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Wild Ginger Inn Hostel

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A true hostel in the best sense. And for a private room with tv, fridge, micro, close to town, comfy common sitting areas, view, available kitchen, garden, and Price (!), I will always be there when I’m in Hilo. Don’t Ever Change XO oh, and Josh! (The sweet evening check-in guy) Thanks!

I have been here a few times. It is not the fanciest place but comfortable and walking distance to town. Clean rooms. Clean sheets and comfortable beds. Kinda rustic. I'll go back if given an opportunity.

Great peaceful location just a short walk from Hilo town. Parking provided. There is a kitchen everyone can use and it is outside. Quite interesting, but everyone can see and smell what you are cooking. Simple rooms with really thin "walls". You can hear everything. We got a room near the stairs - not ideal since the stairs are quite squeaky. They try to make it nice and clean tho. Breakfast is included and nice. The frogs are really loud at night, but we loved it. They do provide earplugs. Staff is really friendly. It is simple, but if you wont be there otherwise than to sleep, it is budget friendly. No safety issues.

Wonderful owners and employees. Breakfast includes fruits from the garden and a delicious rice and coconut dish. Enjoyed visiting with the owners so much! I prefer cooler temperatures but the tradewinds and the large screened windows provided a nice breeze; there is no air conditioning. I also loved the off and on rainfall through the night. The balcony gave us an ocean view and was a nice place to sit and marvel at the gardens and grounds of this old sugar plantation. Convenient location for heading north to the botanical gardens and Akaka Falls State Park.

Stayed for only one night but would of happily stayed more. Must admit when we drive into the car park I was a little hesitant at what the quality was going to be like and why I had booked it, but on entering I found it clean with a certain charm about it that made it feel very welcoming. Reception staff was great, gave us advice and maps for dinner and the following days outing. On finding out we had to be up super early for a tour, they laid out the breakfast early so we could grab a bite to eat before heading out. Other guests were all really friendly too, with the main lobby area a great place to meet people. Room was clean and comfortable with a large fridge (we stayed in the two double bed family room) Bed was comfortable and sheets were soft. For a budget hotel it was great. Would stay again

the room is spartan, no doubt. if you are looking for privacy, this isnt the place, curtains not adequate imo, and you can hear people talking in their rooms, and whatever else they may do. you have to expect this when you get a place that is also a hostel. you dont expect hotel amenities in this type of place ,if you are willing to accept it as an adventure, you will be good. that sais, i liked the character of the lobby, which was open to outside and also where breakfast was served. they had 4 types of fruit breads, fruit, toast, rice pudding in morning. we had a view of ocean from the balcony we walked to get to oir room and we loved listening to frogs at night. they provided earplugs to stifle their sound, but i honestly dont understand why you would want to. no air but good breeze blew through room. i was a little worried about the location at night i like to walk and it is very dark in neighborhood. we were ok though. their garden is very nice. it was close to downtown and after all ,we had no security issues.

Paid $80 a nite but was a little shocked at the building. Old pre 1950 wooden building painted over many times. Plank flooring, No Air Conditioning. Ceiling fan only. No wifi in the rooms, only the lobby. Room was fairly spartan, bare wooden painted floor. Except for the basin, toilet, and shower wand and tile, the bathroom was pretty much what it was 60+ years ago. Staff was pleasant enough but didn't have much interaction with them. Breakfast minimal, with coffee, carton juice, some bread and pastry and fresh papaya. Usually gone by about 8. I stayed here because it had a number 3 rated hotel. Definitely not! Makes me re-evaluate what Trip Advisor uses for rating. Will not stay here again.

The staff is friendly and helpful but there are lots of problems with the facility. The neighborhood is borderline safe; a Hilo resident warned us to stick together after dark. The back of the building is adjacent to a busy highway so there was constant road noise. This is an historical building that has lost its charm -- unless you like slanted floors, extremely tiny bathrooms, multiple electrical cords plugged into one power strip and lumpy beds. The breakfast features home-baked breads and Hawaiian rice pudding. But there's only enough to serve guests who are in the lobby when breakfast starts; 15 minutes later and you'll get supermarket bread, peanut butter and jelly. And when we peeked in the common cooking area, we lost our appetites. The lobby is dark with very limited seating and features a dirty aquarium. Supposedly there is a renovation going on..... Much more is needed besides a new lobby.

This hotel is very cheap, old and rustic but with an amazing hawaiian and tropical style! Hilo is not a turistic and fancy city but the hotel has a perfect location to go to the incredible Volcano Park, botanic gardens and falls. The rooms are simple but clean. The small breakfast is delicious with some tropical fruit, and a homemade hawaiian dessert. Its important to say that the internet only works at the lobby. It was very relax and we enjoyed our stay :)

This place is an old sugar cane plantation, which for us just added to it’s charm! It is by no means luxurious and the curb appeal is especially lacking during construction, but it was clean and had a good location. The staff was also really friendly, they recommended a few places for us, including Carlsmith Beach Park, which was the highlight of our trip, getting to swim with sea turtles! It is rustic, but I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again!

100 Pu'ueo Street Building B Hilo HI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Ham...
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities

Wild Ginger Inn Hostel places you next to Hamakua Coast and within a 10-minute stroll of other popular attractions like Pacific Tsunami Museum. This 10-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free self parking, and free newspapers in the lobby.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


Wild Ginger Inn Hostel's 10 rooms provide fans. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

At Wild Ginger Inn Hostel, guests have access to free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a garden. There's free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include a picnic area and barbecue grills.

Room options

Basic Twin Room, 1 Twin Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Basic Room, Mixed Dorm

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory, Women only

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 190 reviews