Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is one of the largest along Banyan Drive and so is used by many groups - tourist and schools. Nevertheless, it is able to provide well for the independent traveller as well. The rooms (ours was 633) are large, clean and have a wonderful good sized balcony. Note that the mynah birds create a dreadful racket all night in the trees between the hotel and Hawaiian Bay Hotel. If you are a light sleeper you will definately need ear plugs.
The king sized bed is very comfortable and there is good bedside and table lighting. Unfortunately there is no wifi in the rooms. This is something that the hotel should look to providing for its guests. There is free wifi in the lobby and a business centre you can use if you do not have your own laptop. The bathroom is large and clean with good lighting. An ice bucket is provided and there are ice despensing machines on each floor.
The flat screen TV works well and there are channels for everyone.
The lobby is always clean and tidy and the staff pleasant to deal with.
There is a fee for use laundry in the basement for guest use.
The gardens both front and back are well maintained and the koi in the pond are beautiful.
We did not use the pool but it was well maintained and very clean.
Walk around the other hotels in the area and you will see that the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is the best there is.
The hotel provides breakfast discounts of $5 per day off either the hot buffet or the continental breakfast buffet. The latter has a choice of yoghurt, different pasteries, toast, fruit and juices.
Uncle Billy's General Store is located next door and is a great place to get extremey good sandwiches to go and ice cream.
There is ample parking both at lobby level and under cover near the basement.
There are good walks around the area - particularly the Liliuokalani Gardens which is also the refuge for stray cats and mongooses. Note the cup of Gold vine with its huge flowers. You can also walk out to Coconut Island via the little bridge taking care to watch out for falling coconuts.
If you want other cheap food there is Uncle Ken's Diner at the cross roads with Banyan Drive. If you drive right you go to Downtown (a little run down), Rainbow Falls and on to theBotanical Gardens (a must see - with at least 2 hours), Akaha Falls (fee).
Highly recommended and we would definately stay here again.
- 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
- Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Hawaii