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Outdoor pool seen from balcony
Balcony table and chairs
Country Club front on Banyan Street
Queen bed
Queen hide a bed
Dresser, mirror and floor lamp
Looking toward balcony through living area
Armoir and dining table w 4 chairs
Living room area
Dining table and 4 chairs
Kitchen area
Bathroom and linens
Bathroom sink area
Lilikulani Park walking distance
Coconut Island Park walking distance
Daily maintenance for outdoor pool
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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syrdavmir
Baldwinsville, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unit itself is OK, condo as a whole is awful”
Reviewed 3 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
6
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This is the hardest review I've done. The condo unit we stayed in was OK once we got inside. The unit owner was nice and easy to contact. The unit has one of the best views in Hilo and although not updated was still OK. The condo itself is awful. The stairwell and elevator getting to the unit smelled of urine and there was a sign posted about the elevator being locked at night for safety. The people hanging around the outside were shady at best and we kept on expecting our car to be broken into (but it wasn't). You can tell there is potential if there was any upkeep or cleaning of the building, but you really have to get past all the filth to see it. I would not recommend this condo for families, couples (especially bodyguards) would be OK to stay here.

Travelling group: Young Children
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surfercha...
Glendive, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
546 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 4 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
5
people found this review helpful

This is a really difficult rental to review. The building where the unit is located is the most rundown place I have ever stayed. My understanding is the property went into bankruptcy or something like that.....taken over by the state for unpaid utility bills...I don't know. In any event, the "clientele" in the area is sketchy, the building has fallen into disrepair, and the complex is filthy. Having said all of this, I believe the condition of the building is beyond Joseph's control, and he has kept the rental unit in pretty decent shape. Sure there are some worn areas in the room, but that is going to be the case everywhere in the city that receives the most annual rainfall in the U.S.

So I will focus on the positives for a minute. At one time, this must have been a prime property. The location is excellent. Everything you will want is nearby - from the best fish market in the town, to Walmart, to attractions. The building is located on well-known Banyan Drive, and Coconut Island is a short walk. The unit's lanai overlooks Reed's Bay - beautiful! Joseph does a good job communicating, and has provided all the necessities a person could need. (Pots, pans, plates, utensils, beach gear, etc.) The Wi-Fi worked well. We were able to fish right outside the condo. Parking was never a problem. The elevator was a plus (many properties in Hawaii don't have elevators.) There was a pool, but considering the condition of the complex, we decided to avoid it.

My wife and I had a great time here. It is really too bad this place will probably not be around the next time we make it to Hilo....nor should it be unless someone takes it over who can clean it up and restore it's former glory.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Everything outside the door of the unit.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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crunch413
brighton, tn
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“horrible”
Reviewed 4 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
people found this review helpful

i needed a hotel so I could attend the merri monarch festival. This was available. Should of known something was up because it was available at a reasonable price. The reviews were ok. Did not expect this. Dirty, dirty nasty,. Horrible. do not rent this. I saw it and then left.
i really felt unsafe in this building and i have been in law enforcement for over 20 years.

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Liked best: nothing
Liked least: everthing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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cowcatsmo...
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Convenient, comfortable budget accommodations”
Reviewed 30 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
5
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As others have noted, this studio condo is simply furnished and a little run down, but the location is good and the view is spectacular, especially when the cruise ships are coming and going. The bed is very comfortable, the sofa less so, and if you intend to watch a lot of TV you might find reception a problem, although the Wifi works pretty well. There are plenty of dishes and some useful small appliances (coffee maker, electric frying pan, toaster that sort of toasts) as well as a full-size fridge that's very handy. The building, while run down, was clean and quiet, and the washers and dryers on ground level were convenient and not expensive. All in all, good budget accommodations for 1-2 people spending a few days in Hilo.

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Susan1230
Monterey, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Location and View”
Reviewed 3 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
5
people found this review helpful

This studio has a wonderful wall of windows with a view of Hilo Bay. After a month here, we have the rhythm of the water.

At dawn, two barefoot stand-up paddle boarders commute past the sailboat anchored just off shore. A few minutes later, a beautiful woman appears in the parking lot below the balcony and lays her purple yoga matt out on the small cement pier that extends a few feet into the bay. As the sun rises through the palm tree the yoga lady leaves and a small turtle swims into the area between the pool and the pier. We notice the whales blowing and splashing in the distance as we eat breakfast. While the whales play, an older woman arrives at the pool and puts on her white swim cap before doing her laps. I could describe the whole day, week or month which rises and falls outside of the windows, but you should just come and see for yourself.

I just paused and read some of the previous reviews of the condo so that I could see what important things you might want to know that other guests didn't already cover. I noticed a couple of reviews that focused on the building being old or the room being small. Both are true but my husband and I love Hilo because nothing is new or big.

Beyond the view, the location is terrific. There are four good restaurants and 5 bars within close walking distance. We had a very nice dinner at the Palms. The Vietnamese restaurant and the sandwich place next to it are both good. Check out Coqui's Hideaway especially on a night they have live music. On Wednesday, we walked over for a beer and wound up staying several hours dancing and listening to the best live music we have ever heard in any bar anywhere.

We haven't watched TV but we did stream movies through Wi-Fi. There were signal drops here and there but it has never been slow. We've used the kitchen a lot and it has been fine. We didn't turn on the air conditioner as we've left the patio doors open since the day we arrived. When there was no breeze, we ran a small fan that we picked up at target.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Having to go home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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