Many hotels in Hilo offer great ocean views and are within easy walking distance of Hilo Bay.
Relative to Kona, Hilo is quiet. Spending a night here may feel like you've just been transported to some forgotten time in the past, a piece of old Hawaii. After spending a night or two along Ali'i Drive in Kona you will appreciate the difference!
Many of the Hilo hotels are mere shadows of their former glory days, once grand spectacles of an up and coming tourist business. Most have struggled to keep up with the times. The economy has taken its toll and far too few of Hilo's Big Island Hawaii hotels have received much needed upgrades. Some just feel old and tired. Visitors frequently comment about the need for renovations.
Perhaps it is that very lack of renovations that helps keep the cost down! You can find some real bargains on this side of the island compared to Kona hotels. Consider your Hilo hotel a comfortable place to rest your head at night following a busy day exploring the nearby sights. From Hilo it's an easy drive to experience the gorgeous waterfalls north of town or all the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, just 50 minutes away.
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We consider the Dolphin Bay Hotel to be perhaps the best value of the hotels in Hilo. This small and charming Hilo hotel has 18 rooms with an outdoor pool on the property and free continental breakfast included. We have always found the rooms to be clean, each with kitchen but no phone in the room.
The Pagoda Hilo Bay Hotel is Hilo's budget hotel. Formerly Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel, Castle Resorts & Hotels took over the business in 2016. This basic hotel has 144 rooms starting from around $80/night. Pagoda is located on Banyan Drive, waterfront on Hilo Bay. Outdoor pool.
Looking for something more than a traditional Hilo hotel? There are numerous vacation rental options on this side of the island as well, from budget to luxury accommodations.