I booked this hotel because it was close to the airport. I arrived at night during torrential downpours and a winter weather advisory to include flash flooding in Hilo. Hello Hawaii!
I drove from the airport to the hotel in less than 5 minutes in pitch black darkness as the rains were very heavy. It wasn't even 8 oclock in the evening. I was greeted at the front desk with a cheery hello and my every need attended to. After a pleasant evening being serenaded by the coqui frogs and the rain in a clean and comfy room overlooking the koi pond I ate a lovely breakfast at the Coconut Grill. Knowing I had a night to book at the end of my stay I told the front desk person, Judy, that I might be back in a week. She was delighted. Upon returning to the hotel a week later Judy greeted me by name upon sight. I was amazed that she remembered me. In all of my travels through the Big Island that week the people and place that personified the Aloha Spirit the best to me was the Hilo Seaside Inn. I will return! Thank You! Oh-and if you get a chance please visit the Hilo History display inside the hotel. It is terrific.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy town of Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island is a tropical paradise filled with fragrant island flowers, pristine forests, and magnificent miles of orchid farms. The Hilo Seaside Hotel is an oceanfront hotel located on the shores of Hilo Bay, on historical Banyan Drive. This affordable Hawaiian owned hotel is a scenic 40 minute drive to Hawaii's Volcano National Park, and just a few minutes by car to quaint Hilo Town. ... more less
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