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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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Based on other comments on Trip Advisor, we found this sweet treasure in Hilo, HI. From the moment we set foot on the property, the Aloha spirit was felt. Beautiful gardens, superb service from a wonderful group of people, to the fresh fruit and banana bread available to all. We felt part of the family!

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Kelowna
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were staying in Kailua for 7 days but decided to take a trip to Volcano National Park, spend one night in Hilo then head up to Mauna Kea observatory the following day. I found this hotel online and looked at the TripAdvisor comments and decided to stay here. We were not disappointed. The hotel is clean and located quite... More 

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SE Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to a family reunion in Maui, we decided to start our trip a couple of days early and take a look at the infamous volcano in the Big Island. Since our main purpose was to see the volcano park, I decided to book a flight into Hilo, the nearest airport to the volcano park. After booking the... More 

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Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We only spent one night in Hilo and my husband found this hidden gem on-line. We were greeted by the most gracious Hawaiian woman, Verna, when we checked in. She offered feedback on the choices we had made for dinner and provided us with other possibilities. This hotel is not fancy, but is incredibly clean and had everything we needed... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked at Dolphin Bay simply to save money, rather than stay in Kona or by the volcano. It turned out great, thanks to the very friendly and helpful staff and a pretty good location. I got recommendations for places to eat, places to see and how to get around. It's only a 5-10 minute walk into town for dinner,... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Places to stay in Hilo aren't all that plentiful, so it didn't take us long to find this place while planning a visit from our home in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. We're so glad that we did find it! If you're looking for fancy and touristy, go to the west coast - this ain't it! But if you're looking for... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hilo doesn't have a lot of accommodation, so echoing a previous review .. In any other town, the accommodation would have probably underwhelmed - the upsides are the breakfast - coffee & cake, the friendly staff, clean & the location (close to town but tucked out of the way) - the downsides are the decor, musty, lack of air-con, &... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Hilo isn't crammed with hotels, and sometimes you just don't want to pay Volcano prices to stay in the area. Staying in Hilo puts you close to restaurants and shopping, and is more affordable than staying in Volcano Village or at the park. The Dolphin Bay is an older property, built on the "motor lodge" plan. The rooms are comfortable,... More 

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Chilliwack, B.C.
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Dolphin Bay is a five minute walk from Old Hilo Town and very much a small hotel with personality. It is old, but clean, the staff are friendly and helpful, fresh picked bananas and papayas compete for space in the lobby with just baked banana bread and very good coffee. Rooms have a basic kitchenette and, if you can... More 

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Urbana, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We booked this lovely hotel after reading others reviews on Trip Advisor and we are so glad we did. It is a well-kept 1960's building in a lovely tropical garden. We found the coique frogs that chirp all night an added plus. If you don't, use the earplugs they provide in each unit. The beds are comfortable with nice linens,... 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): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Dolphin Bay Hilo, Hawaii
Dolphin Bay Hotel Hilo

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