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Top Hilo Historic Hotels

Stunning, Majestic, Oceanfront Location, With an Unmatched View. Hilo 2 Miles
4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Ocean Cliff Paradise

"This is a beautiful location with stunning views of ocean and surrounding cliffs. The house has ALL the amenities one could need or want for fun and games and wonderful perks like a breakfast nook overlooking the cliff, ocean view outdoor covered lanai dining for 6, outdoor ocean view shower, exercise ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Stunning, Majestic, Oceanfront Location, With an Unmatched View. Hilo 2 Miles
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
3.5 out of 5
100 Kulaniapia Drive, Hilo, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $179 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (531 reviews)

"This property is unlike most others and thats a good thing. The feeling is more zen and minimalist which we liked. Beautiful setting overlooking the falls. Just one walking path down to the falls then through their beautiful bamboo gardens. There is a relaxing pagoda next to the river to sit in quiet ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
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The price is $111 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23
4.2/5Excellent! (1,342 reviews)

"The grounds, lobby and rooms were exceptional. Would definitely stay there again, however, room ceiling had a long crack in the texture. Also vent for AC was in a fixed position, would have been nice to redirection air flow manually."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

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Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16
4.1/5Very Good! (1,180 reviews)

"I just spent 5 days/4 nights at the Grand Naniloa Hotel - Hilo. Check in was a breeze and super helpful. (i'm sorry I forgot the gentlemen name, but he was amazing). The location is stunning - I had water facing room and it was lovely. Couple thing that weren't so great but not enough to change hotels ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
Hilo Seaside Hotel
2 out of 5
126 Banyan Way, Hilo, HI
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4.1/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
Would stay again!

"Wonderful surroundings but more importantly very friendly staff with the true Aloha spirit. The restaurant on site had delicious, reasonably priced menu and again an amazing wait staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Hilo Seaside Hotel
Wild Ginger Inn Hotel
2 out of 5
100 Pu'ueo Street Building A, Hilo, HI
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The price is $75 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23
3.4/5Good! (312 reviews)
Adequate but windows wouldn't shut

"The Wild Ginger accurately describes itself as an old-style Hawaiian inn. It is shabby, but adequate. I would have preferred to be able to close the windows, but the bathroom hand-crank was broken and it was stuck fully open. The bedroom window was missing a piece of glass in the louvered window, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Wild Ginger Inn Hotel
Hilltop Legacy Vacation Rental
2.5 out of 5
57 Hina St., Hilo, HI
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The price is $89 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
3.2/5 (243 reviews)
Hilo royalty

"Great room and great view."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Hilltop Legacy Vacation Rental
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Your Guide to Historic Hotels in Hilo

Traveling to new places can be more than just going somewhere different for your holiday, it can also be about experiencing the history and culture of a region. A perfect way to get a sense of the region's culture is to learn about its history. Exploring museums or landmarks is a fine start, but staying in a Hilo historic hotel can take you back to another time period. Get ready to pack your bags (you won't need a time machine) as your Hilo famous hotel awaits.

Grab Your Place in History

A stay in one of these Hilo historic accommodations can transport you to a historic period as soon as you pass through the front door. With classic charm and interesting back stories, you'll that these properties stand apart from most hotels. Luckily, you won't have to actually live in the past. Although these hotels may be historic, they have most up-to-date conveniences to help you relax or keep in touch on your getaway. You will notice rooms furnished with a comfortable bed and just about anything you'll need for a marvelous visit.

After you have checked-in and had time to look around the hotel property, you can continue to take in this culturally-rich region by checking out the art museums and famous landmarks. While you are out exploring, be sure to make a stop at Mauna Kea Adz Quarry, which is a noteworthy Hilo historical landmark. Of course, all this time traveling is going to work up an appetite. Be sure to ask your hotels' concierge to direct you to where the local areas to grab a pint or a meal in Hilo are. Feel free to check out Expedia's guest comments for suggestions from like-minded visitors to help make your Hilo stay wonderful.

Your Hilo Hotel Is Waiting

Hilo has 162 vintage hotels that possess the look and feel of another era. Some of these hotels are where notable actors may have stayed. You are certain to reserve a room possessing all the amenities and the traits you want. If you desire to stay in one of these Hilo vintage hotels, book soon, or you could miss your chance on a one-of-a kind accommodation.

Frequently asked questions

What should a history buff expect from a stay in Hilo?
Sights with historical relevance in Hilo are likely at the top of your travel itinerary. You can admire the picturesque gardens and popular beaches during your visit. You can also take some time enjoying the beautiful waterfalls.
What's the best hotel in Hilo to be near historical sites?
Based on our travel expertise, Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton is a top 3.5-star hotel for history buffs booking on Expedia, and it features a golf course and a restaurant. Palace Theater is a short 4-minute drive away. Other choices near historic sites include Hilltop Legacy Vacation Rental and Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
How many historical hotels are located in Hilo?
Hilo has 164 hotels and other lodging options bookable on Expedia, including 7 historic hotels or hotels close to historic sites.
What are the must-see historical sites and other places to visit in Hilo?
Hilo is notable for landmarks like Palace Theater, Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and Lyman Museum. Cultural venues include Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hamakua Heritage Corridor, and Hilo Art Museum. Other popular sights include Rainbow Falls and Port of Hilo.
What is a historic hotel like in Hilo?
Guests who book a historic hotel can stay in a building that has an officially recognized national historic designation. A palace, castle, stately home or even a lodge, pub, or skyscraper can be identified as a historic hotel provided that it’s a place of special interest. Traditional architecture and period features are often preserved within the guestrooms or public spaces of such hotels in Hilo, giving a real sense of character.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
You’ll often hear the term “heritage hotel” in Asia and Europe, wheareas the term “historic hotel” is more commonly used in the U.S. though overall the terms are quite similar. The architecture and building of a historic hotel tends to be what’s most significant. For a heritage hotel, it’s often the cultural value as well as how it inspired the community.
Do historic hotels in Hilo have modern facilities?
Hotel interiors feature the modern conveniences and safety features you’ve come to expect, though efforts have been made to preserve the historic aspects and traditions. Smart TVs, WiFi, updated bathroom facilities, and the normal amenities found in most hotels will also be available in a historic hotel. Rest assured that when you select a historic hotel in Hilo, you won’t find a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.

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