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333 Iliahi St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2399
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Seasoned guidance for a wide range of Big Island adventures. Walking distance to downtown Hilo. Clean quiet & reasonable. All rooms with kitchens. Free WiFi Internet available. Rated nicest small hotel in Hilo.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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Cynthia B wrote a review Sep 2022
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Dolphin Bay is a true gem of a different Hawai'i. If you like glitz and glamour, stay at the Hilton. But if you want real folks, comfortable rooms, breezy lanai, inviting gardens, and a resident cat, chill here. We needed this rest. John is a knowledgeable host with a wry sense of humor. He knows all the best eats and sights. The staff is friendly and meticulous with cleaning, the grounds are beautifully kept. We will be back if we can ever afford the airfare again.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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john c wrote a review Aug 2022
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions30 helpful votes
Best in Hilo new beds sleeping on a cloud clean large rooms every thing a couple could ask for all supplied full bath room toiletries clean and fully stocked kitchen even a toaster After staying in wakiki this was a paradise quiet and plenty of parking Well done John
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms are great
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artygal wrote a review Jul 2022
Portland, Oregon66 contributions30 helpful votes
Stayed 5 nights, single traveler, queen bed. I can only say good things. Staff friendly and helpful. Daily housekeeping, fresh banana bread/coffee/papayas every morning at 6:30 until 11am. Two story motel style, so if needed, request a Lower floor. Lovely garden behind hotel with walking path. 2 hotel cats wander the grounds. Full kitchen, but no coffee maker, so if you are up earlier than 6:30, you might want to be prepared. Microwave, full fridge, stove top/ oven, dishes, flatware. Bed was firm and perfect for me. Ceiling fan, plus standing fan, no a/c, windows open and have screens. The grounds are beautiful. The bedspreads old school. It is clean, comfortable, and I will happily stay again. 10 min walk to downtown, 15 min walk to farmers market, 20 min drive to botanical garden and turtle bay.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Betsy C wrote a review Jun 2022
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We had driven over from Kona to Waimea and didn't properly figure the time so we found ourselves needing a place to stay in Hilo at the last minute. We took a risk staying at Dolphin Bay since we didn't know much about it, but found it to be delightful, clean, and the woman in the office gave us a very nice upgrade to a two bedroom Room which was much more space than we paid for. Beds were comfortable, linens bright and crisp and there is a beautiful garden adjacent. Very impressed. Kind of a throwback to mid-century Hawaii!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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D. Aaronson wrote a review Jun 2022
Asheville, North Carolina682 contributions280 helpful votes
This place fits in nicely with the general mood of Hilo: informal and a little quirky (in a good way). Our room was spacious with a small kitchen area a little patio to sit and eat breakfast on. Easy walking distance into town. It is not necessarily a quiet place but the sounds are all nature (birds, insects, probably rain). We very much enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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L M wrote a review May 2022
San Francisco, California16 contributions34 helpful votes
If you want to sleep to the sounds of Hawaiian paradise (tree frogs that sound like birds) and be surrounded by lush greenery in an old but quaint room that exudes Hawaiian spirit, this is the place for you! I appreciated the home baked banana bread and coffee in the morning as well as the papayas. Kelly was super friendly and provided walking maps. The place is walkable from the shops and beach although after the first time I found a less sketchy path than what Google suggested (avoiding the unpaved path that hugs the coast).
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Chicogirl2015 wrote a review May 2022
Tigard, Oregon663 contributions21 helpful votes
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We stayed at Dolphin Bay for three nights in May 2022. It was even better than I had hoped for. Yes, the hotel is "dated" and not fancy at all, but scrupulously clean, comfortable, affordable and very convenient for exploring downtown Hilo, the Hamauka coast and Volcano National park. The bed was comfy, the light breakfast of fresh papaya and banana bread was much appreciated, and the sweet obese cat was friendly and made us feel right at home. John gives exceptional local advice, and has everything you could possibly need from umbrellas to maps to...? The gardens at the hotel are really lovely too. It rained our entire stay but we felt at peace and were able to really relax. We'd return in a flash!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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susantobey levy wrote a review Feb 2022
Asheville, North Carolina41 contributions58 helpful votes
What more can one ask for in a vacation stop? Lovely, efficient, well run, convenient. I wish all hotels were like this one. Highly recommend. Just wish I had stayed longer. Easy parking, lovely am coffee and snacks. Good bed & tv too.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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saab93cab wrote a review Feb 2022
Stockholm, Sweden53 contributions30 helpful votes
We have been coming to the Dolphin Bay Hotel for many years. The family who own and run this hotel keeps people returning year after year. John, the owner, knows as much about this island as anyone we have met. He will recommend areas to visit, and things to do. Beach towels, chairs, ice chests are also available for your use. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Each room at this hotel comes complete with full size kitchens and offers balconies and patios for relaxing and sitting outdoors. This hotel is not your ordinary resort - located in a quiet residential area, but close to Hilo town, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and the Hilo Farmer's Market which is held every Wednesday and Saturday. A bonus is the banana bread and coffee served up each morning for the guests. We guarantee you will not be disappointed, and hope you will consider the Dolphin Bay Hotel on your next visit to the Hilo side of the big island.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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mlgb2 wrote a review Dec 2021
309 contributions27 helpful votes
Room #3 with a queen on the ground floor (driveway and garden view). My first visit in 40 years back to Hawaii. Nice big rooms, good beds and linens, full kitchen, TV and wifi that works, plentiful parking. Friendly staff. I did not miss having A/C, ceiling fans worked fine. Coffee comes out at 6:30 am. For some reason I thought it would be earlier? There is a Mr Coffee in the kitchen but you need to supply your own filters and grounds in that case. Papayas were available pretty much all day. The cat also came into my room. Kept an eye on her so no damage would be done, but she was eyeing the corner of the bed as a scratching post, and possibly worse!! I liked the Puerto Rican coqui frogs at night. There are some earplugs in the medicine cabinet. While it would be more convenient to have a car if staying here, one day I did walked into town. Re the Puueo Street bridge and unsavory characters around that end of downtown Hilo (there are a few) you can also walk along the main highway and connect at Kanoa Street, half a block north of Iliahi. The hotel has proper Hilo umbrellas if you need a loaner. It was an easy walk to eat at the Poke N Sides stand at the Hilo Farmers Market on Sunday (a lot of downtown restaurants seem to be closed on Sundays). I was grateful to add two nights to my reservation at the last minute. (Going direct to the hotel website you can see what is really availabler). Note there is a 10 day cancel policy.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Bay?
Nearby attractions include Lyman Museum (0.8 km), Pacific Tsunami Museum (0.6 km), and Hilo Farmers Market (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Dolphin Bay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dolphin Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Dolphin Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Place, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon and Turtle.
Are there any historical sites close to Dolphin Bay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (0.5 km).