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333 Iliahi St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2399
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#1 of 7 in Hilo
Travellers' Choice
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Private balcony
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Chicogirl2015 wrote a review 14 May
Tigard, Oregon618 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed at Dolphin Bay for three nights in May 2022. It was even better than I had hoped for. Yes, the hotel is "dated" and not fancy at all, but scrupulously clean, comfortable, affordable and very convenient for exploring downtown Hilo, the Hamauka coast and Volcano National park. The bed was comfy, the light breakfast of fresh papaya and banana bread was much appreciated, and the sweet obese cat was friendly and made us feel right at home. John gives exceptional local advice, and has everything you could possibly need from umbrellas to maps to...? The gardens at the hotel are really lovely too. It rained our entire stay but we felt at peace and were able to really relax. We'd return in a flash!
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Date of stay: May 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Second floor rooms are great.
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susantobey levy wrote a review Feb 2022
Asheville, North Carolina36 contributions54 helpful votes
What more can one ask for in a vacation stop? Lovely, efficient, well run, convenient. I wish all hotels were like this one. Highly recommend. Just wish I had stayed longer. Easy parking, lovely am coffee and snacks. Good bed & tv too.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
saab93cab wrote a review Feb 2022
Stockholm, Sweden53 contributions29 helpful votes
We have been coming to the Dolphin Bay Hotel for many years. The family who own and run this hotel keeps people returning year after year. John, the owner, knows as much about this island as anyone we have met. He will recommend areas to visit, and things to do. Beach towels, chairs, ice chests are also available for your use. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Each room at this hotel comes complete with full size kitchens and offers balconies and patios for relaxing and sitting outdoors. This hotel is not your ordinary resort - located in a quiet residential area, but close to Hilo town, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and the Hilo Farmer's Market which is held every Wednesday and Saturday. A bonus is the banana bread and coffee served up each morning for the guests. We guarantee you will not be disappointed, and hope you will consider the Dolphin Bay Hotel on your next visit to the Hilo side of the big island.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
mlgb2 wrote a review Dec 2021
295 contributions26 helpful votes
Room #3 with a queen on the ground floor (driveway and garden view). My first visit in 40 years back to Hawaii. Nice big rooms, good beds and linens, full kitchen, TV and wifi that works, plentiful parking. Friendly staff. I did not miss having A/C, ceiling fans worked fine. Coffee comes out at 6:30 am. For some reason I thought it would be earlier? There is a Mr Coffee in the kitchen but you need to supply your own filters and grounds in that case. Papayas were available pretty much all day. The cat also came into my room. Kept an eye on her so no damage would be done, but she was eyeing the corner of the bed as a scratching post, and possibly worse!! I liked the Puerto Rican coqui frogs at night. There are some earplugs in the medicine cabinet. While it would be more convenient to have a car if staying here, one day I did walked into town. Re the Puueo Street bridge and unsavory characters around that end of downtown Hilo (there are a few) you can also walk along the main highway and connect at Kanoa Street, half a block north of Iliahi. The hotel has proper Hilo umbrellas if you need a loaner. It was an easy walk to eat at the Poke N Sides stand at the Hilo Farmers Market on Sunday (a lot of downtown restaurants seem to be closed on Sundays). I was grateful to add two nights to my reservation at the last minute. (Going direct to the hotel website you can see what is really availabler). Note there is a 10 day cancel policy.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
LizB86 wrote a review Dec 2021
Spokane, Washington139 contributions61 helpful votes
Over the past 8 years we’ve returned to this friendly, comfortable, charming, hotel. It is not a sterile, modern hotel. It is funky and real. Great beds and linens. We love falling asleep to the music of the frogs, often accompanied by rain splashing off the lovely tropical foliage that surrounds the buildings and the exquisite back garden. Sipping morning coffee, accompanied by banana bread and delicious papaya. We have never missed a pool or a beachfront view. It is a step back in time and a real value. We will return!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
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US$160 - US$229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Bay?
Nearby attractions include Lyman Museum (0.8 km), Pacific Tsunami Museum (0.6 km), and Hilo Farmers Market (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Dolphin Bay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dolphin Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Dolphin Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Place, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon and Turtle.
Are there any historical sites close to Dolphin Bay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (0.5 km).