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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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North Wales
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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13 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stayed 4 nights in one of the 1 bedroom suites which was a perfect size for 3 adults and 1 child. We found the Dolphin Bay very quiet during our stay and well within walking distance to downtown Hilo. Parking at the hotel can get a little tight during busy times but there is plenty of open spaces on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We weren't 100% sure what to expect, but it's a nice little hotel close to downtown at a good price. Owners are super friendly and helpful and the rooms are clean. No AC, as mentioned, but there are plenty of fans. Nice coffee and fresh fruit available as well. We'd stay there again, no problem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I am use to staying in name brand hotels on the main land, and I must say, I was not quite sure what to expect. We have enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin Bay and will definitely stay and recommend it to our family and friends that will vacation on the Hilo side. The full kitchen was very much appreciated... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Can't say enough great things about Dolphin Bay. Stayed here in June with my family of four--the accommodations were perfect! We had a one bedroom unit, which gave us more than enough space. The room was immaculate and was equipped with everything we needed to prepare meals. As other have noted, there is not A/C but--even in mid June--it didn't... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights as a base for viewing the northern part of the island. Great to have a small kitchen in which to prepare meals etc. No AC, but hey, that's one of the reasons of going to Hawaii - to feel the warmth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Super clean, very reasonable rates. I was concerned about the lack of AC ( I HATE being hot, especially at night), but the fans and the cross breeze made the room really comfortable. It wasn't an issue at all. Besides, keeping the windows open allowed us to be lulled to sleep by the frog symphony outside...it was really amazing. Fresh... More

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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): $$
Also Known As:
Dolphin Bay Hilo, Hawaii
Dolphin Bay Hotel Hilo

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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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