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6 Makakai Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI   |  
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Ranked #1 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Absolutely perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

It was our first visit to Hilo. We arrived very tired after a long flight from the East Coast, but our gracious host Steve instantly made us feel right at home. We stayed two nights in the Koi Suite, which was large, comfortable, and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was an absolute joy, consisting of beautifully-presented fresh local fruits and breads. The pool and the grounds were quiet and beautiful, and we even enjoyed the sound of the tree frogs at night. The location was superb, just a couple of miles north of Hilo in a small beachfront community. We toured the nearby tropical botanical garden, which we highly recommend to anyone visting the area, and Steve had lots of other ideas about interesting things to see and do. Orchid Tree is top of our list of places to stay in the Hilo area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was our third trip to the Big Island and this time we wanted to visit the volcano. We didn't want to waste a day driving back and forth across the island so we checked out Tripadvisor for a place to stay in Hilo. We chose the Orchid Tree based on the reviews. We weren't disappointed. We followed the driving directions to a home in a quaint neighborhood. The owners, Steve and Su, rent out two rooms of their home. Our room was huge (much larger than a master suite in a home), upscale and well appointed. The setting with the decks, yard and pool were lovely. The two highlights were Steve and the breakfast. Steve was both friendly and helpful in where to go and what to see in the area. (Visit the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens up the road - it was better than the gardens in Kauai.) You could tell that he truly enjoys being a host, meeting and talking with his guests. The breakfast included a feature item, e.g. waffles and a giant fruit tray with pineapple, papaya, mango, etc. along with some exotics like dragon fruit - not to be missed. I was surprised at the low price of our two nights stay - I even told Steve we would have paid much, much more to stay at his lovely B & B.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Quite simply perfect. Only a few minutes walk from the beach, we stayed in the stand-alone unit. The finish of the unit was something like you would expect in a top boutique hotel, local hardwood floors and finish, amazing bathroom, beautiful hardwood bed, small private patio/deck. The communal area is a large covered deck with lots of seating and areas to hang out. All of this is complemented by the host who is a genuinely great guy who really cares that you enjoy your stay in Hilo. Breakfast really lives up to the photos posted on trip advisor, the best of our two week stay around the island. While the accommodation isn't cheap, and was the most we paid for a B&B, it was still the best value due to the quality and how welcome and relaxed we felt. I would recommend to anyone - our 4-year old boy fell in love with Steve the owner who loaned him some toy cars and a boogie board the day we arrived! We didn't want to leave....

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My boyfriend and I decided to drive to Hilo from Kona. Our stay was not planed, we came in and called the same day. luckily there was one room available and Steve was absolutely pleasant. Such an amazing place, very clean and has everything you need. Beautiful pool and jacuzzi. ABSOLUTELY Wonderful service, delicious breakdast and beautiful view. I recommend this place to everyone! and whenever I visit Hilo again I will only stay at the orchid tree.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I stayed at this B&B in 2003 (before I became a Trip advisor). The host was quite gracious and welcoming. The property inviting and near a great bit of the beach. One of THE best parts of the stay was waking up to one of the most healthy and plentiful breakfasts filled with native fruit. It was such a delight! It's nice to read the reviews almost 10 years later and see that the business has expanded and the service continues to be top-notch. Bravo!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Racine, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed four nights at the Orchid Tree. We had the large suite with two beds, I believe one full and one queen. The beds were very comfortable. The suite included a sofa and love seat, a small tv and the ability to choose from three large binders of DVDs. The closet was huge and included a dresser where the drawers were not usable. (They didn't slide on a track, but would fall out) It also had a very small refrigerator which had a moldy gasket. The bathroom was small but functional.. The best part of this place was the fabulous fruit tray breakfast that our host, Steve, prepared each morning. Breakfast was served at 8 AM and included choices of coffee, juices, breads, muffins, jams, cereal,and yogurt. We enjoyed sharing breakfast with another couple staying in the other suite.
I give this place a 4 out of 5 because it had a moldy, musty smell. (Though it might be the humidity of the area) It was lacking a box of tissues, and no iron or ironing board. I also got attacked by mosquitoes so I had to keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on.
Overall, Steve was a good host, providing a great breakfast and supplying suggestions and information about the area. The rooms had an assortment of travel books, brochures, and menus to aid in exploring the island. I would recommend this place to visitors in the Hilo area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our friends who had been to Hawaii several times dismissed the idea of staying in Hilo. But what a mistake that would have been. Our host, Steve, was not only extremely knowledgable and helpful, but acutely sensitive to the history and culture of this beautiful part of the Big Island. And it shows in the way he and Su have built the idyllic new suite in their B&B and the amazing spread of fresh food they put before you each morning. It was a great base from which to explore our too-short stay. A full-hearted mahalo to the Orchid Tree.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 6 Makakai Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
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Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orchid tree B&B is located one mile north of historic Old Hilo Town at Honolii Beach. Enjoy the comfort of a 600 sq/ft suite overlooking the ocean, pool and lush gardens; very private and elegant. Located within minutes of all the activities in East Hawaii: 45 minutes to Volcano National Park. Enjoy surfing, hiking, excellent dining, shops and the famous Hilo Farmer's Market. With 35 years experience on the Big Island, let us show you the way to an authentic and memorable Hawaiian experience! ... more   less 
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