Our family stayed for two nights at this great little hotel/motel. This is not a 5 star hotel but we loved it! Reminded me of days past, "old Hawaii", when all the aunties and uncles welcomed you into their home. We chose a "Deluxe Room w/ bay view" well worth the few extra dollars as it gave us a private lanai(porch) on the 3rd floor. Reminder that this property does NOT have an elevator, the stairs are fairly easy to travel up/down even if it was on the 3rd level it really felt more like going up one flight of stairs since the grade was not extremely steep. We noticed that the other rooms, I suppose the standard ones, did NOT have lanais and some had windows that faced the main walkways which cut down on privacy- though some of those rooms did look a bit larger than ours.
The view, as noted by a few other guests, is of a lagoon area not of the entire Hilo bay--this is nice but not as nice as having the view of the bay & Coconut island. Also being on the Hilo Seaside side the coquis frog songs don't seem as loud as they do at the other Banyan Drive hotels. The property does a great job at maintaining their gardens- no coquis inside so we could actually sleep with our windows open- great cool weather in December. :)
Speaking of windows- since this was also mentioned by another guest that they did not like these. The property does have jealousie windows- which for those of you who don't know are glass slated windows, very local style- like I said it reminds me of when I grew up and slept over at aunty's house! If you don't think you can handle those then you shouldn't stay here, unfortunately you will be missing out on some of the best hospitality Hilo has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy town of Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island is a tropical paradise filled with fragrant island flowers, pristine forests, and magnificent miles of orchid farms. The Hilo Seaside Hotel is an oceanfront hotel located on the shores of Hilo Bay, on historical Banyan Drive. This affordable Hawaiian owned hotel is a scenic 40 minute drive to Hawaii's Volcano National Park, and just a few minutes by car to quaint Hilo Town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilo Seaside Hotel Hawaii