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“The parts that matter were good” 4 of 5 stars
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45-3480 Mamane Street, P.O. Box 247, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Honokaa
Caspar, California
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“The parts that matter were good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

You have to "get" old Hawaii to appreciate this place thoroughly. This ain't the Mauna Kea, and that's why it's $99 tax included. This is an idiosyncratic old place in a wonderful, little traveled setting. Back in sugar days, it was a working man's hotel as well as the place where salesman working the mill stayed. It keeps that ambiance. The view to the ocean far below is lovely, the sheets are clean, our bed was new and excellent, and the shower was hot. Yes, the faucet on the lavatory was likely to fall off if you didn't pay attention. Anyone who's had an old house is familiar with the phenomenon. And that's the point. If you want the homogenized Ramada experience, stay in Phoenix. If you want to experience a piece of old Hawaii, including the wonderful, real people who keep this place, then check out the Honoka'a Hotel Club.

Room Tip: Go for the ocean view. Room 14 is a peach.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Seoul, South Korea
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

It may be an old hotel, but that's no excuse for how worn and drabby the whole place is. The bottom floor rooms are small and there is no place to sit and relax in the hotel. The room walls are thin with open screens out to the hallway so you can hear everyone going to bed and waking up or just walking around. The bathroom in the room has yet to be updated in the past few decades. Hot water was out for a day. Breakfast is a joke: have one slice of sandwich bread and an orange slice. No communal areas or kitchen. Whole place smells like a thrift store. Maybe new carpet would help. Not a place you want to spend time at, just sleep there if you have to.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

As othershave said, if you are looking for luxury accomodations and a place where nothing is more than a few years old stay away! If you like nostalgia, can accept old as long as its clean and want to take a trip back in Hawaii's past, this is your place.

We spent two nights and thought it was fun! The manager was very friendly and we had good conversations with her at breakfast. The offering was a bit weak, but adequate and plenty of coffee. The biggest negative was the neighbors chickens. Someone needs to shoot that rooster and make a chicken dinner out of him!

I hope the owner invests enough money to do some repairs an fix the place up more. It is dated (built in 1928) and the room furnishings are getting thread bare. Bed as comfortable and felt that it was clean (as well as you could make an old hotel). Wehad an upstairs corner room and had a great view. Loction is excellent and Honokaa is great little town!

Room Tip: upstairs corner room, best view
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Yellowknife, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Great stop to organize yourself before your hike or excursion in the area. 10 minute drive to waipio and good informative hosts who know lots about the area and all the hikes around waipio. Its not a resort but is exactly what it says it is!

Room Tip: Owners recommend a good location based on what's available.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

If you want a new Hawaii hotel, stay in Kona. If you want a peek into old Hawaii and a friendly manager, and don't mind that it's a bit run down and maybe the showers could use a little more cleaning, stay here. I have four times and every time I enjoy it. It isn't for everyone for sure - maybe that's part of its charm! And the views from the third floor are the best of any hotel I stayed in.

Room Tip: Pay more and stay on the thirds floor for the incredible views of the ocean
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

If you are after a 5 star resort, this is not your place as the rooms are quite old. But if you want a place with some old world Hawaii charm and the most wonderful of hosts, you can't beat this place. The price is reasonable. The location, right on main street in Honoka'a, is great. It's a perfect jump off spot for Waipi'o hiking. The gracious hosts, thought, make it all worthwhile. They are amazingly accommodating, friendly and full or great information about the surrounding area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tubingen, Germany
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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

This is the ultimate retro hotel! Loved the style!
I stayed in a dorm. Room was nice.

Positive points:
- Retro style
- Competitive prices
- easy to find. Right next to the road
- Convenient for Waipi o Valley visits

Negative points:
- A bit run down
- reception hours are limited
- slow internet (only wifi, no PCs!!)
- super noisy frogs in the yard who might keep you awake all night!!
- For dorms you have to provide your own sheets or pay 10 USD extra

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 45-3480 Mamane Street, P.O. Box 247, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Honokaa
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Honokaa
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Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Honoka`a Club Hotel Honokaa
Honoka Hotel Honokaa
Honoka'a Club Honokaa, Hawaii

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