Fodor's Expert Review Grand Naniloa Hotel--A Doubletree by Hilton

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

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

PROS

  • within walking distance of botanical park and Coconut Island
  • rental kayaks, bikes, and SUPs
  • 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
Historical, Views, Family
Casual
On the beach
Grande Dame
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-969–3333

HOTEL DETAILS

388 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals
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