Hilo Honu Inn
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New Hilo B&B That's a Real Find
The new Hilo Honu Inn is a welcome addition here on the east coast of Hawaii Island. Lovingly and thoroughly restored, it retains its original old world comfort and charm with polished wooden floors, artistic bathroom tiles and old-style "waterfall" shower heads, yet boasts the convenience of modern facilities and exceptionally comfortable beds.
It is located within easy walking distance of downtown Hilo and provides a lovely view over Hilo Town and out into the bay. Mid-distant between Volcano National Park in one direction and the beautiful Hamakua Coast and Waipio Valley in the other, it is exceptionally situated for visitors to the island.
Best of all, the owners make you feel right at home. You get your own keys so you can come and go as you please, yet owners Gay and Billy are there to answer your questions or help you in any way they can. Billy's breakfasts are something to remember.
Good beds, good breakfasts. Good views, good location. Old-world charm with modern facilities. It's all good news for visitors to Hilo. We look forward to staying there again.
Check this place out!
Hilo Hono Inn is the up and coming B & B. This place is going to be "on the map ", because of it's location, style and hosts. Owners,Billy and Gay, have put their heart and soul into providing their guests with Aloha, comfort, beauty and charm. It is also very clean. Having stayed in other locations on the island that seemed like they would be perfect, this place really delivered. I stayed in the Samari room, which was an absolute treat, but I would have loved any of the other rooms. Hilo is close to all the East Island attractions, so after a day of adventuring in the rain forest, the tide pools or Volcano, it was nice to come back to this cozy, artfully decorated home on a hill (with everything I need) , minutes from quaint downtown Hilo (walking distance if you're inclined) and then have the option to enjoy a variety of dining experiences, or a marvelous independant film theatre (The Palace), or Hilo Bay itself. Beautiful people, lodging, service, location. I felt like I had the best of the Aloha spirit; beauty in all it's possibilties.
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Amazing, you must stay!!
My husband and I travel frequently and this gem of a B&B in Hilo, was the nicest B&B we have ever stayed in. Gay and Billy were awesome Innkeepers and made sure our stay was very enjoyable.
The Inn was beautiful and decorated with Hawaii charm and style. The breakfast was very generous with homemade breads, local fruits, excellent smoothy's, etc.
This B&B is diffenitly a winner, you can bet we will return again and again.
My friends and I stayed at the Hilo Honu Inn for a week in October and were so impressed! It is a really lovely inn. Gay and Bill are excellent hosts and provided great advice and insights on local spots for food and activities. The breakfast was out of this world - Bill is a an excellent cook! I think I got spoiled eating so well every morning. We stayed in the Bali Hai room and it was perfect. We loved the decor throughout the whole inn - Gay and Bill have great taste. The rainshower shower is awesome! So nice to return to after a day out exploring. I highly recommend this b&b and can't wait to stay there again on my next visit to the Big Island.
History Restored Lovingly
We were totally impressed with this new B & B. The restoration and furnishings were well thought out. Our hosts were delightful and Bill's baked goodies a real treat. Our stay was in the Samurai room on the top floor and we were totally transported to another realm..we didnt want to leave...A +
Diane & Phil
The innkeepers here are perfect, charming hosts and the breakfast was wonderful. We took home the recipe for an amazing banana pancake souffle.
Love at First Sight
As soon as I stepped into the Samurai Room, I fell in love. From wooden floors to reed mats and shades, the room looks and feels like you're in Japan. The many windows give you a panoramic view of downtown and the gorgeous bay. The bathroom has wonderful tub built into stones. The shower is also made from the same stones, even has a huge shower head that makes you feel like you were taking a shower in the rain.
Bill and Gay were so kind and helpful, makes you feel like you've known then you're entire life. Gay even wrote down the many things you could do in and around Hilo for us. They were so accommodating, and their breakfast was like a feast of ambrosia. If you decide to come to Hilo, staying in the Hilo Honu Inn is a must!!
Hilo Honu Inn is fabulous!
Hilo Honu Inn is a beautifully restored vintage Hawaiian home which Bill and Gay have turned into a fabulous B & B. The location is close enough to Hilo town, but not too close! Plenty of parking for guests, we never had problem finding a space.
The main sitting room is very comfortable and inviting, and breakfast is served down here also. The suite upstairs is a Japanese themed room ( the Samurai suite) with a wonderful panoramic view of downtown and the bay. At night we sat in the sitting area off of the bedroom, and watched the cruise ships sail out of the bay...very relaxing. Also noticed many stars that we don't see here on the mainland. There is a huge soaking tub that also has a great view, although we did not get to spend much time there! Very comfortable accomodations, and we appreciated the Big Island guidebook that Bill & Gay thoughtfully placed on the nightstand. I noticed the downstairs rooms had them also.
Each room downstairs had a different decor, one was tropical with a great four poster bed and the other was an ocean theme with a beautiful coral reef/fish tiled shower. Bill & Gay's attention to detail is very evident in every aspect of the Inn, including breakfast, which was homemade and yummy. We understand that Bill is THE muffin man! A wonderful stay all in all, Bill & Gay's love for the island that they have made their home is contagious and we can't wait to return. As far as we are concerned, this is the only place to stay in Hilo. Five stars!! (When you go, ask Bill & Gay to tell you the story about the hollow step in the staircase...fascinating Hawaii history!)
Absolutely the best! We loved the Hilo Honu Inn!
We just got back from our visit to Hilo and couldn't wait to share our thoughts about the Hilo Honu Inn. First things first...the Hilo Honu Inn is absolutely wonderful, and we highly recommend it.
The Inn just recently opened for business and is centrally located in a residential neighborhood in Hilo, about 10 minutes from the airport and the Prince Kuhio Plaza (the local mall), and is right up the street from local attractions such as the Lyman Museum, the Farmers Market, and downtown shops and restaurants, and a very short drive away from the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii Hilo, which opened earlier this year.
Even though we had a late flight into Hilo, Gay was there to warmly greet us and show us around our suite. We stayed in the Bali Hai Suite, which is an utter delight. The two-room suite is roomy and beautifully decorated. The sitting room has a large, comfy sofa and an A/C unit (yea!). The bedroom has a 4-post queen size bed, a window seat and a small refrigerator. Both rooms have hard wood floors, ceiling fans and TVs (with a good variety of cable TV channels - don't forget, prime time starts at 7 in Hawaii!). The bathroom has a beautiful teak cabinet with drawers, but the highlight of the bathroom is definitely the shower with its lovely tiles and the strong water pressure! No low-flow shower heads here. Wi-fi is available, but we didn't need it.
The Inn has two other rooms, an ocean-themed single (with a private bathroom) and a large Japan-themed suite (with a huge 2-person bathtub and a great view of Hilo all the way down to the ocean).
Breakfasts were scrumptious and filling. The first morning, Bill and Gay fed us yummy homemade muffins and pineapple smoothies. The second morning, we had awesome banana macadamia nut pancakes and mango smoothies. In addition, both breakfasts included yogurt, fresh tropical fruit, Kona coffee and hot tea.
Although Gay and Bill did not grow up in the Islands, it is clear that they love Hilo and are already "locals." They made our stay very special and we can't wait to head back for another stay at the Hilo Honu Inn.
Surprized by how nice this B&B was!
We were referred to the Hilo Honu Inn by another B&B and were pleasantly surprized! We stayed in the Samarai Room and loved the huge soaking tub, the Japanese elements and the view of Hilo Bay. Since we were one of their first guests, we got our room at a 25% discount for their grand opening special. Billy and Gay were pleasant hosts, cooked great food in the morning, and told us about all the great places to go. We look forward to staying at the Hilo Honu Inn again when we come back to visit the Big Island our next trip!
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