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Dolphin Bay

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#2 of 8 Hotels in Hilo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 24 December 2012

Wow, talk about "coming home!" The Dolphin Bay is a former two-story apartment complex in a very old, verdant part of town, just across the old sugar cane bridge that crosses the Wailuku River into old down town. Incredibly lush, quiet, and like stepping back into my days as a student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. We stayed...

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Ellisville, Mississippi
Reviewed 19 December 2012

The first time that I stayed at DBH was in 2006. This time, it was 5 of us adventure seeking friends. The place is as I remember, just friendly and helpful island folk, extremely clean rooms, beautiful grounds and a lovely, light and free breakfast. Parking was still tight, but certainly not a deal breaker. I loved that it was...

Thank GraceST
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Reviewed 18 December 2012

Cute, clean, comfortable. An older property, simple, definitely nothing fancy but a good value, a relaxing energy, and superior service with very friendly staff. The grounds have a nice tropical feel and it's very relaxing. Dolphin Bay is located in a quiet part of Hilo fairly close to downtown, but be forewarned: the coqui frogs will be singing all night....

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Fort Myers, Florida
Reviewed 12 December 2012

My husband & I stayed there for 3 nights in Dec (2012) and were thrilled. While not a new facility, the rooms were clean, the staff excellent and just totally relaxing. If you need the big hotel amenities then this may not be the place for you. There is no air-conditioning but it certainly wasn't needed the nights we were...

Thank annlfrancis
Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 11 December 2012

We stayed on 2 separate nights a week apart, as we traveled around the island. My travel companion had stayed there in the past, and he was excited to have me experience this hotel. Overall, I liked it a lot. The hotel is located on a nice, quiet street a short walk from the old section of Hilo. The rooms...

Thank chbruce
Reviewed 10 December 2012

I feel bad to make this report as the Hosts are truly lovely people. They were very accomodating and helpful. We stayed here for one night only as we flew down to Hawaii the Big Island to see the Volcano. The accomodation is old. The kitchenette was brand new - though maybe 50 years ago so it was dated when...

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Buchholz in der Nordheide, Germany
Reviewed 8 December 2012

We stayed in Dolphin Bay Hotel 17.10.-21.10.12 4 nights in the superior studio on the upper floor facing Iliahi street. The room was clean, nicely decorated and spacy. The lack of airco is not too bad as fans and the Hilo climate (moderate sunshine, clouds and a breeze) made the conditions ok. Kitchen and bathroom were equipped with everything needed....

Thank Niklas V
San Francisco Bay Area
Reviewed 5 December 2012

My family and I stayed at this hotel for one night in late August. We had a little trouble finding it because it was dark and rainy when we arrived, but Hilo is not a large town, and we soon got our bearings. We had a one bedroom unit for the four of us. My husband and I slept in...

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Reviewed 5 December 2012

My family and I recently stayed at the Dolphin Bay. We were on a trip on which we stayed in a variety of types of properties (condo, resort, cottage, etc.) We found the DB to be a great value. We stayed in the apartment which had a separate bedroom and then a living room with two single sofa sleepers and...

Thank bizwoman
New York
Reviewed 1 December 2012

This review won't say anything different to the others, but really, this place is such a delightful surprise we were thrilled when we got there. As other say, the room is basic, but clean and has lots of little touches (fresh flowers in a small vase, basic tea and coffee/salt pepper etc provided etc) that just show thoughtfulness. The owner...

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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
In your room
  • Microwave
  • 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: $223 - $301 (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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“Most all the rooms are pretty quiet, try and get a ground floor room if you have heavy luggage- no elevator.”
 of 5 bubbles CBe987, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I suspect rooms are all very similar. It is John and his team who are the stars.”
 of 5 bubbles Nickandfiveothers, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the back garden”
 of 5 bubbles LSBPHD, 10 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Every room is good”
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“Upstairs is probably better”
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