First of all, HIlo is not a great beach town and the few hotels show that. The few in town are clustered on Banyan drive (where the seaside is located). At least some of the others look out over the water, which the seaside does not.
The hotel looks straight out of 1960, with it's motorcourt set up around garden courtyards, and wood paneling. I could picture the rat pack generation plying the hallways in formal hawaiian outfits or tuxedos. The hotel does not seem to have been updated much since that time, which gives it a kind of kitschy feel. It was clean, but otherwise a very unremarkable hotel. Can really say much good about it, but really cant put an emphasis on particular bad things either.
One gripe - the cost. I paid an internet rate of $73, and was not able to even get anything cheaper through online bidding. The hotel seemed almost empty when i was there for one night before flying out the next morning, so was kind of surprised by the price. Due to the fact there are so few hotels in HIlo, it is hard to say if this is a good bargan or not. For any other location, this would be priced too high, but most of Hawaii is overpriced compared to other parts of the country.
it is very close to the airport so if you just need a place to stay for one night before an early flight, it is appropriate. but dont expect much and you wont be dissapointed
- 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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