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About Arnott's Lodge - What It Is and What It's Not

Trip Advisor Award-winning hotelOur newest category Deluxe Suite

As part of our constant upgrade and improvement of the Lodge we have converted Room Deluxe 1 to a self contained suite.
As one of the larger Deluxe Units it was none the less the only one separated from the kitchen and living room that all other Deluxes share.
So in a major move we converted it to have its own self contained mini kitchen and a large beautiful counter with stools.This suite has a delightful high vaulted ceiling and parking is immediately outside the unit.

This new category will rent for $99 a night plus Hawaii State taxes of 13.416%.

Spacious Deluxe SuiteDeluxe kitchen areaAir conditioned comfort
Trip Advisor Award-winning hotel Arnott's, the positive affect of Trip Advisor and our #2 Hotel ranking in Hilo
When Trip Advisor began to have an impact on the travel industry, we were not getting good ratings and it became obvious that we were adhering too much to the "budget" and "affordable" price range by selecting the wrong kind of staffers and not training or inspecting their work adequately....this saved money and kept inexpensive prices but it generated complaints....which we saw on Trip Advisor.. We appointed new Hotel Management with a free reign to develop a comprehensive housekeeping and inspection program...we also upgraded rooms and common areas and created whole new categories to suit the evolving "recession" mode which travel is in.. The result was increasingly good ratings on Trip Advisor, and now we have been given this #2 Hotel in Hilo award....which really belongs to Manager Glory and her hard working staff!

Information Summary Information Summary
Secure Reservations may be made on-line, by E-Mail, or phone us with your Credit Card Number, Billing Name, Address, Telephone Number, Credit Card Expiration Date and Signature. We require at least 48 hours cancellation notice to avoid any charges on rooms or tours.

We have:
  • A range of accommodations from our private bath, air-conditioned "ensuites" and our affordable "Semi Privates" to backpacker dorm new options and tent spaces..
  • Camping on our large lawn area, tenters use flush toilets and special covered outdoor showers. We encourage neatness in use of facilities so that all guests enjoy our space.
  • A large covered entertainment area with lots of chairs, tables and evening lamplight, that allow you to sit with other guests and chat, or sit privately to write home, read or catch up on postcards.
  • Relax in our movie room

  • Free Internet access and WIFI access 24/7 and a new laptop/cellphone charging area.
  • A large lattice enclosed gazebo with an array of wall maps to inform you about our Island.
  • 55 inch Hi Def TV with HBO Free movies in the gazebo and a 47 inch on the patio for sports and news.
  • A highly tropical surrounding, beautiful garden and lawns, and landscaping around our huge Lychee tree. We are only 200 yards from a small white coral beach and the magnificent lava coastline.
  • Secluded Beach Park near Arnott's Lodge Budget Hawaiian Paradise Beautiful Hawaii Beaches

    $2 Hele On Bus service passes by hourly, except Sundays and holidays or rent our inexpensive bicycles.

    Arnott's Lodge World Famous BBQ Arnott's Lodge: Travel Information We have laundry facilities at $2 per wash and $2 to dry. Laundry Hours: 8:30am-9:00pm (last wash). We also have a "Fresh Grind" coffee vending machine with excellent coffee.

     For those with rental cars who wish to visit other parts of the island  go to our Links page..

    Our own daily world famous adventures are described in an accompanying section. Mauna Kea is banned by rental car companies due to damages to vehicles and accidents due to failed brakes. So even if you have a car, leave space in your schedule for these great adventures because most of it requires specific knowledge of places that are not on any map and require a guide. Please note expedition times vary seasonally and in response to changing lava flows, so be sure to check times by calling or E-Mailing. Our earliest departure is 9:00am. our latest 2:00pm. On your day of arrival try to get to Hilo in time to partake in the days expedition.

    Hilo town is a mix of old and new with a good selection of supermarkets, modern stores and a Mall. Old Hilo town is in the midst of change, has great museums, a great Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturdays and many restaurants covering a reasonable range of cuisine and prices..

    The $2County Bus, our bicycles and our practice of stopping at a market outbound for expeditions, allow our guests to get their daily food needs. More substantial fare may be obtained at a neighborhood store about 800 yards away. There are many stores and major markets within a few minutes drive for our car renters.

    Hilo, of course has large Supermarkets catering to every conceivable food need.

    Our Front Desk hours are:
    • Front Desk: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm - All Services: Rooms, Tours and General questions.
    • Our front desk closes at 10:00pm. No guests check in after 10:00pm.
    • Room Check In: 3:00pm
    • Room Check Out: 11:00am (Late check out to 12pm $10 fee, upon availability).
    Say Aloha to Christy and Alohilani when you check in at the front desk.
    Our friendly staff is there to greet you and help your stay be a wonderful one

    No check-ins or business is conducted before 7:30 am. Please check in by 9:45pm, after that reservations will not be held unless you call us, no check ins after 10:00 pm. If you have early flights out we can arrange an early pick up by taxi at your cost. Downtown Bus service is available all day except Sunday and holidays. Checkout time is 11:00 am.

    With the near universal spread of cellphones we do not have any phone access to guests, our public phones are outgoing only and we are not staffed to take or deliver messages. If you are involved in urgent matters and do not have a cellphone, may we suggest a full service Hotel.

    Arnott's Lodge - What It Is and What Its Not! Arnott's Lodge - What It Is and What Its Not!
    The Lodge is run by its founder - Doug Arnott and Glory Arnott our General Manager, and a small dedicated staff who work hard so you can have fun.

    What It Is:
    A high energy, fun, international traveler's lodge with rooms for regular guests, dorm space for backpackers, a lawn for campers, daily expeditions, free wifi, gathering areas, lamplight patio, a large movie room with cable movies, and fresh ground coffee and extensive grounds for your pleasure. It is located near a beautiful wilderness coastline that is a must to visit, with turtles year round and whales seasonally. We created the lodge for international travelers on a budget who are out to have fun and share their adventures.

    We maintain a secure format where mothers in London or Sydney or school and college groups can send their daughters and sons with confidence...for this reason we are hard on anyone caught with drugs or who becomes drunk.

    If your idea of a good time is to party till 2:00am and get drunk please stay elsewhere!!

    It is also available for interstate and local travelers who are easy going and fit into our format.

    Proof of an outward bound air ticket to show that you're a genuine traveler will be requested at our front desk.

    Quiet hours are from 10:30pm-7:30am. We ask all registered guests to respect our quiet hours and to allow other guests to rest during their stay at Arnott's Lodge.

    What It's Not:

    • Arnott's Lodge may not suit those who like luxury full service hotels or who expect lotion, shampoo and a cotton robe in their room.
    • We have great prices but "no frills" service. We do not have baggage service, please pack what you can carry.
    • It is not for people who use drugs or consume alcohol to excess, or have "problems" and do not want to join in the fun.
    • We do not take long stays, preferring to have a constant turnover of interesting guests being energized by their discoveries, there is a 7 day stay limit although genuine travelers with an onward ticket may request an extension, at our discretion.
    • Arnott's is not for people who have no cellphone etiquette, if you are an inconsiderate person who yells on their cellphone in public places, please go elsewhere.
    We Do Not Have:
    • Air conditioning except in deluxe rooms and some semi-private rooms ($5 a day charge). We have fans in every room.
    • Telephones in rooms as everyone has cellphones these days.
    • 24 hour front desk, wake-up calls, daily linen service, phone message or fax service.
    • Late partying or disturbing others... our guests are adventurers who rise early to visit the wonders of Hawaii.
    If what we are is to your liking - - WELCOME - - you join over 120,000 happy travelers who have enjoyed our Lodge over its 20 years of existence..

    If it is not to your liking there are several concrete and glass conventional Hotels in Hilo at double our prices.

    And you can still take our "Great Expeditions". Arnott's Lodge is set up to make your stay as enjoyable as possible at the most reasonable cost.

    We look forward to seeing you!!

    Relax after your adventures in our entertainment area

    Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2013

    Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2015... UPDATE April 5th-11th 2015

    Main competition dates for 2015 are Thursday April 9th through Saturday April 11th, however most guests arrive for the "Free" night on Wednesday April 8th. Please note that ALL of our space is taken by Two Halau (Hula Troop) and that we DO NOT take reservations through our reservations page for the festival.

    We will have all rooms available at normal rates for Sunday April 5th and Monday April 6th....there are many FREE events surrounding the festival on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

    Our Hotel will be closed for preparation on Wednesday after 11am checkout, and will reopen for regular price stays on Sunday April 12th for LATE CHECK INS ONLY...after 3pm There will be NO TENT SPACE this year as all dorms and refrigeration and cooking facilities are booked...and outside showers are used by Halau. There are rarely Halau Cancellations and if they occur they will be listed on this page... Anyone whose reservation is accepted for Merrie Monarch, must clearly understand that at this time the Festival RULES .....no complaints about late night noise, or mass movements of people will be entertained..if you are here for Merrie Monarch you must be a part of Merrie Monarch.

    You may send a reservation inquiry to malahini@arnottslodge.com, and we will post updates to this page from time to time to let you know what is available

    Mahalo for your interest in Merrie Monarch 2015.

    Hawaii State taxes for Transitory Accommodation and Gross Excise, approx 15% will be added to above prices.

    Those wishing to arrive ahead of April 8th can be accommodated at regular rates provided they are aware we will be busy preparing for Merrie Monarch, cleaning and painting common areas and they they must check out on the morning of April 7th..

    Arnott's leads the way with Green innovation. Arnott's Lodge leads the way with Green innovation.
    While many large hotels and our visitors bureau are now claiming all kinds of "Green" initiatives, here at Arnott's Lodge we were the first hotel with all solar hot water, the first with 100% CFL (compact florescent) lighting and now are again leading the way with all LED security lighting. As an example our Deluxe units building, office and Van storage are all on one meter...in July and August of 2008 we consumed between 44 and 45 KWH per day for a cost of $560 to $606 per month.. our latest bill for the same area used 23 KWH per day at a cost of $214. We are very handy and do most installation ourselves...while most are still installing CFL we are embracing the future with LED technology.

    We of course have re-cycling stations for all recyclable material which is regularly taken to county recycling sites.

    Our roofs are painted reflective white to deflect solar heat buildup and minimize need for air-conditioning.

    Doug, Arnott's Lodge's owner, is currently gathering knowledge on photovoltaic electric generation with a view to further lowering our carbon footprint.

    Of interest, Hawaii Island derives some 30% of its power from Geothermal sources and about 10% from wind energy, various biomass burning plants are proposed to use up huge resources of Eucalyptus, however none has passed permitting yet as this is still a polluting energy source. Puna Geothermal is set to increase capacity however it is artificially restrained by a coalition of supposedly Green organizations who have blocked further development on the unfounded fear that cheap electricity will bring some industrial plant to Hawaii !! As a result we still have the United States most expensive electricity currently around .52 cents per kilowatt hour.


    Snacks, drinks and Arnott's souvenirs New vending area includes great fresh ground coffee & snacks... Fresh ground coffee, emergency food and souvenirs at the front desk.
    In our quest to bring ever better facilities for our guests, we have a fresh grind coffee vending machine.
    According to guests, this machine makes coffee as good as that produced on an espresso machine.
    We also have a variety of Soda's (soft drinks), water, candies, snacks and "emergency" food at our Front Desk.



    New hourly County Bus service makes us even more accessible Hourly County $2 Bus service makes us even more accessible.
    The County of Hawaii Transit Agency launched a new Monday thru Saturday Hele On bus service for Keaukaha.

    For guests wanting to take the bus into town, they operate every hour from 7:00 in the morning and every hour from 1:35 in the afternoon until 4:40pm to the Mooheau Bus Terminal. If you wish to catch the bus to the Prince Kuhio Plaza, University of Hawaii or the Hilo Shopping Center, you will need to catch the 3:35pm or earlier bus. You can wait on the highway by Arnott's and flag down the bus which varies in size and color but has KEAUKAHA on the sign board.

    The County of Hawaii Mass Transit offers this Two Dollar, island wide bus service on all scheduled routes, however some routes do not run on weekends. Check here for more information... http://heleonbus.org/

    Our outreach program for schools and community groups. Arnott's Lodge outreach program for schools and community groups.
    Doug Arnott believes in giving back to our community and encouraging youth education. We provide discounted accommodation, tours and donations for worthy groups. The discount depends on the needs and resources of the group and entails a frank discussion with Doug and Glory Arnott.



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