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“Beautiful Hawiian retreat away from the tourist traps” 5 of 5 stars
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Holualoa Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, PO Box 222, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725   |  
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Norwich, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hawiian retreat away from the tourist traps”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed at Holualoa for the first three night of our honeymoon. We honestly questioned whether it was going to be too far away from the action. As it turns out, we were really thankful by the end of our trip that we had been able to spend some time away from it. While you definitely have to drive to get just about anywhere, we didn't mind. We used it as a home base for our explorations. The only thing we really missed was having a variety of dining options to choose from. We found ourselves struggling daily to find a great spot for dinner.
We booked the Ginger Room and loved every second of it. We'd heard mixed reviews of the roosters and frogs chirping, but I have to say it was rather relaxing. We loved walking the grounds and exploring the inn. If only it had been warm enough for a dip in that cold pool!!
The staff was great and breakfast was delicious. My husband LOVED trying the local fruits and still talks about that cherimoya.
We, too, found the suggested tip portion of the bill to be awkward, but it certainly wouldn't deter us from returning. Those sheets are reason enough to return!!

Room Tip: Booking a room with 'ocean view' isn't really necessary since you're so far away fro...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Mahalo for choosing the Holualoa Inn. Located in the heart of the Kona Coffee growing region at 1,400 feet elevation, we are “above it all.” Our location offers spectacular ocean views. One of the best restaurants around, Holuakoa Gardens and Café is only a 5-minute walk from the Inn. Our Comphy sheets are so incredibly popular many of our guests order a set to sleep on at home. We look forward to serving you more delicious fresh fruit from the property when you return!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Sydney
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Coffee Cherry Room at the Holualoa Inn for 4 nights in February 2013. it was a beautiful room with private hot tub. Staff were so friendly and helpful, we loved sharing the wonderful breakfasts with the other guests and of course the Inn's own estate Kona coffee. The home baked afternoon teas were a real treat to come back to after a days exploring. The Inn's provides all the beach equipment you need so we grabbed masks, fins and snorkels and headed down to Refuge Bay recommended by the staff. The snorkeling there was very good and we even got to swim with a pod of Spinner Dolphins that came over to investigate. We shall be returning to stay at Holualoa Inn again when we return to the Big Island of Hawaii. In the meantime we are enjoying their estate Kona Coffee at home which tastes even more amazing using our expresso coffee machine. Mahalo to all the staff for making our stay so memorable and special, hope to see you again soon.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Swimming with a pod of Spinner Dolphins, relaxing in your private hot tub, eating delicious breakfasts & afternoon treats, and enjoying our amazing 100% Kona Coffee – WOW – it sounds like you had an incredible trip !!! We look forward to your return “home” soon, so we can spoil you some more!
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Brooklyn
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86 reviews 86 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

From the tasteful yet beautiful decor to the gentle, generous hospitality, this inn is superlative. We were greeted with fresh lemonade made with lemons from trees on the grounds, then shown to our room, which had easy access to a rooftop gazebo with comfortable chaises and a view of the bay. Breakfast was a delicious two-course affair, again with fruit and juices from the trees on the grounds, and coffee made with the inn's own beans. The pool is unheated, but lovely and clean--the perfect dip on a warm day. The views are terrific, even when it's overcast. There's a kitchen if you want to keep snacks, a barbecue if you want to grill, a laundry for when your clothes get grungy, and coffee any time you want it. Everything is you need is here!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Orchid Room, which has its own balcony plus access to the rooftop gazebo.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, March 28, 2013
When a “Senior Contributor” writes such a wonderful review it makes us so happy!!! As a seasoned traveler with over 45 reviews, we know your words speak volumes. We’re thrilled to know you enjoyed all the Inn has to offer. We agree, “Doesn’t get better than this!” and “Everything you need is here!” says it all. Hope to see you back “home” again soon!!!
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Orange County, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

we found the Holualoa Inn on tripadvisor, and booked it based on the great reviews and the "coffee estate" aspect (we're major coffee hounds)....we absolutely fell in love with the staff and property. great little touches, like greeting us with cool towels and fresh juice. we felt like geniuses for staying in Holualoa versus a hotel in Kona. the view was SPECTACULAR and it only took a few minutes to get into town. definitely book a massage, it was a highlight. and look forward to amazing breakfasts (some of the freshest and most interesting meals of our whole trip). and the coffee was to die for! it was exactly the beautiful and romantic getaway we were hoping for and if we ever make our way back to the Big Island, we will stay at Holualoa Inn the entire time!

Room Tip: coffee cherry room has exclusive access to the hot tub
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  • Stayed March 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, March 17, 2013
Mahalo for your wonderful words of “Even better than expected.” With over 5,100 coffee trees on our 30 acres, we have some of the best tasting Kona coffee around. At our 1,400 ft. elevation, the coffee trees love the weather and our incredible view of Kona. We agree, experiencing relaxing massages in the Hale Luana massage pavilion is an amazing treat. The Coffee Cherry room with the outside hot tub is a favorite of our guests. We look forward to hosting you again for your next “beautiful and romantic getaway!”
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Syracuse, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We recently stayed at the Holualoa Inn for 2 nights after having been elsewhere on the island for a week. I was impressed by the grounds as we arrived and the common areas of the Inn were lovely. The room we stayed in was clean and the sheets were divine, but it was average otherwise. The breakfast in the morning was delicious and the staff did a nice job welcoming everyone and making introductions. In our room, I could easily hear neighbors moving around their room, but I felt that was to be expected. I did not expect however, to hear roosters at 4:30 a.m. There were ear plugs in the bathroom but it had not occurred to me they were there for a good reason. Another guest commented on the roosters as well, so it wasn't just a bad dream. My greatest disappointment was at checkout when I was asked if I had completed the Invoice left in our room. I hadn't, so I went back to the room to get it and was horrified to see suggested gratuity amounts of 10, 15 or 20%. At $400/night, our minimum suggested tip was $80--up to $160. Really? I am a good tipper, but we were there for 2 nights and had 2 meals there. We parked our own car and carried our own bags, so I felt the suggested amounts were not reasonable and the way it was handled made me terribly uncomfortable; and I didn't appreciate feeling that way on vacation. There were a few other pros and cons, but all-in-all reflecting on our time there, it felt like staying with a wealthy family member--the thing you have to decide is if you want to spend your vacation with your family, or if you go on vacation to get away from them. :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Mahalo for your feedback, we view all feedback as a gift. We are happy for the most part that you enjoyed your visit with us. We apologize for your feeling uncomfortable in any way. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding in that you were asked to fill out our “Guest Comment” form, not the invoice. For this reason we will be changing our policy and no longer be asking our guests to fill out the “Comment” form and will leave that to their discretion. In regards to the gratuity formula on the invoice which states, (“Many of our guests have asked about our tipping policy. While gratuities are not required, they are greatly appreciated and are distributed among the staff. The following gratuity guideline is meant to assist you. Mahalo!”). The formula on the bottom is meant to be a helpful guideline as many of our guests have asked what is customary. Our goal is always to make our guests feel comfortable and enjoy their visit at the Inn, and again we apologize for any misunderstandings.
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paris
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

just to keep the place a secret because it is really that good. Lovely grounds, great view, comfortable and well appointed rooms. A welcome relief for the beach/hotel ghetto of every Hawaiian island. I do not have one complaint. I am going back.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Holualoa Inn O, Guest Relations Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
We love your sense of humor! Many of our guests feel exactly the same way. When we say we hope to see you again soon and please be sure to tell your family and friends about us they reply, “No way, we want to the keep the Inn a special place just for us.” We promise to keep the Inn a special and memorable experience for all of our guests. See you back “home” soon!
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Spicewood, Texas
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168 reviews 168 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Holualoa Inn was the best B&B we have ever visited. The rooms, facilities and grounds were beautiful. Museum quality pieces of art and furnishings were located throughout the Inn. The staff had a "can do" and very friendly attitude. Each morning a 5 star special breakfast was served and each afternoon homemade cookies and pasties were offered as a delicious treat. A variety of tea and Kona coffee were always available. Suggestions for activities, restaurants and directions were gladly given. Nothing was ever out of place and there was no drama during our entire stay. It was sad to leave such a relaxing and breathtaking place. We highly recommend the Holualoa Inn and hope we are fortunate enough to return for another visit.

Room Tip: We preferred the 2nd floor suite.
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  • Stayed February 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, March 5, 2013
We are thrilled to know you think of us as the “Best B&B Ever Visited.” That says a whole lot coming from a Top Contributor with over 88 reviews! You two were an absolute joy to host. It was fun for us to see you each morning enjoying our homegrown estate Kona coffee as you researched and planned your day on your iPads. We look forward to welcoming you “home” once more so we can spoil you again! Mahalo for your generosity when we said Aloha (goodbye) – it was much appreciated!
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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:3 star — Holualoa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
…an inspired vision of Polynesian elegance - 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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