A charming old Craftsman home lovingly restored by a friendly and hospitable couple from North Carolina, the Hilo Honu offers quite a bit of variety. The Honu's Nest provides fantastic views of the sunrise from the comforts of a large bed. The larger Bali Hai Suite has a sitting room and a window seat that looks out on tree ferns, orchids, and anthuriums. Upstairs, the entire second floor is the Samurai Suite, furnished with traditional tatami mats and beautiful antiques imported from Japan. Breakfast is delicious and usually includes a variety of homemade baked goods. Every room has a fridge.
Sep 26, 2009
My wife and I just stayed at the Hilo Honu for 3 nights and really enjoyed our beautiful room. The Samurai Suite is the entire top floor and has wonderful views towards Hilo Bay and an incredibly confortable bed, as well as beautiful and authentic Japanese decor and construction. It also has a fridge, great shower, and soaking tub (which we have not used). I only give it 3 stars for value as it's pricey in this economy and for Hilo. It would be
better value for a family or other multiple travellers as the second room has two beds which we didn't use. Despite the Fodor's 'con' list, you CAN easily walk downtown on nice sidewalks in about 10-15 minutes, and we have walked to dinner every night, as well as early morning strolls around Hilo. Gay and Billy have everything you need for any outing (coolers, towels, boogie boards, etc.) and have a wealth of knowledge about the area and Hawaiin culture. Enjoy the old vibe of Hilo, but just take an umbrella out the door every time!