by Terry Ward
Located less than 10 minutes from Hilo International Airport, the Hilo Seaside Hotel provides the perfect place to relax. Guests can enjoy spacious rooms with king, queen or double beds. The hotel has an attached restaurant where you can easily enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Your room has a beautiful view of the bay and beach area. While the hotel is within walking distance of botanical gardens, beaches, parks and historical attractions, it remains a quiet getaway. Guests can take advantage of the free breakfast, onsite laundry and outdoor pool during their stay.
You and your family can enjoy watersports together or even go on tours. Many other shops and restaurants in Hilo are just a short drive away.
Our Editor Loves
- Private balcony/lanai
- Museum onsite
- Located near the bay
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The hotel provides for a very relaxed atmosphere where you get a true sense of a Hawaiian vacation.
All the staff is great! The front desk agents are VERY hospitable and do an excellent job.
We stayed there again in November 2019 and Front Desk agent Ilima is an outstanding employee. She takes a genuine interest in the guests needs and is very socially interactive, while still providing great guest service. This is our second contact with her this year, and each time she has left us with a great HIlo Seaside experience. She is definitely an asset to your organization. She was very accommodating as usual, and made every effort to assist us in creating a pleasant an enjoyable stay for us. We also had a very pleasant experience with Judy.
It is employees like Ilima and Judy that keep us as regular guests of the Hilo Seaside and we regularly refer many of our friends and family to stay here as a result.
Housekeeping was great too.
The rooms are usually very clean, comfortable and quaint..The hotel is recommended for its staff and overall hotel presentation.
To me, it was a beautiful Resort, though they call it a Hotel. Beautiful courtyards and gardens surround the suites/rooms. When we walked in it was pure authentic Hawaii (nothing commercial or hokey here)! I almost expected Don Ho to come down the steps singing "Tiny Bubbles"!
The entire staff is so friendly & professional - you never knew if they were stressed - their vibes help keep the atmosphere relaxed and pampered. The rooms were perfect - with views of the gardens, pond, or pool. The beds were glorious! Almost made you want to stay in bed but Hilo has so much to offer. Best to Plant yourself in Hilo and then travel around the Island from there. The Hilo Seaside even has its own museum!
Forget Kona, if you go there stay at the Kona Seaside if you do, so you get good service & prices, but Kona is commercial & touristy. Hilo is historic, romantic, and friendly. The resort has free bikes to use (next time for us). This is perfect for just popping downtown.
When you rent a car, which is necessary to enjoy the rest of the Island, you can do beautiful road trips and get the attractions checked off...you will be happy you have your beautiful accommodations at the Hilo Seaside, with excellent food at their own restaurants, and some really great restaurants within walking distance. In the evening this is great because the Hilo Seaside is surrounded by beautiful historic gardens, parks, and beaches. Which makes for a romantic stroll with the brightest stars you will ever see in the sky at night!
Was it a coincidence? Or did I really hear Israel Kamakawiwo'ole singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" & "What A Wonderful World" whenever I walked through the lobby?
I will be sure to check when I go back... :)