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“Quiet and Scenic” 4 of 5 stars
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The Palms Cliff House Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Honomu
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quiet and Scenic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Beautiful location with exceptionally friendly staff. The breakfasts were fantastic and the rooms all had their own lanai (patio). A highly recommended property although the drive to the inn isn't well marked.

Stayed December 2013
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plymouth, mi
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120 reviews
113 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Palms Cliff House Inn is about 20 minutes north of Hilo, perched atop some majestic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The staff was really friendly and accommodating and friendly. The front side of the inn, near the parking lot, leaves a little to be desired, but the back-side, overlooking the grounds and ocean is really amazing. The sunrise was one of the most beautiful we'd seen and the geckos sunning themselves on the palm leaves were the best.

It would be an injustice to not mention the amazing breakfasts. Wow! home-made every morning by a really nice lady who was friendly and funny and very sweet. We had a quiche one day and banana pancakes the other and both were probably the best breakfasts we've had on the islands. They are certainly a selling point - and rightfully so!

And then there's the frogs. We were told people either love them or hate them. We never saw one but there were clearly millions of them! We loved them. The rooster next door who decided when it was time to get up? Maybe not so much, but he had his charm too.

If you're looking for something quiet and out of the way on a beautiful setting then you'll likely be happy at this property. You're a good day trip from Volcanoes National Park and and easy commute into Hilo.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank adavici
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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We spent three nights at the Palms Cliff House and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was nice, the grounds are nice, the staff is very nice. No issues other than the room safe which did not want to open again after locking some stuff up in it. The room maintenance person was able open it again. The breakfast was served out on the vernada and was quite nice. Fresh fruit and an entre of eggs, sausage, pancakes or French toast, it varies from day to day.
The staff is very attentive and will bend over backwards to help.

Room Tip: If you need A/C confirm the room is equipped beforehand. The humidity is high.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jeeperguy
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Santa Fe, NM
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a great stay at the Palm's. Great location just a little outside of Hilo. Breakfasts were very very good. Rooms super clean with excellent views. Unlike some reviewers we found the staff and owners to be really nice and helpful.

A couple minor things that would make the Palms better...

At $280 per night to charge a quarter for the safe is tacky.
IT IS THE 21ST CENTURY, GET INTERNET IN THE ROOMS AND DONT CHARGE FOR IT.
Kill the Rooster...just kinding.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank RCost
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Redding, California
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226 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Room was nice and clean with many amenities. Great views of the ocean with many places to sit on the Lanai. Small grounds. Due to our schedule we were unable to eat breakfast at the Inn. We left the sliding door open hoping to hear whales, but only heard the chickens and the coqui frogs. 20 minute drive to Hilo for dinner / shopping although Honomu does have a few places open during the day.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank AmyWren
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We arrived late at night, missing the entrance once, for our one night stay. Upon arrival we were stunned at the beauty of the surroundings and our room. The place is like a mini plantation over looking beautiful cliffs and stunning ocean. The decor and all details are very tasteful. We woke up an hour earlier, just to be able to enjoy the inn and accommodations for an extra bit longer. Everyone was exceptionally nice and helpful. After making reservations, we received a phone call back to see if we had any dietary preferences for our breakfast, and they were very accommodating. The Palms Cliff House Inn was one of the highlights of our trip to Hilo!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank EVA k
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Spokane
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We stayed four nights. Beautiful location, loved the lanai and proximity to the ocean. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious every morning; however the owner's wife did not speak to us although we saw her around several times. The grounds needed some cleanup. All in all, an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about The Palms Cliff House Inn

Property: The Palms Cliff House Inn
Address: 28-3514 Mamalahoa Hwy, Honomu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96728
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Honomu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Honomu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Palms Cliff House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 3.5 acre private estate offers sweeping ocean views perched ocean side atop a 100 foot cliff. Delicious full breakfasts are included in the regular room rates. Honored in Song and depicted in hula, this inn specializes in catering to couples seeking a quiet and romantic get away that embodies the feeling of the Old Hawaii we all dream about. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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The Palms Cliff Hotel
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The Palms Cliff House Inn Hawaii/Honomu

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