The best things going for this hotel are the location and the restaurant.... It's a 70's era hotel that appears to have been recently remodeled, albeit half-assed.... Our room (double queen) was large enough for our family of 4, but some of it was dated----the bathroom looked institutional and outdated, the fridge old an partially broken and the lighting fixtures looked original.... The 20 inch, old school TV had to go----flat screens are in these days, fellas!! However, the wall had newish paint, the carpet was fine and the beds were comfortable.... The halls had new carpet and wall coverings.....
It's worth getting a bay view room---the other side faces the airport, and it's pretty close.... Our room faced the bay, which gave us great views of snow-capped Mauna Kea and Loa, and airport noise was a non-issue.....
The other nice thing was the restaurant... We had 2 breakfasts and it was great, tho a bit pricey. It had both hot and cold food and the variety and quality was way above average. The space also is very nice----it faces the bay and is newly updated. IMO, the nicest space in the entire hotel...
Also, the indoor garage is a nice feature, especially in the rain. The elevator was close and convenient.
Overall, if you need a hotel in Hilo, this is probably one of the nicer places.... But don't raise your expectations-----this is NOT your typical Hawaii-calibre hotel/resort. To me, the place had a conference center feel to it.... The lobby is nice enough, but the lower level is sterile and downright dreary.... There was not much of a pool to speak of.... And getting back to the lobby----what i thought was unusual is that it was almost completely closed in (except where you drive your car). From my experience, most Hawaii hotel public areas are open to the breeze and have tiki torches all around.... Not here. In fact, i don't think i saw a single tiki torch in all of Hilo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo's best full-service hotel, offers outstanding views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea. Located on Hilo Bay, and approximately two miles from Hilo Airport, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is the perfect headquarters for exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy incredible views of Mauna Kea, Hilo Town, and beautiful and historic Coconut Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
- Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Hawaii