We had reservations for a regular room, but were upgraded free of charge to a really nice 1 bedroom suite. The suite consisted of a bedroom with a king sized bed, large dresser, plenty of closet space and a luggage holder; the livingroom area was rather large and roomy with a glass topped table and 4 chairs on one side of the room and a very comfortable white couch and oversized chair accross the room; the bathroom had a separate commode area that could be closed off from the vanity area; the vanity area had a small refrigerator and coffee maker in it as well as a large counter, closet area and sink. The decor was modern and clean. The view from our livingroom overlooked the front of the building and the historic banyon lined street. The hotel was very nice. This is a great place to spend the night on your tour around the island---as we did.
It is only 30 minutes from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 2 lush tropical gardens and Rainbow falls are also nearby. Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located only minutes away from Hilo's historic downtown area with it's quaint storefronts and museums. It's also within walking distance to the world reknown Liliuokalani Park and Japanese Tea Garden and the magnificent Banyan trees planted by famous people over 70 years ago.
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Again, we're talking motel furnishings, but wonderful service. Parking was free. The hotel is surrounded by giant banyan trees planted by many prominent US figures before the 1960s.
Would I stay here again? Since I wanted to spend at least 2 days exploring Volcanoes National Park and didn't want to spend $200 per night at the inns in Volcano Village, this worked out for me perfectly.
I must warn you...Hilo is the wet side of the island. Expect rain and overcast weather 70% of the day. I think many travelers booked this hotel for a week not knowing. Well, at least you could always jump into a rental car and be whisked away to the sandy beaches of the west coast 2-3 hours away. Also, there isn't a beach at this hotel and there aren't any I really know of on the east side of the island. I've been told by an islander that chemicals from the volcano ends up polluting the water. This hotel has a pool and a grassy park a few steps away.
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