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The Bay House
Ranked #3 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 2, 2011

Tina, the manager, is a bundle of joy to visit with. She puts out a sumptuous morning meal of fresh local fruit and all the fixings on individually prepared trays to take your room. All that we could want. Fresh hot coffee and linen napkins, and the other amenities, including the wonderful room are a touch above other B&B's by a long shot.

The Room we had for two nights had a view of Hilo bay and at night, the moon reflecting from the dancing water, left me stunned. a perfect place to stay when in Hilo.

John and Joy Taylor of Grants Pass, OR.

Room Tip: Corner room has a great look over Hilo Bay
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

When my husband and I plan a vacation, we are very careful in where we stay. Where you sleep, rest and wake up can really make or break a trip. The Bay House was perfect in every way.
You really get a feel for the island in Hilo, a very quint and cute town and The Bay House greatly contributes to the island feel. The view from our window and balcony is absolutely stunning and the rooms are just as amazing. You get the comforts of staying in a spacious, nicely furnished and decorated room and when you step on to the personal balcony you are right there on the ocean, surrounded by beautiful greenery.
The hosts really exude the "aloha spirit". You can tell that Tina loves what she does and loves where she lives. She was so helpful and knowledgeable about the island and all the different types of destinations. Tom, her husband, was also a delight to talk with and was always more than helpful when necessary.
You can tell they spent a lot of time and consideration in decorating the rooms. The breakfast was always of perfect variety and portion for us and it was always out in the spacious common area for us early enough so that we could get up and out in the morning. The breakfast was filling and healthy, it contained lots of different fruits that added to the island feel. We loved to eat it on our beautiful balcony! There were also some other convenient snacks for us whenever we needed.
Our four night stay in Hilo could not have been better and The Bay House really added a lot to our experience.
I would definitely recommend staying here; it was indescribably lovely.

Room Tip: Ocean View
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Vicky S
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

This B&B met our expectations, especially regarding the location and view. We stayed 5 nights in the Bay Room, which has had some changes in furniture (leather love seat and four poster bed) and color scheme (now black/brown/beige/red) from the on-line picture. It was the only one with a high ceiling and was very comfortable with a queen bed, but from what we saw of the other rooms (with king beds) you can't really lose. The Harbor Room has the largest lanai/view of the bay; the corner Palm Room is very pretty and seems largest with more windows (appropriately named as the view is a lush palm jungle) but a smaller lanai. Some reviews complained of the frog noise from the nearby jungle (ear plugs were provided), but I found it soothing combined with the sound of the waves right outside our windows.

All rooms are adjacent and upstairs (hence the fabulous view); besides a large front entry where you pick up your breakfasts, there is no access to the rest of the house. The host was on site and helpful/available when needed. The self-serve enhanced continental breakfast provided plenty to eat, though we did rather miss a home-cooked meal with other guests as at traditional B&B's. The fruit and bread basket was the best part, and our only complaint was that there wasn't much variety in daily offerings for longer stays. I would definitely recommend this to people wanting to stay in a quiet location, close to town, but not at a hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CDsmith_11
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

The Bay room is lovely & have a "Lanai" facing the Pacific ocean. The entire B&B is spotless and is at a short walk from old Hilo. Good breakfast with a lot of fruits. Rita the owner is a welcoming host always ready to help you .

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We stayed three nights in the Harbor Room at the Bay House. The room was fairly large and the bed comfortable. The pillows were lacking in volume though and there were only two for a king bed. The bathroom for this room seemed to be the smallest of the three rooms there but it was fine. The lanai had a great view and the windows made the room bright and airy. The furniture and decor was not as bulky as the Bay Room. The coqui frogs and waves were loud but consistent and I think that actually lulled us to sleep, like one of those sound CDs. While the breakfast was simple (a pastry and fruit, plus cereal, toast and yogurt if you wanted), it was filling. The whole place was clean and not mildewy (I read and heard from others that places in Hilo might have a mildew problem, but this B&B seemed spotless and environmentally friendly too.)

Old Town Hilo is not a far walk. The road the B&B is off of is one of the main arteries on the island but traffic was never really bad. And the speed limit in most places is only 35 mph.

Room Tip: Harbor Room overally had the best view, but the lanai is only separated from the Bay Room by a latti...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Had a very pleasant stay at the Bay House for a couple of nights in August in the Bay Room. The room was well furnished with a nice terrace outside and the owners leave breakfast out in the morning to eat on the terrace which was a great touch. Add to that, it was a 5 minute walk into town made it a great base for a couple of days checking out the volcano national park.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NWLondonHoneymooners
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

This was our first trip to the Big Island and The Bay House was a perfect place for us to stay. Tina and Tom were very gracious hosts. The Big Island has an wide array of amazing natural beauty. From the lush tropical forests and waterfalls on the Hilo side to the beautiful beaches on the Kona side and so much in between. We will be back to the Big Island and the The Bay House

Room Tip: We stayed in the The Harbor Room. Had a great view of the Hilo Bay. The night breeze was amazing a...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 42 Pukihae St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2454
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range: $187 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bay House 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bay House B&B has it all, with three oceanfront guest rooms, comfortably nestled in a serene jungle setting, perched above beautiful Hilo Bay. Just a 5 minute walk across the "Singing Bridge" and you are in historic downtown Hilo. Convenient yet secluded. THE place to stay in Hilo. Our spacious private rooms are superbly appointed. Each oceanfront room has a full private bath, King or Queen sized bed (Queen in the Bay Room only), ceiling fan, cable television, free WiFi, and a private ocean front lanai. Also for our guests enjoyment is a cliff side jacuzzi, where you can gaze upon the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean. In the morning, you are served an individual basket of tropical fruits and local pastries, cereal, juices, yogurts, eggs, jam, coffee and teas, all served buffet style in the guests' common area. Take it back to your oceanfront lanai and enjoy the fruits of paradise. Free onsite covered parking. ... more   less 
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