We stayed at the Hilo Seaside Hotel after a long day of driving and sightseeing. We were staying with family in North Kohala, and my husband and I decided to take a day trip down to Volcano National Park. Our original plan was to make it back "home" in one day, but after walking on lava for several hours and watching the lava flow at night, we were too tired for the long drive back.
We called a couple of other hotels, but they closed at 8 and 9 pm. There was no way we would make it. When we called the Hilo Seaside, they told us that they were open 24 hours, and someone would be available if we arrived at 10 pm. Also, the standard room quote we were given over the phone was the same as the other hotels, a little over $80. The hotel was also in a better neighborhood than the others we called.
We arrived just before 10 pm. The hotel was easy to find in the dark. As we checked in we were chatting with the hotel clerk about our sightseeing, and she said, "Oh, you live by the sheriff guy." She meant Sheriff Joe Arpio, who is the sheriff of Maricopa county in Arizona. We got to talking about him, and before we knew it our room was upgraded!
We stayed in Room 231, which isn't far from the lobby. The room had a private balcony which overlooked a Koi pond on the property and the Ice pond across the street. The room was very clean. It had a nice little air conditioner and a fan, which kept us cool the entire night. I didn't hear any plane noise, but we were both so tired we fell right asleep and didn't wake up until morning.
The hotel does have a pool, but it was closed during our stay. No problem for us as we weren't planning on using it. The hotel also has a restaurant next door and a restaurant across the street. We chose to eat at Ken's House of Pancakes, which is kitty-corner to the block where the hotel is located.
Overall, we were more than pleased with our stay at the Hilo Seaside, and we will definitely stay there again on our next visit to Hilo.
- 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