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Dolphin Bay

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Room & Suite (91)
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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Seasoned guidance for a wide range of Big Island adventures. Walking distance to downtown Hilo. Clean quiet & reasonable. All rooms with kitchens. Free WiFi Internet available. Rated nicest small hotel in Hilo.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Refrigerator in room
Non-smoking rooms
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Residential Neighborhood


Full view
74Somewhat walkable
Grade: 74 out of 100
72Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
34Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
100Room tips
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There's something really special about this hotel that keeps me coming back. It's a basic hotel, but very well maintained, clean, has large rooms, great people and service, and delightful touches like the coffee, banana bread, and papayas every morning. It's in a residential
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We have been staying here for 25 years. It is a really nice place with a beautiful garden and kitchenettes in all the rooms. John, the owner is a mine of information and mapped out the areas affected by the eruption of Kīlauea last year. Many routes are closed and we would have
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Petting Opie the cat may result in a new BFF (best furry friend) who thinks she needs to follow you to (and into) your room. Reading other reviews gave me an accurate idea of what to expect - on the older side but clean and well-maintained. No AC, but the ceiling fan kept the
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My husband and I have stayed here many times, and we would never go anywhere else in Hilo! John Alexander (the owner) can not only give you information about the popular places to visit, but he also gives tips on where to go to avoid the crowds. He provides us with new
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Stayed three nights at the Dolphin Bay and enjoyed it. Nice room with a living area, kitchen & bedroom. Very nice informative host and helpful, friendly workers. Great WIFI. Coffee, bread and fresh fruit available for breakfast. We will stay there again when in Hilo.
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Response from John A, Manager at Dolphin Bay
Responded Feb 21, 2019
Mahalo -
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What time is check in?
Aloha We usually have room ready about noon.
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There are three of us traveling. Do you have two beds in the room or a bed and a sofa?
The room I stayed in had two beds. There was three of us as well.
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A/C Does it have air conditioning? Thanks, Lynne
No our room just had a fan over the beds
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No pets are not allowed. But if you have a service animal you may want to call and ask them
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What are check-in and check-out times?
Small central city older place. Not rigid on times as chains. No air by the way.
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"Book a room with a lanai."
"Room 3 has a full kitchen. Window looks out on the parking lot. Other rooms had balconies or opened to a garden area; they may cost more."
"You can even borrow their cat if you need a "fur fix"."
"They're all great."
"We were on ground level but the rooms on 2nd floor have balconies."
$147 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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