Dolphin Bay

Dolphin Bay

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Ranked #4 in Hilo hotels
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333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
(877) 935-1466Edit info

Amenities

Free Breakfast
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Free Parking
Laundry Services
Connecting Rooms
Kitchen

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Wahiawa, Hawaii

Totally love this place ! If you want ocean views, air conditioning, nightlife...go else where then ! This is layed back, clean, the best helpful/ knowledgeable staff. There is free wi-fi, nature songs morning and evening, beautiful gardens, great breakfast treats..fresh fruit, banana bread and excellent coffee. Town is a short walk, with many places to shop and eat ! Tell them Jac sent you !

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San Jose, California, USA

We stayed here for 3 nights last week while we explored the East side of the Big Island. While this is far from the most luxurious or stylish accommodation (the word "institutional" comes to mind), it is one of the friendliest I've ever stayed at. Our hosts made sure we were well oriented and made suggestions for things to do including connecting us up with a fantastic lava tour that was the highlight of our vacation.

The rooms are clean and the kitchenettes are handy for preparing small meals. There is no need, though. Fresh local bananas and papaya, muffins or banana bread, and plenty of fresh coffee were waiting for us every morning. There are plenty of good affordable restaurants within easy walking distance and a pretty good pizza delivery place.

Best of all, the hosts provided plenty of loaner umbrellas to keep us dry when we ventured out so that we didn't have to go buy them only to leave them behind or schlep them home. Because we certainly needed them! The only down side was that there was no air conditioning, which wouldn't have been a problem because it stayed in the low 70s, but people kept walking and driving in front of our window so we didn't really want to leave it open. The frogs, on the other hand, really didn't bother me. I don't completely understand the complaints by others--maybe those people were there during frog mating season or something.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

This property has 24 rooms. Each room sleeps two to six people. All units have a kitchen. The unit is decorated with modest yet dated furniture. Besides the free parking and free Wi-Fi access, the best thing about this hotel is its location. It is located a short distance from Hilo’s downtown and right across the street from the Hilo Bay.
Hilo has the highest rainfall record each year among the Hawaiian islands. That’s why the gardens and public parks along the Hilo Bay are so lush, green and beautiful. Bring an umbrella to shield off the sudden downpour or the strong sunlight in the summer.
The hotel offers daily continental breakfasts, but there are a lot of restaurants close-by for better meals. Get a loco moco plate from any of the eateries; it will fill you up until dinner.
Be sure to visit the Hilo Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Sundays. The produce and Hawaiian arts and crafts items sold there are just amazing and cheap. Buy plenty to bring home as souvenirs. Walk along the stretch of Hilo’s downtown. There are a few shops worth checking out.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Dolphin Bay Hotel is a modest property located near downtown Hilo. It’s not hard to walk directly into the heart of town where all the local restaurants and shops sit. Cross the street here and you’re walking on the Hilo coast. Pick up some papayas and pineapples at the Hilo Farmers’ Market and keep them in the kitchen, provided in each room.

Wireless Internet is a plus, especially given since some hotels these days don’t provide this for free. That said, there’s not much else here at the Dolphin Bay Hotel. The garden is nice and the complimentary continental breakfast can fill stomachs in the morning, but that’s where the amenities pretty much end. The building is dated and I noticed an older crowd staying here when walking through the property. It’s not a bad thing; it just changed the energy of the place.

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
Dining & Drinks
  • Free breakfast
Fitness & Recreation
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Concierge services
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Picnic area
  • Garden
Parking
  • Free self parking
Pets
  • Pets not allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
Bath
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer (on request)
In-Room Dining
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Ceiling fan
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Free newspaper
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 18
Dolphin Bay

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