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Hilo Bay Hostel

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Reviewed 24 May 2015

Staff was friendly and welcoming. Our room was large, but located on busy noisy street that was never quiet.. No screens on windows so bugs fly in. Bed was very uncomfortable so much that our backs were in pain. Shower has feel of sandblaster. Birds in the lobby cages can be noisy, and if you are near the bathroom you...

Thank Jobgirl2009
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Stepping into this hostel feels like you've stepped back 100 years. The building itself is ok- a bit creaky & dusty but it's a hostel & that can be forgiven. Seems to allow longer term boarders that are a little on the wacky side- some sleep continuously and expect absolute silence during there forever sleep- so you feel uncomfortable in...

1Thank Only_fair_and_honest
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 20 March 2015

The rooms are very clean, the staff is very friendly, and it's in close proximity to the city center. The kitchen is a social place and I especially enjoyed tasting the exotic fruit that various travelers picked up at the local farmers market. Would definitely stay here again!

Thank shaunissima
Hilo, Hawaii
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I've stayed here twice--once in 2003 and once in 2015. It's a pleasure if just for the opportunity to spend time in one of Hilo's historic downtown buildings. Both the exterior and the interior of the building exude historic character. The owner and the staff have a lot of experience dealing with all kinds of guests; they seem very astute...

1Thank transgenderdandelion
Reviewed 6 March 2015 via mobile

Our stay was 4 nights in a dorm room. We slept in a double bed together, so they put the price down, which was very nicely done. Then the first night we had a lady drinking in bed all night, trying to get private with two guys. One of them wasnt even supposed to be in our room. Managements reaction...

1Thank LilleCT
Reviewed 15 February 2015

What a pleasant surprise,haven't stayed in a hostel for years but we were really surprised how comfortable and clean it was. We had a private room with a really comfortable bed and delightfully decorated room, fresh flowers in our room, gorgeous! the facilities were fabulous and the staff were amazing, they were so helpful with suggestions of where to go...

2Thank Chris K
Reviewed 14 February 2015

The hostel has so much character, is clean, with friendly staff and very close to everything. Loved Hilo, it's how I imagined Hawaii should be. We ate at Pineapples Restaurant, (5 star in my book) with live music. Pineapples is walking distance to the hostel. We kayaked with whales and turtles. Magnificent. A must stop when you visit Hawaii. Claire...

1Thank Edwina O
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Reviewed 12 February 2015

Great location! Great staff!!! Good Hostel. I've only been there once and can say it is a right proper hostel. The restroom, kitchen and showers were well maintained and very clean. The only real letdown was that most of the clientele were 40+. Not sure if this was a fluke...or a regular theme here. Kinda cuts down on the socializing....

Thank Stoobalicious
Reviewed 22 January 2015 via mobile

Professional, welcoming, organised, clean... Has all the makings of the ideal hostel. Old school decor, boarding house vibe, well kept kitchen, bathrooms and dorms. Friendly and thorough staff. Cos the place is so well run, plus the safe, homey and placid atmosphere, it tends to attract the older solo travellers and school/college groups from time to time... Can detract from...

1Thank teacher h
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 January 2015 via mobile

Very nice hostel in the center of Hilo , up the stairs to a very comfortable common area that has a fun Feel to it . The staff is very nice and very helpfull and the keep the place very clean they spent a lot of time helping us rent a car / location is good but not the best...

Thank Johnxxjohn

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Additional Information about Hilo Bay Hostel

Address: 101 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2435
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: ₹ 2,160 - ₹ 5,825 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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“Mention to staff members if a quiet room is required.”
 of 5 bubbles ak275, 26 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Probably the best value in Hilo if you choose a dorm room. This is a hostel, not a hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles jamestS3831CB, 5 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Bunks... if you want to honey moon this is not the place. If you want to meet people save money and do a lot of exploring on this island”
 of 5 bubbles 712mickeyw, 30 Oct 2015 | Read review
“I've heard that the rooms facing the street are noisier than the ones toward the back of the building.”
 of 5 bubbles katiet493, 23 Jul 2015 | Read review
“If you're looking for cheap, you can stay in the dorms. For a privacy, there's also private rooms...”
 of 5 bubbles ramonah392, 27 May 2015 | Read review
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