The location on Banyan drive is great. Right next to the park and overlooking the water. The apartment itself is a basic studio and good for 2-3 people. It has a kitchen with most of what you would need. We prepared a quick breakfast every morning before heading out. It's a good place if all you intend on doing is being out exploring all day and coming back to sleep. The AC does not work so we left the french doors open to let the air in. Not sure how this would be in the warmer months but in March it was alright.
The view is really the only thing this place has going for it. The view is beautiful, and as promised. Everything else, not so much. This is much more of an apartment complex then condos. The rent is cheaper here then most anywhere else so it has a lot of full-time local residents. We arrived late at night, and unlocked the door to an awful smell... it smelt as though a stray cat (many nearby) had made it's way into the condo and used it as a liter box for an extended period of time. The condo was most definitely dated and can't say much about the quality or cleanliness of furnishings, but the smell was sickening. We actually went to Walmart and bought candles, and air fresheners hoping it would clear the air.
The pool is right across the parking lot as shown in the pictures, we never tried it out but did see some people using it. Security on the property seemed tight at night, as they'd pay attention to each vehicle coming and going, but usually just sat outside talking for the most part. The elevator was extremely busy getting to the condo. The grounds are something to be desired... we saw cockroaches numerous times in the laundry area while waiting for the elevator. Parking got congested.
The beds were okay and served their purpose. Nothing fancy, nothing horrible. The lanai is definitely the best feature and we spent most time outside instead of in the condo. The bathroom is getting rundown and could use numerous improvements. We never really cooked since there wasn't really a place to grill and no actual stove in the condo. I had to ask how to get onto the wifi, once I found the info it was good.
It's a cheap rental. If you're only going to sleep there, it'll do for a home base. If you plan to spend any real quality time there, I'd go elsewhere or you may find yourself looking for excuses to leave and explore.
Location, location, location and what a view! While it is not the fanciest digs in town, Joseph's studio condo is a wonderful spot to kick off the sandals and relax for a few days. It's not a fancy place, but is really comfortable and well equipped and located in a very nice neighbourhood with some great restaurants nearby, either walking distance or on the bikes that are there for use during your stay. The building needs some love, but the other tenants were very friendly and pleasant. Keeping the windows open at night, the birdsong symphony coupled with lapping waves below will guarantee a great sleep. Very good phone interaction with the owner and we would definitely rent on a return visit. Thanks Joseph :-)
You can see the view of the ocean and pool. It was fabulous! Along Banyan Drive by the wonderful park filled with beautiful trees. Great walking area. The owner (Joseph) was so nice and helpful. Bikes to ride, snorkeling equipment to use. Definitely needs some TLC but the facility itself is in the process of a major upgrade but our stay was wonderful. Don't expect fancy but it was a great find.
I don't like giving points because they are usually based on expectations and are very subjective but we would definitely love to go back.
We booked this room almost at the last minute after our other plans where cancelled on us. We were going to cancel our vacation until we found this deal. It was cheap enough to save our trip. Sure, the building is a little rough but our room was nice. Great location. Nice view of the water. Very quiet. No one bothered us and the front desk and security people were very nice. The hotel lacks the normal amenities but so what? There are many restaurants within walking distance and downtown Hilo is only 1 mile away. Hey, if you want to stay in your room your entire vacation this is not the place for you but if you want a great deal at a great location at an unbeatable price, this is it. Mahalo!