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Dolphin Bay

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#2 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
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Alameda, California
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We have stayed there twice in the past three weeks. The first time was with family of six and the second time was two singles. Dolphin Bay Hotel provided the perfect accommodations for each visit. For a family there are suites with one or two bedrooms. With day beds in the living room made up to look like couches by...

Thank Joan D
Deer Park, Washington
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here recently and loved it! Great people and a cat that makes sure you feel at home. Would stay here again and would recommend to friends. Walking distance to restaurants and the farmers market.

Thank Alvin E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John Alexander and his staff are wonderful hosts. The room was perfectly equipped. It was so nice to have a small clean kitchen area and not need to constantly eat out. My husband unfortunately contracted a bad cold and infection on this vacation and they were very understanding when we had to check out early, not charging us for our...

Thank madpark41
Long Island, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local to Hilo area, wonderful check-in experience with being shown to room and amenities of room & hotel. Local flowers located in room and lobby as well as growing all around hotel. No AC in room but wasn't needed when we stayed in Feb. Coffee, banana bread and fruit available in lobby. Room and bedding were comfortable.

Thank onvacationagain88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would not choose any other place in Hilo. Very clean. Extremely helpful and friendly. Owner John is there and super guy. Fresh fruit free for breakfast along with banana bread. Can't say enough nice things about this place Our third visit here.

Thank Larry K
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are active, adventurous people this is the place to stay. They have a mini kitchen in the units. BIG shower space. The rooms are equipped with fans, no A/C...but you don't need it anyway. The rooms are just right and simple for on the go people. Open the windows and enjoy the fresh Hawaiian air. They serve banana...

Thank TanDJ86
Guilderland, New York
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We aren't very adventuresome and usually stay at chain hotels and, to be honest, chose Dolphin Bay because we didn't have many other options. What a pleasant surprise! Spacious, unique room and convenient location (short walk to downtown) but the best feature was the wonderful staff and the feeling that you were staying at the home of a friend, not...

Thank Bernie F
Lone Pine, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hilo is a vibrant historic town, on the lush side of the Big Island. Dolphin Bay offers large, clean, airy rooms with a small kitchen area, complete with apartment-sized refrigerator, stove, sink, dishes, pots & pans, and a table and chairs. There is a lovely tropical garden (or maybe it's a wild area!) adjacent, with trails to get up close...

Thank mmfarrell2016
East Lansing, Michigan
Reviewed 11 January 2017

2nd time stay after 14 years since the reviews indicated that not much has changed! Still the same delicious papayas, you-pick starfruit, personal hiking recommendations, cooler & beach towels as needed, nicely equipped kitchen in the rooms, good shower head, clean and very comfortable rooms. The Coqui frogs lull you to sleep (we skipped the ear plugs provided). We had...

4Thank IremK
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We had a wonderful 4 nights stay in room 14 at the end of November. The room was large, clean and comfortable. Small kitchen had everything we needed. Tasty papaya and apple bananas available for guests were extra benefits, when coming back after sightseeing. Large umbrellas provided by hotel helped to deal with rain. John recommended a wonderful place for...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Bay

Address: 333 Iliahi St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2399
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: RM742 - RM1,000 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“Every room is good”
 of 5 bubbles 378joand, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Upstairs is probably better”
 of 5 bubbles mndb, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Second floor in the back was quiet despite proximity to parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles raleighmodel6, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Units 16, 17 and 18 are on the quiet and pretty street side (not the parking lot side). They have nice balconies.”
 of 5 bubbles Gema28, 21 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We had a queen room with kitchenette, no AC, but we did not need it with the fans in the room.”
 of 5 bubbles happycustomers2016, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
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