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“Great view, coffee, and conversation” 5 of 5 stars
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Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   73-4261 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kalaoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Kalaoa B&B and Inns
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“Great view, coffee, and conversation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We had a 2 night stay in July, at the tail end of a storm they had. The cool air and fantastic views were awesome. Breakfast and coffee and morning music made our stay memorable. Hans and Marsha were perfect hosts and very organized. This was our first stay at any B&B. It won't be our last. Hasso the dog was a pleasant greeter along with the woofers. They seemed to be excited for their opportunity to be there and learn/work. I bought coffee to take home. It reminds us of our stay at Mangos. We'll see you again.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This b & b is not to be missed as Hans and Marsha are wonderful hosts. We very much enjoyed our stay at their beautiful place, and the sunset views high above Kona are a treat for anybody. The rooms were clean, and the breakfasts were just awesome- especially the lilikoi pancakes and the coffee.

The elevation at which the b&b is located is perfect, and the evenings and mornings were wonderfully cool.

As a Big Island resident, but living on the Hilo side, we often get a chance to try many kinds of Kona coffee but Hans coffee is the best. Their coffee has almost a rich, creamy taste with the french press coffee we were served in the morning having nearly a foamy head, reminiscent of freshly roasted Peet's coffee. The Vienna roast was simply superb. It is worth to stay at the Mango Sunset just for a chance to try their coffee. Plus, Hans is very knowledgable about natural history and farming, so I learned a lot from him.

Room Tip: If possible try for the room with the bathroom inside, but all rooms are clean and nice.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brook Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Close to Kailua-Kona, but up on the mt. where we could listen to the birds singing and were away from the hubub. Excellent food. Beautiful view. Gracious hosts. Enjoyed Hans' stories.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Enjoyed staying here immensely. Delicious breakfasts and coffee - Hans was happy to accomodate my gluten free diet with a few suggestions. Beautiful view and the sweetest cats you will ever meet - especially the black & white female. Hans is a former college profession and I found his stories fascinating. Highly recommended!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Like other reviewers have mentioned, the coffee and breakfasts were great and the rooms are small but clean and functional. The owner has a strong personality which rubs some people the wrong way. I really enjoyed chatting with him and didn't find any of the rules out of the ordinary or that they were strictly enforced. Overall I had a great experience but can understand how other people may not.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Interesting and scenic location. Not especially convenient way up the hill from Kona but nicely separated from the bustle of the town. Very good breakfasts and coffee. Rooms are small but clean and adequate. The rules and personalities of the owners are intrusive and detract from the experience. Hans is knowledgeable and interesting and wants to share his knowledge but can be overbearing. We got tired of it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

I too scanned the reviews prior to booking and then again after our return home. I appreciated seeing reviews that confirmed our discomfort in the rules and expectations of the host. We have traveled extensively and have never before felt uncomfortable due to the inn keeper's personality. The rules were not extensive but were clearly meant as rules and not requests. For example, I was confused by the need to sit in an assigned place on the lanai for breakfast since there were few guests staying there at the time. We are not rude guests and did not expect a rude host.

Aside from the personality issue, I was very impressed with the view although the rooms are small and noise traveled easily between them. I'm certain Hans has reviewed many other B&B room rates when stating their's are the cheapest, but I did find other BnBs less expensive with more comfortable atmospheres. I would recommend Hale Maluhia Country Inn in Kona.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kona_Innkeeper, Owner at Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
This guest couple was trouble--and we knew it. The lady "knew everything" about coffee, took the free 90 min. tour I offer for free but interrupted constantly--which makes things hard for the presenter and the group. On another review page, she hurled actual personal insults at us (she must have known this page does not allow that). The reference to "our rules" appears several times over the last 7 years of reviews. We give a 5 min. orientation upon arrival of guests. We include the quality of our drinking water, location of laundry facilities, light switches, fridge and such. The only "rules" are clearly stated on the page and anyone who makes a reservation has pledged to have read and accepted them: no smoking, no street shoes in the house (that's VERY common in Hawaii). Conceivably listening to 5 minutes of explanations is too much for some travelers, especially if they arrive already exhausted or grumpy. The "expectations" we have of our guests are absolutely minimal and are based on providing comfort for all other guests (such as no laundry after 8PM). Yes, there are 4 guest rooms and 4 sets of tables and chairs on our ocean view lanai DIRECTLY outside the respective rooms. If this lady took exception to using her own area, she had little respect for the privacy of other guests who might want to utilize their lanai set-up, but would find it occupied. Many of our guests chose to have communal tables (we help them push them together), but that's based on mutual wishes among guests. Everyone knows that there are no restrictions on roaming the farm and looking at the coffee plant. This lady is just plain mean and showed it. A couple of times my ethnicity has been enough to trigger a negative reaction, and prejudice is always hurtful. We expected that she would attempt to do as much harm as possible to our excellent reputation, but there is little we can do about that. Thankfully, such guests are extremely rare: please compare our overall review scores.
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Address: 73-4261 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kalaoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kalaoa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kalaoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family -style BnB, located in 2111' above the ocean on our gold-medal-winning Organic Kona Coffee Estate. Hot breakfasts and parking included; free WiFi, plus our Organic Kona Coffee, fruit, juice included. Quiet and secluded, cozy,private driveway. Breathtaking ocean views across our Kona Coffee Farm from the West Lanai and the Gazebo, where serve our breakfast to all of our guests. Minutes from Kona town, beaches and airport. ... more   less 
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