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“Exotic setting, accommodating hosts, excellent value...” 5 of 5 stars
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16-1504 39th Ave, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Keaau B&B and Inns
Easton, Maryland
1 review
“Exotic setting, accommodating hosts, excellent value...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

We had a Sublime Time during our time at Art and Orchids. Our hosts, Marklyn and Jerry, provided remarkable hospitality throughout our 4 day stay. Our room was tastefully appointed with genuine South Pacific furniture and artworks, and decorated with stunning, fresh picked tropical floral arrangements.We were provided with a 2 page directory (produced by our hosts) of their favorite local sites and attractions, which provided us with many hours of touring enjoyment. The property is lush with tropical fruit trees and flowering plants, and guests are encouraged to pick and enjoy the ripe fruit, including Avocado, Starfruit, Passion fruit. Guava, Papaya, Lemons, and Oranges. The taste of the fresh-picked fruit is enough to inspire one to throw away their shoes and stay on the Big Island forever. (Did I mention that breakfast is served with fresh picked fruit ...) The drive into Art and Orchids is little surprising the first time, but the stay is remarkable. Anna & Paul from Maryland

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Art and Orchids is a gem, and we could not have been happier with our stay there. Though the drive in is a bit disconcerting, don't give up...your treasure awaits behind the mosaic covered columns at the end of the road. This place is clean, charming, and comfortable. We stayed in the Rainbow Room, which has a comfy bed and a little balcony overlooking the hot tub and koi pond. The room is large and has a HUGE closet and adorable bathroom with mosaic tile floor done by our hostess, Markie. Buffet-style breakfasts consisted of fresh egg dishes (with eggs from their chickens), breads, and wonderful fruit. Markie and Jerry posess a wealth of knowledge and information about the area and are happy to share it. The property is convenient to Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
A winner all around and I would recommend it to anyone wanting an off-the-beaten-path oasis.

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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Sunnyvale, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

Absolutely loved this B&B located in what's basically the middle of nowhere. Markie & Jerry and their dogs and cats are all super friendly, with tons of tips about nearby attractions. We stayed in the garden room which is downstairs, our first visit to the Big Island. The room is way bigger than you need for 2 people - excellent for a family. The fresh fruit, granola, and egg breakfast was a welcome sight to me, I find most 'usual' breakfasts way too heavy.

My only warning, which isn't A&O's fault at all, is there isn't a ton of space to maneuver our disastrously slow rental car, a Chevy Malibu. There isn't a real parking lot and 3 point turns in that nightmare of a car are near impossible, especially with other guests present. Just plan ahead and you should be fine.

Check out the stars at night from the hot tub. Awesome.

Room Tip: Garden room can easily sleep a family
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palo Alto, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Art and Orchids is a wonderful B and B in a rainforest! Easy to access via rental car and provided directions. Markie was a really warm and welcoming hostess who takes the time to put in the little details that made our stay special. We loved that she served a variety of tropical fruits fresh from the garden for the buffet breakfast! Yum. She also made us a delicious To Go meal for our early departure, which was a super nice last taste of the island. Lots of rainforest night sounds (mainly a frog chorus) that added something unique to our stay (was not detrimental to sleeping). Rooms were clean, and great living room with lots of movies and books. Fun artwork abounds. Careful of bug bites if you go to the hot tub or pool in the evening! ;) Perfect location for exploring volcano, Puna, and Hilo side of the island. Highly recommended taste of Hawaiian living, thank you Markie!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We absolutely loved our stay at Art & Orchids. The room and common space were beautiful, clean, airy and open. The tile work they have done is wonderful-- it felt like there were little surprises and gifts left for us to discover all around. The furnishings were also original, comfortable and beautiful, especially the wood used. My daughter loved the pool, especially the waterfall and the little cat foot prints on the bottom. Markie was a warm and thoughtful host, as well as a very good cook and an outstanding gardener. Grows her own fruit to serve with breakfast-- it doesn't get any better! We couldn't believe the gorgeous flowers and plants-- paradise couldn't be any more beautiful. We appreciated all the outdoor equipment they had laid out for guests to use. Also, great selection of books. Loved it!

Room Tip: Rainbow Room was great for us-- a couple and a child
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Orchard, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

While looking for a house for our retirement, I stayed in this great B&B. Markie and Jerry were not only gracious hosts, but helped me in so many ways, such as loaning me detailed maps of the area and suggesting places to visit. Having a great breakfast in the morning helped get me started (it was filling enough that I usually ended up skipping lunch). The pool was a refreshing way to end a long day of house hunting. Although I did visit several of the local restaurants, on several nights I made a simple dinner in the guest kitchen. I found the bed comfortable (we sleep on a DUX bed at home, so I have not always found other beds comfortable). This is wonderfully relaxing B&B that I would highly recommend for adults.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

We stayed there many years ago...long before I heard of trip advisor, but doing research for a return stay reminded me to write this review. We loved Art and Orchids! It is a bit of a hassle to get to, but totally worth it. The hosts were very welcoming without being intrusive. There is a great kitchen space if you want to make dinner or lunch. We took the smallest room and still had plenty of space for 7 days. They also set up a massage appointment for us on the day we flew home and let us check out late. The room was very clean and comfortable and, most important in my book, had capacity for early morning coffee before breakfast was served. I would definitely recommend it. If indeed, we return to Hawaii this year, we will stay there again, if they would have us!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16-1504 39th Ave, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Keaau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Keaau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A haven for artists and those who love tropical gardens. Luxury at an affordable price. Wake to the sound of rainforest birds in our spacious home on the Big Island of Hawaii, 15 miles from Hilo. All rooms with private baths, one with jacuzzi. Decorated with high quality art. Relax in our hot tub. Breakfast includes macadamia nut granola, eggs, ham, local tropical fruit, sweet and whole-grain bread, Hawaiian honey and jam, tea, and local coffee. ... more   less 

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