We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Sharon's Serenity in Kailua is a Restful Retreat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sharon's Serenity

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Kailua
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Sharon's Serenity
Save
You added Sharon's Serenity to your Saves list
127 Kakahiaka Street, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 14 Kailua B&B and Inns
Raleigh, NC
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Sharon's Serenity in Kailua is a Restful Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Sharon's Serenity is a true bed and breakfast stay, now unlike many spots in the area... she really does serve breakfast every morning. Not just a piece of toast, but a delicious bowl of ripe tropical fruits, juices, great coffee and a big muffin or bagel choice with jellies and spreads. Too, unlike many accomodations around, she does not charge a pricey cleaning fee. Unfortunately, extra fees have become the norm for many accomodations in the area.

Her laid-back, not-too-fussy ranch style home has three nice rooms available, a swimming pool, and a relaxing waterview. A good value and a great place to call home base as you explore Oahu.

A short walk to the beach (voted one of Conde Nast's favs) presents a glorious sunrise. You can stop at Kalapawai Store to pick up a Kona Macadamia coffee to take along on your walk. Charming downtown Kailua, with interesting shops, restaurants, grocery and drugstore is just a 5 minute drive.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
Was this review helpful? Yes 6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

58 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    39
    11
    2
    4
    2
See reviews for
9
37
6
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (9)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Austin, Texas
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

It doesn't get any better than this. Kailua is a superb alternative to crowded Honolulu/Waikiki yet accessible to that side of the island, as well as other points of interest in many different directions. As if Kailua isn't plus enough, Sharon's B&B is icing on the cake. Her B&B is a beautiful house on beautiful grounds and Sharon is a warm, knowledgeable hostess. Breakfasts always include fresh fruits, a wonderful way to start the day. The beach is one of the best on the island and is only minutes away by car, not much more by foot. Lanikai Beach, just a little further just might be one of the best in the world. The price of the rooms, BTW, is almost "unreasonably" lower than what one would expect. I am originally from Kailua so I know what's available to visitors. Additionally, I've spent several decades traveling world-wide and have quite a perspective on lodgings. For visitors to Hawaii who want a restful, personal experience instead of the impersonal and sterile hotel thing, you just can't do better than to stay at Sharon's.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Having been to Hawaii on the way back to Oz from Canada and staying only in Waikiki for a couple of nights a few years ago, I was looking for a different experience this time. I'd located Kailua and Lanakai as the places we wanted to be as I'd read about the kayaking and paddleboarding, the snorkelling and the wonderful beaches and figured this would be a great place to spend a few days. I did a bit of research online and after comparing various places, booked Sharon's B & B from Australia. She was very prompt and efficient with her responses and we found the place easily from the directions she sent us.
Before you stay in B & B's you have to realise they are NOT hotels and if you go with those expectations, you will be disappointed. Staying at Sharon's is certainly somewhat like staying with an elderly relative and yes, the decor is "eclectic" and the furniture quite old but the overall location, space and comfort more than compensates. Having said that, I found all the knick-knacks, pictures, ornaments, old family photos, books etc quite fascinating. To me, it was a real Hawaiian family home and we loved it. Sharon could be a bit abrupt but I discovered that this is probably because she is a bit deaf and overall she was very accommodating. It didn't faze me in the slightest to make our food side by side with Sharon in her kitchen. In fact it felt very friendly and I enjoyed chatting with her and since I am a doggie-lover, I enjoyed the company of "the boys". We had use of the kitchen 24/7 instead of breakfast and it was fine. I just rummaged around when I needed things until I found what I wanted. One thing I would say however, is that the BBQ is out the front, old and rusty and definitely not in use so if you were looking to use that, forget it!! We ate out or had takeaway or salad so it wasn't a problem.
We had the Poolside Room and even tho the bed was old, we slept fine every night. We don't like AC's anyway so the fans were fine for us. The shower was hot and the water plentiful and Sharon provided clean towels and fresh linen twice in the 6 days we were there, as well as beach towels, so absolutely no complaints there.
The garden and pool were just gorgeous to relax in and the location of the house was perfect. It's within easy walking distance of Kailua, a great little town but with everything you could possibly need, including a Whole Foods, Longs Drugstore, Macy's, lots of cafes and a good pub. It's within easy walking distance of the beach and the hire place for kayaks and SUP boards and easy driving distance of Honolulu and various other attractions of Oahu.
We certainly felt we had good value from Sharon's Serenity and really enjoyed our stay there.
Mahalo Sharon!!

Room Tip: We had the Poolside Room which was the old master bedroom. It was large and comfortable with plenty...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mill Valley, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Sharon's home is lovely, sitting on a canal where canoes and kayaks float by all day. The house has a very Hawaiian feel, the pool is beautiful, the breakfast plentiful and delicious. There are always interesting guests to chat with and share island tips. Sharon is wonderful and her dogs are adorable. I stayed with Sharon for two weeks every summer when I lived in NY (at least 5-6 years). Seventeen years and two kids later, I went back last week for a much needed break. It was as perfect as I remembered. On top of all that, it would be impossible to find a comparable spot at such a low rate.

Room Tip: I always stay in "the blue room." Private bath, nice size, comfortable bed and chair. Fr...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
sonora,ca.
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

This was the seventh time to visit the Island as my son lives there. We have stayed at other places and found that this is the BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK ! you dan find on the Island.
We thoughly enjoy our stay. This is a very homey atmosphere with a continental breakfast to get you started for the days acvtivity. We stay at VRBO sites only as we cannot stand the noise from busy hotel rooms. To the lady of the house, thank you sooooo much for your assistance.
We will Definetly be back.
Love Russ & Patti,and Karlie.

Room Tip: The Pool Room we stayed in had a great view of the pool and the canal was the perfect size for the t...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Quiet location in a safe residential neighborhood. Easy to find and easy parking. Garden has a clean pool, flowers, birds, and backs onto a quiet canal. Across the canal is parkland and the mountains. Breakfast is more than adequate. We stayed in the cheerfully decorated Pool Room. Towels, soap, and hot water are plentiful; the bed is large and comfortable. One can walk to a general store (5 minutes), a packed local restaurant, not expensive, called Buzz's Original Steakhouse (10 minutes) and the excellent Kailua beach (15 minutes). Kailua is a good location from which to explore the East and North shores of Oahu without the expensive parking and ever increasing traffic congestion in Waikiki. About 30-40 minutes from Honolulu Airport car rental locations.

Room Tip: Ask for Pool Room if available.
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Montreal, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

We celebrated our 25th anniversary by this trip around Hawaii and being in Oahu at Sharon's, in the Pool Room, could not have been a better choice! It is an enchanting quiet place: a water view from the garden, a very short walk from Kailua beach, a wonderful lady who welcomes us, a very nice customized beakfast to start the day... We live far awy but if we go back, it will be THE place.

Room Tip: The Pool Room is large and nice, the whole place is really quiet.
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Sharon's Serenity? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Sharon's Serenity

Address: 127 Kakahiaka Street, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kailua
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Kailua
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Sharon's Serenity Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sharon's Serenity, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.