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“My first b&b experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms

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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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“My first b&b experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

I can only state the positive because i have nothing to compare it with. Im glad we stayed here a few days and then a few days in a condo. We got the best of both worlds. The view was awesome, breakfast was filling, the conversation was very informative. We wanted to hear about the coffee industry, thats why we stayed there. These accomodations are not very private but fully stocked with ammenities. No TV. Yahoo. It was nice to not hear one for awhile. The classical music was a nice change. I would rec. this to my friends, with emphasis on how different it is from condo or resort vacations.

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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had a splendid time at the the Mango Sunset B&B. We chose it because it was away from Kona and that turned out to be a good choice. It was quiet, cooler at night and surrounded by beautiful gardens and the coffee orchard. The view in the morning was gorgeous. We enjoyed our hosts' stories and found both Marcia and Hans a great source of useful as well as interesting historical, botanical and cultural information. We appreciated the tour of the coffee business. Han's breakfasts were the best. We are still reminiscing about the macadamia nut taro pancakes!

  • Stayed December 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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The wife and I stayed for 4 nights in early January, and while our stay was generally enjoyable and a good value, it may not be 'the place' for everybody.

First off, it is a bit away from everywhere. This isn't unique to this place, as most of the 'civilization' of the Kailua-Kona side is up on the mountainside away from the beaches and commercial district, but you are not in walking distance to anything or any public transportation. It's a 5-10 minute drive to the commercial district of Kailua-Kona, 5-10 minute drive to the airport, 5-10 minute drive to any restaurants, 10-15 minute drive to any beaches, etc.

Secondly, the B&B is the owner's prevous residence and it is built like a residence and not an inn. One or two of the rooms have attached bathrooms, the rest share the bathroom in the hall; all of the rooms but one open up into a common porch; the doors are standard residential doors (i.e. paper thin and don't block noise); and the interior walls are similarly residential. A shared kitchen, laundry in the hall, a common TV room, etc. (I'm not stating all this to complain, but to set expectations of potential guests...it isn't a very 'private' experience)

On the other hand, you do get to know your fellow guests, as breakfast is served communal style on the lanai/porch. It was nice to be forced out of our cocoon and interact with people I wouldn't have normally interacted with, but this may not be for everybody.

Basically, if you're looking for privacy and the standard hotel/resort experience, this isn't the place for you. I most definitely wouldn't recommend it for honeymooners, even though it is a lovely place and the proprieters are very nice people.

A few tips for staying here:
1) The weather at the B&B is much cooler than at the beaches. It was in the lower 60s in the mornings, so breakfast is a bit chilly; bring a windbreaker and pants.
2) The driveway LOOKS like a divided road, but it isn't. There are two separate 1000ft driveways right next to each other. Go up the left side as there isn't a way to cross over further up.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My family of four and two friends joining us from Canada spent our winter holiday at the Mango Sunset B&B. All in all we appreciated the convenience of having access to some kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer ($5 a load). Another positive was the location being close to the airport as well as downtown. We found Marsha very helpful in responding to our questions and appreciated the special Christmas breakfast she made for the other guest and our party. She also gave our son a present on Christmas morning, which was very sweet. In our opinion the B&B is very good value - quiet and relaxing at night. However, we wouldn't suggest this B&B if you have a young family as there isn't really anywhere for them to play. Not having a "child-proof "area for the kids to go sometimes made things stressful. The good news is that there are many great parks and beaches close by. There are two cats and a dog and the dog is skittish around children so you do need to be vigilant. Also, the animals tend to use the rocks around the B&B as their toilet, which is problematic when you aren't watching where you are going. Finally, we stayed in the Naia room, which is next to the kitchen where breakfast is made. If you plan to sleep in I would not book this room as you are able to hear every noise from the kitchen and it sounds as though you were in the kitchen with everyone. We greatly appreciated having breakfast served but the overwhelming opinion was that it isn't fair to describe it as gourmet. It was tasty and generous, that's for sure. Many other reviews commented on the demeanor of the host and owner, Hans as "off-putting". Hans has a very strong personality and blunt way of communicating. He also tends to dominate conversations. All of these factors made some moments quite tense and, at times, uncomfortable for guests. Overall, we really enjoyed our time in Hawaii and hope that our feedback helps to make Mango Sunset an even better accommodation option. The gazebo in the back that is currently being built will make for a perfect place for guests to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We visited “Mango Sunset BnB” in August 2012. We stayed there for three nights. I am reading some of these reviews and I honestly cannot believe when I see what people complain about. It seems to me like they all grew up with silver spoons in their mouths.
We arrived pretty late, it was almost midnight, but thanks to a good explanation, we didn’t have any troubles finding the place. We followed the instructions and found ourselves in the room that was not a size of a Beverly Hills house (which I think is quite OK, don’t you?), but a quite nice BnB room. Everything was clean and nice, and the fact that we didn’t have a bath tub didn’t bother us at all. Later during our vacation, we spent one night at Hilton hotel also in Kona and that room also didn’t have a bath tub (imagine!)
We met with Marsha and the daughter Karen in the morning, we had a nice chat and an amazing coffee. Breakfast was really great, freshly made every day and served from 07h30 (not 07h00!) to 09h00. There was another couple there at the time we were there, so it wasn’t crowded. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to go for a coffee tour because we already planned too many activities, but if we go back to Kona, we definitely will. We met Hans briefly when we went to buy coffee and we had a nice, short chat with him.
The estate is really beautiful with lot of amazing plants and fruits that we never saw before. The view from the lanai was wonderful and it was nice to sit there in the morning having first coffee and breakfast. Taking off shoes is something that is common in Hawaii and my boyfriend and I have no problem following the good old saying “When in Rome…”.
We would definitely go back!

Mahalo Karen, Marsha and Hans for our lovely stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adamstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Cool - in that the B&B is located up in the higher elevations where you enjoy the cooler temperatures. Comfortable - in that the rooms are nicely done and roomy and the lanai has a great ocean vista. Great Eats! in that Hans makes some of the greatest tasting pancakes, waffles and breakfast treats that we had so far on the 4 B&B's we got to experienced so far. The wife and I enjoyed it and would return here again!

  • Stayed September 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed two nights at Mango Sunset B&B. The first challenge we had was trying to make sense of the complicated instructions that were sent on booking. After reading the instructions carefully several times and realising that they were written for ease of the person writing them not the traveller we arrived. It is worth noting that several roads are VERY steep!
We were shown to our room which looked ok at first glance but the more we looked the worse it got. The cleaning is done to a very basic level, stained nets in the bathroom, lots of insects, cobwebs and dust in corners. The towels were a little musty and the room was decorated to reflect budget travelling. The furniture was good quality but the finish of the room let it down.
One important thing to note is that there are no locks on the doors and no chance of a lie in!
The coffee farm tour, which we were very much looking forward to took several hours and was more of a I talk you listen. Hans is an interesting character and if after arriving had we not read the reviews we may have taken him the wrong way. He does not put guests at ease and there is a fear that it may be you who is next for a telling off as he runs a very tight ship!
On a positive note breakfast was tasty and we know it was all freshly made as we stayed in a room next to the kitchen and the walls and door leading to it are very thin.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kona_Innkeeper, Owner at Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
These young guests, on honeymoon from the UK, were a first in more than one way. Our "directions" that go out with our confirmations are frequently lauded for being "super clear". Never, from 100s of guests, have we heard that they were "complicated", and certainly not from native English speakers. So sorry these two guest found them so. Writing directions for "the ease of the person writing them" would be, well, silly: their only purpose is to make it clear and easy for travelers to find us. The only limitation is space provided by the system (we are limited to 5oo words or so). Noting that several roads (in Hawaii?) "are very steep" is like noting that the ocean is wet: Yes, some roads in Hawaii are steep, as one might expect when one goes from zero to 2000 feet in 4 miles, but all roads from the airport to us are public and residential, and these guests arrived by car not bicycle (as some guest do). The "ok at first glance" rooms can all be seen on our extensive website that's full of photographs. We call our rooms "cozy", not plush or huge. The "lots of insects, cobwebs, and dust" is made up: definitely no such thing; we clean all rooms daily when occupied, and give it an extra go-over before guests arrive, when we also decorate the room with fresh flowers. Towels are never musty. Since this CAN be a problem in the tropics, we have additionally trained our staff to give our set of trowels (plus washrag, shower mat, hand towel) a "smell test": do they smell nice and fresh? Room decoration "reflecting budget traveling": well, yes, while the average hotel room price in Hawaii is about $250 without breakfast, we charge $120 WITH a full breakfast and parking. We have Hawaiian art prints, in frames and other wall hangings, including color printed cloth, plus wood carvings, etc. "Important to note that there were no locks on the door" Hm..., false. All doors have locks, rooms, house entrance, etc., it's just that nobody ever wants a key. So far, only one previous guest in 8 years wanted a key, and they were from Hong Kong. The key(s) would have been theirs for the asking. Our property has its own 1500 ft private paved driveway from the State Highway, with a gate to the farm entrance half way up Usually wide open). The 8 acre property is fully fenced, with even barbed wire, to keep the many wild pigs from coming in and destroying our topsoil and irrigation systems. Our place is super-safe, super-private, and (apparently nearly) everyone sees that right away. That "no locks" part is baffling: we have farm interns who help us with everything, including the BnB, and we screen them very carefully. Nearly all of them are college students. We are 100% nicotine and 100% drug free. Our (other) guests have always been most trustworthy with no hint EVER that suspicion was warranted. And, all doors can of course be locked from the inside even WITHOUT any key. The coffee tour has the reputation of being the best on the Island. I have given it 100s of times, and as a former professor, I know how to present things clearly and easily understood. Yes, a lecture is not a discussion. If it were, it would truly last "several hours". Most importantly, I do not charge my guests anything. My time is precious (I work 60 hrs. p. week), but I feel that PROVIDING education to those who specifically request it is a crucial component of what I think makes a good Certified Organic farm owner (only 40 of 800 coffee farms are organic). So, my emphasis is on education, not entertainment. I have won gold and silver medals every year for the last 5, and pride myself of producing the best coffee I can. Sometimes, you have ingrates, and I wish they'd take a tour on farms where the usual charge is $20-$30, and the delivery is often by a recent high school graduate. The "very tight ship" I run according to this guest would have to be limited to breakfast time, which I take with our guests on the ocean view lanai, because thereafter, guests are on their own. We make it an important point to stress that there are NO limitations to walking around on the farm, the coffee mill, the drying deck, and among our 80 varieties of tropical fruit and herb gardens. This guest appeared stressed-out upon arrival, and we thought that was because of a long, hard trip to here. We always offer guests (free) tea upon arrival to help them recuperate from luggage or rental car challenges. The room next to the kitchen does not have "thin walls"--all of our walls are standard size and are INSULATED FOR SOUND. However, there is a door, always locked, between kitchen and that room, so yes, one can hear that there is activity in the kitchen. However, I begin cooking in that kitchen at 7:30 AM and serve by 8:00, not really a time span that would keep guests from being relaxed before they walk out to meet the other guests and eat with them on our killer-view veranda (lanai). We do our very best to make guest comfortable in our home, which is what a BnB is. Some guests might be simply more comfortable in one of the many (more expensive and louder) hotels in Kona, but we work hard and feel fortunate that the huge majority of all of our dear guests are happy during their days with us, and happy later, when they reflect on their stay with us.
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Address: 73-4261 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kalaoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kalaoa
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kalaoa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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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