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Dolphin Bay

#1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
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333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Livermore, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a nice little hotel with a hiking trail and a small creek behind it. The room service was very active and did a good job of cleaning. There were also coquis which I found quite restful. However I got eaten by bugs (probably mosquitoes) on the first night. Overall it was a nice little hotel for a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed 4 nights at Dolphin Bay to explore the Hilo area and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The room we rented is the upgraded room one level above the lowest priced room. The room was very large, included a full kitchen and was very nicely decorated. The room did not include A/C but had large windows that opened with screens... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice hotel. Good value. Tall ceilings, full kitchen, friendly staff. Loved the setting next to the nature preserve. Very quiet, except for the frogs, but the frogs rocked! And there are birds during the day in the preserve.

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Black Creek, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We had booked a stay here and for some crazy reason we messed up the dates of when we were checking in to the hotel. Whoops. After arriving there and realized that our reservation was for the previous night the hotel staff managed to shuffle us around and got us all a bed for the night. Again, thank you so... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We had a two week trip to Kona but had a one day gap between our two timeshare exchanges, so what better to do than drive to Hilo to see the volcano. Booked a double at Dolphin Bay based on reviews and was very happy with the overall experience. Check-in was easy and the room was ready and waiting for... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have stayed at Dolphin Bay for several years and this year was as great as ever. We had 2 rooms for 9 nights and the comfortable rooms, the staff (especially Dinah, Verna, Ellen, John, Donna), the location, the grounds make this place easily the only place for us to stay when in Hilo. The frogs, the lack of air... More 

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Kenwood, California
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming to Dolphin Bay for a few years now! After staying at Hilo Hawaiin beforehand. What we like better here is the Staff, being able to have free wi-fi in the room ( at HH you either paid or went to the lobby to get on line) Dolphin is older, but it has character, charm, peacefulness, beautiful... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Stayed there for our honeymoon in Autumn 2014. Amazingly nice staff, lovely location, reasonable price, just great accommodation overall. Just thinking about the freshly banana bread in the morning makes me misty eyed.

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We stayed at Dolphin Bay because we wanted a hotel that was a relatively close drive to Volcanoes National Park, and would ideally be in walking distance to restaurants/grocery stores. We also wanted a TV in our hotel room, which really helped whittle down available options. We were in a one-bedroom on the second floor. First impression of the property... More 

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

If one truly wants the local experience, PLEASE go to Dolphin Bay Hotel. I have lived in Hilo since 1980; went to Dolphin Bay for a month of R&R. This is what Hilo is all about. True...no A/C; coqui frogs, but people who smile at you & want you to enjoy living on an island...Not for everyone.

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