful with everything you need--trip suggestions, site updates, history, etc. They provide... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin Bay. We had stayed at a mega resort on the Kona side, so it took a bit adjusting to Dolphin Bay. That said, we enjoyed our stay. Pro: - The staff was extremely friendly. They recommended excellent food options around Hilo and hiking options and were very knowledgeable about what to do around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I traveled here around the end of May 2015. The hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting. (Sorry beach lovers, nothing for you here!) So if you're into tropical gardens, or like tropical rainforests, you'll love the view from the room and the garden here. The room itself felt slightly dated, but nothing bad. It also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Dolphin Bay for 2 nights while visiting Volcano national park. Our kids (aged 15 and 13) were very impressed with the WiFi speed. We found it comfortable - not modern but well looked after. Coffee, banana bread and fresh papaya for breakfast were great. Best of all was the excellent local knowledge and tips for how... More 

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