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Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

301 Ponahawai St , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)

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As we enter our 6th year in business we want to say Mahalo! to the thousands of guests that have stayed at the Hilo Bay Hale since we opened in 2009. Our excellent reviews here and on Trip Advisor speak for the quality and great experience you will have when you stay at the Hilo Bay Hale BNB. Our location in downtown Hilo offers free and safe parking, and you can walk to all the beautiful galleries, markets, festivals, shops, and cafes that make Hilo so famous are just a short walk away. Enjoy your private suite with a private bath, uniquely Hawaiian interiors with bamboo ceilings and private lanai (porches) overlooking magical koi ponds and Hilo Bay.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Great stay at Hilo Bay Hale

5 on April 10, 2015

Beautiful accommodations and outstanding value for money. That said, be aware that there are many steps (in case that's a potential issue). Also bring ear plugs: the coqui frogs are nonstop after dusk. Don't forget to lock your vehicle. I forgot and everything inside was gone by the next morning. My fault -- just be forewarned.

Relaxing Stay in Funky-Cool Hilo Town

4.8 on April 09, 2015

We loved our relaxed stay at Hilo Bay Hale! We had never fully explored Hilo and the location is a brief walk from many town locations, including the farmer's markets, shops on the bayfront, the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and plenty of casual restaurants. HBH is a ~1940s Hawaii home that has been nicely restored by friendly hosts Matt and Danny; spacious lanais both in the front and back are great for breakfast/evening libation. Matt prepares the delicious breakfasts several days a week; Matt is very knowledgeable regarding all the things to do and places to see nearby and has that welcoming/aloha spirit. Accomodations are clean and comfortable and we took advantage of laundry on site. Hilo is not your typical tourist town, and a stay at Hilo Bay Hale allows for discovering Hilo's funky-cool-Hawaiian vibe and unpretentiousness.

Fantastic Stay

5 on April 01, 2015

This has to be, by far, the best B&B we have ever stayed in. Our room was very comfortable & clean. Our room had a nice size lanai that overlooked the tropical backyard garden and a coi pond. We had a soothing and relaxing stay. The staff was very accommodating. Matt is on of the owners. He was so nice and made a delicious breakfast on two of three mornings we were there. Carolina was also a delightful young lady who made breakfast on our first morning there. This B&B is right in the middle of town and close to everything. There is amazing farmer's market within walking distance. The shore is a short walk away. While there are other B&Bs in the surrounding area, we would definitely stay here again. It is the best! Derek & Brad from Dallas

Hilo Bay Hale

4.0 on February 27, 2015

Hilo Bay Hale is a very nice bed and breakfast tucked away in an unassuming part of the Big Island. We arrived late and were somewhat put-off by the surroundings; an adult store on the adjacent corner, the blaring television and slightly louder young child in the house next door, and the old van in the street out front with a black garbage bag covering its broken driver’s side window. Despite all this, Hilo Bay Hale is an upscale reprieve with well thought out details that one might not expect to find such as a Koi pond off two of the rooms and large resort style bathrooms. Mathew exceeded our expectations each morning with a delicious breakfast. He even began breakfast early for us one morning to accommodate our early start. In addition there was a washer and dryer available to guests—a major perk. Hilo Bay Hale was an excellent jumping off point due to its close proximity to the airport. If you can look past the failings of the town—this is a very special place to stay while on the Big Island. Despite the initial impressions we would certainly go back.

Old Plantation Home is just like visiting my favorite Aunt

4.6 on January 23, 2015

The breakfasts were great! I was able to use the kitchen for cooking of my own and re-heating left overs. The friendly staff made this a very comfortable home to hang out in while enjoying the volcano sites of Hawai'i. I would definitely stay again.

Wonderful stay in Hilo!

5 on January 21, 2015

Very enjoyable stay. We booked the Lava room. 2 adults and 2 kids and it was very comfortable. The breakfast was amazing and the location was perfect. Our host was very friendly and made us feel welcome! Would definitely recommend staying here!

Perfect Retreat in Hilo

4.8 on January 11, 2015

Great find, both for the place itself and for Matthew. The host is quite a person, ask about his interests and daily routine. The place is not luxurious but is exactly what makes Hilo so special. Extremely comfortable, quiet, well-furnished, everything thought of, lovely koi pond below our deck. Breakfast is delicious, to be enjoyed either in the kitchen area, on the porch out front, in the living room, etc. Try it and be happy.

Best Breakfast in Hilo!

4.6 on January 11, 2015

We recently stayed 4 days at the Hilo Bay Hale B&B, and it was wonderful! A charmingly renovated, turn-of-the century Hawaiian style bungalow that was the perfect 'base camp' for our excursions to Volcanoes National Park and other attractions on the southeast side of the Big Island. Matthew, Danny and Carolina were perfect hosts, and our breakfast was truly the highlight of each morning! Would definitely return the next time we're back in this part of the islands.

Great B+B

3.6 on January 03, 2015

Great B+B. Delicious homemade (and local) breakfasts each morning were a highlight. Owners were able to accomidate a reservation with very short notice which was quite helpful. Would recommend staying here if you're headed trough Hilo.

Great Location

3.6 on December 21, 2014

Great hospitality!

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Rooms & Rates

Lava Room

The Lava Room is on the ground floor and features a King Size bed, sliding glass doors to private gardens and a lava stone tile bathroom and rain shower. It is our largest room and we offer futon beds for extra guests. Can sleep up to four.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

City, Downtown, Island, Vista oceano, Small town, Tropical, Village


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 2 miles

Directions to property:

We are located in the center of Hilo town, about 2 miles from the HILO airport.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Waterfalls, Science Center / Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, Snorkeling, Hula Festivals, Lava Viewing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Tennis Courts (across Street), Private Decks

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Lava Watching, Farmers Market, Museums, Galleries, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes The Lava Room only (Has a yard).
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $25 per night deposit REQUIRED to hold reservation. Use our secure PAYPAL account to use your credit card OR mail check payable to Danny Miller 301 Ponahawai St., Hilo, HI 96720
  • Cancellations: Deposits are refundable if you notify us 30 days prior to your reservation. (A $25 cancellation fee will be deducted.) There is no charge to change or extend your reservation. If you cancel with less than a 30 day notice your deposit will be retuned only if we are able to re-book your room(s) after your notice of cancellation. If we can re-book your room(s) we will refund your deposit less a $25 cancellation fee.



Matthew Potts

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets

Koi Fish

About the innkeepers

Danny moved to Hawaii Island in 2004 and has restored several historic homes in his spare time when he was not working as a documentary filmaker and activist for protecting Hawaii's sacred lands. Matthew moved to Hawaii in 1997 and loves cooking, gardening and entertaining.

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Fresh pastries & fruit, coffee, cereals, juice

  • Time Served: 8am - 9am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


301 Ponahawai St , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)

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