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333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Dolphin Bay
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I really loved this hotel! It was located an easy 5-10 minute walk to the town of Hilo. The rooms were very spacious, and included a kitchen (I was in a 'standard studio') and bathroom. The 'complimentary breakfast' was fresh fruit from their garden (papaya, bananas), banana bread from the local bakery, and fresh coffee via a standard coffee maker.... More

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Canada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
16 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

No complaints here. Our two night stay was great. Their website perfectly describes what they offer. It's not a high class fancy resort, but is a clean, well kept hotel. Queen bed, full kitchen, dining room table, ample room to store clothes and a decent size bathroom. The staff were super friendly and helpful in helping us where to go... More

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nashville tn
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, It was poor because of value. We stayed 3 nights along with friends. Last week of August. This is not a great property. The rooms were clean but not well maintained. I had rust from the shower curtain rod on my towels. The rooms were a bit smelly because of high humidity since there is no AC or dehumidification.... More

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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had 4 nights booked at the Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo for our honeymoon in August. We were trying to travel on a budget so thought this would meet our needs... But it was NOT what we expected. We stayed in room 14 for one night before we bounced. The room smelled musty, even with several windows open and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first place we stayed in on our recent trip to Hawaii. I chose it after reading other reviews, and because they had larger rooms to accommodate my two teenagers (each wanting their own bed). There is no fancy pool, but the rooms were spacious and clean. The breakfast of fresh papya and banana bread was delicious. And... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our 3 days at Dolphin Bay. The staff gave excellent advice about activities in the area. The early morning coffee, banana bread (best I have ever had) and amazing fresh fruit from the garden (who knew bananas could be that good) was very welcome. The well equipped kitchen was a money saver and was appreciated to stored drinks... More

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North Wales
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our week at the Dolphin Bay. We were a party of 4, so we had a double and a twin apartment (No 2 and No 15) and were very comfortable. The hotel's website gives a good feel for what rooms are like so I can't understand why people are commenting negatively on decor or lack of air conditioning.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
16 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked this place based on the tripadvisor rating, and while i was not disappointed, it was also lacking. I guess the whole area did not look like it has very many great hotels, so possibly this one is one of the best of the bunch. I was put in the other side of the hotel for longer term stays, hence... More

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Carleton, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I chose this hotel because of the reviews on tripadvisor. Thank you all for your input. This was a lovely place to stay. I purposely chose Hilo rather than Kona because of the more "local" atmosphere. I did not want to stay at a "tourist trap". Hilo is a large city, much like any other, with a few "Hawaiian" type... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My family and I visited Hilo for two days and stayed at Dolphin Bay for one night. We had one two bedroom and one studio. This is a very nice hotel - it is not big, not luxurious, but very well maintained, staffs are amazing, flowers beautiful, etc. There are papaya to eat through out the day and free breakfast... More

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Additional Information about Dolphin Bay

Address: 333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Dolphin Bay Hilo, Hawaii
Dolphin Bay Hotel Hilo

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