I will start by saying we love Hilo. The hotel options are limited and this is best option as there are no newer choices. Hilo is unique in that it represents Hawaii from a previous era and has a very slow pace. Hilo is adjacent, 30 minute drive, and best option that is closest to the active volcano, Kiluea.
We prefer the Volcano House Hotel located in the National Park, but it has been closed for more than a year for renovations.
We stayed in an ocean deluxe room. The room had a private patio which overlooked the beautiful Hilo Bay and Coconut Island. Our room had a small refrigerator and 2 double beds. Because it is an older hotel (1950s era?) is had a musty smell. We did not use the A/C at all but kept the patio door open and the fresh air quickly made the odor not as obvious.
On the positive side there is the free parking(in contrast to the Kona side) friendly staff and favorable location to some of the finest activities on the island. We did not eat in any of the hotel restaurants. We did not use the small pool.
We wil stay in this hotel again when we return to Hilo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo's best full-service hotel, offers outstanding views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea. Located on Hilo Bay, and approximately two miles from Hilo Airport, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is the perfect headquarters for exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy incredible views of Mauna Kea, Hilo Town, and beautiful and historic Coconut Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
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