Just what a dollar-conscious traveler wants: basic, safe accommodation reasonably priced at a convenient location with courteous and helpful staff. There is a frequent $1 public bus service for those without a vehicle of any kind to take you into Hilo. There are also convenient state and city parks within walking distance.
You have your choice of tenting, bedding in a room with others or any number of upgrades including a private room, which I took. There's an outdoor, roofed lounge area for those who would like to socialize.
I lucked out taking the Mauna Kea Observatory Tour with Sonny (his legal name), who has a degree in astronomy from the Hawaii university. There are well-versed tour guides and then there are the Sonny's, who have the education and experience to provide great information and are able to answer all questions.
Caution to those who think they can bike or hike to the summit on their own. You need to be super fit and you'll miss out on valuable information. Those with rental cars: Ditto with the previous sentence AND you cannot go beyond the visitor's center, which is not at the summit, and not severely damage the vehicle because of road conditions. Your rental agreement will be voided on normal wear and tear if you try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures is located in a delightful, tropical area minutes from the coastline. We offer a range of affordable accommodations from backpackers in one building, to deluxe rooms with private bathroom in another. In between these accommodation extremes we have semi-private/suites that include a shared bathroom and a kitchenette which makes family vacations affordable. We also incorporate a beautiful camp ground for campers. Inexpensive bike rentals are available. Arnott's also has its own tour division where lodge guests get substantial discounts on incredible adventures such as the summit of Mauna Kea, Volcanoes National Park and Valleys and Waterfalls Tours. Come experience a relaxed Hawaii environment within walking distance to green sea turtles and swimming beaches. We hope to see you soon. Aloha ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arnott`s Hotel Hilo
- Arnotts Hotel Hilo
- Arnott's Lodge Hilo, Hawaii