My wife and I stayed here on the last night of our honeymoon. The view was great, the location was nice, the staff was generally courteous, and the open-air setup was outstanding. The bed was luxurious, and it was a great finale to our trip. It felt like being in an exclusive resort - one for just the few of us who managed to find this spot. Upon arrival, you are asked to remove your shoes so as not to damage the hardwood floors. Breakfast was very nice as well - presentation, taste and quantity were all good, including both hot and cold dishes and local coffee. The concierge book suggested things to do and places to see both near and far on the island. There were some negatives, however. The temperature was a little higher than I expected, and with no AC we left the windows open... but I had a hard time sleeping with the various nature sounds - dripping water, crickets or cicaedas, and birds, including a very early rooster in the distance. Funny, but I had no problems with the ocean when we were staying right over the water, while I did have trouble with the lower-volume but not as predictable sounds here... the other thing that soured me, was that the bill included "suggested gratuity" amounts of 10, 15 and 20% (for "good, great, or excellent" service) on top of a bill that was already double what the guide book which suggested it listed, and also on top of a $50 extra charge for only staying a single night. I'd never seen that at a hotel, before, and particularly not one where I was already spending nearly $400 for one night. Overall, I'm glad we stayed here instead of, say, the Sheraton; and it was a nice way to wrap up our trip, but I do not want to go back... and I didn't really feel completely welcome... like maybe I wasn't old money enough or sophisticated enough to be a desireable guest there. My wife didn't have that feeling at all, though, and she wished we could have stayed longer.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holualoa Hotel Holualoa
- Holualoa Inn Hawaii