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Dolphin Bay

#1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A shop owner on the north side of the island recommended Dolphin Bay to us and said it is the only place she will stay when in Hilo town. She mentioned the helpful staff, the beautiful landscaping, the kitchens stocked with stainless steel cookware, the spacious bathrooms with large, deep tubs, and the fresh baked bread and fruit available all... More 

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NYC northern suburbs, NY
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We only stayed for 1 night and were only awake in the room long enough to shower and get ready for an early flight. Even so, this was a very comfortable, nice, quiet place to stay. We arrived before noon after driving over from the Kona side. John was extremely helpful - we had booked a studio, but since the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for 5 nights at the end of January and just found it to be wonderful! Its in a very quiet part of Hilo and our room had a balcony which we used and left the door open at night which was delightful as we loved the sound of the Kokee frogs. The first night I thought it was... More 

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Milan, Italy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights in this hotel (we actually came back after been there in 2006) and we can say that this is the best hotel choice in Hilo. We had a standard room with kitchen, which was absolutely big enough for the two of us. The room is clean, bathroom is big with a huge shower; maybe there... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We highly recommend the Dolphin Bay Hotel if you are thinking about staying in Hilo. John and his staff are awesome and it's well worth your while. Now, if you are looking for a fancy resort with a pool and lots of amenities, this place is not for you (better to look on the Kona side of the island for... More 

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eagle river, w,i usa
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

stayed one night while in area for work hotel is dated but is clean and well maintained. They had coffee and banana bread in morning which was nice. Not where I would stay on a vacation but serve red well for my one night

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Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were glad to have chosen the Dolphin Bay Hotel for our 6-night stay in Hilo during January. This is an excellent choice for people wanting a comfortable, affordable, non-ostentatious place to stay (including kitchen) while exploring the eastern side of Hawai`i. It is not the place for those wanting upscale resort facilities or a pool. We had a Superior... More 

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San Marcos, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing Hidden Pearl in Hilo, which does not have many places to stay. Family run, very friendly and helpful. Fresh fruit/Papaya, coffee, and banana bread 24/7. Rooms as previously stated are a bit dated, but clean and comfortable. A beautiful garden in the back with grilling available. Friends have stayed in Hilo before, and believe me, nothing... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This small hotel has been here for a long time. Hilo does not have a lot of hotels, this one is older but clean, friendly and charming. Close to waterfront area and easy access to many small dining areas. Bill has old time charm and not so touristy as Mona.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The place is fine -- the three stars should not be taken to mean otherwise. But that's all it is -- spartan and nothing special, adequate service but not over the top. Which caught us a bit by surprise, because reading all of the glowing 5-star reviews had led us to picture a level of cuteness and luxury that was... More 

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