I traveled on my own and made one mistake.
For the time frame I was staying, I booked Hostel side. I've never had a bad experience in a Hostel...until I stayed in an amerikan hostel. This was the ONLY down side to my stay here. Now that I know better, I'd happily return and stay in my own room.
If you are looking for luxury, this is not the right place for you. If you like down to earth, "real" and good people with hospitality+, it is wonderful place to stay.
This is more suitable for the nature lover, so for me...it was fabulous.
The kiko Frogs are quite loud but pleasant to listen to during the cool evenings in the yard. When it came time for sleep, silicone earplugs worked like a charm.
The other thing I was not aware of was the need for a car. There are buses that run on the big Island, but you are truly at their mercy.
I enjoyed just sitting in the yard talking to other travelers, guests and residents. The owners are wonderful. I grew very fond of Ben, Lee, Arthur and Erma...and of course
a couple of the locals.
The Wild Ginger is located close enough to shopping, if you are staying for a few days, i suggest getting a shopper card at the Sack and Save, and getting produce at the farmers market.
You can get use of the kitchen to prepare your own food. I found a few restaurants I really liked just a few short blocks away.
The Inn may not be for everyone, especially High maintenance Americans, but for myself and those who visit every year, its a special place.
Breakfast is the only meal served to guests, yet it is a treat. You can't beat the price for Hawaii!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wild Ginger Inn is centrally located in Hilo, which is on the east side of the Big Island. One of the most affordable accommodations in town with free Wi-Fi and Hawaiian Style Continental Breakfast. We offer many different levels of comfort including regular hotel rooms, indoor and outdoor hostels (private and dorm), and tenting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wild Ginger Inn b&b
- Wild Ginger Hotel Hilo
- Wild Ginger Inn Hilo
- Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel Hilo, Hawaii