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Uncle Billys Hilo Bay

87 Banyan Dr., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States
#7 of 29 hotels in Hilo
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 5 reviews
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Hilo's Roach Motel

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 21, 2010

We stayed at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay hotel and it was horrible... The day we checked in the room smelled like Goodwill... The blankets,linens and comforter smelled like wet towel. There was mold everywhere on the lamp shades, curtains, shower curtains and you name it you got mold there everywhere. At night if you like the sounds of Coqui frogs then by all means... If you are looking for somewhere where there's peace and quiet, Uncle Billy's won't be the best bet. Overall I did not enjoy my stay there at the Hilo bay hotel.. Oh and yes I will not forget... Ok you know how on every door there's a door sign to either have room service or privacy please... ok so we put it to privacy please and they still came in and cleaned our room.. i mean what is the sense of even putting a sign like that on the door... In their general rules of the hotel.. #11 states that the maid will come in and clean every occupied room and that if we did not like that we could get evicted... What kind of stuff is that?? Unreal... I give this hotel no stars and not even a thumbs up!!

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Ok for a Night

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 9, 2007

We used this place for two nights that basically was our one day on the island. We flew in late evening Thursday and out very early Saturday morning. Fairly close to the airport and conviently located, our major issue with them is that there is no dedicated parking for guests. So you are on your own finding a parking spot for your rental car. And believe me, that gets annoying.

At around 100 dollars per night it seems to be what the going rate here is. But it is a lot less than you would expect for that much money. Not a knock on the hotel but a knock on what 100 is worth in this area.

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Established Favorite on the Bay

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 16, 2006

We had heard both good and bad about this place before arrival, and found both to be true. Uncle Billy's is not a brand spanking new hotel in the desert. It's an established hotel in a damp and humid climate. Having said that, the room was clean and the angled view of the bay quite adequate given the modest price. The restaurant is good and there's entertainment on the weekends. Parking is tight, so we usually parked across the street in a vacant lot.

Unique Quality: Uncle Billy's is well located in central Hilo, and so getting to the airport, rental car, cheaper downtown restaurants, etc. are within easy reach. This is a no nonsense hotel, not a resort. We didn't want a resort as we spent most of our time on the road visiting the volcanoes, beaches, gardens, and other attractions in the area. Free breakfast comes with the room.

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Small but quaint

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 31, 2006

Uncle Billy's is far off from luxury. They have the most basic in amenities and is very very dated, even worse than Naniloa. If you are budgeting your travel, stay here. On a high note, they have a kick ass Sunday buffet with an omlette guy taking your order.

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Don't let the name scare you away

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 16, 2004

Uncle Billy's. Yes, the name is a bit off-putting, not particularly grand, and implies cheesiness. Well, that pretty much sums up the place! We were quite happy with the hotel, despite a few quirks. The price was right, the location was perfect (Hilo Bay, right on the water), and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I felt like I was just one of the "ohana".

Uncle Billy's is a sort of funky, 1950's Hawaiian experience. With cheesy Polynesian decor and a restaurant with a nightly Hawaiian band and hula show, it's all you could want for a local experience. The room (with kitchenette) was a good size, comfy and clean, and looked upon the lovely Koi ponds/courtyard and Hilo bay. Despite the one day where our dirty towels disappeared and were not replaced, the staff quickly remedied the situation with many apologies.

We didn't experience any of the "thin wall" noise that travel guides and e-opinions complained about. The worst offenders seemed to be the myna birds who roosted in the courtyard every evening and squawked up a storm before settling in for the night. As an amateur birder, it was a joyful ruckous and not one I minded.

Unique Quality: Nice pool, rarely used and right by the water. The kitchenettes were fairly well-stocked, although it could have used a big pot and a strainer for pasta cooking (but every place I've stayed in with a kitchenette tends to forget these very important implements). Nice big lanai (balcony) with comfy chairs and occasional visits by geckos.

We only ate in the restaurant for breakfast, which was tasty and filling, with fresh fruit and juices. However, it is an EXTREMELY popular hangout for the steak-and-seafood crowd, judging by the packed parking lot and masses of people inside every evening. Oh yes, and it has those quirky walls that open to the fresh breezes, that seem to be a requirement for most buildings in Hawai'i. Very cool.

And finally, fresh flowers in the lobby every morning for the wahine (and perhaps a kane or two) to tuck behind her ear. Hibiscus is heavenly!

Directions: Look for the Uncle Billy's sign, packed parking, and the banyan trees.

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