Hotel was fine - nothing exception nor bad. There aren't the wide variety of options in Hilo as there are on the western end of the island. Rooms were clean. Elevators were old and slow. Pool was clean, though in need of some maintenance.
We choose Aarons Cottage in Hilo because we wanted a place that served breakfast before we spent time exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilaueau. We knew we weren't going to spend much time at Aarons. This was the perfect place. The room we had was great, comfortable bed, small refrigerator, nice bathroom with huge shower. The garden was also beautiful with tables set up for our use anytime. Breakfast was wonderful and varied each morning and all we wanted to eat. I would highly recommended Aarons Cottage as a good place to stay if what you want is a comfortable room, a great breakfast and a nice yard to use to relax either before you start your day or when you return.
Right in the heart of Hilo, walking distance to downtown, including farmers market and many restaurants.
Less than an hour to volcano national park.
Coffee, homemade banana bread, and unlimited avocados, bananas and papayas from the garden.
Friendly staff, very laid back. Feels like visiting a family.
No air conditioning. It's very hot in the summer so I thought this would be a problem but there's an overhead fan and standing fan. Sleeping want a problem.
Windows left open at night and frogs can be quite loud. They provide ear plugs. Again, this may bother some but didn't bother us.
The hotel is clean but quite old. It felt like staying in a cottage rather than a regular hotel room.
Small ants. Can't leave any food out, but true of anywhere in the tropics.
Hilo has a different culture and vibe. I think that this hotel suits the quaint environment. We loved hiking through volcano national park so were happy to be close by.
Sugar was once king in Hilo. Now, the town is known for its bay, shops, and farmers market that teems with exotic fruit. Swaying hips abound at Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long hula contest held after Easter. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby. There, Kilauea is the hottest attraction as one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At its helm is Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess.
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