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Hilo Tropical Gardens

1477 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Really nice setting and location near beaches and away from town. The customer service was horrific though. We checked in at night and the person working the desk (a little girl who said her name was saloona) was obviously highly intoxicated. We had to wait and wait to be checked in because she was chatting with her friends and didn't... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is absolutely perfect for the budget concious traveler. Surrounded by forest and close to incredible beaches where there are lots of sea turtles. The folks here definately have the Aloha. Nice friendly people from all over the world. They also have a mini mart for those last minute items and and ice cream shop with delicious ice cream... More 

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1 Thank Rob C
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I spent 7 days here and truly enjoyed my stay! The staff are friendly and very helpful in their suggestions of places to go and things to do! I was here April 15th-21st and enjoyed my semi-private room in the guest house women's dorm. I miss the sound of the coqui frogs at night! The kitchen could use some new... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a good place - friendly, nice. We both camped (and got poured on) and stayed in a room. Everybody was friendly and there was a nice camaraderie about the place. It's not a high finish-level kind of place, but perfectly adequate.

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Thank Randy F
Seattle
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This was an unusual and a really great stay in Hawaii! I cannot say anything about the rooms, but setting up a tent in this place was amazing. The surroundings feel like a tropical jungle, with monumental palm leaves, giant lianas, flowers, etc. Bird and frog noises all around, but it wasn't bothersome at all. A lot of cats roaming... More 

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Thank Natalia C
Pepeekeo
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Beautiful just like what all of us imagine a tropical hawaii garden to be. Camping spots are cozy and secure there is high speed Internet, charging stations , clean showers and kitchen and no shortage of interesting guests. I can't say enough about so e of the staff, a woman originally from Hilo who just came back from Alaska to... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful place! Gorgeous garden with nice camping spots, extremely helpful, lovely and uncomplicated staff, nice and clean rooms, fully equiped kitchen - the perfect place to stay just outside of Hilo (about 2.5 miles).

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Thank royassas
pamhawaii, Front Office Manager at Hilo Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments! We are very happy you enjoyed the tranquility of our secluded garden campsites and that we exceeded your expectations. May the spirit of Aloha bring you back some time! Mahalo More 

Maui, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

After reading such great reviews I was really looking forward to my stay at Hilo Tropical Gardens. What a disappointment. Basically dirty and understaffed. First I couldn't find anyone when I came to sign in because the only lady working was in the ice cream shop..when I finally did get signed in I asked about the gardens/beach access and was... More 

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1 Thank Mina799
pamhawaii, Manager at Hilo Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Disappointed, At the time of your stay, unfortunately, we were short staffed. Our sincerest apologies to you that we did not provide you with the quality of service you expected and deserved. Many changes have been implemented and ample staffing is our priority. With our increased staff, we provide our guests with tours of the rooms, dorms and camp... More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

we loved it! quiet, cool, clean, and cheap. access to a (clean!) kitchen and laundry was a plus. the staff is great and the other guests were respectful. the garden is a tranquil. we walked it several times and found something new to admire each time. oh, and the ICE CREAM is awesome! we definitely recommend it.

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Thank chakali
pamhawaii, Manager at Hilo Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We appreciate your review! I am glad you found the garden as enchanting as much as we do. On the path around the largest lava tube, at different times of the day, the light through the trees offers a great chance to capture sun rays filtered through the hanging vines. The light sometimes is reflected off the ponds' surface and... More 

Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

If you don't mind sharing CLEAN (!!) shower and bathroom with other guests, because that is how the place is set up you will be rewarded by excellent friendly service, a laid-back atmosphere, a wonderful tropical garden (in contrast to other places this facility does not only carry the word, IT HAS a tropical garden !!) which makes the stay... More 

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2 Thank Peter C
pamhawaii, Front Office Manager at Hilo Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know how much you like our hidden patch of jungle! Although we are a few miles away from downtown, we are far enough removed to give you the tranquility you were looking for and are happy you got 'a glimpse' of our little paradise--and true tropical garden! BTW, this garden was opened after WWII in... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Set in a 2 acre tropical garden and is adjacent to a convenience store and the Hilo Homemade Ice Cream Parlor. Hilo Tropical Gardens offers a range of tranquil, secluded accommodations for a variety of travelers that includes private rooms, dorms, and campsites. It is a short walk to beautiful beaches with turtles and minutes away by car or bus to historic Downtown Hilo and its variety of restaurants. Hilo Tropical Gardens offers a unique experience that is off the beaten path and, above all, peaceful. You will find Aloha here! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hilo Tropical Gardens

Address: 1477 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: $15 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Hilo Tropical Gardens Hawaii
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