Fodor's Expert Review Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo–a DoubleTree by Hilton

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

Hilo isn't known for its fancy resort hotels, but the Grand Naniloa, built in 1939, attempts to remedy that situation in grand fashion, paying homage to hula, Hawaiian culture, and Big Island adventures. Art photography of the ancient style of hula graces the walls, halls, lobby, and guest rooms, and the open-air lobby unveils stunning bayfront panoramas from its vantage on the peninsula. Rooms are contemporary in style, nicely appointed, and outfitted with standard amenities. The corner oceanfront rooms offer prime views, while harbor views prevail from other rooms. Just off the lobby, KapohoKine Adventures operates an on-site store and activities desk where guests can easily book ziplining adventures, volcano tours, and other treks. At the hotel's main entrance, the Willie K. Crown Room is a concert hall and theater. Located poolside, Hula Hulas restaurant has open-air dining overlooking Hilo Bay. The Hula Lounge lobby bar presents live Hawaiian music nightly.

PROS

  • walking distance to Japanese gardens and Coconut Island
  • rental kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes
  • free golf at adjacent 9-hole course and driving range

CONS

  • some rooms don't have ocean views
  • limited parking spaces
  • small swimming pool

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
ViewsFamily
Casual
Waterfront
Classic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-969–3333

HOTEL DETAILS

388 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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