We had reservations at a B&B at Volcano, but discovered it was a sort of scam, so drove back to Hilo to find a place to stay. I had previously explored hostels, but been disappointed with what I had found. Price was a major consideration, though. Quite by accident we saw the Hilo Bay Hostel, and my partner went in to inquire. Since we were a little desperate, the information he came back with sounded OK, and we checked in for one night. We wanted a private room, and they gave us a room with three beds, but advised us that it was highly unlikely that another person would need it, as they still had a number of single beds in dorms. They also told us that we could have a private room the next night, so we decided to stay our entire time on the Big Island. It turned out to be a delightful stay! Beds were comfortable; as in most hostels, you make up your own bed. Everything was very clean. There was free wifi, several computers for internet access, a well equipped kitchen, very helpful staff, and parking in a city lot across the street. Location was convenient for walking, too. I lived in Hawaii years ago, and Hilo IS about as authentic Hawaiian as you can get. It's not an exciting, touristic type of place, if that's what you are looking for, and it's humid, which makes the buildings look sort of dreary and old, but in it's own way, that's part of the charm. I loved it!
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