Hilo Seaside Hotel

2 stars
126 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
251 reviews
Frequent Vacationer

I have stayed at the Hilo Seaside five times now. As always I am greeted by a friendly and helpful... See full review

  • Piece of cake
  • Jul 8, 2014
Very nice and cozy inn

Clean, good location, beautiful garden, street parking, good breakfast. See full review

  • Xuzhi
  • Jul 1, 2014
Value priced, Island-style Hilo hotel with bay and garden views
The locally owned Hilo Seaside Hotel offers guests Island-style budget accommodations and a convenient location near downtown Hilo and the airport. The hotel is built around a swimming pool and landscaped with gardens and ponds. An on-site restaurant and free parking add extra value. Just across the street, the picturesque Hilo Bay is trimmed in green foliage and dotted with small catamarans.
Highlights
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • 9-hole golf course across the street
  • Private guest room balconies with views
  • On-site restaurant open daily
Location
Hilo Seaside Hotel sits across the street from a sheltered bay and just off historic Banyan Drive in central Hilo. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens is within a few minutes' walk, and a 9-hole golf course is just across the street. The sleepy town of Hilo offers visitors a view of "real Hawaii" life and easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Rooms
Hilo Seaside Hotel offers simple Island-style guest accommodations, including a few rooms designated for smokers. Each features views of the hotel gardens or the bay, plus air conditioning, a ceiling fan, TV, mini-refrigerator and private balcony. In-room high-speed Internet access available (fees may apply). Request in advance for an in-room microwave or coffee-maker.
Features
Stay cool at Hilo Seaside Hotel's large outdoor swimming pool, or build a local-style tan on the sundeck. Enjoy a quiet moment in Hilo Seaside Hotel's manicured Japanese rock garden or Hawaiian tropical garden.

The hotel offers dining 7 days a week at Coconut Grill, a steak and seafood restaurant. Hilo is packed with tasty eateries and caf├ęs, including local favorite Ken's House of Pancakes.
Transportation
  • Hilo International Airport (3.2 mi/5.1 km)
Attractions
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Lyman Museum (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii (2.3 mi/3.7 km)
  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo (5.7 mi/9.1 km)
  • Akaka Falls (10.7 mi/17.3 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (35 mi/56.4 km)

Hilo Seaside Hotel Rooms

Deluxe
Spacious guest room with one king or two double beds, remote controlled TV, clock radio,refrigerator, A/C, tropical ceiling fan,coffee and tea maker, iron and ironing board, black out drapes and large private lanai with a beautiful view of Hilo Bay. This room is nearest the lobby and restaurant. Free WiFi
Standard Room
Guest room with one king or two double beds located further away from the lobby but offers each guest a quiet atmosphere among our anthurium and orchid gardens. Each room includes a remote controlled TV, clock radio,refrigerator, A/C, tropical ceiling fan,coffee and tea maker, iron and ironing board, and black out drapes. Free WiFi
Superior Garden
Large guest room with one king or two double beds overlooking our Japanese Rock Garden or our Hawaiian Tropical Garden in our quiet area of this quaint hotel.Each room includes a remote controlled TV, clock radio,refrigerator, A/C, tropical ceiling fan,coffee and tea maker, iron and ironing board, and black out drapes. Free WiFi

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Activities
Outdoor pool
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant
Accessible facilities

Hotel Map

19.7281 -155.064
Area served
Located on the eastern side of the Big Island in Hilo Town, and near the University of Hawaii Hilo Campus
Nearby airports
Hilo(ITO) Airport
Area description
The Hilo Seaside Hotel is one of the hotels nearest to the Volcano National Park, located on the shores of Hilo Bay, on historical Banyan Way.

Dining

Coconut Grill
Located on the lobby level of the hotel and features many local favorites. This is the restaurant that serves our complimentary breakfasts.
Verna's
Local style drive in adjacent to the hotel offering tasty island food to go!
Ken's
While open 24 hours, they are famous for their breakfast items

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (251)

Ratings and reviews for Hilo Seaside Hotel

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
251 out of 251
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4
Value:
4

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Experienced Euro Traveler
Business
Honolulu, HI
Oct 15, 2014

Wknd Getaway

It was Ironman weekend in Kona, so had to stay in Hilo. This was the cheapest I could find w/ decent ratings. Overall, the building was a bit old. The amenities are sparse and very limited open times, but we mainly used it to sleep, so it was very comfortable, clean and well maintained. it's walking distance to a few restaurants which came in handy for a late night dinner or early breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jose mechanical engineer
Business
Wellington, Fl
Oct 11, 2014

Great Hilo Stay

The location was great being close to the airport. The restaurants around the area are good. The hotel staff were very helpful and hardworking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
2 boys 2 girls
Business
Dallas, Oregon
Sep 30, 2014

Great value for the price!

We always stay here. I find the location perfect to watch sunsets. Several(actually more like 6)restaurants in walking distance if you like to eat local and we do. We also got a pretty good breakfast this time as a perk. Nice people!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

When you travel, especially to Hawaii, don't eat the same old, same old you eat at home. Break the rut and eat local. Take a chance. You just might like it. Also, check out the Hilo Saturday Market.

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Buckoff
Business
Kaneohe,Hi.
Sep 23, 2014

GREAT LOCATION AND RELAXING GET-AWAY

Hotel swimming pool was convenient and the lust tropical flowers and shrubbery made a relaxing spot to lounge around at. Spent most of my time site seeing,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

In House restaurant and closest hotel to airport. Very clean and right on the Hilo Bay.

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
missindabay
Business
Tampa, FL
Sep 20, 2014

Love Hilo Seaside

We got a renovated room over the fishpond. It was 5 years since my last visit, and they have renovated a lot since. New windows, carpet, paint, linens, added parking, and coffee and wifi in room, it just gets better over time. Centrally located for East side and Central Big Island attractions. The staff is so friendly and completes the family feel of this place. Slight negatives shower was a little low, and parking can be tight on weekends. Plenty of great restaurants and sandwich shops around. I was totally happy here, and can't wait until I can visit again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Go to Coconut Grill and have the Tiki Coconut Shrimp! Very nice presentation and it tastes awesome!

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
NFiori
Business
Hilo, HI
Sep 14, 2014

Hilo Seaside Hotel

Small hotel but comfortable. The pictures give a feel of a larger hotel, but it's rather small and cozy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ivyyue
Business
Tokyo
Sep 9, 2014

it is ok

We had an early check in but for two of us we got 3 single beds. Front desk staff was kind. We paid tip to maid. But she did not clean the hair in the bathroom. Lots of little ants in it. Cooler very noisy. Anyway it is cheap. If you just need a bed to sleep, it is ok.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ms Montana
Business
Missoula, MT
Sep 5, 2014

Nice staff, clean room, loud planes

This hotel is a quaint, pretty, Hawaiian classic. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the staff was great. Our room was very clean even though it was older. We had level lors on the windows which allowed us to hear every person who walked by or made phone calls outside. Also, the airplanes flew over at night and early morning and they sounded loud. If you have ear plugs it would be the perfect place. Nice value for Hawaii.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
HawaiianGirl
Business
Lahaina, HI
Aug 30, 2014

Getaway

The hotel was still good like the last time I stayed. The only thing I didn't like was the room we were in. It was a little far from the parking lot and I had too many beds in the room. It was only me and my boyfriend and we had one double and two twin beds. We couldn't catch the Wi-Fi since we were too far from the lobby. I would recommend staying here again but I wish we had a better room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ken's House of Pancakes is a good place for breakfast and it is just down the street from the hotel. It is about a 5-10min walk or about 2-3min drive.

Review of Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
K The Frequent Traveler
Business
Los Angeles, California
Aug 26, 2014

Practical

Don't expect this place to be a luxury resort. It's noisy: the hotel is situated between the takeoff runway of the airport and the junction of Big Island's major highways, 11 and 19. Free WI-FI works well for Macs and iOS devices, but not for Windows. Building is old but clean and well-kept. Staff is very friendly. Price is among the lowest of hotels along the beautiful Banyan Drive. Coast access for swimming and paddling is just across the street.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

For authentic Hawaiian dining enjoyed mostly by locals, try Kuhio Grille at 111 E Puainako St. It's at the Prince Kuhio Plaza, less than a mile south of the airport.

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