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“High expectations - met and exceeded” 5 of 5 stars
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Holualoa Inn
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, PO Box 222, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Holualoa B&B and Inns
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Washington DC
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“High expectations - met and exceeded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Holualoa Inn is everything great you'll read here - and more. The property and location are jaw-dropping. The town is small, quiet, funky, and wonderful. And the staff and services are simply sublime. If you're looking for a quiet and serene but also very luxurious way to enjoy the "real" Hawaii - this is it. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
It’s exciting for us to read we “met and exceeded” your high expectations. We strive to make our guests’ experiences ones that create wonderful memories. We too look forward to your return “home” to the “real” Hawaii.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Get your Big Island sightseeing outta the way before you land in this amazing place! Because once you get here, you'll never want to leave! I can't think of a better way to end a vacation. From the moment you see the inn's inviting sign and meander down the beautiful, lush bordered drive to the open air entrance of this wonderful inn, you'll think you've come home... but will never feel the stress. The grounds are perfectly manicured, the views are incredible and the staff is simply outstanding. What more could you ask for? Todd, Bess, Steven, Cat and Crystal could not do enough to insure our comfortable stay. From delicious, fresh AND healthy breakfasts and snacks to great advice and assistance in making dinner and adventure reservations to just plain pleasant and fun small talk with a keen sense for those who preferred their own personal space. They've simply thought of everything, including beach supplies all the way from chairs, mats, snorkel gear and even sun tan lotion! When is the last time your hotel supplied you with sun tan lotion??? If you want to experience the true meaning of Aloha, don't miss this place!

Room Tip: Coffee Cherry Room has it's own entrance. Very roomy and inviting.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We send our warmest “Mahalo & Aloha” for your amazing review. It gives us “chicken skin” (goose bumps) to read your generous comments and to know you had an awesome time! You two are very special to us as well. We all had a great time with your fun sense of humor and gusto for life. We hope you’ll be able to come back “home” soon. Until then, keep your pants on straight and never stop laughing. Thank you for adding such fun and richness to our lives!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We really enjoyed this inn. The people, extraordinary building and the location all make it a memorable experience. And did I mention the coffee? The only downside was the weather which was cloudy or rainy in the afternoons following crystal clear mornings. I got the impression that the weather was worse than average but not unusual for the time of year. Lucky the inn was so great. I only hope I will have the opportunity to go back some time.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We’re happy to know you enjoyed your memorable experience at the Inn. The weather is one of the few things we can’t control, but we are working on it. We love our European guests, especially since you travel so far to visit us. We look forward to your next visit back “home” with lots of sunshine!
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Mendocino, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This is such an exceptional Inn! We spent several days here, and felt it was one of the most special places we have ever stayed. We were greeted with such warm and genuine aloha from the staff. The inn and grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. Your every wish thought of ahead of time. You can have a massage in open air gazebo, grab a couple of boogie boards and beach towels and head of to the beach, relax by the pool, or stroll in the gardens.

We stayed in the beautiful Gardenia Room, with it's gorgeous views of the Kona coastline. The decorations are unique; you know are in a tropical paradise. The room was very clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were delicious, we couldn't get enough of the Kona coffee, grown right on the inn grounds. We loved it so much we order it online to have at home, and are reminded of our special time at the Holualoa Inn every time we brew a cup!

I simply run out of superlatives trying to describe this special place. Thank you to Noelani for her warmth and kindness during our stay.

  • 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
We agree the Inn’s 5,100 coffee trees produce some of the best Kona Coffee around. It’s the peak of picking season and the coffee beans are as fresh as ever. We’re excited to know you experienced the best the Inn has to offer. Wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping you come back “home” soon.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I am going to do my best possible written recap of our stay at Holualoa Inn, but its going to be no where close to reality. My wife and I came here on the end of our 2 week Hawaii trip and stayed for 3 nights in the Coffee Cherry Room. From the moment we waled in, to the time we left, we were treated with love, respect and like family. The staff at the Inn were some of the nicest people we have ever met, and really took good care of us and other guests. In addition to soaking up the amazing views, you will soak in the most amazing coffee and delicious breakfasts, which are always a surprise and a gastronomical journey your tastebuds are going to love. Some of the things we loved while at the Inn were the awesome grill, where you can buy yummy local fish and grill fro dinner. Watching the sunset and the amazing snacks and desserts that are made available to all guests. You will not go wrong staying here, and will have a memorable experience.

Room Tip: Get the Coffee Cherry room if you want access to the hot tub
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
It’s a joy to work at the Inn. The entire team says “Mahalo” for discovering and enjoying all the Inn has to offer. We love when our guests have a great time and create incredible memories. Your photos are beautiful! We look forward to your return “home” soon.
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

In our planning and communications months before our trip we felt that Holualoa Inn had to be special and we couldn't wait to see if our feelings and research were on track. We were celebrating our anniversary and both of our birthdays, so we searched high and low to find the "right" place and did we ever!!!
From the moment we turned off into the driveway and meandered our way through the gorgeous grounds of this coffee estate we thought we had arrived at our "home away from home". That was indeed confirmed when we were greeted some warmly and cheerfully through the kitchen window by Cat. We once again knew that Holualoa Inn was beyond special and amazing.
The grounds and home are unbelieveable--every detail, every decision has been thought of and you do truly feel that you are staying with special friends in their home.
We hesitate to use the term "staff" because everyone who works at Holualoa Inn must have been chosen so carefully not only for their fabulous skills and personalities, but it's so very evident that this amazing group of people have created a culture of cooperation and family within their environment and with each other. They are so special that I called the week of our return home to share with Cat how much they all made our trip and to let them know that we missed them all.
Thank you so much Cat, Steve, Crystal, and so many more who made our stay at Holualoa Inn one of the highlights of our 3 week trip to the Hawaiian islands.
Crystal's gourmet breakfasts were not only outstanding, but beautiful as well. It's difficult to say which was the best since we loved all of them.
When you go (not if) know that you will be taken care of in every single way--directions, recommendations, reservations, wonderful snacks and beverages, a fridge and washer/dryer for guests to name a few.
Holualoa Inn is located in the small arts village of Holualoa with fabulous views of the Kona coast below--a great location out of the huba buba of Kona, but a reasonable ride to shops and restaurants. We will say that probably the best place we ate during our 5 night stay was within walking distance of the inn--so island casual and such good food with fresh local ingredients that we ate there 3 times.
As you can tell we loved Holualoa and the wonderful "staff" and it will be a very special memory for us and hope we will return "home" in the future.

Room Tip: We had a chance to take a look at all the rooms and each was special. We stayed in Hibicus and woul...
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  • 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
WOW – Mahalo for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are excited to know you had an amazing time. It gave us chicken skin (goose bumps) to read all your generous comments. It is guests like you that make our work fun and meaningful. Creating great memories is what we love to do. Thanks again and we hope to see you back “home” soon.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This inn was one of the highlights of our wonderful trip to Hawaii. We spent 3 nights here as we explored the Kailua-Kona area. The inn is on a coffee farm with plenty of fruit trees and beautiful walking paths. You also have a tremendous view of the coast below. The inn itself is gorgeous and feels like a home away from home. We stayed in the Plumeria Suite and it was wonderful! The bed is very comfortable and the bedroom makes you fell very relaxed. The sitting area provides a good view of the grounds and is a great place to read a book. Even the bathroom was great! The staff was very attentive during our stay and always took time to check in on us. One of the evenings we took a long tour to Mauna Kea for the sunset and stargazing. When we came back, we discovered that the staff had taken the effort to put the evening snack on our nightstands. It was the little touches like this that set this inn apart from any other place that we had stayed previously. The location is perfect for activities down in Kailua-Kona. We did two snorkeling tours and the Mauna Kea tour and we were only a 15 minute drive from the various departure and pick up points. Since the inn is at a higher elevation than the coast, you get relief from the sometimes hot and humid temperatures. At night you do hear the Coqui Frogs but they aren't overwhelming like elsewhere on the island. The inn does provide complimentary earplugs if the sounds of nature are too much for light sleepers. We also took full advantage of the complimentary laundry services that they provide. It allowed us to pack lighter than what we normally would have done. The morning breakfast service was great and we had the opportunity to try fresh fruit that was picked fresh from their grounds. We highly recommend this inn for anyone staying on the Kona coast.

  • Stayed October 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
WOW – your wonderful review sounds like an exciting brochure!
We really appreciate your comments. It makes us feel good to know you had such a great time. If you have any photos to share please send them to marketing@holualoainn.com. Hope to see you back “home” soon.
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Address: 76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, PO Box 222, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Holualoa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Holualoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holualoa Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual elegance with Polynesian luxury... Spectacular Pacific Ocean views, 30 lush acres of well-tended tropical fruit and flower gardens, 4,000 Kona Coffee trees, custom-tiled mosaic pool, exquisite inn guest rooms, cottage, covered open-air pavilion, exceptional service, rooftop, pool and garden gazebos and an abundance of Aloha Spirit. ... more   less 
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