My wife and I spent 9 nights in the Deluxe suite ($75 plus tax). I don't understand the negative comments re. staff as we found everyone to be meticulous and helpful. Our room was clean and the grounds adequately kept ... as a home base it suited our needs beautifully. All the sites of interest to us - Mauna Kea (discounted tour if you spend a couple of days here), lava flowing into the ocean (amazing sight), lovely coastal driving on a full moon night, were close at hand. Multiple thanks to staff - I spoke to Lena and a big thanks to the cleaners - for finding my apartment keys!
Although Hilo is apparently the rainiest city in the US at 132 inches we saw very little in Feb/March. The town is old style (slower) Hawaii as opposed to Kona on the drier (30 inches or so) western side (an approx. 2 hour drive over Saddle Road). The farmers market was great on Wed and Sat with the occasional vendor during other days. Moonstruck Patisseries (open Sun - Wed) was brilliant for a European breakfast - croissants, cakes (no bread) bar none! I lived 10 years in Europe and my wife is Hungarian - this place is the real deal!
The really astonishing impression I got of the big island of Hawaii was the dearth of overt policing unlike in so much of the mainland US where the heavy hand of "security" can be uncomfortable. Oh and now I know where all the aging hippies went ...
- 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