We stayed at the Seaside for four nights as we found the east side of the Big Island much more to our liking. The hotel's location in Hilo is very convenient, not only to restaurants, Banyan Dr. and the downtown area, but also to attractions in the Hilo area.
I'd suggest upgrading to one of the rooms with a lanai. Ours overlooked the pond at the front of the hotel and we used it a lot while at the hotel. Our room was impeccably clean and had been recently updated with a newly redone bathroom, new carpet and very comfy double beds. There was no need to use the AC as the ceiling fan was enough to keep the room comfortable. The hotel was built in the 50s, which is part of its charm. As well, one of the computers in the open-air lobby was always available whenever I wanted to use it.
The adjoining restaurant/lounge serves an adequate breakfast and has a happy hour from 2 to 6 every afternoon with reasonably priced local draft beer and other drinks.
The staff at this hotel was just about the friendliest and most helpful I've ever experienced in a hotel.
As well, the pool was clean and refreshing. We were almost the only guests using it and we made a point of doing so every late afternoon after a day of tourist activities.
Due to a tsunami warning, we were evacuated for five hours one night and without our having to ask for an adjustment of our bill, we were not charged for that night even though it was an act of nature which had necessitated the evacuation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy town of Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island is a tropical paradise filled with fragrant island flowers, pristine forests, and magnificent miles of orchid farms. The Hilo Seaside Hotel is an oceanfront hotel located on the shores of Hilo Bay, on historical Banyan Drive. This affordable Hawaiian owned hotel is a scenic 40 minute drive to Hawaii's Volcano National Park, and just a few minutes by car to quaint Hilo Town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilo Seaside Hotel Hawaii