The Dolphin Bay Hotel is a great place to stay, with a friendly welcome and all the basic needs you could wish for. John Alexander and his team provide helpful advice and service, and guests can avail themselves of free coffee (freshly percolated) from 05.30am, and banana bread (from the bakery) at 06.30am, with fresh bananas and papaya. The hotel is as described on its website - clean, unpretentious and geared for those who want to get out and enjoy all that the island has to offer. The fresh flowers in the room were a nice touch, and we found the free wifi very useful indeed.
John is a self-confessed "lava nut" and will give you good advice on where to go and what to see on anything to do with the volcano. We thought our room was adequately spacious, and greatly appreciated the kitchenette (sink, fridge, microwave and cooker), plus table and two chairs to eat at, so DIY breakfast or other meals was no problem. The hotel is easy walking distance to the town and there are plenty of reasonably priced places to eat. There is a supermarket not far away for shopping.
We enjoyed the grounds (like your own personal bit of rainforest), and found the melodic croaking of the tree frogs quite soothing - not irritating. The flowers, shrubs and trees provide an interesting introduction to the flora of Hawaii and a relaxing spot for a stroll or sit in the evening.
We would certainly stay there again, and is the favourite of all the places we stayed in the Hawaiian islands.
Thanks John & Team !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seasoned guidance for a wide range of Big Island adventures. Walking distance to downtown Hilo. Clean quiet & reasonable. All rooms with kitchens. Free WiFi Internet available. Rated nicest small hotel in Hilo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Bay Hilo, Hawaii
- Dolphin Bay Hotel Hilo