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Dolphin Bay

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 2013
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Rating summary
  • 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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Waverly, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here for three nights in March. The room was good sized, the service was very good. Overall, an economical place to stay in Hilo. The frogs didn't really bother us much. We found Hilo an interesting city.

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Teddington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just back from a 10 day stay here. I was so glad I picked it. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and my room (12) was clean and comfortable. It's small scale, family-run, and more like a building with several self contained studio flats, some with private balconies. If you are interested in somewhere clean and comfortable, with... More

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good location, adequate facilities, rooms are ok, but what makes it stand out is the friendly, helpful nature of the owners and the beautiful banana groves. Delicious banana bread in the mornings and great coffee!

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melbourne, australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come to Hilo for its proximity to the volcano, the candy store and to meet the wonderful staff at Dolphin Bay. This hotel is well located, clean and offers free parking. This is no luxury multi storey hotel it's an honest, well priced place to stay that's just fine for a couple of nights. I can highly recommend the fudge... More

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great hotel experience! The staff was superb: friendly, customer oriented, helpful with restaurant selections and knowledgable about local attractions. It is an older facility, but that adds to its charm. It is quiet, clean and functional with all the amenities except a/c. The unending hot coffee, the freshly baked delicious banana bread, bananas from the tree and the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was something special about this lodging. We spent a week at the Dolphin on both ends of a trip around the island. The Dolphin staff and owners were welcoming, the grounds more extensive then they first appear and one of the staff gave me a tour pointing out all the orchids in bloom. The lodge is older, not fancy,... More

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Shawnee, KS
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location in a regular neighborhood, but close to downtown. Great atmosphere and very comfortable. Felt right at home with the staff. Being a 'man that loves cats', I really enjoyed 'Rubble'. The coffee and pastries in the morning were great.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

May have been built in the 50's and no A/C - but we found it very clean, rustic and the friendliest & most helpful clerks we have ever met. Helped answer all our questions concerning Hilo, restaurants, places to visit, etc. but their secluded area behind the hotel blew us away! Made our trip to this side of the island.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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101 reviews 101 reviews
18 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you are into casual this is your spot. It's the "old Hawaii". Reminds me of the sweet little places I stayed as a kid with my family. Clean, welcoming. A good base for exploring the Hilo side of the Big Island.

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Hilo is the spot where you'll find the old Hawaii, a laid back atmosphere and personal touches in your accommodation. We weren't after a resort - too expensive and too impersonal. We came to Hilo for a short visit to explore Volcanoes National Park and wanted somewhere not too far away to stay. Stumbled upon Dolphin Bay by accident on... More

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Additional Information about Dolphin Bay

Also Known As:
Dolphin Bay Hilo
Dolphin Bay Hotel Hilo
Dolphin Bay Hilo, Hawaii
Address: 333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 hotels in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seasoned guidance for a wide range of Big Island adventures. Walking distance to downtown Hilo. Clean quiet & reasonable. All rooms with kitchens. Free WiFi Internet available. Rated nicest small hotel in Hilo. ... more   less 

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