With 145 guestrooms in a four-story property, Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel has been serving Big Island visitors for more than 40 years. The hotel's emphasis is on family-friendly accommodations and simple lodgings for business travelers on a budget. Guest facilities are limited, but the hotel's location on Banyan Drive puts it within easy access of all the fine shopping and recreation that the town of Hilo has to offer.
Four different room configurations are offered at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel. The Standard Garden View Rooms and Superior Partial Ocean View Rooms come with two full-size beds, air-conditioning, cable television, a refrigerator, an alarm clock/radio and private lanais. The Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms have either a king bed or two queens. And the Studio Kitchenettes feature a queen bed and sofa, a two-burner cook top, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, utensils and place settings for four persons.
Many of the guestrooms are "business friendly.'' They are equipped with dial-up Internet access and direct-dial phones. All rooms have bathrooms with shower/tub combinations. Hair dryers, an iron and ironing board, cribs, rollaway beds, extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls are available upon request. Smoking is permitted in so-designated rooms.
One amenity highly valued by guests at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel is the Continental breakfast served daily. This complimentary meal comes with fresh fruit and juices, local coffee, tea, morning pastry, toast and cereals. It provides an opportunity for guests to mingle as they plan their adventures for the day.
Another gathering point for guests is the hotel's freshwater outdoor pool. It is surrounded by tasteful landscaping and white lounge chairs, overlooking the beauty of Hilo Bay. In the evening, tropical drinks can be ordered from the Pineapple Lounge, a quiet and relaxing venue overlooking the hotel gardens.
For as long as the hotel has been operating, Uncle Billy's Fish and Steakhouse has been serving island-influenced cuisine for dinner under a thatched Polynesian-style roof. The restaurant's menu includes seafood, chicken, and steak, prepared the island way. Hawaiian music and a complimentary hula performance are offered nightly, and dinner is served from 5:30pm.
For guests' convenience, the property's front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Assistance is available for making travel arrangements, dining reservations, sightseeing excursions, shopping, and event bookings. The hotel is within walking distance of Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, as well as Coconut Island, where swimming and snorkeling are possible. Nearby recreational opportunities also include golfing, surfing/boogie boarding, hiking/biking trails, kayaking, whale-watching, volleyball, tennis, jogging, bicycle rentals, scooter/moped rentals, and mountain biking.
Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel is just minutes from Hilo International Airport, the main entry point for East Hawaii. To get to the hotel, take State Highway 11 (Kanoelehua) north until it turns into Banyan Drive. The address is 87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Limited on-site parking is available for free to staying guests. Please note that pets are not allowed and additional charges may apply for extra persons using the guestrooms.