My partner and I stay at Country Club Condo Hotel every year and have been staying there for the last 4 Winters. When I read the "nightmare" reviews - this has not been our experience. We stay on the 5th floor, in a room without a balcony but big windows, lots of light and a nice view. The room is exceptionally quiet, any bar noise is at the other end of the hotel in the suites overlooking Banyan Drive not at the end overlooking the Hilo harbour and pool area. The hotel has seen better days that's for sure, but for a budget hotel it represents excellent value. The staff ARE friendly and the place is clean. The hotel is old and in need of repair but with the lease still in negotiation, the owners need to sort that out before they invest the money needed up upgrade the elevators and hallways.
Some rooms have been completely refurbished and are very nice. There's a mixture of Hawaiian families living at the Banyan Drive end and short and longer term tourists living at the other end. People have been returning to this hotel for years and years.
The best thing about this hotel is the location. It simply cannot be beat. Lots of great walking along Banyan Drive and then through the beautiful Japanese Gardens and park a short walk from the hotel. Coconut Island has been completely redone as well.
There is lots to recommend this hotel if you're realistic about its age and the price you're paying.
- Also Known As:
- Country Hotel Hawaii Condo
- Country Club Hawaii Condo Hotel Hilo