Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

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


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. Stay for at least two nights and your nightly rate is just $129.




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

Wonderful B&B!

5 on May 08, 2017

We stayed two nights at Hilo Bay Hale B&B and it was wonderful. Matthew and Daniel are wonderful hosts, friendly and helpful, and the room (Lava) is beautiful. The location is very central, can walk to everything. We highly recommend Hilo Bay Hale, great choice for staying in Hilo.

Great hosts and convenient location in Hilo!!

5 on February 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at Hilo Bay Hale! Matthew made amazing breakfasts for us and was a fantastic resource. The B&B was just a few blocks from downtown, easy walk to shops and restaurants. We made some new friends there as well. We will definitely stay there next time we are on the Big Island.

First vsit to Hilo

5 on February 21, 2017

This was our first visit to Hilo. The location was convenient to everything that we were interested in doing. The room was immaculate and the breakfast was excellent. The hosts were very pleasant. We would stay here again at a future visit.

Had a fabulous time!

3.4 on February 10, 2017

We stayed at The Jungle Farmhouse for three nights in early February and really enjoyed it. The location is excellent, close to town but still isolated and quiet in a jungle like setting complete with farm animals. Full kitchen and laundry facilities if you need. Matthew and Danny helped us settle in and were available if needed. We especially enjoyed sitting out on the porch in the mornings and evenings. Nearest town Pahoa has several nice reasonably priced restaurants if you want to eat out - Kaleo, Paulo's Italian and Thai restaurant. Also, close to tide pools for snorkling, warm pools, volcano and lava flow. Note: feedback form insisted on onsite dining score but there is no onsite dining.

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!

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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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149


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: $149 - $149


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" . The room has a ceiling and floor fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

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Location Type

Downtown, Island, Oceanview, Small town, Tropical


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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  • 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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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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  • 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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