Lohi Apartment features a spacious bedroom, private bath, mini fridge and tea/coffee station as well as a light-filled sunroom with a doorway to the street. King sized bed with gel memory foam ensures a great night sleep.
The Lohi Apartment in Downtown Hilo
The Lohi Apartment in Downtown Hilo

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

A studio apartment with King Bed, private bathroom & 'Bali Style' outdoor shower, mini fridge with tea/coffee & small sun room. Wi fi signal. Apartment is at street level and right downtown in Hilo - close to restaurants, market etc. Street parking.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Weekly Discount: 12%


A studio apartment with King Bed, private bathroom & 'Bali Style' outdoor shower, mini fridge with tea/coffee & small sun room. Wi fi signal. Apartment is at street level and right downtown in Hilo - close to restaurants, market etc. Street parking.

Enter from our garden courtyard, and hear the sound of running water from the stone pond beside the entryway. There is plenty of ambience and a feeling of 'sanctuary' here. This apartment is something a little exotic for your visit to Hilo. Charming architectural features include stone and teracotta tile floors, a timber wall and wooden beams. The Lohi features King sized bed.

'Lohi' is the Hawaiian name for the wetland taro that grows in clear running water. This apartment was formerly a 'Poi factory' where the staple taro vegetable was processed and was a much loved icon for Hilo locals for several generations and since the 1980's it was converted to a clothing store where two leading Hawaiian designers got their start. ..Fast forward to 'now' and you will find this is a self contained apartment with a bedroom, a sun room, private bathroom and outdoor shower area. A ceiling fan helps to cool the bedroom and due to the helpful suggestions of our guests we have added extra privacy by hanging a curtain on the rear door.

There's no kitchen here but there is a mini fridge and a tea & coffee station. This may work for travelers who don't plan on spending vacation time cooking. Once you step out onto the street, there are plenty of great restaurant choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner within one or two blocks of The Lohi.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TO THE TOTAL COST PER NIGHT GUESTS ADD 13.25% TAX WHICH IS PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL. This apartment is part of a complex of several old homes which have been refurbished and restored and is called 'The Lotus Garden.' On the property is a two bedroom guest cottage called 'The Sugar Shack' and a three bedroom vacation home called 'The Lotus.' Both of these homes are listed with airbnb.com. Our guests continue to let us know that our central location makes their stay with us easy and convenient.

You can enjoy the convenience of being in the same block as some great budget cafes and restaurants as well as grocery stores and the Farmer's Market.

Travelers on a budget could do without a car here if it's a slow paced vacation they are looking for..Most visitors do hire a car however just so that they can see more of the remote spots on the island. If you are looking for an alternative to the major rental companies, just ask us for a recommendation for someone renting cars .. and thanks for stopping by and reviewing this listing. We hope this is a wonderful vacation for you.

Guests are welcome to spend time in our garden, sit and eat a meal or check emails in a lush tropical setting. Wi fi and all linens are provided including beach towels on request. No laundry facilities are offered but we are able to provide laundry soap and a free laundry card that guests can charge to do laundry at the nearby 'Express Laundry.'

We try to assist guests who may have questions or want advice about places to eat, sights to see. It is up to our guests how much interaction they wish to have with us as hosts.

Hilo is a great town to walk about in and explore because of its small size. The heart of Downtown Hilo is only 3 blocks. In this area you will find wonderful restaurants and several great venues for live music. Keawe street is home to a wonderful crepe restaurant, a Kombucha bar, a Kava bar and two great sushi restaurants. There's also a farmer's market on Bayfront and plenty of little stores to browse in. We love the slower pace of life here and the many artists, musicians and eccentrics who call this home.

Hilo is a very walkable town with restaurants, live music venues, stores and a farmers market all within an easy walk. For those who choose not to hire a car, there are taxi tours and bus tour operators to several of the major sights on the East side of the island. A local bus service is inexpensive but also a less direct way to get around.

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM


As in most Hawaiian homes, shoes aren't worn inside.
Guests need to keep noise to a minimum after 10pm out of consideration for others.
Because you may be sharing the home with other guests, we ask that you help to keep the common areas clean.



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275 Reviews

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Mariflor User Profile
April 2017
This apartment's outdoor shower was so nice to have as the Hilo rain came down. This apartment is great for a couple looking for a romantic getaway! Jasper and the crew were awesome too. Thanks!

Michal User Profile
April 2017
Megan's place is great! A beautiful oasis tucked right in downtown Hilo, close to the water, shops and even a yoga studio. The room was exactly as pictured and described, and the outdoor shower was heavenly. I wish we could have stayed more than 1 night!

Eunsoon User Profile
April 2017

Jeremy User Profile
March 2017
If this listing is available, do yourself a big favor and book it now! There is a big difference between a person renting out their spare cottage, and a professional who has been fine tuning their vacation rental year after year. Down to every single detail, this property is nothing short of perfect. From the greenery throughout the property, to the beauty of the eastern design, Lotus Gardens is a completely fitting name. Our host Megan is warm, welcoming, and has a calm peace about her that one could expect from living the slow life on the Big Island. If you're staying in Hilo, the location couldn't be better -- it's sandwiched between the crashing waves of the ocean shore, a wonderful farmer's market with some of the best prices tourists could find, and many shops and restaurants. We recommend dining at Pineapples -- it may be the best food we've had on the islands! Overall, this property is wonderful. We typically prefer more remote vacations, but we plan on coming back to Hilo just so we can stay here again. If you have any lingering doubts, just take another look at the covered outdoor shower... ;)
Megan User Profile
Response from Megan:
Thank you to this guest. Hosting appreciative guests inspires us to reach high standards of service. Mahalo!
March 2017

Annie User Profile
March 2017
What a peaceful retreat in the middle of town! You can't beat the location - plenty of places to eat within walking distance & easy driving to all the Hilo sights. The bed & shower were lovely, the room was spacious & the grounds were beautiful. I will definitely be staying here the next time I am in Hilo!

Nelson User Profile
March 2017
Truly amazing!! Made my trip!!

Haidong User Profile
March 2017
Not very good experience for several reasons: 1. The first thing to do upon meeting the host is to take out your credit card to pay some tax. Though it's in the listing description, it's totally unheard of, and weird, and not welcoming. I'm suspicious if it complies with airbnb rules. 2. The room appears to be a former storefront, so pedestrians and cars on road are your neighbors. 3. The host requested to change my reservation on the same day we checked in. She said we had to move to another room because the room we reserved needed some repair work. I only knew this a few hours before arrival, leaving me no choice but to accept the alteration. 4. Shower is outside the house and frogs are loud during night, but I guess these are common in the area. It was the worst airbnb experience among our 9 nights on big island. There are better options for the same or less price.

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States · Joined in April 2012
Megan User Profile

Aloha I'm Megan. Meet Jasper also. We've been working to create a colorful atmosphere for visitors that reflects the beauty of the tropics. Both of us enjoy helping guests feel comfortable so that they can relax and enjoy all the magic of this wet and wild side of the island.

Hilo could become known as 'the town that time forgot' because it has the flavor of an older, slower Hawaii. In that way we are pretty easy going and relaxed ourselves. We have two guest cottages and a romantic 1 bedroom apartment here at The Lotus Garden. This is a property that features two garden courtyards, stone Buddha statues, a fish pond and an abundance of tropical plants and trees. . The Lotus Garden is reminiscent of the former 'sugar cane plantation days' when houses were clustered together so that there was a sense of community in the way people lived. Here Travelers meet other travelers in passing. Another wonderful feature of The Lotus Garden is that we are right in the center of town. Guests enjoy being a block away from the Farmer's Market and within walking distance of our cafes, restaurants, galleries and even Hilo's own Kava Bar.

Just ask us. .. we know some great little beach parks close by and some special things to do around Hilo..

... Our latest creed to live by? "Now is a really good time!" And so it is..

Response rate: 98%
(past 30 days)
Response time: within an hour