Bay House

42 Pukihae Street , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
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The Bay House Bed and Breakfast has it all, with three oceanfront guest rooms, comfortably nestled in a serene jungle setting, perched above beautiful Hilo Bay. Just a 5 minute walk across the “Singing Bridge" and you are in historic downtown Hilo. Convenient yet secluded. THE place to stay in Hilo. Our spacious private rooms are superbly appointed. Each ocean front room has a full private bath, King or Queen sized bed (Queen in the Bay Room only), ceiling fan, cable television, free WiFi and a private ocean front lanai. Also for our guests' enjoyment is a cliff side jacuzzi, where you can gaze upon the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean. In the morning, you are served an individual basket of tropical fruits and local pastries, cereal, juices, yogurts, eggs, jam and jellies, coffee and teas, all served buffet style in the guests' common area. Take it back to your oceanfront private lanai and enjoy the fruits of paradise. The guests' sitting area is filled with books, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, utensils. and coffee maker. All for your convenience. Free on site covered parking is also available. The Bay House has been inspected, approved and recommended by TripAdvisor (Certificate of Excellence 2107), Expedia,, Frommers Guide Books, Lonely Planet.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

The Bay House/Harbour Room

3.8 on August 03, 2017

Large pleasant rooms, ample parking, spacious common area, delicious and full size breakfast, ocean-side and ocean-view, private, access to recreational items, comfortable bed, use of refrigerator and microwave, close to downtown via the Singing Bridge, considerate owner/host. Fans and cross-breeze, no air-conditioning. Earplugs provided due to coqui (noisy invasive frogs).

Superb stay

5 on June 19, 2017

We stayed a few nights at this in. It could not have been more comfortable and thoughtful. The basics were all there -- very comfortable bed, above-expected closet space, excellent clean housekeeping, in-room coffee service, etc. The host go above expectations in a great breakfast, helpful items when traveling (e.g. stuff for the beach; restaurant recommendations.) Beautifully decorated to evoke the tropical atmosphere. This is not glitzy beach-front resort, but a very charming and comfortable stay that feels like real Hawaii.

Nice B&B just outside Hilo

3.4 on May 29, 2017

I stayed at Bay House with my wife for 3 nights. The B&B is a 5-10 minute walk into town so well situated for food and shopping. We booked the Harbour Room, with a nice view over the sea and away from the road, so quiet. The room was clean and well equipped, with a shared lounge area. The breakfasts were good which were made up fresh for us to eat on our lanai. If we go back to Hilo we would stay here again.

B&B that has it all

5 on April 18, 2017

Loved the view, the breakfasts, the linens,and the entire ambiance of our room. We stayed in the Bay Room with the 4 poster bed. What a great bed. And TIna was a wonderful host. We would definitely stay there again.

Wonderful stay in Hilo

5 on April 17, 2017

Friendly and accommodating service. Fresh fruit every morning with crepes, home made cakes, and other items (English muffins, toast, yogurt, etc.). Gorgeous views of the bay with a spectacular sun rises.

Wonderful Place to Stay in Hilo

5 on April 14, 2017

We loved this B&B. Very comfortable and well appointed. The bed was dreamy. The breakfasts were delicious and we enjoyed eating them on the lanai with a view of Hilo Bay. This B&B is near downtown but not in the bustle. Loved Tina the host too...

Excellent Hilo getaway

5 on March 27, 2017

A wonderful stay, close to many Hilo shops and restaurants. Lovely view of the water, and large, beautiful, and clean rooms. Breakfast was always delicious.

Island perfection

4.0 on March 06, 2017

We stayed in the Palm Room and loved it. The cross breeze off the ocean made for great sleeps and the owners were attentive but not intrusive. They reacted quickly and efficiently to all requests. I had read about tree frogs keeping people awake but they were quiet for us! I have been to at least 15 countries on vacation and highly recommend this sanctuary. A five minute walk downtown with the ocean on one side and a waterfall visible upstream on the other made this an ideal location. We would definitely stay here again! Bill and Mary

Wonderful B&B

5 on March 02, 2017

This is our second visit to this wonderful place. Whenever we stay in Hilo, we stay here. It's so wonderful to wake up to birds singing, and go to sleep listening to the waves covering the shores! The breakfasts provided always include fresh fruit daily. The pineapple bread with the crumble topping was my wife's favorite, who wishes she had the recipe! Thanks again Tina. We appreciate your hospitality!


5 on February 24, 2017

We stayed in the Harbor Room. It was an excellent choice for our needs and the view from our lanai was spectacular. We really liked Tina's respect for privacy, attention to detail concerning room decoration and just about everything on the property. We would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to our friends and actually already have given details to them. Aloha and Mahalo, Tina.

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Rooms & Rates

Bay Room

You'll really enjoy the Bay Room with it's quiet, comforting tones. You won't believe how fortunate you are as you sit on your own private lanai sipping your morning coffee enchanted by a full view of Hilo Bay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Palm Room

The Palm Room has a great open ocean view and is surrounded by lush palms in a tropical jungle setting. Sleep to the sounds of the ocean and wake to beautiful pastel sunrises. Life at the Bay House is good ... very good indeed!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Harbor Room

This room has a glorious view of Hilo's stunning Harbor. Before bed you'll stare in disbelief as sparkling tropical moonlight dances on the bay's gentle waters.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From Hilo International Airport, turn right on Kanoelehua (Highway 11), then turn left at the intersection where Highway 11 meets Highway 19 (Kamehameha Avenue). Proceed about .5 miles and veer right onto highway 19 along side Hilo Bay. In one mile you will see Pukihae Street on the right. You will see our home on 42 Pukihae Street as soon as you turn onto Pukihae Street. There is a sign on the gate.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave

Room amenities

Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

, Zip lines

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require one night's deposit to confirm all reservations. This can be made either by credit card or check.
  • Cancellations: The Bay House maintains a 14 day prior to arrival cancellation policy. Additionally, no changes or cancellations after arrival.
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Christine and Thomas Jimenez

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

I have wanted to own and run a bed and breakfast since I was 16 years old. When we moved to Hilo in 1995, we found this gorgeous property perched perfectly on the ocean and within walking distance of downtown Hilo. We built our home specifically as a B&B and started in 1997. My husband, Tom, worked full time as a general surgeon for 20 years and now works part time. Since his semi retirement, he tirelessly helps me cook breakfasts, greet guests, clean and take care of just about everything.

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  • Time Served: 7am -10am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Guest room

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