We chose the Hilo Seaside Hotel based on reviews and our desire to stay in a place with a personality and the Aloha spirit. The place looked a little worn and tired. However, upon entering, we felt the warmth and charm that is so often offered by a smaller family owned operation. We were warmly greeted by everyone from the staff to fellow guests and the koi in the pond out front. There are a few stairs to climb, but even with my arthritic knees, I had no problem. There is a true sense of ohana, family, here. As I mentioned, even fellow guests greeted each other with smiles, nods and waves. It was a great base for which to explore the east side of the island.
Our room faced the garden and was clean and efficient. Yes, there is some noise from the nearby airport, but it has regular hours and is not operating during normal sleeping hours.
The only real downside is parking. It can be a little tricky.
Will we stay there again? Definitely! From what I saw, the Hilo Seaside has a steady base of return customers. We plan on being some of them.
- 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