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Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

301 Ponahawai St , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
155 Reviews
$99 - $159
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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.6

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Great Breakfast!

4.2 on October 02, 2014

Matt was very helpful in planning our stay by giving advice on what to see & directions around Island. Would recommend as place to stay

The best B&B I've ever stayed at!

5 on October 01, 2014

I would definitely recommend this over the hotels. Owner(s) are genuinely thoughtful, helpful, and accommodating. Breakfast is amazing - WAY worth it over any of the hotels in town and better than any other B&B I've stayed at.

Best B & B Ever

5 on September 06, 2014

Matthew and Danny have over the years thoughtfully decorated and cared for this lovely plantation style home. The house is artfully decorated and very comfortable. The relaxed atmosphere they have created makes you feel as if you are in your own home. Not only was the breakfast delightful but, full acces to the kitchen meant we were also able to prepare other meals of the day for ourselves which added greatly to the experience. An additional caretaker/hostess Carolina was also a delight to be around and was very knowledgeable of the island. Meeting people from all over the world who came to visit Hawaii was a huge plus. Having been to quite a few B and B's, this is hands down the best one ever!

Cozy little get away

4.2 on August 06, 2014

Very cozy home. Easy access to the town center. Gracious hosts, delicious breakfast! Would stay here again.

we had a great stay

4.8 on July 16, 2014

we had a great stay. It's close to the main area of Hilo--walkable.

Charming B&B, great host

4.6 on July 07, 2014

This is a charming B&B just a couple of blocks from the center of Hilo. The room was quite comfortable (no air conditioning, but good ceiling fan). In the morning we were met by our great host, Mathew. He was very friendly and had prepared a great tropical breakfast. Would certainly stay here again when in Hilo.

Very kind owner!

4.6 on June 30, 2014

We stayed three days here. While staying, we requested many things. Owner readity compilede with our requests every time. You should stay here instead of hotel when you go to Hilo. You must have a great time!

May 2014

4.2 on May 27, 2014

The B&B was very well kept and Matthew was an excellent host. Would definitely recommend the accommodations to anybody who wants to explore the Hilo side of the island.

Wonderful Stay

5 on May 21, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of two nights in the Michener Rm. Wonderfully restored and beautifully decorated home. Delicious breakfast! Within a few blocks of bay, museums, downtown area. Definitely would stay again and recommend to others. Thanks, Matthew, for your great hospitality!

Fantastic Breakfasts, Disappointing Room Accommodations

3.6 on May 21, 2014

We were in the Lava Room with entry from side yard and stairs to kitchen. The breakfasts were so delicious and plentiful that we overlooked the poor room amenities. Entry to room was down two steps from doorway. There was no wall light switch to turn on lights before going down those steps. Bed and pillows were okay, not great. Bathroom was three steps up from room. Bathroom door was an ill-fitting wooden screen that slid across opening, not really providing privacy. Sink (a round bowl of lava) did not drain well, and faucet was loose. Not enough towel racks, just one short one. Shower floor made of very uncomfortable pebbles, and shower curtain did not contain water sufficiently. Shower had only one wall, so there was nothing to hold onto. No evidence of housekeeping, no clean towels. Floor creaky. Inadequate parking. On the bright side, the hosts and hostess were super friendly, and the breakfasts were fantastic!

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Location Type

City, Downtown, Island, Oceanside, 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, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi , 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
  • [Resource Id: alcohol_provided, Set: propertyview] No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes The Lava Room only (Has a yard).
  • [Resource Id: disabledaccess, Set: propertyview] No

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 14 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 14 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

Details Diamond Collection

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

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Free $75 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase