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Dolphin Bay

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Antioch, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little local hotel. It is not fancy, but very comfortable with a warm staff. It is located next to what looks like a rain forest, complete with orchids and banana trees. Very quiet. Breakfast is fresh backed bread, mangos and you can pick bananas off the bunch. Will return if we book another Big Island vacation.

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San Francisco, California, Usa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed with my grandchildren and we had a wonderful time. We stayed in a one bedroom that was clean and spacious. The staff was so kind and helpful and we enjoyed the banana bread and papayas for breakfast. I will definitely stay again next time I am in Hilo!

Thank Joanne M
San Diego, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel was very accommodating on short notice. I needed a one bedroom unit on the first floor due to mobility issues. They rearranged some other bookings to help us out. The location is very peaceful and the room with fans was supremely comfortable.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have stayed here several times, and we always hate to leave! The BEST part is sitting out on the lanai with your morning coffee, and then your evening glass of wine. The gardens are lush and beautiful. PLUS the owner John Alexander is a fountain of information as to what to do and see on the...

Thank sancho999
Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This is a small budget friendly hotel not far from downtown Hilo. It is not a fancy place by any means, but it's clean and the staff is friendly. Free coffee and tea in the morning with homemade banana bread. No A/C but fans help keep it cool, not bad with the windows open. At night you can hear the...

Thank CBe987
Reviewed 12 March 2017

John Alexander is the master host. Dolphin Bay hotel is well located, clean and was an excellent place to stay. Rooms have everything you might need, including a small, well equipped kitchen. Coffee ( correction), good coffee always available in reception along with stunning fresh fruit and baking. John ensures your stay is unique. He is a boundless source of...

Thank Nickandfiveothers
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This is my sixth stay here, and I cannot imagine staying in any other hotel on the Big Island. What this place doesn't have (so ignore the complaints in other reviews about it not having this, because this is all information available up-front): AC, room service, a restaurant onsite, a pool, fancy anything. No elevator to the second floor (so...

Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed here 2 nights based on the location to town. The walk to the shops and farmers market was very easy. The staff were incredible and very friendly. The banana bread and fresh fruit in the morning was perfect. The rooms are simple compared to a resort which was very appealing. We had a kitchen which we was important...

3Thank SandraGT2015
Alameda, California
Reviewed 27 February 2017

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...

1Thank Joan D
Deer Park, Washington
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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.

1Thank Alvin E

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • 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: $222 - $299 (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.”
CBe987, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I suspect rooms are all very similar. It is John and his team who are the stars.”
Nickandfiveothers, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the back garden”
LSBPHD, 10 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Every room is good”
378joand, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Upstairs is probably better”
mndb, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
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