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“The very best value to be found anywhere in Hilo” 5 of 5 stars
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Arnott's Lodge
98 Apapane Rd., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“The very best value to be found anywhere in Hilo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our stay at Arnott’s lodge can only be described as the best accommodation we have ever visited. We stated for 9 days in a deluxe room, located in the ‘Annex.’ Which is essential a house across the street from the main lodge, which has been subdivided into several separate rooms which share a common kitchen. It’s not that it was fancy or lavish. That is not the point here. However, it was clean, it was quite and it was sufficiently private; with a private restroom in every room. We has a nice sitting area outside the patio door of the room. We would eat dinner there, and enjoy the island.

The room is basic, but complete; sans a television. Which was fine with us, as we didn’t come here to sit in the room and watch reruns. There is a small refrigerator in the room, and everything else that you may need is in the shared kitchen. We met the proprietor several times during our stay, as he went about his work. He is a very pleasant person, and we enjoyed talking with him. The desk staff was equally pleasant, and helpful. Parking was beyond convenient, as you simply pull your car up in the garden.

We will happily stay here again, as we prepare for our relocation to Hilo. The accommodations offered represent the very best value to be found anywhere in Hilo, and perhaps on the entire island.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Aloha to our friends from Denver, Colorado!

Mahalo nui loa for your fantastic review of our lodge! It is always so nice to read that our accommodations met and exceeded the needs of our guests.

Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures is a maintained and managed by a group of dedicated individuals that strive to build upon the foundations that owner, Doug Arnott established in 1990; aiming to facilitate travelers looking for clean, friendly, no-frills accommodations while on vacation on the Big Island. That being said, we take pride in offering free parking, free wifi, free smiles and travel advice, as well as affordable lodging and adventure tours.

Again, mahalo nui loa for sharing your experiences at Arnott's Lodge, in Hilo, Hawaii. We look forward to your future stay with us!

Aloha a hui hou!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We spent 2 nights and took a Mauna Kea Tour at the end of june. The palce is clean and simple as we expected. The staff is friendly. We enjoyed the Mauna Kea tour. This is more than just a ride to the top. We took a tour downtown Hilo stopped by Rainbow Falls and then went to the Mauna Kea. Our guide was informative and knowledgable.

Room Tip: We has a one bedroom suite and the fridge is inside the bedroom and is small. A/C was for the bedroo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Aloha to our guests from Canada!

Mahalo nui loa for such a stunning review of Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures! We are pleased to offer simple, clean, affordable lodging and tour accommodations to our guests; be it simply provided tenting grounds or staying in our Deluxe Suite!

We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Mauna Kea with us! Arnott's Mauna Kea Summit Adventure is easily the most popular Adventure Tour that we offer; taking guests all the way to the summit of the world's tallest volcano! If that isn't enough to inspire awe, our informative and experienced guides offer loads of information on Mauna Kea, the surrounding Hawaiian aina, constellations and Polynesian Navigational Stars, making this tour a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Extending our warmest thanks for staying with us during your adventures on The Big Island of Hawaii, we welcome you to stay with us again the next time you are in Hilo. Mahalo nui loa from the Staff at Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures!

Aloha a hui hou!
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Boerne
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Spent 3 nights while we visited in an around Hilo, simple and clean, with friendly staff, Thanks, Glory again! Good Price for Hawaii, They offer tours, and tips on what to see. Mauna Kea is
great, if I had to do it over again I would rent a jeep and drive myself up there, the tour was
good but a bit pricey if you are budget sensitive. Richardson beach park had awesome snorkeling,
good visibility, saw a huge sea turtle feeding 25 ft from shore, lots of colorful fish. The farmers
market is great Lots of exotic fruits and vegetables and friendly and a bit eccentric people.
Hilo is laid back not as touristy, right up my alley.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Aloha to our guests from Boerne! Mahalo for your review! We enjoy having guests who appreciate what we have to offer: a clean and comfortable place for travelers to rest between adventures. We also offer several tours (with discounts given to our guests staying multiple nights!), including tours to see Mauna Kea, local spots and waterfalls, and tours to see Kilauea at Volcanoes National Park. Thank you for your kind words about our Mauna Kea tour! We are glad you enjoyed it. Our Mauna Kea Sunset tour has the best price on the island, and the best guides! Please remember, if you choose to ascend to the summit on your own: the road can be very treacherous. There is often ice and snow, 4WD with low range is required, and the road itself is very narrow and rutted and is a tough drive, especially if you’re feeling the altitude! Always remember to check with your rental car company first, as many of the companies on our island don’t allow renters to take their cars up Mauna Kea.
Mahalo for your visit! We hope you can join us again soon!
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East Falmouth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This place is clean, accommodating, and pleasant, and I highly recommend it. They handled my apprehension so well (I was arriving late due to a travel SNAFU)! There is an outside dining area and movie area. It is a short walk to the rocky coastline to see the Hilo city lights. It is only a mile and a half from Hilo, very convenient. All good!

Room Tip: Top floor (of a 2 story building) with porch facing neighbor's yard with pond.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Aloha! Mahalo for your good review! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we were happy to help with your arrival. We try to provide every guest with a clean and comfortable place to rest at night, as well as with friendly staff that are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our lodge is definitely well situated; being within easy walking distance to the beach, as well as within easy driving distance into downtown Hilo. We also give great discounts on our tours to guests who lodge with us for two nights or more.

Thank you! We hope you can come and stay again!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Arrived for a 4 night stay and greeted with an extremely friendly welcome! I stayed in a deluxe room with a shared kitchen.

Very clean, good amenities and friendly staff throughout my stay!

I highly recommend the Volcano & National Park tour. Our guide Ikaika was a knowledgable and funny bloke who tailored the tour to our needs.

There are plenty of things near by with a beach directly behind the Lodge. It's a fair trek to the nearest shops but a lovely walk nonetheless.

Thanks for making my first trip to the US a memorable one!

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Aloha to our guest from the UK! Mahalo for your review! We love to hear from all of our guests, especially those who also take our tours and can offer input in both areas. Thank you for your praise of our excellent Volcanoes National Park tour! We will definitely pass it on to Ikaika. We are glad you appreciated our deluxe rooms: they are a must for those guests who like peace, quiet, and private bathrooms! We always strive to keep all of our rooms clean and welcoming at all times, and we always provide free wifi, free parking, coin-op laundry and friendly and helpful staff for your needs.
We hope that you will choose to join us again on your next trip to Hawaii!
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The lady at reception provided the most friendly welcome and check-in I think I have ever received. I stayed in a deluxe room with private ensuite and found it to be clean and comfortable and great value for money.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Aloha to our guests from Sydney! Mahalo for your great review! It’s great to hear that you appreciated what we have to offer for travelers-our rooms are always clean and we do our best to keep them as comfortable as possible. We have room types here to suit nearly any budget; from tent camping and dormitory style beds, all the way up to deluxe rooms with private bathrooms, and multi-room suites!

Thank you for staying with us! Please visit us again the next time you are in Hilo :)
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Bundaberg, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We loved our time at Arnott's Lodge. The facilities were clean and comfortable. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the Tours were great. Deano is awesome!! Great value for money and would definitely recommend to anybody :) The only downside is that it is out of town but other than that everything else was wonderful.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaArnotts, Manager at Arnott's Lodge, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Aloha to our guests from Australia! Mahalo for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and your tour to Mauna Kea! We hope you were able to take advantage of our guest rate-any guests staying two nights or more get a great discount on our tours. Our lodge is located in a residential area of Hilo, which definitely has its upsides! There is very little road and city noise here. You’re more likely to hear a lot of coqui, birds and maybe a neighborhood dog. We are also very lucky to be just a short 5-minute walk from the beach. For our guests that don’t have cars of their own: come to the front desk to get a public bus schedule, or to rent one of our bikes for the day!
Thank you for staying with us! Come back soon!
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Address: 98 Apapane Rd., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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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