The Hilo Backpacker's Hostel is one of my least favorite hostels I've stayed at. The reason why this is so is because this hostel is kind of a "no shoes allowed inside" kind of hostel. With that said, since it's a backpacker's hostel everyone has probably been backpacking all day. All that walking around and all the shoes being left near the door inside the hostel and that left the entire place STINKY. It was horrible. It smelled like feet and we never got used to the smell. You smelled it in the morning and you smelled it at night. It was hard to sleep because of the stinky feet smell. Combine that with being in a room with seven other people and it was BAD.
Besides that though, the hostel wasn't too bad. When you went to sleep at night, all you hear are the coqui frogs lulling you to sleep. There are maybe tens of thousands of them with shrill little voices.
The beds at this hostel were all twin bunk beds so we got a bunk bed to ourselves. With six other people in the room. Add that to everyone's different schedules of waking up and going to bed and... well you get the picture. If we're back in Hilo we'll probably book a private room for ourselves. We would have this last time but it was already reserved.
Also, there's only one bathroom for women and one bathroom for men. Each bathroom has only one shower and toilet in it. There is one unisex bathroom downstairs but even with the three bathrooms, I could see it being a problem if everyone was up at the same time. It was never a problem for us though because we were usually out early in the morning to explore the Island.
When you get here, try to arrive in the daytime because it's hard to find at night. IF you have a car don't worry, they have their own parking lot and it's pretty big. They provide us with sheets for the bed but no towel so bring your own!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Big Island Backpacking Hostel is a large two story structure with rooms upstairs and a large common area downstairs. We offer free Wifi, breakfast and operate a locally grown, fresh farmers market in our parking every Thursday and Saturday. We have kayak rentals available for cruising Hilo Bay (which can be viewed from our private rooms) and moped and bicycle rentals for getting around town. Mauna Kea, Volcanos National Park, and beach tours available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Island Backpacking Hostel Hilo, Hawaii