The Good Bad and the Ugly.
I have never in my life been in a hotel that fits this description. I truly loved and hated my 3 days here and only a detailed description can explain. You really need to read the whole review
This hotel was built about 1965, I think an additional wing was built in the 70’s, it replaced another that had been here since the 40’s and had survived two tsunamis. It is built on an old burial ground and some say it is haunted. If Stephen King ever wrote a sequel to The Shinning and instead of a seasonal isolated Maine hotel he choose a dilapidated run down southern Hawaiian hotel this would be the place, carpeted and wood halls are replaced with two types of tiled designs….redrum, redrum.
Price, View, Room, Balcony, Location, Golf course, Staff
Breakfast, Cleaning, Workmanship, TV
The Overall Hotel Appearance, the Elevators, Hotel Condition
The price was $99, I upgraded my room to a bay view for another $20 it was upgraded when my bay room was in disrepair. I ended up in a corner room with a view of the harbor and ocean. The balcony was 24 feet by 20 feet, all patio windowed with sliding panels to keep sunlight out. Day one a cruise ship came by within 300 yards of the hotel. Day two we watched dolphins and whales, on day three it was whales and sea turtles. All I can say about the views were wow; you face the east and watch the sun rise. IT has a cheap $10 buck a round golf course as part of the property. It is also is a group of rundown buildings but the course is better I have played worse courses in Florida for more money. The bottom line is a hotel built at the same time up kept well three doors away from this hotel charged $500 a night for a single room. My room was clean and I could not find any bugs and I looked. The staff went out of their way to help me.
Breakfast which is free is basically toast and coffee, for some reason they keep it set up in the lobby. My first room had stained walls, stained with what; your guess is as good as mine. Wired internet was broken and the tv reception was snowy. They had the tv mounted on the wardrobe and not directly facing the bed. The small table and chairs were missing from the room. Microwaves are extra but there is a coffee maker. The workmanship in the upgraded rooms is poor and mixed. They redid the floors and walls but leave old doors or shower rods that are stained and rusted. The air conditioning vent is beside your head on the bed and it is dirty. Housekeeping forgot to make my bed on one occasion.
When you walk into this place with the outside half painted and a 72 room structure boarded up makes you want to leave right away. I almost did. I checked in then got into the elevator oh my, dirty and slow. Apparently one only starts up if another is running, then into the stained room.
All that being said, All these problems are due to an owner who sold this property in December. I am told that starting on April 1 (Anniversary of the 1946 Hilo Tsunami) 200 workers will descend on this property to renovate it. It will remain open during these renovations with soft opening in November and a grand opening for New Years Eve. I would love to see the final results as this is a really neat historical property with so much potential.
If you get a room here in 2014 be ready for workers, use the hotel three doors down to you for meals they are very good. Rooms on floors that end with a 36 have the double view, rooms ending in35 have the ocean view and 34’s are suites. If you book here I would call directly and make all your arrangements by talking to them in person so you know what you are getting. This is not a resort but it might become one.
Bottom line was I had a clean room with unbeatable views and I used the $1000 I saved on 3 days of rooms to have a great Hilo experience.
Rooms ending in 35 and 36 have the best views, do not get a garden view, it is a parking lot.
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