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“A absolute Treat - Book the 3rd floor Samurai Suite!” 5 of 5 stars
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465 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720   |  
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Ranked #2 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
Medway, Massachusetts
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“A absolute Treat - Book the 3rd floor Samurai Suite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Be prepared for the warmest of hugs and welcomes from Innkeeper Gay upon your arrival; a spotlessly clean and delightful decorated B&B, with a breakfast 'to-die-for' to send you off on your day. BOOK THE 3RD FLOOR SAMURAI SUITE for absolute luxurious treat - from the authentic Japanese construction, to the 5foot deep soaking tub, modern bathroom and glorious twitter of Hawaiian birds in trees at eye level. Positively highly recommended; absolutely THE place we'll stay again. Check out the Hilo side of the island - head across Saddle Road from the Kona side and be prepared to totally round out your Big Island experience. Remember to ask Gay about Wednesday nite Uncle Robert's 'flash back to the 60's" shin dig just down the road! AND head to Kaleo's, in Pahoa (just off Rte 130) for AWESOME dinner.

Room Tip: 3rd floor Samurai Suite - DO IT :) Especially if for a couples/romantic retreat.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Hilo Honu Inn last August. Although we had been to Hilo before on our honeymoon, we did not know about Hilo Honu and stayed at the cheap but no-frills Hilo Seaside Hotel. We were told about Hilo Honu this time by a family member who lives on The Big Island and were so thrilled to make the discovery! The owner Gaye is genuinely friendly, kind, generous and lovely. She is also an amazing cook as the photos demonstrate. For breakfast, there was plenty of coffee on hand as well as smoothies and juice! The breakfasts ranged from french toast to home-made bread pudding, and all of it was amazing. The rooms are gorgeous with interesting hand-made furniture and luxurious accommodations including a spa-like shower, super-comfy beds I did not want to get out of, and large rooms. The crickets outside made a gentle chirping lull at nighttime and the secluded area definitely add to a romantic vibe. In addition to having a great hotel experience, the owners make sure you will get the most out of your stay. In the front room there are a number of books on Hawaii from basic travel guides to very interesting books on Hawaii and lots on places to dine for a variety of income levels. The ambiance is friendly, light and comfortable, and it is a place that makes you feel like you are at home. It made the whole experience outstanding, much better than when we were doing our budget travel. Although they are not open the conventional 7 days a week, they do respond quickly by e-mail, so just make sure you make your reservation in plenty of time. We plan to return here very soon! I can't recommend this beautiful gem of a B&B highly enough!

  • Stayed August 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 January 25, 2013

Gay was absolutely a delight to meet and took great care of us. The home is welcoming and beautiful. Breakfasts were delicious. We enjoyed absolutely everything about this place. We would go back in a heart beat! Thanks Gay for everything. You and your home are awesome!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

It had only been one year since our first stay at the Hilo Honu Inn. In that time Gay and Billy had upgraded our favorite room with a large flat screen tv that included free netflix too! Which after 12 hours of hiking the volcano was great to come home and relax with. Last year we had an AMAZING time, this year, even better. After reading some review of other BnB'S in the Hilo area I realized how great we have it at the Hilo Honu Inn. We have locks on the doors, great accommodations, an air conditioning unit in the wall which worked quite well if needed, but most importantly the true feeling of being with "family" while staying there. Yes, The breakfasts are great, the coffee, and the pancake souffle, and Gay's dancing, which comes straight from her humbly honest love of everything Hawaiian.
She is the "real deal" and everything you want in a friend or family member when staying at their home during the vacation you have been looking forward to all year. She is honest, heartfelt, wears her heart on her sleeve, intelligent, and well versed in everything Hawaiin all while being the quintessential host anyone would want guding there way through Hilo. This year she went to dinner with my spouse and I and we had even more time to get to to know her. As we sat, locals would stop by our booth and she would greet them and ask about their family, and when they "were coming back to dance with her friends in their local group!?" Gay was the owner of the bed and breakfast we stayed in two years ago, but now she is the friend we looking forward to catching up with the next time we see her. f you want to stay at a BnB that feels first class and fabulous, this is the place!!! Mahalo Nui to Gay and Billy for their accomodations and sincere friendship....

  • Stayed January 2013, 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 January 20, 2013

Thank you for another wonderful vacation. Gay and Billy are wonderful hosts and you can feel genuine aloha as Gay greets you in the driveway with a hug. You feel like part of their Hawaiian family "ohana" and they are a wealth of knowldedge about the local history, language, cultural traditions, and anything else one would like to know. Breakfasts are delicious with fluffy banana soufle pancakes, large plates of tropical fruits, fruit smoothies, yogurts, and delicious kona coffee. Gay is part of a hula group and is happy to perform the hula after breakfast. You will not get that experience anywhere else! Part of the fun of the B&B experience is also interacting with the other guests and sharing travel experiences and itineraries. We stayed in the front room (bali hai suite) which had one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. There is also a separate sitting room area, and there is a rainfall shower along with handheld shower. Hilo is a lovely town without the busy feeling of waikiki, and has a warm welcoming feel. Our first night back to Hilo, we walked from the B&B down to the downtown waterront area to Cafe pesto and had a delicious dinner. Walking was a fun way to see a different view of the community and to slow down and appreciate the tranquility of this special part of Hawaii.

Here is a link to video I took of gay's hula performance
http://youtu.be/MmTuxFOjlA8

Room Tip: Bali hai suite has air conditioning, and easy access to dining room and front of house
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were delighted to stay at the Hilo Honu Inn. Gay was a wonderful host, and assisted us from the moment we decided to book and until we left. We felt very welcome and did not want to leave. The rooms were beautifully decorated and were of decent size to accommodate our family - 2 adults with 2 kids. Breakfast was plentiful but the best part was speaking with Gay and getting her advice on the area and Hawaii in general.
We highly recommend the Hilo Honu inn!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Every now and then you come across a place you want to keep secret, it's that good. This is such a place. We stayed only one night (necessitated by circumstances!) knowing that this wouldn't be enough. The house is charming, built in the Japanese style in the early 20th C, and spectacularly decorated, especially the upstairs suite which Gay showed to us. We had the Honu's Nest, a small but beautifully appointed room with a comfortable bed, sea-themed bathroom, and spotless cleanliness. The room had an a/c, but we didn't need it, as the room had an overhead fan and windows on two sides for the crossbreeze. As others have said, Gay's breakfast was amazing, and her recommendations for sightseeing and restaurants were spot on. We were genuinely sorry to have to leave.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 465 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hilo Honu Inn is a recently renovated, craftsman style bed & breakfast located just blocks from downtown Hilo. Spectacular ocean view from Samurai Suite. 10 minutes from the airport and convenient to many area attractions. Great home base for Volcanoes National Park and the east side of the Big Island. See waterfalls and tropical gardens. Visit Mauna Kea observatory and Imiloa Planetarium. Watch sea turtles (honu) swim at local black sand beaches. ... more   less 
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