on September 7, 2008
This is where I stay at if I need to find a hotel in Hilo. Sometimes I need to stay overnight in Hilo (for a sporting or a school event) since the drive home is about an hour away. This cute hotel is a low rise hotel, unlike its high rise neighbors - the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and the Naniloa Volcanoes Hotel. What I like about this hotel is the Hawaiian decor and ambiance. Uncle Billy's is one of the two least-expensive places to stay along Hilo's Hotel row, Banyan Drive (Hilo Seaside is also another inexpensive low rise hotel). This is an oceanfront budget hotel in a great location, and they have wonderful car/room packages. You enter via a tiny lobby that is dressed up in Polynesian style, complete with thatched like decor and tapa covered walls. The rooms are very simple, complete with a bed, TV, phone, closet, coffee maker and soap and clean towels in the bathroom. Since the walls are thin, it can get very noisy at night but who can complain with budget rates and a very friendly and accomodating staff? The hotel rates also include a continental breakfast served up in a small room downstairs next to the lobby. There are a lot of locals that stay at this hotel for local events. I would recommend staying here just for the old Hawaii charm of the hotel, the friendly staff, and for the inexpensive rates.
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