Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

71 Banyan Drive , Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, 96720, United States | 3 star hotel
Prices starting from $162.00

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This 3 star hotel, located on 71 Banyan Drive , Hilo, is near Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Farmers Market, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, and Coconut Island.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsCastle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

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    Nice location / good price

    Reviewed May 5, 2011
    by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

    This nice hotel is only 2-3 miles from downtown Hilo and right next door to a beautiful park - Lilioukalani Park and garden & Coconut Island. Although our room was not particularly modern, we had wifi and 2 queen beds in our room, basic bathroom (no hairdryer) and good-smelling bath products. Stayed one night and spent the morning in the park next door. Didn't visit the pool. Restaurant seemed overpriced so we didn't go. Overall, was good & under $120/night.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by jsca

    Nice and Friendly

    Reviewed Jan 23, 2011
    by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Good place to stay. Pretty much the best option on that side of the island.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

    Great Views, Great Price, OK Rooms


    My husband and I stayed here when I came to Hilo for work and we extended the time and made a vacation out of it. First impressions of the hotel room were NOT so good, however the view from our balcony did help make up for it. We were expecting a little nicer place than what we found, but were somewhat sad to leave four nights later as we got ready to stay at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows on the other side of the island. The Hilo Hawaiian really grew on us and we did use the refridgerator that was included in the room to store the fresh pinapple we bought at the farmer's market downtown. We were able to get out and see a lot from there so felt like the location was really great. If we were to go back to Hawaii (which we'd love to do) I would spend more time on the Hilo side of the island which I preferred for its lushness.

    Great stay at the Hilo Hawaiian, great views, friendly people


    We had a great time at the Hilo Hawaiian. The service is great, people were very friendly. The pool though is not heated, very cold. That and no gym was the only disappointment.

    Don't waste your time and money!


    We spent two nights too many at this hotel which is more like a really, really, really old motel. We did not get an ocean view room, but can't see how it would ever be worth the money. While we recieved tons of useful insider information from the front desk staff and terrific service at breakfast, sparkling service and bright smiles cannot overcome the hotels dusty carpets, dark rooms and downtrodden furniture. The facilities at the Naniloa next door seemed slightly "newer" in comparison, but a conversation with a couple that stayed there for 10 days inidicate that the rooms in that hotel are no better.

    Think twice about this place


    Front desk person wasn't very nice. We were there over Christmas and had been told we would have a room high up with an ocean view. We were placed on the third floor and looked at the top of the garage. No balcony for us. Also the remote control on the TV didn't work and we had ants in the room which weren't taken care of. Also couldn't sleep late as the housekeeper knocked on the door every morning at 8 AM to make up the room. Would think twice about staying there again.

    Wonderful Stay at Hilo Hawaiian


    First of all I want to thank the other reviewers who did not lead us astray in telling us to stay here at

    Decent place to stay, WONDERFUL views


    The views from our room were absolutely fantastic. The hotel itself was okay, but Hilo in itself was not that great. I wouldn't recommend staying there for more than 2-3 days to explore the southeastern part of Hawaii. Overall, though, this was an excellent value, and again, the views were unbeatable!

    Good bang for the buck!


    Stayed there around 5/2003 for about a week and enjoyed our stay. The rooms were clean and the people were all friendly which is typical on the Big Island. They had enough parking and best of all, it was FREE.

    Nice little bar in the lobby, however, smoking in unfortunately allowed. I recommend the hotel and would stay there again. Good bang for the buck!

    Loved it.......


    We stayed there 5 days, and loved every min. Look forward to returning........

    Nice View


    One of the best hotels in the Hilo area. Hilo itself isn't the most exciting town...a bit run down and not to many dining and evening activity options. However, the location is a good base for exploring the southern half of the Big Island (including Volcano National Park). Parking is also convenient and was free. Oceanview rooms are nice, have ample space, quiet and overlook Coconut Island. Although rooms don't appear to have been renovated in the past 10 years or so, everything was in good working order, clean and equipt with the normal modern amenities including hair dryers, coffee makers and mini refrigerators. Staff friendly and overall atmosphere was low-key and relaxing.

    Nice Hotel in Hilo


    We (family) stayed at the Hilo Hawaiian in July 2002 for two nights. We found the hotel to be neat and clean and the staff very friendly. The room itself was fairly standard with two double beds and a refrigerator. The view (ocean veiw) from our room was fabulous. The room overlooked tide pools and coconut island. We were a little disappointed in Hilo itself. The town seems to have fallen on hard times. It was great to be close to the volcano and the rainforest, however we enjoyed the time on the Kona side of the island much more. The zoo was a great attraction (and was free) as was the Botanical Garden. Cafe Pesto was one of our favorite restaurants.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good