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Big Island Hotels

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

  • 71 Banyan Dr. Map It
  • $$
  • Practical Base


  • Hilo Bay views
  • Private lanai in most rooms
  • Large rooms


  • Daily fee for in-room Internet

Updated 01/06/2014

Fodor's Review

This recently renovated landmark hotel has large bay-front rooms offering spectacular views of Mauna Kea and Coconut Island on Hilo Bay. Street-side rooms overlook the golf course. Most accommodations have private lanai, and revamped kitchenettes are available in the Banyan and Ocean suites. Custom-made furniture in every room evokes a feeling of Hawaiiana. More bay views are on tap in the Queen's Court dining room, while at the Waiolii Cafe, you can get a grab-and-go

lunch or enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby.

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Hotel Information


71 Banyan Dr., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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808-935–9361; 800-367–5004-from mainland; 800-272–5275-interisland

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 264 rooms, 21 suites
  • No meals

Updated 01/06/2014

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By James

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Oct 24, 2002

A Nice Hotel in Charming Hilo

Hilo is NOT like the rest of Hawaii. It is not a tourist area and that is what gives it its charm. This hotel is old, but clean and in a great location on Banyan Drive. There are wonderful restaurants like Harrington's just a few minutes away. If you are looking for a luxury hotel filled with obnoxious mainland tourists from L.A. go to Kona. If you want a nice quiet hotel with wonderful local charm this is the place for you. The room rate is

very reasonable as well. I have stayed here three times and the rate has varied from as low as $65.00 per night to up to $110 per night.

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By Liz

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Aug 12, 2002

Hilo is a No-Go

I was very disappointed when we checked into the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Yes, it is the premier hotel in Hilo, but it's all relative. We stayed there to be close to the Volcano national park, (which it is), but there is NOTHING to do in Hilo. We ended up not eating dinner since there were no appealing restaurants in the area. I would definitely stay on the Kona side and just take 1/2 a day to drive/do the Volcanoes. The hotel was quite dated. It

needs to be updated. The room was like a time-capsule from the 60's. When we got our room key, it was an actual brass key (when's the last time you saw that?!) I enjoyed spending more time in the rental car than in our room! The room was clean at least and we only had to stay one night (thank goodness!) It's a decent place to stay if you don't have ANY expectations whatsoever. It's sad to say, but during our tour of the volcanoes, I kept thinking, "Too bad the lava didn't reach Hilo. At least they would have had to renovate the town." I will never stay there again.

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By Kristin

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May 31, 2002

A nice surprise in Hilo

I wasn't expecting much on the Hilo side of the Big Island, and was pleasantly surprised by the Hilo Hawaiian hotel. It definitely is not a resort, but a nice, clean hotel with pretty views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea. It was also quiet compared with some of our other stays (see Westin Maui). Unfortunately we did not have time to try their highly recommended buffet. Also, the park next door to the hotel was a great area for the kids to play and jump

off some 10-15 ft. pillars into the bay. Great fun! I would definitely stay here again when on the Hilo side of the Big Island.

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