Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Big Island Hotels

Dolphin Bay Hotel


  • Great value
  • Full kitchens in all units
  • Extremely helpful and pleasant staff
  • Weekly rates are a good deal


  • No pool
  • No phones in the rooms

Updated 03/04/2015

Fodor's Review

Units in this circa-1950s motor lodge are modest, but charming, clean, and inexpensive. A glowing lava flow sign marks the office and bespeaks owner John Alexander's passion for the volcano. Stunning lava pictures adorn the common area, and Alexander is a great source of information for visiting the national park and for exploring the back roads of Hilo. Coffee and fresh fruit are offered daily with banana bread. Four blocks from downtown Hilo, in a residential area called Puueo, the hotel borders a verdant 2-acre Hawaiian garden with jungle trails and shady places to rest. Guests of the hotel return repeatedly, and it's ideal for families who seek a home base.

Hotel Information


333 Iliahi St., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

Map It



Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 18 rooms, 12 studios, 4 1-bedroom units, 1 2-bedroom unit
  • Rate includes: No meals

Updated 03/04/2015

View Big Island Hotel Rates


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all hotels in Big Island

Add Your Own Review

When did you stay?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?







No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.