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The Perfect Stay in the Heart of Old Hilo Town

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

Cottage,3 Bedrooms + 1 Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

'The Lotus' is a Jewel in amongst the green... Our guests tell us they love this vacation rental set in a quarter acre of lush tropical garden right in the heart of Downtown Hilo. Wake to the sound of birds and enjoy the seclusion of our private walled compound. Our 'Lotus' vacation cottage is at the second story level. It's out of view of the street and several old store fronts provide a barrier to the main street on which this is located.There is a sense of seclusion & privacy.

Once you step outside our red bamboo gates and onto the street you will love the convenience of being able to walk to shops,movies, restaurants, galleries and more. The Farmer's Market is one block away and each day there fresh tropical fruits and vegetables are for sale.

If your taste is for old homes and places with a sense of history then you will love our little rental. This accommodation is best described as '..An exotic Vacation Rental for the budget traveler.' There is no TV or microwave and no air-conditioning so we have appeal for those wanting to enjoy a simple tropical home with just the basics. Our guests tell us this makes a romantic couples retreat and a vacation stay for a family that enjoys exploring town and the freedom to come and go independently. Hilo is a safe neighborhood to walk at night and there are plenty of great little restaurants and music venues close by.

The Lotus is a refurbished traditional Hawaii-style 'Cane house’ built in the Plantation era. We painted it some bright colors and gave it a few upgrades to make your stay comfortable. The home features bamboo floors, an open plan kitchen and living area as well as charming features of an old home. The shower is down a private set of covered stairs and is decorated in 'Bali Style' with stone tiles, loads of plants and orchids, air and natural light.

Our close proximity to the bay means that the home is cooled by sea breezes. Ceiling fans in the living area and bedroom will ensure your comfort. In the master bedroom, the mattress is a pillow-top queen sized bed to ensure a great night's sleep. The other bedroom offers a queen sized bed and in the third bedroom there is a single bed. A fold out futon bed suitable for a child can be made available. Our couch also folds out to a full sized bed. Up to 6 people can be accommodated in 'The Lotus'

At one time this property was like many of the Sugar Cane 'camps' on this island with 6 houses houses on the property. We presently have two refurbished houses for guest accommodation. There are another two houses in the rear of the property not currently in use. The 'Sugar Shack' next door is another refurbished cane house that is also a vacation rental.

Our two vacation homes on the property can accommodate parties of up to 14 guests and so ours makes an ideal venue for a wedding, tour group, seminar or other small group event.

As your hosts, we have tried to think of your needs. Our goal is for our guests to relax and enjoy their visit to our island. Upon check in our guests find fresh flowers and fruit in our rental. Beach towels are provided.

This vacation spend less time in the car! Come and stay with us for a relaxed pace of life and an exotic tropical experience with plenty of beauty and good hospitality.

Keywords: cottage, shack, cane house, house, bungalow, villa, cabana, casita

More Details

Megan Isaac
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016

About Megan Isaac

Megan and Jasper both love the colors of the tropics and splashed bright paint on old plantation buildings in this old garden. They have spent time restoring several old homes on the property so that visitors can enjoy an experience of an older Hawaii and the relaxed pace of life on Hawaii island.

Jasper is a retired contractor with a passion for his acousticTaylor guitar that he plays as often as he can. An avowed Aquarian, he's the co-visionary behind 'The Lotus Garden of Hilo.'

Megan is an expat Aussie and lives some of the time in Hilo and some of the time in Melbourne, Australia.

Megan Isaac purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Megan Isaac chose Hilo District

An abundance of fresh produce and exotic fruits and flowers all year round and these can be found at the Farmer's Market, just a block away.

You will be in the geographic heart of Hilo Bay. There is great live entertainment to enjoy within a short stroll. Most nights you can hear live music from the lanai of our Lotus Cottage.

Nearby locations:

A favorite walk is a 15 to 20 minute stroll to Liliu'okalani Park. It's a beautiful vantage point to see Mauna Kea mountain and the twilight in this formal Japanese garden by the water is stunning.

-Our favorite place to swim is the nearby ‘Four Mile’ (officially known as Carlsmith Park) this is a beautiful lagoon with palm trees and a lush green lawn for picnics and sunbathing.

What makes this cottage unique

Want down time and a place to just chill while on vacation?

- Enjoy sitting on our small lanai for morning coffee or in the evenings..

- Property is walled on all sides creating a private oasis. Our lush garden setting with stone buddha statues, bamboo and several water features it is a great place to rest and recover.

-Enjoy many great eating out options within a block from here.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

The Perfect Stay in the Heart of Old Hilo Town
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 26 reviews

Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing visit, thanks to Megan and Jasper. A little haven in downtown Hilo. Can't wait to return again soon!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merrie Monarch 2015 with 'Ohana

  • 5 of 5

the owners of this wonderful place housed our entire family of eleven & was so accommodating to making sure our family had EVERYTHING that was needed & went beyond themselves. TO have a place that was cozy, clean and homey is one thing, but to have such beautiful people to come back to the room to, were like family to us. Thank you kindly to Megan & Jasper. Better than hotel life!!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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An Oasis

  • 4 of 5

Was a wonderful place to stay. Reminded me of an oasis. There was a friendly cat that came to visit every morning and evening. Koi in the ponds and fountains. The Lotus Cottage is near the shops and market in downtown Hilo, excellent location for the shoppers in your group. Easy access out of Hilo to Volcano National Park, Kona, and the major highways. There are many places to visit within walking distance too, The Tsunami Museum, Coconut Island, restaurants, etc. The Cottage was comfortable and had all the amenities we were looking for and it comfortably fit our large group.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Charlotte, NC


  • 5 of 5

A tru taste of old Hilo. Quiet, comfortable, very down home. If you are a fine china and tablecloth person this is not for you. If you like to listen to the frogs while you take your shower you will be right at home. This place is a jewel and Megan is the perfect jeweler.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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California, USA

Hilo cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful rental with lots of character. Very well maintained. Basic odds and ends are in the kitchen (salt, pepper, oil, other various leftovers), so that is really handy. Funky atmosphere, if you are looking for a polished resort stay this is not it. Hosts are fantastic. Amazingly quiet for being in the middle of Hilo, walk to everything - legendary farmers market on Wednesday one short block away. Restaurant across the street has killer happy hour ($2 beer, $2 taco or nacho) and also does great dinner.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Pasadena, CA 91107

Downtown Flavor

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three nights and loved the location and the inn keepers. The property was clean and well maintained and the owners did everything they could to make us comfortable. The listing was right on as to what we could expect. There was a great restaurant across the street. We ate there three times! The farmers market was half a block away.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
2.3 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
80 Metres
Pineapples Island Cuisine Restaurant
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
80 Miles
Pineapples Island Cuisine Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1.1 Miles
Hilo Bayfront Park
Nearest Point of Interest
The Lotus Vacation Villa
Nearest Point of Interest
The Magic Pan Crepe Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Bayfront Coffee, Kava & Tea
Nearest Point of Interest
Hilo Palace Theater
Nearest Point of Interest
Hilo Farmer's Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Sushi Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Kress Cinema Dollar Theater
Car: recommended

Hilo is a town built in the heyday of the Sugar Cane era. Many grand old buildings of the 20's and 40's still stand. Our downtown location offers many attractions ust a short walk away. See a show at The Palace Theater or enjoy restaurants and cafes to suit every budget. Browse the many galleries and craft stores and visit the Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Museum for insights into the island's fascinating history of Hawaiian Kingdoms, christian missionaries & the powerful forces of nature that have shaped the island.

Hilo is a great place for the gourmet cook to visit. Enjoy cooking with fresh produce of the tropics. Our ' Lotus' vacation rental is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from Suisan Fish market. You will be just a block from the Hilo Farmer's market which operates daily all year round. Here farmers, flower merchants and artisans sell their wares and you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. We also have some wonderful beaches 10 minutes drive away. A snorkeler's delight and a place to see the sea turtles grazing on rocks there


Rates & Availability

Hilo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 20 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Merrie Monarch 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%

These dates are reserved for a group booking. Merrie Monarch reservations can include accommodation for 10 or more guests and would suit Halau or Halau study group. Perfect location in town. Inquire for more details. Dates are flexible according to the needs of the group.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Hilo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom tiled with stone sink and toilet. Downstairs large stone tiled shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 x Queen beds in 2 bedrooms. 1 single bed in bedroom plus fold out twin bed in living area.
  • Books ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Fresh flowers and fruit provided for guests, Medical Cannabis smokers welcome. Need to store luggage for a day or a boarding pass printed or other concierge help? We are happy to help. Need a massage? In-house massage services can be arranged or we can refer you to massage centers nearby.

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