10 Best Hotels on the Big Island Range from Casual to Luxurious

The Big Island's varied terrain and ample land offers a vast array of unique accommodations. From modest hotels ideal for storing stuff while guests explore the island all day, to luxurious resorts to relax at all day long, the Big Island's hotels are as diverse as the island itself. Hilo on the east side is home to several laid back, waterfront hotels while the Kona Coast boasts the island's extravagant resorts that are destinations within themselves.

Hawaii's largest and youngest island can treat visitors to casual accommodations for those who will spend most of their time exploring outside and just need somewhere to store their stuff and sleep. Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel and the Hilo Seaside Hotel offer modest accommodations that are simple, yet infused with a local feeling you'll find nowhere else, and hey, they're both affordable and overlook the ocean.

Down along the gorgeous Puna coast, Kalani Oceanside Retreat brings a home style feel to the jungle of east Hawaii. Kalani offers individual cabins, and even camping spots on large, lush acreage. You'll meet unique travelers and have a pool, hot tub and sauna, gift shop and kitchen area. For private home vacations rentals, look into the Palms Cliff House Inn or the Hilltop Legacy. They offer the comfort of a residential home on beautiful property.

Since the Big Island is so large it's a good idea for those exploring the entire island to move hotels as they move around the island. And 10 Best has you covered.



The Luxurious Waterfall and Pool Resort Hakalau is located in the neighborhood of Hakalau. The Hilo Airport is the nearest airport in going to the hotel. Other nearby landmarks includes the World Botanical Gardens, the Akaka Falls and Hawaii...  Read More



Halana Lodge is a unique property with five bedrooms. Lodge offers a large living room, complete kitchen, family room, covered lanai, laundry room and dining room that can seat 20. All rooms are located on one floor. The lodge rents individual...  Read More



Nestled along the beautiful Puna Coast surrounded by lush jungle, Kalani Oceanside Resort is a unique and alternative resort. Private bungalows as well as a vast camp ground offer overnight accommodations, and a communal kitchen and restaurant...  Read More

The Palms Cliff House Inn
Photo courtesy of Palms Cliff House Inn


Found on top of an ocean cliff on the Big Island, Honomu, the Palms Cliff House Inn offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. The Akaka Falls State Park and the Kolekohe Beach Park are only two miles from the area. Private lanais and complete...  Read More



Just 10 minutes from Hilo, once you arrive at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls you'll feel far from the town. There's a waterfall and natural pool in the backyard, that you can swim in if you sign a waver, and it's a must do. The owners travel all...  Read More



Uncle Billy's is an "old school" hotel located right on the water in Hilo Bay. Uncle Billy's is modest with a Hawaiian decor throughout the hotel. There's a pool on site, along with a restaurant and gift shop. There's no frills, but it's clean,...  Read More



The Hilltop Legacy at the highest spot in town that allows you to look down on beautiful Hilo Bay. At this bed and breakfast you can enjoy the privacy of the peaceful Hilltop Retreat, a pair of over one hundred years old Banzai trees, koi pond,...  Read More



The oceanfront property is located on the shores of Hilo Bay. There are 317 renovated guestrooms and eight ocean front suites featuring original artwork by local artists, new furniture, spacious marble tile bath, refrigerator, 32-inch flat TV,...  Read More



The Hilo Seaside Hotel is one of the top two affordable hotels in Hilo. It's clean, simple and modest with a traditional Hawaiian theme. There's no frills, but for a budget hotel it's pretty beautiful as it's located right on the water in Hilo...  Read More



HIlo's most classic hotel, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel manages to offer the most upscale accommodations in Hilo, but for a large hotel it's still without resort like bells and whistles. There's a pool which can be wonderful on those hot and humid...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade