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Dolphin Bay

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Tucson, AZ
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We read previous reviews and thought was the place for us. Located just minutes from downtown, in a residence area. This quaint hotel was clean, comfortable, and very affordable. We had hope for a room with a Lani or balcony, but no luck. Our room was #12 on the side of hotel, no views to see. There is no AC;... More 

Thank TucsonTraveller2
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Close to downtown, walk across the bridge to groceries, restaurants, gift shops & galleries. The place is clean and convenient if a bit shabby. The kitchen allows you to save $ on meals. Private patio and sweet garden area next to a stream. The people who work there couldn't be any nicer. I would definitely stay again.

Thank Jackson G
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50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dolphin Bay is exactly what it advertises itself to be: a good, quiet, simple hotel that serves as a base to explore the Big Island, especially the volcano area. It’s not a resort hotel with lots of amenities. The rooms are clean, well-furnished and everything works. The rooms can feel a bit dark and dated, but that was not an... More 

Thank John H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed staying at the Dolphin Bay Hotel. The room we stayed in was nice and the kitchenette was well stocked. We even made our own breakfast in the room or have eaten leftovers that we'd bring back from restaurants for either our dinner or breakfast. The staff are so extremely friendly and I enjoyed talking to the elderly staff... More 

Thank Patricia A
Ashland, Oregon
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43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently spent two nights at the Dolphin Bay Hotel. The Dolphin Bay is an older motel that the owners have obviously made great efforts to update and refurbish. And they have done a very good job, much better than other hotels we've stayed in that were of a similar age and had undergone update/refurbishments. We stayed... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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193 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights before returning to Honolulu. All of the good things you'll read about in other reviews were there. John and the other staff were great. We arrived at six thirty in the morning having booked from the night before and the arrangements went well - off we went to bed until lunchtime and I'm pretty... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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182 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a reasonably priced place to stay for two nights in Hilo. This little hotel is locally owned and managed. It's about a 15 minute drive to the airport and about 5 minutes from the Hilo Bay. John was very good about responding to emails, and sent both a reminder prior to arrival and a "thanks for... More 

Thank Pam K
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great old-style motel just five minutes walk from downtown Hilo in a quiet part of town. This is not the sort of place for those wanting a five-star luxury hangout (there's no pool or all-day buffet or bar or spa), but perfect for those who want a comfortable, clean and well-equipped base for exploring the area. Units... More 

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new york
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118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here three days. The place is well-located for exploring the island (assuming you rented a car). It has been quiet although it is nice to wake up to all of the bird sounds from the surrounding vegetation. Our room has a kitchen which is a big plus. The staff has been very nice and helpful. In the lobby,... More 

1 Thank wardnick1
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We stayed at the Dolphin Bay for 2 nights and it was perfect for visiting the green sand beach, the black sand beach, Volcanos National Park, and Hilo attractions. Dave and Dave were the best with directions, maps and tips that only a local would know. We started with a great breakfast of coffee, banana bread, pineapples, mangos, lychee, papaya,... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Bay

Address: 333 Iliahi St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2399
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: $167 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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