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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pakalana Inn

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Pakalana Inn
Ranked #12 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
Montreal, Canada
1 review
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Located on a quiet street the Inn is within easy walking distance to everything in Downtown Hilo. Parking on the street is easy. The owner was really helpful and met our needs without any fuss. Paul's Place is also a great place for breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2013

We stayed here while moving our son into University of Hawaii in Hilo. It has a great location for exploring the downtown, allowing us to try out several local eateries. We did not try Paul's Place as my husband was on a protein diet, so no waffles for him. Highly recommend Cafe Pesto and Lucy's Taqueria, both within a few blocks walk. The room had plenty of room but still had the charm of a bed and breakfast. The building has character and houses several businesses. We had room #2, great ventilation with multiple windows for fresh air and a ceiling fan. The room is directly above Paul's Place but we were always awake before they even started fixing breakfast and they played soothing music, not annoying. We stayed for a couple of nights and did not mind the frogs in the least, great nature sounds to fall asleep to. Sometimes heard people walking by in the middle of the night but our windows were open. A great improvement from chain hotels with locked windows and air conditioner running all night long. It is just two blocks away from a run along the ocean and we always had plenty of choice parking on the street. The pictures are quite accurate. We highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: Room #2 is on the corner with windows on both sides and a ceiling fan, never stuffy! Can look out to...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We needed to stay in Hilo for the night to take the volcano helicopter trip in the morning before heading to Kona. We stayed in room 5. The inn is precious and quaint. They allowed us late check-out and were happy to meet all our requests. The greatest surprise was Paul's Place Cafe in the bottom of the inn. The fresh food and ambiance were just perfect. Paul and his niece Megan were so hospitable and the food was delicious. This cafe is a "don't miss"!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2013

If you need to be right in Hilo, say, for a night before your flight, this is the place. It is pretty much hand crafted, excellent workmanship, very, very clean, lovely, and totally centrally located. Just steps to the farmer's market and we had a kitchen, so it was awesome. The bed was super comfortable, a huge plus. I didn't get to eat in the cafe, as I needed to leave super early, but it looks amazing. I'd highly recommend it. Neil, the owner, carried my suitcase to the cab, down the stairs, himself! Thanks, Neil! My only complaint was, it was a hot evening so I had the windows open, and the street noise was a bit loud. Luckily, it quieted down pretty early. Other than that, awesome.

Room Tip: If you can get one that is not directly on the street, it might be quieter...but then again, maybe n...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Don't be put off by Pakalana Inn's unassuming exterior - it's a great place to stay. Inside it looks more like a European boutique hotel, not like an ordinary inn. Our room was very clean, and the beds are comfortable; I'm not sure if there were other guests present when we were there, but overall it was pretty quiet. The owner installed new windows virtually blocking the street sound. The cafe downstairs serves really good breakfast and coffee. Locals go here, so you know it's good. It's only a short walk to the shore, parks and the street market where you can buy anything from freshly picked fruit to macadamia nuts to local crafts. This place is safe and secure. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2013

We had room 3 and loved it. Great set up for a couple and we were very happy our previous b&b 'cancelled' and recommended Neil to us. The Market was a little less than we expected but Hilo was beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2013
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1 Thank Imparare
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Regina, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2013

Upon coming to the inn there were some leery characters that made us feel a bit uneasy about the neighborhood. However we quickly discovered this is more of a electic neighborhood. Room #2 was clean and well appointed - mini fridge, microwave, some kitchen basics, etc. And only $112 total a night.

My only complaint was the wireless was not very strong (in fact my husband couldn't connect at times). Also at night you do hear noise including sirens and frogs (we joked that it sounded like the star trek ship).

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pakalana Inn

Property: Pakalana Inn
Address: 132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historic downtown Hilo adjacent to the Farmer's Market and Wailoa State Park. Vintage building with upgraded interior, spacious rooms. Air conditioning, kitchenette available. Flat screen TV, internet, coffee maker. ... more   less 
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Pakalana Inn Hilo, Hawaii

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