I had an amazing time at Arnotts!! I highly recommend it and I will definitely return!
Arnotts offers a variety of lodging options at a very reasonable price. Those who are accustomed to staying at Hostels will consider Arnotts a definite step up. I had a private dorm room and it was a really great place to unwind from all of my Big Island adventures - quiet, clean and comfortable. Bathroom is clean and well-designed. The Kitchen was also kept clean and came in very handy with all of the great local organic produce available in Hilo.
I'm reluctant to call them 'staff'; I think 'ohana' (family) is more appropriate. All the staff are super friendly. Doug, Gloria and Dino really made me feel like part of the fold. My big tip is to get to know the staff well - they are full of great advice and have such interesting stories to share if you're willing to listen. Special mention to Leena for being the most cheery and helpful person on the planet. She fielded my incessant questions with a genuine smile and a frankness that one will only find in Hilo.
Tours and Adventures:
This is where the Arnotts team really excels! I did three tours: Mauna Kea, Valleys and Volcano. I can't fault any of them. The tour guides really know their stuff and are awesome people too! Also, if you let them know what kind of stuff you'd like to see, they are always willing to give you advice. I particularly enjoyed my customised adventure tour, lead by the adventurous Lauren.
Overall, Arnotts is a great place to be if you're open to adventure and meeting wonderful people. I will definitely look them up when I'm back in Hilo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures is located in a delightful, tropical area minutes from the coastline. We offer a range of affordable accommodations from backpackers in one building, to deluxe rooms with private bathroom in another. In between these accommodation extremes we have semi-private/suites that include a shared bathroom and a kitchenette which makes family vacations affordable. We also incorporate a beautiful camp ground for tenters. Inexpensive bike rentals are available. Arnott's also has its own tour division where lodge guests get substantial discounts on incredible adventures such as the summit of Mauna Kea and Volcanoes National Park. Come experience a relaxed Hawaii environment within walking distance to green sea turtles and swimming beaches. We hope to see you soon. Aloha ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arnott`s Hotel Hilo
- Arnotts Hotel Hilo
- Arnott's Lodge Hilo, Hawaii