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“Hidden treasure in Hilo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel

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Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel
100 Pu'ueo St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty lodging in Hilo
El Cerrito, California
Senior Reviewer
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Hidden treasure in Hilo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a wonderful homey hotet located 5 minutes from downtown Hilo. It's a perfect retreat for folks on a budget looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience. The rooms are no frills but clean and perfect for a bit of privacy and has many places to sit and watch the water throughout the Inn. I loved falling asleep every nite to the very active kokie frogs. A traditional hawaiian breakfast is served every morning with fresh coffee. Stop by and visit Ben, Al, Uncle et al.... at the Wild Ginger Inn.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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tlcwgi, General Manager at Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Mahalo Nui for the review. We enjoyed having you here. Hope to see you again. Please tell friend. You really got the feel of The Big Island. Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel in Hilo, Hawaii.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Seriously the name of the owner of this place is Al Love. How can you not like that. I really like this place. If you are more of a resort type of traveler this is not the place for you but if you are an off-the-beaten path type of person or "hostler" than this is a great place and a great value. Al the owner is adding a lot of cool new amenities as well.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tlcwgi, General Manager at Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Mahalo Nui for all the great words and enjoying what we have to offer. Hopefully on your next visit we will have something new to show you. :) Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel in Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Located within a five minute walk from down town Hilo. The Wild Ginger Inn is ideal for backpackers and for people on a budget. From hotel rooms to tenting The Wild Ginger Inn provides many different levels of comfort. I am a local and have worked at numerous hotels and condos along the Kohala Coast. The Wild Ginger Inn screams "old-Hawaiian style". If you are looking to relax and get away from the "hustle and bustle" and "all things modern", this is the place to be. The Wild Ginger Inn isn't for just for anybody. It's simple yet unique in it's own special way. It's quiet, private and serene. I'm a simple person and I often enjoy my stay in the tenting area with a near by BBQ lounge and picnic table. An open air kitchen provided with cookware just near by. The Wild Ginger in is Family owned and operated. Mountain bikes are available to rent and there is even a outdoor workout area. Internet stations are available but if traveling with a laptop it's never a problem to get online here. There are a few long term residents that live here. They are very friendly and accommodating. What I look forward to is the coffee and freshly baked banana bread. Come and visit The Wild Ginger Inn and don't forget to say who sent ya... Bry

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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tlcwgi, General Manager at Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Mahalo Nui to this customer how likes what we have to offer. "That Old Hawaiian Style Feel". The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel in Hilo, Hawaii and Hostel in Hilo, Hawaii.
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Anchorage, Alaska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Big mistake booking this place. When we walked into the room, a number of bugs hightailed it to dark corners hiding from the light that was just turned on. There is not a proper closing window in the room, and the sound from the frogs at night was very loud. Everything in the place was old, and I could see lots of cracks and odd places for bugs to hide. There was a gecko in the room as well, which was not so bad, except that I knew he had lots to eat in there. The floor was uneven. The manager suggested we not turn the fridge on. In the end, I couldn't sleep there and we ended up leaving and booking another hotel. This place is not worth it, unless you don't mind paying money to stay in a place with plenty of insects and old, worn out things

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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tlcwgi, General Manager at Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
The original Wild Ginger Inn building was built in 1909 and it was converted to a inn in the 1930’s. We do no claim to be a modern. We offer a space in time an old plantation style feel that is perfect for travels and for those who want to experience Hawaii in the old days. The Coqui Frog are new to The Big Island and they do make matting calls all night, but we learn live with them. They resemble the sound of crickets. The Wild Ginger Inn has Hotel room, Hostel room and tenting.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

From the point of view of my husband and myself, this should get five stars. We stay every time we are there but it is not for everybody. It's a little like stepping back into the 1920s or 30s. Very old Hawaiian plantation like. It has an old fashioned reception area where guests gather to chat. Ben, the proprietor, says that he gets a lot of travel writers and chefs. There is no internet in the room but a very strong wireless signal in the lobby area. This tends to bring people, working and doing, as they say in Hawaii “talk story.” Ben provides a basic continental breakfast and joins the group for breakfast so people gather and talk to him. If you ask, Ben might prepare his special sweet rice and banana concoction wrapped in banana leaves.
What the other reviews say is true. The rooms are spare, small TVs, small bathrooms, noisy frogs, thin walls. You stay at Wild Ginger for the ambiance of old Hawaii and the interesting people who stay there. And the rooms are probably the cheapest on the Island. Helps the pocket book.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tlcwgi, General Manager at Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
I am glad to see our customers enjoyed what we have to offer. Mahalo Nui!

The original Wild Ginger Inn building was built in 1909 and it was converted to a inn in the 1930’s. We do no claim to be a modern. We offer a space in time an old plantation style feel that is perfect for travels and for those who want to experience Hawaii in the old days. The Coqui Frog are new to The Big Island and they do make matting calls all night, but we learn live with them. They resemble the sound of crickets. The Wild Ginger Inn offer Hotel room, Hostel room and tenting.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Been staying @ the WGI since the late 90's (when on assignment to the big island); we stay approx 4-7days per year, we go for the black & white night celebration in Hilo, hawai'i (in November)
Its a family affair run by Ben, very casual, w/ wonderful breakfast of baked goods by Arthur...it's old style hawai'i (no pool, hot tub, air conditioning, etc) WGI has a great view and wonderful grounds; plus the ocean trade winds are splendid !
WGI, to quote the david johansen song 'funky funky but chic' with very reasonable accommodations !
Its just a short 2 block walk from a residential neighborhood to downtown Hilo...the last great old school city in hawai'i (now a citadel of eclectic eccentric shops & wonderful fusion and authentic dining experiences)
We are going again this year, 2012...its my 14th visit @ WGI; the rest of our stay is in Volcano Vilage when visiting the big island annually

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

We stayed here for three nights and it was ok. It is really a budget place, so dont expect much. The owner is really nice and talkative. The rooms are clean, but very basic equipped, dont expect anything fancy. The rooms are not really isolated, therefore it gets very noisy. You hear especially the frogs in the rainforrest all night long.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Pu'ueo St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty lodging in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wild Ginger Inn is centrally located in Hilo, which is on the east side of the Big Island. One of the most affordable accommodations in town with free Wi-Fi and Hawaiian Style Continental Breakfast. We offer many different levels of comfort including regular hotel rooms, indoor and outdoor hostels (private and dorm), and tenting. ... more   less 
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