on December 28, 2006
Reed's Bay Hotel is a budget oceanfront place to stay. It has unbeatable views, yet manages to be slightly shabby. It seems to be popular with the low-budget crowd, young people and others. At least some of the units are privately owned, and there seemed to be a number of long-term residents as well as travelers. We found it through a newspaper ad, and it was perfect for our needs. The staff were friendly and it felt homey.We got a good deal on our room; they upgraded us to “kitchenette” (a regular room with a microwave and a small fridge) at the advertised price for a regular room. The room had cinder block walls, newly painted, and the tile and carpet floors were in good shape. The lanai looked out on Hilo bay, and we could hear the waves. We could also the airplanes taking off and landing in the nearby airport—-some of them flew right over us. Maid service was odd; the first day our bathroom was cleaned but the bed wasn't made, and we found a piece of broken glass in the basket with the drinking glass. We stayed three nights, anyway, and were happy enough with it.Oddly, the place required a $100 deposit, which, as promised, they returned to us in cash when we checked out - but only after the maid checked the room. We lost one of the room keys, and they were nice about it, charging a reasonable $5. The hotel has a great location on Banyan drive. There are a couple of giant banyan trees in the parking lot. Right down the street, we noticed Queen Liliuokalani Gardens, a Japanese garden that looked like a great park to take a stroll in. It's also a quick drive to downtown Hilo. My friend said the place seemed like low-income housing, and it did. But we were comfortable, the atmosphere was friendly, and the view was amazing for the price.
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