10 Best Budget Hotels on the Big Island

What's great about budget hotels on the Big Island is that they generally don't feel like a budget hotel. They may be a bit smaller than the huge resorts, but most of the affordable places to stay on Kauai are oceanfront and loaded with the usual amenities and comforts you'd want at any hotel - swimming pools, spas, A/C, hot tubs, and privacy. Affordable hotels can be found all around the island, from the Puna Coast on the east side to the beach of Kailua-Kona

Our local expert's favorite budget hotel on the Big Island is the Hilo Seaside Hotel. This is the most modest of the budget hotels on the list, but it's located on the ocean and offers simple and clean rooms at the lowest price on the island. Not far away is Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel. This modest hotel is also ocean side and offers a pool and beautiful bay and volcano views.

Out on the northern Hamakua Coast, the Palms Cliff House Inn offers a private home nestled in nature. Guests will feel at home here in the upscale yet affordable homey environment, with privacy and jungle magic.

Utilize Kauai's budget hotel so you can save your money for things to enjoy outside of the hotel room.



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 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

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



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



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



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 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



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


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