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Hale Kai Hawaii Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 19 Hilo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 28, 2005

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Reviewed April 25, 2005

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Reviewed April 16, 2005

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Reviewed April 4, 2005

Hosts generally friendly and knowledgeable but rooms, esp bathrooms out of date, not entirely clean. Pool was very dirty. Breakfast portions limited. Parking hazardous and many difficult steps to get suitcases to rooms. Except for great oceanside location, would give one star.

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Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 20, 2005

What a location! We stayed 14 nights and found it hard to leave. You're above the surfers on Honoli'i black sand beach with a great view of Hilo Bay.

1. The surfers entertain you from dawn to dusk, their numbers depending on the size of the waves.

2. The overall view is spectacular. We particularly enjoyed the cruise ships entering Hilo and departing at night lit up like gargantaun theme park rides.

3. The whales! O.K., they're seasonal, but when they're around they can disrupt the day's plans with their spouting, breaching, and tail slaps. If relaxing is part of the agenda, this is the place to do it.

Breakfasts are wonderful, and for other dining, hosts Ric and Maria know the local restaurants, some rather difficult to locate in the offset streets of Hilo, but well worth finding.

We liked Hilo a lot. We found the description in "Hawaii the Big Island Revealed," page 107, to be much too harsh. True, the town is ambivalent to tourists; for example, the Naha stone at the public library has no sign on it. If you don't know what it is, it's just a big block of black rock.

For the volcanoes, Puna district, or the Hamakua coast, Hale Kai B & B is an excellent place to start and return.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Lemoore, California
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Reviewed March 7, 2005

We are B&B lovers and this experience taught us that you do not need Italian linen, marble bathtubs and lace duvets to have a truly wonderful vacation. It took us all of about 30 seconds to leave the mainland mentality behind and immerse ourselves in Hilo charm. Ric and Maria are two of the most gracious hosts to be found at ANY B&B. Each morning we sat on the lani and eagerly awaited for Maria's menu to be anounced - each and every selection at breakfast was well thought out and presented us with a wide variety of fruits, meats, and eggs (the macadamia nut waffles...to die for!) We also loved the international mix of new friends to share the familly style breakfast with each morning.
Each morning Ric would offer his knowledge of the Island to ensure that each guest recieved a tailor made tour for the day.
After staying on both the Hilo and the Kona side of the Island - Hilo has a very gentle way of knudging you and saying, "relax and breath, you can live without Starbucks, roomservice and Italian linen."
We felt the need to rate this B&B "above average" not for the structure itself, but for the view and the charming hosts that come with it!

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Honolulu
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Reviewed February 23, 2005

Beautiful location and view. But... Rundown rooms, very much in need of renovation. Dangerous exterior steps; elderly/disabled people should avoid. Also, not even minimal rooom cleaning (they just dumped the trash the second day) and didn't even bother making the beds or changing the towels. The breakfast was merely OK, nice fruit, very heavy waffles, and some greasy sausage. They even asked us to clear our own dishes from the table! Not recommmended at $135/night. Parking was also the pits. If it wasn't for the view and location I would give it the lowest rating.

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Address: 111 Honolii Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2203
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range: $190 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront accommodations with a spectacular, panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Hilo Bay. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while watching surfers, dolphins, and seasonal humpback whales. Relax in the evening to the sound of the surf. Four oceanfront rooms available, each with private bathroom, free WiFi, cable TV, fresh flowers, lanai, and access to pool and hot tub. Quiet, peaceful location 2 miles north of Hilo Town, just 10 minutes to the airport. Smoke-free property. Free parking. ... more   less 
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