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Hilo Seaside Hotel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Hilo
Reviewed June 16, 2014

A while back my daughter and I visited my brother's family, in Mountain View. We stayed at the Hilo Seaside. We had a room by the pool. Room was great for the price.

An elderly gentleman was fishing for fish, at the pond across the street. He said he stays at the Hilo Seaside for two or three months, each summer. The staff knows him well. He catches "aholehole" and gives the fish to them or they would cook it for him. Staff was terrific. Floral walkways beautiful.

Unfortunately, my brother's family moved back to Oahu. Now, I don't have a reason to travel to Hilo and stay at the Hilo Seaside and meet the gentleman again.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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3  Thank Roy K
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

3 adults staying at condo for week in Kona needed overnight stay in Hilo after visiting black sand beaches & Hawaii's Volcanos National Park - so the next day we could swim in the warm thermal spring pools on Hawaii's southern shores and then visit some of the waterfalls prior to heading back to Kona via Saddleback road. Choose Hilo Seaside Hotel for price & prior reviews. It didn't look as big on the outside, but exceeded all of our expectations! Requested rollaway bed since 2 full size beds wouldn't accommodate 3 people. After a very welcoming greeting & 3 vouchers for free breakfast at Coconut Grill - included in price of room, we found the rollaway already in our first floor coy pond/ocean view room #152. Sights and sounds of nature were music to our souls - would have moved the bed to the patio had there been enough room & privacy! Requested & received late check-out (2pm) so we could shower & dress after the visit to the warm springs. Saw housekeeping staff very busy dusting, polishing, mopping & sweeping the common areas in the morning before the room cleaning began in the afternoon. Hilo Seaside Hotel may be an older hotel, but it's very well maintained despite the indoor/outdoor style. Nice cultural décor through out and each wing has open air views of the pool, several gardens, or the coy pond with some ocean view along with individual balconies or patios - a real tropical paradise! Very friendly & helpful staff - would love to stay again and recommend it, and AARP discount saved 15%! Good evening meal selections & breakfast in the Coconut Gill - attached to but not operated by the hotel. Nice restaurant across the street named Ponds - good choice of seafood & steaks, too. After check-in and early dinner, we walked along Banyan Road - which is lined with huge banyan trees, could see the beach and harbor area, small island and found the beautiful Japanese Gardens with several picturesque bridges. Passed other hotels, food & gift shops on the way back to hotel. Only negatives was the rollaway bed's mattress was thin & old, plus the back gate - closest to our room & parking is locked at 8pm so we had to walk along poorly lit drive way to front entrance.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed to have patios or balconies (3 stories but NO elevator) with open air views to the...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank luvwater
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Older hotel with very clean well kept areas and rooms. Cheapest breakfast is $6.95 and up with several choices. Deserves the ratings it receives. Had a room overlooking the fish pond and parking is good and free.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are nice!, toilet rolls are kept under the tv
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank dlcallissa
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Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

It is rare that I can have something worth noting after getting settled in on day one. But the staff at this place have already been very understanding given some odd circumstances.

When my partner and I first arrived for three days in Hilo - where we will be getting married - we found that our room was not initially to our expectation. After a quick call to the front desk, they agreed to assign us a different room and we moved all of our luggage to the new room ... or so we thought. It turns out that we left one bag on the floor in the original room.

And not just any bag - the one with our wedding rings in it. Despite a problem with the first (or was it the second) key to let me back into the original room, the woman at the front desk patiently issued yet another one-time-use key to let me back into that room and retrieve my bag.

We have thus far been satisfied with our new room and are looking forward to a lovely stay for our nuptials.

I'll write a more thorough review after we've checked out. But I had to give a quick shout out to the staff already.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank AustinAnalyst
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stayed overnight after flying into Hilo before our drive to Kona. We were only looking for inexpensive and clean. The Hilo Seaside is so much more. They have these great wings such as the pool (around the pool), garden (surrounding a garden), etc. They are part of the only Hawaiian owned hotel chain, something we didn't know. It's not a place for partying as there is quiet time after 10pm. That's because everyone is sleeping with their windows open enjoying the breeze. It's not fancy, but comfortable, welcoming and has a surprisingly good restaurant on site. They aren't trying to be the Ritz, they are happy welcoming you to Hawaii. I would absolutely stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Beth M
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We were on a drive from our house in south Kona, north to Waimea and then south to Hilo. During the drive, we decided to stay in Hilo overnite. Seaside Inn was the first and best priced location that came up on the search. What a great experience. Simple, adequate, clean and super friendly staff made this a great place to visit. Unique in that it is still owned and operated by an Hawaiian family. Breakfast at the Coconut Grill was an added bonus. Overall, wonderful place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Byron T
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Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

It's an older building but it's been kept up nicely! Very convenient to the airport and the best price I found online.
The staff is extremely friendly. I arrived 6 hours before the 3pm check-in but stopped just to make sure they had the reservation on file and to let them know I would be checking in after 10pm. They had a room ready so they went ahead and checked me in.
Room is nice and more than I expected for the price. Free wifi, clean and maintained pool, cold ac. What more could you hope for at this price!?

Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
3  Thank BigJay-Bird
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Additional Information about Hilo Seaside Hotel

Address: 126 Banyan Way, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4647
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Hilo
Price Range: $125 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hilo Seaside Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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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