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“Why stay anywhere else??!!” 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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Ranked #1 of 6 Holualoa B&B and Inns
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“Why stay anywhere else??!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

This was our 7th trip to the Big Island and our 6th stay at Holualoa Inn. We have always thoroughly enjoyed our stays there but this time, we really felt like we were coming home! Our room, Hibiscus, was even better this (our third time)-comfy chairs to enjoy the view and relax at the same time. The Comphy sheets on the bed were so nice, we ordered a set as soon as we arrived home.
We usually leave the Inn to 'explore' around the island but this time we were so comfortable, we stayed at the Inn all day , finding a new place to read and relax each day, and only left to go out for meals. Speaking of meals, the breakfasts prepared by Brian and Noe were truly works of art and delicious besides! Visiting with other guests at breakfast and in the Ohana room was also a special part of our visit.
All in all, we truly felt like this was our 'home' (or at least the one 'away from home') and thank Noe, Brian, Cat & Carol for making us feel this way. We hated to leave!

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, November 6, 2010
Thank you very much for your heartfelt review of our Inn and your “home”. We love making new friends; we especially love welcoming home long time friends. You can take home the sheets, but you must return for Brian’s breakfasts. Until then, stay happy and healthy! Aloha from your Holualoa Inn Ohana.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Odenton, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

This bed and breakfast provided a wonderful view and was very relaxing. The frogs do sing at night, but it only adds to the charm of the rainforest scenery. Breakfast is excellent and can be brown bagged, if you have an early trip. Fresh fruits, juices, syrups, jams and eggs await you in the morning! The staff is great about accommodating every need! The grounds are very quiet with multiple places to relax and read or just enjoy the view. The beds are very comfortable and have sturdy pillows, not like the hotel pillows that sink when you lay your head down. Be prepared for the change in altitude when going in between the city of Kona and the inn (about a 1000 foot drop). The pool provides a great place to relax while your body adjusts to the altitude, if you are not used to it. Overall I recommend it to anyone who likes the comforts of home when travelling!

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, November 6, 2010
On behalf of the Holualoa Inn Ohana, thank you for your review. With the abundant fruit trees on property, Chef Brian is always coming up with new recipes for jams, syrups and such. We will keep your pillows fluffed until you return. Mahalo nui loa from all of us at Holualoa Inn.
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St. Catharines, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

We stayed in the Orchid room for 2 nights of our honeymoon. The room was gorgeous, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was just what we needed for the last 2 days of our vacations. Brian makes amazing breakfasts so if you are looking for chef created breakfast then this is your place. Noe was also awesome to work with while booking. We were very lucky and pleased. The only thing to be aware of is that it is a bit cooler up in the mountain so bring some warmer clothes! Oh and the coffee of course was delicious, we bought some to save for our first anniversary!

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, November 6, 2010
We are honored that you chose Holualoa Inn as the place to spend your Honeymoon. It is our hope that you will return for many wedding anniversaries to come. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. Drink your coffee now... and join us for your first anniversary!
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Honolulu
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Holualoa Inn puts the accommodate in accommodations! If you want a relaxing retreat for you and your family with all the hospitality you can handle, this place is PERFECT. From the moment we drove on the property it was apparent that the team of caring people that keep the inn at Holualoa pay close attention to details. We received a hawaiin greeting by name before we even made it to the door.

Staying at Holualoa in is an experience whether you are out for adventure or want to lounge around all day. They have it all. I'm not sure how the staff does it, but they make you feel like you are the only guest there. They cater to your every need without being intrusive. For instance, my wife and I visited on our wedding anniversary on a reunion after a military deployment. I mentioned that I had learned to play the guitar while I was away, but my wife hadn't heard me play. Well, the innkeeper that day went home and brought her guitar back just so I could show my wife my new skills. Now that is Accommodating! Awesome!

The breakfast is gourmet to put it mildly. I went to bed wondering what the chef was going to cook up the next day. The snacks in the afternoon are perfect for when you come back to the inn before going out for dinner. Most of what you eat was grown on the property. How amazing is that!?

I was totally floored by this place and so was my wife. We will be back, maybe every anniversary. Guys, if you want to earn some major points bring your woman here. Trust me. She will be enthralled with the decor, the food, the ambiance. They have it all. HOOAH Hollualoa!

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, September 24, 2010
On behalf of our Holualoa Inn Ohana, it is an honor to serve a soldier who has returned home safely. We really appreciate your review of us. May I recommend you learn to play “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young next? It is guaranteed to be a hit with your lady! Come home soon…Mahalo nui loa!
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Toronto
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Thank You Holualoa Inn

Six months ago my wife and I were woken at 5:00 a.m. up by a call from the front desk of our hotel in Kona. They told us that a tsunami was on its way and the hotel was being evacuated. Buses would be leaving within the hour.

We chose to find our own way and left in our car in the early morning just as the warning sirens started to wail. It was a very stressful time. Even locals were leaving the lowlands and the highways were busy. Roads leading to the water were blocked by the police and we drove steadily up into the highlands.

All we wanted was a safe place to wait out the surge expected from the tsunami. We didn't know the area so we just kept driving "up." Eventually, we arrive in coffee country more than 1400 feet above sea level and found the Holualoa Inn. It was still only 7:30 or so and as we drove onto the grounds the Inn seemed very quiet. A few roosters were strutting around but there were no cars in front of the main building and the only resident we could find was a large statue of the Buddha presiding over an empty lobby.

We tentatively used the lobby phone to call the caretaker and find out if there was room available. We were afraid he might be annoyed at being woken up so early but he answered the phone cheerfully after only a few rings and when we explained that we were looking for shelter from the tsunami he said while the Inn was officially closed for a few days if we didn’t mind waiting for the staff to arrive he could have them come in to open it up. Check in time usually happened in the afternoon but apparently, while we were the first couple to arrive he’d had a lot of calls from displaced people the Inn was going to open up so people would have a place to stay.

The first of the staff arrived within 15 minutes. From the start they were gracious and enthusiastic. We had woken them up on what was probably their day off, when the Inn was closed, and they apologized for not having everything 100% perfect. It didn’t take them long to correct the last few details. We checked in within the hour and just as we were about to have a nap they announced that they had called in their chef to make breakfast for us and the rest of the people who had drifted in ahead of the tsunami.

It was one of the most delicious meals we have had for a long time. One of the best parts was eating local fruit and drinking coffee grown on the plantation. The other was the setting. The interior of the Inn and the furnishings are just beautiful and looking out the window we could see down the mountain to the ocean we had fled from a few hours before.

We watched the tsunami coverage on CNN downstairs at the Inn. The waves never threatened Kona and even though we had pre-paid at our old hotel we chose to stay at the Inn that night anyways. It was one our favourite parts of our trip to Hawaii. The staff were full of advice about what to do and where to eat in the area and they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. One of the often repeated phrases was "make yourself comfortable. This is your home while your with us." It definitely felt like that except at home we don't have people baking us delicious snacks in the afternoon because they have the spare time or bringing orchids to put in our rooms.

We have stayed at a lot of hotels and B&Bs in a number of different countries and we have never encountered such a perfect combination of charming staff, beautiful surroundings and comfort. We would definitely recommend the Holualoa Inn to anyone. It is a beautiful place and the staff are wonderful. They will always embody the true “Aloha spirit” of Hawaii for us.

Thank you for a wonderful time.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, September 24, 2010
We are honored to hear that you “encountered such a perfect combination of charming staff, beautiful surroundings and comfort”. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write such a heartfelt review. We hope to welcome you back…without the tsunami of course!
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new york, ny
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

While this place is pricey, it's certainly one of the few places I've been where it is completely worth it. From the luxurious bed, to the incredible view, to the delicious breakfast served every morning, it was a truly incredible experience.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, September 24, 2010
We are thrilled that you had a “truly incredible experience”. On behalf of our Holualoa Inn team, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We hope that your travels will bring you back to Holualoa Inn where we may welcome you home.
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Los Altos, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2010

Our family felt like we were in our own Hawaiian villa with our own personal chef! The inn overlooks 30 acres of beautiful tropical plants and coffee trees. The interior of the Inn is impeccably furnished with a Bali/ Polynesian flair. The rooms are casual yet elegant and have beautiful ocean views and walls that open to the outside. There are many little romantic places throughout the inn, such as the roof-top gazebo where we would have our wine and watch the sun set every evening. Chef Brian prepared a breakfast of fresh fruit (all grown right at the Inn), followed by something very special such as Lilikoi French Toast or Spinach Omeletes, which he would serve to our family at whatever time we awoke. The customer service is 5-star -- Noe, the General Manager, greets you with fresh juice and places little flower petals near your pillow. After our long days of snorkeling, paddling and golfing, it was a real luxury to return to our own "home" rather than a crowded resort.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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IslandSerenity, General Manager at Holualoa Inn, responded to this review, September 24, 2010
Thank you very much for your review of Holualoa Inn. We are delighted that you felt at home in your own Hawaiian Villa. We look forward to welcoming you home in the near future. In the meantime, may you have visions of farm fresh eggs and macadamia nut sticky buns at our breakfast table. Mahalo from your Holualoa Inn Ohana!
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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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