Widely considered to be the most affordable pound-for-pound destination on the Big Island, Hilo is a dreamy island paradise complete with gorgeous natural attractions, excellent food, and historic and cultural activities galore. But surprisingly, for being the most populous area on the Big Island, there’s a glut of lodging options for visitors looking to stay in the eastern coastal city with some being a more viable and attractive option than others. Here are our recommendations for hotel accommodations in Hilo:
As one of the first hotels built on the Hilo side, the Grand Naniloa Hotel is a classic Hawaiian resort, but with the backing of the Hilton family of hotels, this is an upgraded location for weddings, conferences, and meetings with a massive 13,000 sq. ft. space and the largest catering facility in Hilo. The hotel also holds regular events in its showroom, providing guests with live music and entertainment at no additional charge. Plus, the connected golf course is accessible to guests with a complimentary daily round.
Affordable, comfortable, clean – what else could you want from a hotel room? The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel isn’t the most glamorous place to stay on the island, but with it’s fantastic bayside location, pound-for-pound, we can’t think of a better place to relax with your family in between daytime adventures on the Big Island. And with a private lanai as part of every room, you’ll get to enjoy the late-night island breeze, too.
An institution of the Hilo side, the Hilo Seaside Hotel is among the most affordable, yet nice places to stay on the island. Family-owned and operated, you’ll get a better taste of true Hawaiian hospitality than some of the corporate-owned resorts can provide. And with easy access to downtown, the airport, natural and cultural attractions, the Hilo Seaside Hotel is a great option for adventurous travelers of every stripe.
While an excellent B&B in its own right, the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls has the unique cherry on top in the state’s largest private waterfall. Staying at the inn grants exclusive access to the 100-foot waterfall that was used as a location in several major Hollywood movies. The inn itself is a sight to behold, with tasteful interior design and private residences available to guests – and of course, a fresh, locally-sourced breakfast is included.
Located prominently upon the oceanfront overlooking Hilo Bay, this particular B&B has made a name for itself with gourmet cooking, excellent oceanfront views, and a gorgeously restored 1920s-era construction. It’s also within easy walking distance of historic downtown Hilo, where the restaurants, galleries, museums, and nightlife will keep you entertained throughout your stay.
A family-style plantation home, the Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast earns its name – the quaint, impressive B&B is centrally-located and definitely has a farmhouse-style feel. You’ll be surrounded by tropical foliage and bamboo, giving your outdoor lanai hangouts and relaxations an extra layer of Big Island comfort. And due to the proximity to so many Hilo-side attractions, you’ll have plenty to explore during your stay.
Among the smaller hotels on the island, the Dolphin Bay Hotel is a well-maintained, affordable stay for those seeking a quiet respite from the resort-level alternatives. Each room is all-inclusive, offering a full kitchen, bathrooms, and cable TV/WiFi, providing daytime adventurers with everything they need from a Big Island home base.