Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

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

About

As we are about to begin our 8th 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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Reviews

Overall
4.5

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

Friendly and comfortable B&B in the heart of Hilo

5 on January 28, 2017

Hilo Bay Hale provided a comfortable and convenient stay in downtown Hilo during our recent bicycle trip around the island. We arrived early, but we found key and instructions at the door that allowed us to stash the bikes, clean up and get out on our exploration. Carolina and Matthew provided great breakfast spreads both mornings, and we enjoyed visiting with the other guests over the leisurely breakfast. Downtown Hilo contains much of interest, and this inn provides an easy base for doing it on foot. Highly recommended overall.


Friendly and comfortable B&B in the heart of Hilo

4.8 on January 19, 2017

We stayed at Hilo Bay Hale on a January 2017 bicycle trip around the island. The inn is in a wonderful location, with all the downtown sites within walking distance. Arriving earlier than expected, we were met with a note and keys at the door with all the necessary instructions. The room was spacious and comfortable, with easy access to an outdoor private patio (lanai in the upstairs rooms). Matthew and Carolina were friendly and helpful and provided a wonderful spread for breakfast (the local coffee was amazing!). We enjoyed visits with the other guests both of our mornings there. We highly recommend this B&B for a visit to a lovely and interesting city.


Sweet stay

4.8 on January 01, 2017

Hilo Bay Hale was a lovely place to stay very near downtown Hilo. We arrived late and they left us keys and easy instructions. There is off street parking technically for three but if you arrive late and other guests don't take care - there may not be a site. Carolina and Matthew were wonderful hosts who provided a healthy and yummy breakfast and recommendations on things to do. The sweet Hawaiian bread French toast with coconut syrup was a special treat! We had the basement room which was very spacious. The only trouble we had is with the hot water in the shower - it would not always stay hot. It might be a quirky on demand heater? Also the volume of water coming out of the shower was excessive- beyond luxurious- definitely wasteful. The location was perfect walking distance to downtown Hilo - we enjoyed Hilo ukuleles, the water front, the Tsunami museum and Pineapples for lunch. Plus the drive under the banyans, Richardson's beach and Kapolo tide pools were extra special. I would highly recommend this inn for the comfort, location and gracious hosts!


Loved the decor

5 on December 19, 2016

We felt so lucky that Matthew and Danny saved this property from the bulldozer and allow travelers like us to share in the history. Property is very convenient for walking to downtown Hilo, Lyman Museum, several other sites. Rooms were very nice, loved the collectibles and antiques. Breakfast with abundant fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and hot foods was terrific. We enjoyed chatting with both of our hosts who are knowledgeable about the area and interesting people. They go out of their way to make you feel at home offering use of their washer and dryer, kitchen grill. It felt like visiting family without the typical squabbling!


Nice and Cosy

4.0 on December 01, 2016

One of my best experience in a B&B. Nice room, friendly owners, excellent breakfat, convenient localition. Strongly recommended


A Great B&B in the Heart of Hilo

4.8 on November 30, 2016

The room we stayed at (Michner Room) was cozy and intimate, yet roomy enough to be comfortable. The private lanai surrounded by bamboo and overlooking the koi pond created a the tropical feel and added to the ambiance of the room. If you wanted a different place to hang out, relaxing in the living room or on the front porch were other appealing options. The bed was comfortable and, although there was an air conditioner, opening the windows to the breeze was enough to keep the room cool. Even though the room faced the road, road noise was not too much of an issue. Breakfast in the morning was cooked by the owners and it was delicious (French toast, fresh fruits, and juices) and provided an opportunity to chat with fellow travelers. In addition, Hilo Bay Hale is extremely convenient to downtown and we walked there for dinner and again for a morning stroll. When we go back to Hilo, we will definitely stay there again!


Oasis in downtown Hilo

4.0 on November 26, 2016

This bed and breakfast is an oasis in downtown Hilo. It's a warm and cozy place with lovely tropical landscaping that makes you feel worlds away while being in the center of town. Danny & Matthew have done a great job in creating a comfortable & inviting environment were you are welcomed as a friend.


Great location!

4.6 on November 08, 2016

I walked to all the downtown sights in Hilo, including the farmer's market and Lyman Museum. The breakfasts at the B&B were wonderful. I also loved their Kona coffee in the morning. I was there 3 nights and made regular use of their kitchen and dryer. The owners were so nice as was their help. I would definitely stay there again!


Comfy and Neat Style

4.8 on October 16, 2016

We were welcomed by Carolina and settled in to a nice room with a covered deck overlooking a joint pond. It is walking distance from the Farmers Market and shops in the downtown. The breakfasts were lovely and the covered decks and common spaces were comfortable--felt you were visiting a friends home (with a fun and well put together decor).


Handy location

4.2 on September 23, 2016

We stayed in the lava room very comfortable but could have a better fan maybe a ceiling fan. Easy to walk to restaurants for dinner and not far to drive to volcanoes national park.


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Rooms & Rates

Lava Room

The Lava Room is on the ground floor and features a King Size bed, air conditioning, 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

BAY ROOM

The BAY ROOM features a QUEEN BED with Beautyrest Hybrid Luxury Mattress, tub and shower, ocean breezes and a private entrance to the front lanai that offers a sitting area and views. The room is large enough to add 1 Futon so you can sleep up to 3 and is decorated with unique Japanese art and paintings.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

JAMES MICHENER ROOM

THE JAMES MICHENER ROOM is named in honor of the author of the epic novel "HAWAI'I" and other classics, and features a QUEEN BED and a large bath with a tub and shower and koi glass sink. A private lanai (deck) with a screen door has a dining table for two and overlooks the koi ponds and stream. You can feed the fish and relax under the bamboo. Inside, you will enjoy photos of the author with Mary Martin and Rogers and Hamerstien working on the musical "South Pacific" based on his epic "TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC" .

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Island, Oceanview, Small town, Tropical

Airport

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Radio, Telephone, VCR, Walk to mass transit , Tennis Courts (across Street), Private Decks

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching

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Policies

  • 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.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Danny Miller and Matthew Potts

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Danny, originally from Florida, moved to the Big Island in 2004 from Ojai, CA and is a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film, SEEDS OF HOPE was shown at the Smithsonian Institute and on PBS Hawaii and focuses on the importance of growing more local food on the islands. Matthew, originally from Kansas, has been living in Hawai'i since 1996 and has managed and opened Borders Bookstores across the globe, including opening and managing the Borders that was in Hilo

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Danny's French Toast


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