3.4 on February 23, 2017
The beach at the end of this quiet street is lovely! The room is quite good but lacking chairs to sit on. Bathroom: shower is not enclosed and so shower water goes on the floor that we walk to the toilet and vanity sink. Being a bungalow, you can hear your neighbor. The kitchen is shared by other room, so the smell depends on what they cook. Our room is nice and clean and it is nice to stay in a neighborhood, rather than a hotel.
4.4 on January 11, 2017
Alan is the current care taker of the 7 units and he is GREAT! Breakfast is a help yourself: cook it, eat it and then clean up after yourself. Not too far from the Volcano National Park.
4.0 on December 30, 2016
There are three new units and three older units. This is our second time staying in an old unit, which is fine. Allen is the GREATEST. He'll help you with any concerns or needs.
3.6 on October 17, 2016
We stayed here two nights in October. The room was well equipped, AC and TV but only 3 stations. It is really close to beaches. They have a kitchen that all of the guests can use. They put breakfast foods in the fridge for you to cook. We cooked bacon & eggs. They also have fruit in a bowl so we had fruit salad also. The outside area was nice with tables. The caretaker is very friendly and gives great tips. This is not a fancy place, but it you want to feel like you are living Hawaiian style then this is a good place for you.
3.0 on September 27, 2016
We did enjoy our stay and the yard was a great place to relax and do some reading
3.8 on July 24, 2016
Located right by the beach and backside of airport. Very quiet and pretty neighborhood, very short walk to a rocky beach and short walk to a swimming beach plus 5-10 minutes to other really nice beaches and snorkeling. Located very close to downtown and all major highways to reach volcanoes or waterfalls up the coast. New owner, but still Old Hawaii charm.
4.8 on June 27, 2016
Great family B&B! Wonderful owners!
3.2 on June 03, 2016
Great hospitality!! Loved the chirping frogs at night. Comfy and A/C andceiling fan kept the room temperature perfect. Would stay again.
4.8 on May 28, 2016
This was a nice place to stay for three nights in Hilo. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The best part was the shared kitchen with all kinds of fixings to make our own breakfast and a nice covered area to sit and eat in the yard.
4.4 on April 22, 2016
We stayed for one night, April 14, 2016. The room was clean and tidy and the owners are friendly. The breakfast was fresh and tasty and being able to sit in the backyard under canopy eating home grown fruit and eggs was real nice. I forgot my computer bag! Penne went out of her way to help arrange the shipment back to Bellingham! Definitely appreciated and highly recommended.
4.8 on April 11, 2016
Quiet, clean place to stay that serves up a delicious fresh breakfast daily
4.2 on March 31, 2016
This is my go to place when staying in Hilo. Very clean and owners are friendly. Breakfast is always delicious!
5 on March 24, 2016
Very relaxing, clean, charming B&B. Fresh breakfast was excellent We called it the "Birdhouse B&B" - loved to relax and listen / watch all the bird activity.
4.2 on February 14, 2016
Excellent value, good facilities and close to beaches and town. I recommend these accommodations to those looking for local friendly value places to stay
3.6 on February 12, 2016
Clean, great location for the east side of the island, yummy breakfast options, very helpful and friendly hosts!
5 on February 01, 2016
Best place I've stayed in Hilo with my dog. Room was very cozy and quiet and is within walking distance to the beach and parks. They also serve a great breakfast to start your day.
3.4 on January 01, 2016
Basic, but good sized rooms in a beautiful, tropical neighborhood. We especially enjoyed sitting outside to have breakfast in the yard, surrounded by fruit trees and pretty flowers. The owner even let my teenaged kids pick a coconut and hack it open! Fun way to start our vacation. It's located in a quiet neighborhood a half block away from a small, but very pretty beach.
4.0 on May 13, 2015
Our room in the cottage was clean and roomy and the bed was comfortable. We felt welcome to use the kitchen with its supplies of fresh eggs, bread, cereal, and condiments. The best part was chatting with our host, Penne, who was very generous with her time. She taught us about all the plants and fruits in her diverse garden and was full of great information and local lore.
4.4 on March 29, 2015
We really enjoyed our stay. It was perfect for our family with two kids and my parents. There was a great yard for the kids to explore and run. It is minutes walking from a great beach & tide pool area for kids and a short drive to a park where we saw sea turtles. Our host was wonderful. She cooked a delicious breakfast, cracked open a coconut for the kids, and was full of helpful advice. I would definitely stay there again if we ever return to Hilo.
4.8 on March 16, 2015
Inexpensive, clean, comfortable, great breakfast, close to great beaches and restaurants. What more could you want? We only spent one night, but wished we had planned to stay longer. The owner is very friendly and provides excellent recommendations for nearby restaraunts, sights, and activities. She was also very accommodating and allowed us to drop off luggage early so we had more room in our car while sightseeing the day we arrived. We plan to return for a much longer stay.
4.6 on February 15, 2015
A very friendly nice place, close to Hilo. A nice little beach in walking distance. Includes a very good breakfast.
5 on February 07, 2015
Clean, quiet, and roomy. Lovely gardens, a very gentrified tsste of jungle. Beautiful walk to the shore starting right out our door. Great breakfast. Friendly host.
5 on January 17, 2015
We only stayed here one night on our way around the island. The rooms are big and clean. And the service was rreally good! They have a beautiful garden in the back so you can sit outside in the evening and for breakfast in the morning. The food was really good! It's a bit from downtown, but as long as you have a car it's no problem. Better to stay here. Annelinn, Norway
3.8 on November 23, 2014
We so enjoyed our stay at Aaron's Cottage. The best part was Alan who did his very best to see that we had everything we needed. The breakfast in the AM was different each day and very good. We enjoyed eating with the other guests and getting to know them. The Cottage was very nicely located near everything.
4.0 on November 18, 2014
We are sorry to say we had only a quick overnight here, but plan to come back and enjoy a longer stay at Aaron's. We are glad we choose this over the big hotels, much quieter, cheaper and a chance to experience living in Hilo's neighborhoods. The room was old fashioned but clean and comfortable, the serve yourself breakfast was simple but fresh and good! Our hosts were very nice, enjoyed talking to them.
4.6 on November 14, 2014
Aaron's Cottage is a great price, clean and the breakfast is excellent.
4.4 on October 20, 2014
Alan and Penne are wonderful hosts! The cottage is close to the airport, shopping, beach and restaurants. Limited noise from the airport and little traffic since cottage is located on dead end street. The hosts dogs are charmers! Breakfast was nice and the use of the kitchen was great. Would definitely stay here again.
3.8 on October 20, 2014
Super Unterkunft, großes Zimmer, sauber
5 on August 21, 2014
We had wonderful time with very pleasant host, clean and comfortable rooms and excellent breakfast in the morning.
4.2 on July 16, 2014
Aaron's is run by the nicest folks in Hawaii! Alan and Penne are super helpful, know the island intimately and are always willing to give advice to their guests. The rooms are clean, nice sized and, given that I have the haole's dislike of humidity, the A/C was a godsend. The food, much of it grown on the property, was very good. The B&B is located close to a non-touristy little beach, really a tide pool with some sand at low tide, that is great in the mornings.
We wanted to thank you for staying with us. We also wanted to thank you for your kind words. We wish you good health, happiness, and prosperity for the rest of 2014 and beyond! A hui hou kakou
- Alan & Penne Tanabe (innkeeper)
4.8 on June 06, 2014
This was a great bed and breakfast wish we could of been there for more than 1 day Penne and Alan were very great Host Im coming back for sure but to stay a lot longer Thanks Penne and Alan
5 on November 25, 2013
4.4 on June 27, 2013
Aaron's was exactly what we needed but exceeded expectations on value. Clean room and bed, great fresh breakfast with eggs from their chickens. Loved it.
4.2 on February 24, 2013
All in all great. Wonderful people, great place!
4.0 on February 17, 2013
The room is big enough for 2 people, everything was clean. Alan and Penne the keeper of the apartment are very sincere and they are everytime up to help you or to give you hints for your stay at the island.
3.8 on December 11, 2012
When we arrived we were a little skeptical! There were three rooms in a row off of a short porch. But once we were inside it was everything we ever needed. The bed was great. There was a small frig in the room and a good size tv to watch. The bathroom had a double shower, so two could take a shower at the same time. There was as seperate kitchen with lots of breakfast stock. Fresh fruit, drinks, milk, cereal, etc. Overall we had a great stay. We only spent one night as we were catching a flight at 8am the next morning. But if we stayed several nights, this place would of been great at a great price.
3.4 on April 27, 2012
Friendly innkeeper. several guests, so kitchen not very clean. Great garden to sit in and grill.
4.6 on February 03, 2012
This is a ridiculously good choice for a family vacation. Alan and Penne are extremely nice and responsive to all our questions before our trip and during our stay. Their guest rooms are super clean and they are kind enough to cook breakfast for us as well as providing fruits/snacks/milk every day. We also used their kitchen to cook lunch, which is super convenient when you travel. Their house is steps away from a nice beach park and a few minutes drive from popular snorkeling places on the Hilo side, such as Richardson Park. Everyone in my party are truly satisfied and would love to stay with them again next time we visit Hilo.
3.8 on December 27, 2011
Stayed for a week at Arron's while we traveled around the Big Island. Room was basic but very nice. The garden is great, it was a pleasure to sit outside in the morning and have breakfast. Alan is a very nice person. We chatted with him on most mornings and he gave us several suggestions on places to go and restaurants to dine at. Aaron's Cottage is located on a quiet residential street and is but a two minute walk to a local park with a nice beach. The airport is less than 5 minutes away and downtowm Hilo is only about 3 miles away. Would highly recommend Aaron's
4.4 on November 08, 2011
Very welcoming owners, helpful but unobtrusive. Lovely airy rooms in great location minjutes walk from beach. Great breakfast of local fruits, delicious cake and selection of bread and cereal.
5 on July 29, 2011
Aaron's Cottage is a wonderful place to stay. Alan was so sweet and hospitable. He even cut open a coconut for us with his own machete! The rooms are large and clean and have a refrigerator. They have a fully stocked kitchen and a Weber Grill for bbq-ing so you can cook your own meals (a treat while you are traveling - hit up the nearby farmer's market for cheap fresh produce). And as a bonus there is an amazing beach just steps away. After staying here we went up to Volcano and really missed Aaron's cottage. With Hilo being only 25-20 minutes from Volcano I wish we would have stayed at Aaron's longer and just drove up to Volcano for a day.
3.0 on July 11, 2011
I stayed for two nights. Room was clean, breakfast was good the first morning, but better the second morning. Very close to the airport and Hilo. Good value.
4.4 on April 25, 2011
I chose Aaron's Cottage for my 3 night stay in Hilo. The owners were exteremly friendly, and knowledgeble about the area. They gave us lots of ideas for where to go snorkeling and the local swimming places. We will stay here again!
4.0 on March 23, 2011
Alan and Penne were great hosts and had healthy homemade breakfasts and fruit for us every morning. We told them ahead of time that we had a 16 month baby, so they had a portable crib set up in our room ready for our arrival. I would only suggest this place to heavy sleepers though because there are a lot of frogs and dogs who like to make their presence known in the middle of the night.
4.6 on March 07, 2011
I stayed 5 nights at Aaron's BB in Hilo early March of 2011, and had a great time there. The room was well furnished, clean, comfortable and had a spacious fridge, but most importantly, was reasonably priced. I loved the futon mattress and the two beautiful and gentle Dalmatians, as well as the tropical setting of the back yard. Alan and Penne went out of their way to make my stay comfortable. If I ever have the good fortune of visiting this charming city again, hopefully for the Hula Festival, this is where I will stay.
3.8 on January 15, 2011
We had wonderful 2 nights at this B&B. Alan and Penne were very friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome and special on our stay. The beach and big sea turtles were just a couple of steps away. We didn't know what to expect for the affordable price but the room was very good and clean and had everything we needed, and the breakfast had everything we wanted (we just had to cook it ourselves). We wish we could have stayed longer - now we'll probably have to come back! Greetings to the lovely dogs too!!
4.0 on December 28, 2010
Our family just got back from a 10-day stay at Aaron's Cottage, and we're quite pleased. The proprietors, Allen and Penny, were very warm and saw to it that our needs were met. They set up two inflatable beds from our children, and also lent them a bucket and some nets to go down the local tidepools. The breakfasts were very tasty, and had a local flare, such as fresh papaya and pineapple, fried ahi (fish) and rice, miso soup, and coconut pancakes to name a few. The property and rooms are kept clean. On nice days, you can eat your breakfast at the tables outside and enjoy the variety of different plants that adorn the backyard. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
4.0 on November 22, 2010
We are just back 2 weeks ago and stayed here for 3 days. Alan and Penne are so nice and made us feel like home. The rooms are very clean and well maintained. The breakfast are so good with lots of home-grown fruits. We even had a great dinner here. It was so nice! We loved being here and it is our sweetest memory in Hawaii. We will still choose here if we have chance to go back to Hilo.
3.8 on November 01, 2010
We stayed at Aaron's Cottage for a single night during an island tour. For the money, you cannot beat this deal. The owners were very friendly, the space served its purpose, and breakfast was provided. Plus, the public access beach right down the road is fantastic!
5 on October 07, 2010
I stayed here with my family while visiting from Honolulu. This is the first time I have stayed at a B & B and I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms and the warm hospitality from Alan and Penne. My kids enjoyed waking up to visit with the dogs every morning. Thank you from our entire family. I will definitely stay here again without a doubt.
4.2 on October 06, 2010
This place is just gorgeos. We loved the hospitality, advice and delicious breakfasts from Penne. We would certainly choose it for another visit.
3.0 on September 11, 2010
We didn't have a lot of time in Hilo, but the owners were very nice and the local food was good. It was what we expected, somewhere cheap to stay while we were out and about. Recommended
4.0 on September 06, 2010
My husband and I were delighted with our stay at Aaron's Cottage's. The rooms themselves are very clean and bright. The bathroom is very clean and nice with a nice bathtub and shower. It also provided soaps, shampoos and a hair dryer. The bed was very comfortable and their is a refrigerator and coffee maker in the room, and TV. The owner, Alan, came and greeted us and made sure we knew about the place and the best place to see the beach. He is very friendly and always helpful. There is a walkway near the home that takes you right to the bay. They provide breakfast in a shared kitchen area and make it very low key so that you can stay on your own schedule. Homemade breads/biscuits accompany fresh fruit and you can help yourself to cereals or make your own eggs, etc. It is an outstanding value and would recommend it to families and anyone wanting a nice stay for an unbeatable value.
5 on September 04, 2010
We are Honey-mooner's that stayed at Aaron's Cottage and the place had out peaked all of our expectation . we looked for a place that wont coast much , Microwave , Refrigerator , Air condition and got all this and beyond . Alan & Penne were terrific hosts and it felt like we were staying at relatives . Keren & Barak
5 on August 17, 2010
Cottage was very clean and nicely appointed. It felt like a home away from home. Within walking distance of a beautiful beach and close to everything in Hilo town. Will definitely stay here again.
4.4 on June 18, 2010
My husband and I stayed there at the end of April 2010. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The location was convenient to the highway going to Volcano National Park. It is located on a quiet residential street. The best thing about it (in our opinion) is that at the end of the street a very short walk away is a path leading to a small beach area that really does feel "secret". Beyond the beach is a large area of lava rock shoreline that at low tide is chock full of hidden tidepools with all kinds of stuff in them. We also had great weather while there--we had expected rain, but it was sunny with blue skies. We stayed on both sides of the island, and we liked this side better. The town of Hilo seems to be a little more interesting than the resorts on the other side. The breakfasts were very tasty also.
5 on May 26, 2010
Very clean rooms with no mustiness or mold, which is important to me. Windows on two opposing sides so good ventilation. (there is an air conditioner which I do not use) Nice linens, not the cheap kind. Walking distance to swimming. (having shoes to walk in lava will allow access to more swimming areas.) Nice lock box to put room key when going swimming. Flat screen TV. The included Internet Access was pretty fast and the signal was strong. I liked the kitchen/food situation. It is a shared kitchen and there are items like butter and eggs and oatmeal that all can use. A basket of fruit was there 27/7. And Penny makes a great breakfast. I find both Allan and Penny(the owners) genuinely caring. I felt like my stuff was secure there. Great Value. Highly recommend.
4.2 on January 18, 2010
Great value with easy access to local beach; warm and friendly hosts; spacious, clean room with private bath and own refridgerator.
4.8 on November 17, 2009
Great place, fantastic people, wonderful value. Clean, quiet, beautiful grounds. Beach and Swimming within walking distance. Very comfortable place to hang out and barbeque. Definitely not "fancy", but feels like home.
Your kind words warm our hearts. That you found Aaron's Cottage a home away from home is exactly what we are trying to accomplish. For you to take the time to share your experience with us honors and encourages us. Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much).
- Alan & Penne (innkeeper)
4.8 on November 06, 2009
Traveling on a budget means sometimes dealing with places that say they are better than they really are. We really weren't expecting much more than a clean room to sleep in. Wow - from the warm greeting, to a quick walking tour of the area by one of the owners, tips on where to buy the best fish, help starting the BBQ, fun people. We ate this amazing breakfast bread sitting out in the back yard where they have this cute little lagoon/waterfall. We picked bananas and avocados ready to eat right from the tree! You hear how rainy Hilo is so we thought they must have taken the "blue sky" pictures on rare days. If so, we got one of those days and can say the sky really is that blue in Hilo. We only stayed one night. We should have stayed the week. We'll be back. "Mahalo" Alan & Penne. You truly live "aloha".
Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for your kind words. We wish you happy travels. We look forward to hosting you again.
- Alan & Penne (Innkeepers)