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Dolphin Bay

#1 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Dolphin Bay for 2 nights while visiting Volcano national park. Our kids (aged 15 and 13) were very impressed with the WiFi speed. We found it comfortable - not modern but well looked after. Coffee, banana bread and fresh papaya for breakfast were great. Best of all was the excellent local knowledge and tips for how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the first place my mother and I stayed at in Hawaii. It was a very friendly place. Everyone was very nice. Our room was spotless and neat. There were fresh homemade muffins every morning with fresh picked friut, coffee and juice. They even had umbrellas avaliable to borrow for the rainy parts of the day. Our stay was... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I, her sister, and my brother-in-law, visited Hilo in early June. We wanted to stay three nights in Hilo then move on to Kona where we rented a house and spent most of our vacation money. The Dolphin Bay was perfect for our needs in Hilo. Well located, large and spacious rooms, friendly people with a great... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's not a lot to choose from in Hilo, so based on previous Trip Advisor reviews I chose Dolphin Bay. True to those reports, it is an older establishment; however, it was much roomier than anything comparatively-priced on the Kona side. I especially appreciated the wonderful coffee, homemade banana bread & fresh fruit every morning and also appreciated the spacious... More 

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Princeville, Hawaii
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dolphin Bay hotel is a little gem of a family owned and run hotel located within easy walking distance of downtown Hilo. The room we had was clean and comfortable and had a pleasant view of the jungle garden behind the parking lot. Fresh papayas, bananas, banana bread, and coffee were provided every morning. Owner John Alexander made several... More 

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Sydney
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reviews I read turned out to be accurate. This is not a modern resort hotel BUT it is clean, convenient to downtown Hilo, the rooms are relatively spacious, the staff are very friendly and helpful and it does have the cooking facilities you need to prepare your own meals. Wifi worked well and we didn't notice the noise of... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dolphin Bay Hotel is dated but like Hilo that is part of its charm. The room had a complete kitchen with all the utensil necessary to prepare your own meals. Everything works and it is clean. The rooms have everything you need for a very comfortable stay and it is convenient to the Hilo Tourist District. Less than a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had a lovely time here. Room was clean, comfortable with well equipped kitchen. Fresh local fruit, banana bread and coffee for breakfast. Lovely garden. Staff were friendly. Just a nice relaxed down to earth vibe. Owner accidentally underquoted for the room and honored that quote which was very nice as higher rate was very reasonable.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Wonderful place to stay, especially the hospitality, fruit trees and it being near downtown Hilo. Beautiful gardens to walk and breakfast in the morning of fruit and homemade banana bread. The owners were very accommodating. Love, love, loved staying there.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My husband and I spent one night here at the Dolphin Bay hotel. We went to look at room 5 before we agreed to rent it, as it doesn't appear on the surface to be fabulous but as soon as we went in the room we were pleasantly surprised. Don't let the first impression sway you away. Two vases of... More 

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