Fodor's Expert Review Hilo Seaside Hotel

126 Banyan Way, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA See on Map

Ten minutes from the airport, this local-flavor destination is a friendly, laid-back, and otherwise peaceful place, with tropical rooms that have private lanai. The nicest ones overlook the koi-filled lagoon or are around the pool. The staff is friendly, the restaurant serves local fare, and the tropical foliage gives a sense of old Hawaii—it's an excellent choice for the budget conscious. Beautiful parks and bay-front attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, as are a handful of nice restaurants.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is near the airport and a well-trafficked area. If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to pack a few extra pair of earplugs.


The rooms have a clean, sleek look about them and are generally very comfy. There are four types of rooms based on location and size.

There’s only a $20 difference between the standard room and the deluxe room with bay views and outdoor lanai, so consider upgrading to the highest level room.


Bathrooms are fairly small, but get the job done with fairly large sink areas and a shower/tub combo.


The lobby is open and airy, a partially enclosed space that is large and inviting, with islandy lanai furniture for guests to relax in.


The chlorine pool is about average size, surrounded by a nice outdoor lounging area that is partly open and partly covered to escape the sun but still relax al fresco.


Coconut Grill has a variety of drinks and a very long happy hour that lasts from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s a nice spot to take a mid-day break in between activities or before getting ready for dinner.


Getting Around

To get to and from your hotel, a rideshare or cab from the hotel will do, but you’ll need a car to explore the island.


Ken’s House of Pancakes (4-minute walk) is a tourist and local favorite, with great breakfast and their famous Sumo plates (that come complete with a gong bang) that are not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for fast food without having to drive through a place you have back home, stop by Verna’s Drive Inn (3-minute walk) for Hawaiian on your way out for the day.


Coqui’s Hideaway (7-minute walk) has a fun sports bar that hosts live music, free pupus during happy hour, and a game room. Tired of drinking at Coconut’s? Try Pineapple’s (6-minute drive)! They have higher end cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients, stop by and dinner on their patio. Yes, they even have a cocktail served to you INSIDE a pineapple.


This cozy, well priced hotel sits in a great location near Hilo’s only resort style hotels near Hilo Bay. There are plenty of dining options nearby, ranging from cheap to high end, as well as a good bit of fun within walking distance. If you want to play around in Hilo for a few days and don’t have a rental car, this is a great base of operations.




Phones: 808-935–0821;800-560–5557

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