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“Clean, spacious, good location but expensive.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Island Backpacking Hostel

Big Island Backpacking Hostel
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Big Island Backpacking Hostel
Ranked #6 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hilo
Dubai
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Clean, spacious, good location but expensive.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed in the private bedroom with shared bathroom for 2 nights.
The room was spacious and very clean, as was the rest of the hostel. The location is central with some very good restaurants, markets and the beach all within walking distance. My only comment is that we thought the hostel was expensive compared to other places we have stayed in and even by Hawaiian standards. Apart from that we would recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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Voiceunderground
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Another late arrival, another hostel I was never so happy to see.

The Rooms
Two bunk beds to a room and two twin beds as well, plus a few private rooms I noticed. This hostel has one toilet and shower for men and one for women as well as a unisex bathroom on the first floor. Be sure to be up early if you want to get in. Hilo seems at first to be a quiet town, but you will soon find that the hostel is downtown with all the noise that comes with that. In addition, you may have read about the frogs...those you will fall asleep to as well.

The Atmosphere
A very spacious hostel with very friendly travellers. Breakfast time is a great time to meet those who came in the night before and plan your day with them. There is a large TV lounge with DirecTV and even some weights/exercise equipment.

The Staff
Jared is always available and more than happy to make his recommendations on the area. Staff seems to be live-in, so they can either be found at the desk or in the TV room.

Extra Perks
Free Breakfast
Free, fast Wifi
Airport pickup if you book three or more nights. I rented a car and drove in, but found out they pick you up in their limo! What other hostel does that?

Rules to Be Aware Of
Strictly enforced quiet hours
NO drinks or food in rooms
Cash only, plus $10 deposit for room and front door key
Shoes must be taken off upon entering the foyer
Strict rationing at breakfast: up to 3 slices of toast, one piece of fruit, one cup of coffee/tea, refills 50 cents
Towels cost extra

Location is very good, close to excellent dining options and secure private parking lot. A little tucked away, but If you follow the directions carefully, you will find it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

The hostel was pretty empty when I stayed there (maybe 50% capacity), which was good because it only has 3 showers and 3 toilets. Not an issue for my stay but would become one with more people. Cheap and centrally located - and only 45min drive to the volcanoes national park. I only spent two nights there but would have stayed longer if i could. the owner and the staff were cool.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David_Brotherson
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place was aweesome. I stayed here for 2 nights and found the experience aweeesome...meeting other people from other countries and exploring together was pretty cool....This place was cheap, clean and quiet.....I would recommend everyone who comes to HILO to stay here....thank you sasha from Canada and J....you guys ROCK....

Room Tip: the private rooms are just as good as the dorms....
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Prague
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327 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

This hotel has good central location, but to get here from the airport you need rent a car, the free car park is just next to hostel.

Hostel is very clean, rooms big clean and beds very comfy. There is big kitchen and common area with PC+internet, TV and even there is small gym.

Fro breakfast there is available slices of papaya, toast, buter and jam and tea or coffee DIY.

I was quite satisfied with the stay but I have to point out that the tsunami evacuation we came about during my sty was poorly handled by the hostel staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank duhoz
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Kloten, Switzerland
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We found that there was more to do on the Hilo side of the Big Island than there was on the Kona side. The Hilo Backpackers Hostel was the cheapest one in town and also included a nice breakfast with 3 slices of toast, coffee tea and - our favorite - a papaya.

The building was nothing special and we found that there could be done more out of it. Anyway, the kitchen, common area, dorm room and bathroom were fairly big.

The hostel was close to a grocery store, ATM and there was even a Walmart within driving distance.

We would especially like to mention the VERY friendly and helpful staff at the hostel. We would stay there again anytime.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank perfectday248
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Princeville, Hawaii
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74 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stayed for two nights. It was a very quiet hostel, with just a few guests. Didn't stay a lot in the room, as there are enough things to do around. Friendly staff, sharing stories about Hawaii. Sleep with the sound of the Cookie frogs.

Room Tip: any will do
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank peshovuchev
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Additional Information about Big Island Backpacking Hostel

Property: Big Island Backpacking Hostel
Address: 69 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2433 (Formerly Hilo Backpackers Hostel)
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Big Island Backpacking Hostel is a large two story structure with rooms upstairs and a large common area downstairs. We offer free Wifi, breakfast and operate a locally grown, fresh farmers market in our parking every Thursday and Saturday. We have kayak rentals available for cruising Hilo Bay (which can be viewed from our private rooms) and moped and bicycle rentals for getting around town. Mauna Kea, Volcanos National Park, and beach tours available. ... more   less 
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