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Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Old tired hotel with staff with a good attitude. Loved the lady at the front desk with the flowers in her hair. The events lady Olivia was the best part. Lined me up with Poke a stick in it lava tour. Excellent. BTW, please provide wireless in the room for free, an iron and ironing board, a safe, and bedspreads...

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

Dear Valued Guests: Aloha! Thank you for your review regarding your experiences at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. I appreciate you taking the time to share. Let me first apologize for not meeting your expectations. Fortunately we are about to start on refreshing the guest rooms and corridors and will be completed by the end of September. I know you will...

Wolverine, Michigan
Reviewed 17 March 2013

The hotel was clean. It seemed more upscale than not. It had 2 restaurants in the hotel but they closed very early and were very expensive (compared to other local restaurants). There was only one restaurant within walking distance. Parking was free & there were an adequate number of spots. Beautiful koi pond in the front. We were gone from...

Thank Heather F
Peterborough, Canada
Reviewed 15 March 2013

The hotel sounded ok, but when we got there it was like something out of the Seventies. The room which was a king was big but dated and lacked colour, very bland. The bed was uninviting with an old comforter on it, it looked old. I had to ask for hair dryer at front desk. We were pleased we only...

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

Dear Valued Guests: Aloha! Thank you for your review regarding your experiences at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. I do apologize if I failed to meet your expectations. We try to do our best with what we have. Our owners have been listening to your reviews and have begun an extensive refreshing process. Starting from the bottom up, they have refreshed...

Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

Paradise on Earth . A dream come true.was always my dream to go to Hawaii and it came true in Feb 2012 was able to visit 4 islands hard to say which I liked the best . Visited Waikiki Oahu,Kauai,Maui,Hilo& Kona Hawaii ,was with a tour group most wonderful trip I ever took in my life hope I live long...

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Beaumont, California
Reviewed 14 March 2013

The hotel is a tour-package destination with groups moving in and out at all hours of the day and night with porters delivering and collecting the mostly metal suitcases with vigor and loud clashing - even at 4 am. Many people go to Hawai'i to see sights and experience the culture. The Hilo Hawaiian has minimal Hawaiian decor and the...

Thank GJean1565
CRHHNL, General Manager at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guests: Aloha! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Please accept my apologies for any deficiency you encountered during your recent visit. I will speak to the bell department as well as housekeeping to improve in the areas noted. The hotel will be undergoing a guest room and corridor refreshment next month which I am sure will...

Reviewed 13 March 2013

The hotel is a tower on the beach with tide pools and a Japanese garden next door. The lobby is spacious and welcoming but the rooms themselves were very dates with old bed spreads, carpet and a musty smell. This place could be beautiful if they renovate but right now I would not recommend the dirty musty rooms. The ocean...

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

Dear Valued Guests: Aloha! Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. I really do appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences. Our new owners hear you and we will be undergoing a refreshment of the guest rooms and corridors starting on April 15th. This process will be completed by the end...

Schenectady, NY
Reviewed 9 March 2013

We stayed at the hotel for one night during our visit to the big island. The hotel location is really great and grounds are just lovely. The lobby was really nice too. The room on the other hand was very outdated. I felt like we stepped back into the 1970s. The AC was very loud. No hair dryer in the...

Thank Brenda L
Vacaville, California
Reviewed 8 March 2013

This hotel is like 10 mins away from Hilo airport and central to all Hilo attractions. It is also one of the more reasonably-priced hotels in the area, but that's about it. It is an old hotel and you can definitely smell that distinctly old smell in the room. Parking is free which is rare in Hawaii. If you're not...

Thank Maestro2471
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reviewed 8 March 2013

During our recent vacation to the Big Island, we took a trip from Kona to Hilo and stayed overnight at the Castle Hilo. This hotel can recommended and I was concerned when I looked it up and it was only a three star hotel. Yes...I will admit to being a hotel snob and usually only stay at 4-5 stars. Since...

1Thank NMskies62
Hercules, California
Reviewed 6 March 2013

We stayed three nights in January 2013. Parking was plentiful and best of all, free! Check in only took a few minutes. Hotel staff was friendly. We stayed at room 624. The room was pretty depressing because it looked so dated; it looked like a room that time forgot. Everything's old from the wallpaper to the carpet to the bedspread...

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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free Parking
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • 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: RM618 - RM839 (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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“Ask for a room with a bay view for the best view is you are wanting to see the best views”
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“Higher floors toward the ends are quieter.”
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