We stayed at Arnott's for a week in mid-May. We had one of the "deluxe" rooms, which meant that we had a private bath and shared a kitchen and sitting area with several other units in the same building. As advertised, it was not posh, but everything was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the shower worked well, with ample hot water. We had a small refrigerator and a coffee maker in the room, and the Kona coffee provided was excellent. The room had both an air conditioner and a fan, but we seldom used either, preferring open windows. It rained every night, and the sound of the raindrops and the coqui frogs provided us with a melodious lullaby each night. Our room had jalousie windows, so no rain came in.
We found the staff to very nice and helpful, answering our many questions patiently and graciously and taking care of our needs quickly. The kitchen had only a two burner stove, which didn't work well at first, but we mentioned that fact at the desk, and it was better the next day. Also in the kitchen were a microwave, a blender, and an electric pot for heating water for tea, etc., along with dishes, pots, and utensils. We both have digestive problems, so we were glad to be able to cook some of our own meals and to have a place to prepare our lunches for the day's outing. The sitting room has comfortable couches and shelves full of books and magazines. The wifi works perfectly as well.
Arnott's is about three miles outside of Hilo, but there are a nice 24-hour restaurant and several other restaurants less than two miles away, a fine-dining seafood restaurant less than a mile away, and a convenience store quite close. Next to the convenience store is a sandwich/salad place (delicious) that also serves scrumptious homemade ice cream.
We had hoped to use the county bus service but found the routes and schedule inconvenient, so we ended up renting a car. Thus we did not take any of the tours Arnott's offered. That meant we missed the nighttime visit to the observatories, as rental cars cannot go there. Maybe on another trip.
There are numerous lovely beaches within walking distance of Arnott's. Richardson Ocean Park, where the snorkeling is great, is about two miles, but others are very close.
I am Catholic and enjoyed two wonderful liturgies at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, which is less than four blocks away. The congregation and choir sang in Hawaiian and played Hawaiian instruments, and everyone was very welcoming.
To sum up this very long report: Arnott's is for people who do not demand fancy. We are accustomed to camping in a pop-up tent camper or a regular tent, so Arnott's was a step up for us. The lower price left us funds to really enjoy the island, and we met so many nice people from many different countries--Australia, France, Italy, Denmark--as well as other parts of the US. It is also a place for people who are able to and like to walk. It is a great base for seeing the whole island, but there is so much to do right in Keaukaha that one could spend a whole visit there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures is located in a delightful, tropical area minutes from the coastline. We offer a range of affordable accommodations from backpackers in one building, to deluxe rooms with private bathroom in another. In between these accommodation extremes we have semi-private/suites that include a shared bathroom and a kitchenette which makes family vacations affordable. We also incorporate a beautiful camp ground for campers. Inexpensive bike rentals are available. Arnott's also has its own tour division where lodge guests get substantial discounts on incredible adventures such as the summit of Mauna Kea, Volcanoes National Park and Valleys and Waterfalls Tours. Come experience a relaxed Hawaii environment within walking distance to green sea turtles and swimming beaches. We hope to see you soon. Aloha ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arnott`s Hotel Hilo
- Arnotts Hotel Hilo
- Arnott's Lodge Hilo, Hawaii