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Itasca, Illinois
Reviewed 12 May 2013

The reason is if you wish to take a fabulous drive around the Big Island, your best bet is to do it this way. Starting out from Kailua-Kona take I90 through Parker Ranch. Stop off there at L&L BBQ for a fun lunch. Go into Parker Ranch Store for free samples of "jerky". Proceed to Highway 19. You'll see the...

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New York, NY
Reviewed 11 May 2013

The staff is terrific and tries hard, but this is one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed at. The rooms are musty, even mildewy, and nothing works. The electric outlets haven't been updated in decades, there are no amenities in the room, I can't begin to list all the things I did not like about this place.

Thank mem212
CRHHNL, General Manager at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest: Aloha! Please accept my sincere apologies for failing to meet your expectations. Living in the tropics where humidity is very high and with open air through our lanai doors, mildew does occasionally form. We do our best by general cleaning our rooms twice a year by wiping down our walls with a sanitizing agent. I will have...

Longmont, CO
Reviewed 8 May 2013

It was a bit tricky to find in the dark, but a pleasant surprise once we got there. It definitely appeared to be the best of the lot around bay. Its date of construction was irrelevant to us. The most important thing is that it's comfortable, quiet, clean, and offers decent food at fairly reasonable prices. I think it was...

1Thank ginakLongmont_CO
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 8 May 2013

A very sedate mature hotel in the 60's style. Very clean and calmly managed. Particularly liked the open feel of the lobby. We had a problem with the movies on demand but that was sorted out and refunded by the hotel. Rooms on the bay side have a superb early morning view of Hilo and Mauna Kea. Parking is plentiful...

Thank GarthRamsey
Salem, OR
Reviewed 7 May 2013

The Castle Hilo Hawaiian is in a good location. It was easy to access the local restaurants, an impressive farmer's market, and several parks that run along the waterfront. The need for updating is being addressed as they are working on updating the hotel which is a lengthy process. Our standard room was spacious enough, and had a private lanai...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Everyone loves the slower, 1950s style of Hilo; so why do reviewers try to make it otherwise? Hilo is not Kailua-Kona. Hilo is not Kona. Hilo is not Disneyland on the beach. HILO IS NOT a an endless party for bored mainlanders. You come here for a window of an old Hawaii rapidly disppearing with the influx of scared, insecure...

3Thank Pelhamgirl
San Carlos, California
Reviewed 2 May 2013

Hilo Hawaiian is a strange place. There's good and bad here. I'll start with the bad. The hotel looks like it was probably built in the 1950s. The rooms look like they haven't been changed since then. Linoleum floors in the bathrooms, worn-out carpet, dated furniture. The air-conditioner gave out a musty / moldy smell. Even though our room was...

Thank Marc_Majka
Reviewed 29 April 2013

horrible! we paid over $250 for a SUITE that is ugly, old, outdated, & pretty small! for this price we couldv had a nice room at the hilton in waikaloa. TV's are attached to the walls, so if you bring a xbox or something you cant use it! if you want internate, you HAVE to go to the lobby. NO...

Thank omgicantbelievethis
CRHHNL, General Manager at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guests: Aloha! Please accept my apologies for failing to meet your expectations. We are not the Hilton Waikoloa and we do not claim to be. Our suites are the largest and most expensive rooms we have and I am sure suites at the Hilton Waikoloa must be a lot more than $250 a night. They probably also charge...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 28 April 2013

I stayed a night at the Hilo Hawaiian. The hotel is a nice place to say for a night or two as one visits the scenic areas on the east side of the Big Island. Staff - reception, housecleaning, restaurant - were friendly and courteous and I was even allowed to check-in very early - which was a great help....

1Thank NewtravelerHawaii
Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

Elders in our family often stay here Family friendly BUT To me it's all about the view there !!! On a clear day, get a nice seat @ the bar an hour or so before sunset & enjoy the view Best is being there to watch the cruise ships come into or leave Hilo bay & In the back of...

1Thank Sassyslide101

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About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo's best full-service hotel, offers outstanding views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea. Located on Hilo Bay, and approximately two miles from Hilo Airport, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is the perfect headquarters for exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy incredible views of Mauna Kea, Hilo Town, and beautiful and historic Coconut Island. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Address: 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4693
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: $198 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 286
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“Even numbered rooms face the bay.”
 of 5 bubbles aBadgerandaGopher, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the ocean are quiet with lovely views”
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“If possible, get a room in upper floor and facing the water.”
 of 5 bubbles Pie616, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“ask for the ocean side”
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“The rooms with ocean view are so beautiful”
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