This is hard for me to review. The inn is located in an old plantation building that was once used to house workers. They bill themselves as a "travelers inn", which is a pretty good description.
The inn is located a short (walking) distance from downtown Hilo. They offer several different accomodations; hotel room, hostel room and tenting. We stayed in the hotel room.
The rooms are small, but brightly decorated (loved the red sheet and towels) The bathroom, however was very very outdated - it appeared sort of dirty, but was just old and rusty - the hot water is turned on 4-9 am and 4-9 pm. The shower head was newer and worked well. We enjoyed the cable TV , refrigerator and microwave.
(there is a ''Sack and Save" market within walking distance with decent take out)
The rooms are next to a rainforest area with lots of coqui frogs -I loved them and slept well. I'm not sure the frog can be avoided on that side of the island.
The real draw of the place is is the garden and nice tropical type eating area. The deck has a nice ocean view. In the morning you can have all the papaya you want (a huge draw for me!), fresh coffee, warm banana bread and usually one other homemade bread.
The other guests were friendly and varied ( a guy who had never been off his 42 sq, mile island in Micronesia, a rasta family, biker dude etc)
This place is not for everyone (I was first a little put off - especially by the bathroom), but if you want an inexpensive, well located place with a true island feel, this is a good choice. When owners Ben and Lee gave me a farewell hug, I was reluctant to leave.
We stayed 4 nights - it took me about 24 hrs to get the feel of the place.
They also have a communal kitchen which wa clean and well used.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Wild Ginger Inn b&b
- Wild Ginger Hotel Hilo
- Wild Ginger Inn Hilo
- Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel Hilo, Hawaii