My wife and I found out just prior to our arrival in Honolulu that our beachfront accomodations would not be available until the day after we arrived. I thought we might enjoy something a little different than the beachfront resort thing our first night, so I (somewhat nervously) reserved a night in the Davies Room at the Manoa Valley Inn in Honolulu, near the University district. We were not disappointed, and it was a beautiful, peaceful and comfortable one-night stay.
The owner, Theresa, met us on check-in and kindly helped us with ice, and with information about the room, the grounds, breakfast, bottled water, etc., and we got settled into the room after a brutal day of travel--about fifteen hours' worth by the time we got to the Inn.
The Davies Room is on the third (top) floor of this charming and historic Inn, and it has a private bathroom. (If you're really tall like I am, you need to be a little careful moving around in the bathroom and shower, or you can use the full-sized antique bathtub in the hall bathroom.) This room has a wonderful view of the expansive lights of Waikiki, but from a nice, quiet distance. We found the bed to be wonderful and extremely comfy, and the room was clean and very tastefully appointed. (I enjoyed the Maxfield Parrish print of "Daybreak" in our room... it's so full of peace and ecstasy.) The screened windows were all open when we entered the room and we left them open all night long. The peaceful sounds, the soft lights, the gentle breeze, and a nice ceiling fan provided a wonderful ambience that helped us begin our "decompression" and relaxation process.
Our bodies were on Colorado time, so we naturally woke up at 6 a.m., and everything was still very peaceful, except that the most wonderful bird songs were now being performed for us--it was quite enchanting. I'm an opera singer, and one of the birds sang a song that reminded me of the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's "Magic Flute." (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
My wife, a professional hairstylist, had forgotten her shampoo, and she commented that she was impressed with the quality of the hair products in the room--in case anyone is wondering.
We went down for breakfast promptly at 7:30 and were very happy to find delicious fruit (pineapple, apple and some fantastic papaya) along with delicious coffee, orange juice, hard-boiled eggs and breads for toasting. The beautiful veranda had lovely views of the lush and well-kept grounds. My wife, who doesn't share my "lumberjack" breakfast tastes, was happy with all of it ("perfect"), and so was I.
Unfortunately, we didn't get an opportunity to try out the heated salt-water pool in the garden (available to discreet guests anytime day or night), but we really enjoyed a short walk around the yard and the gardens. There are some lovely places to relax and smoke outside in designated areas. Unfortunately, I hadn't hit the cigar shop yet, but I regretted not having the opportunity to have a nice, quiet smoke out in the lush backyard.
Theresa helped us with directions to local shopping in the neighborhood, and also kindly passed along her insider tips for eating and beach-activities on the island.
We're looking forward to going back, and we recommend this property whole-heartedly to anyone who is looking for a simple, lovely and comfortable stay at a reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manoa Valley Inn is a Victorian Inn filled with European antiques with a bit of island flair. This Historic Country Inn is an Oahu landmark located in an exclusive area of Honolulu right by the University of Hawaii. The Manoa Valley Inn was built in 1912 and provides a luxurious and quiet experience away from the din of Waikiki for visitors and local residents alike. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The prestigious Country Inn is conveniently located within minutes of Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu business district, yet it is surrounded by the beauty, luxury, and serenity of Manoa Valley. Relax in the quiet of the peaceful and spacious veranda and soak up a bit of Hawaiian nostalgia from years gone by. Stay with us, it's a very special surprise. It is an intimate retreat that provides a unique alternative to resort living. The Manoa Valley Inn has six special, spacious rooms and a charming country cottage waiting for you. We are within walking distance to U.H. Manoa, bus lines, restaurants and theater. Relax in our tropical saltwater heated swimming pool with a soft flowing waterfall located in a secluded garden with many trees and flowers. Breakfast consists of island fresh fruits, yogurt, bread, muffins or bagels, cold cereal, coffee, tea & juice, as well as brown rice, oatmeal with plenty of assorted nuts and dried fruits, a variety of tofu dishes and stir fried vegetables .. eggs when served are from an organic farm run by a family member. We buy local products from local organic farms as much as possible.Our Inn has five permanent guests who are 4 friendly and playful dogs and 1 mysterious black cat! E Komo Mai... Come In, Join Us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manoa Valley Hotel Honolulu
- Manoa Valley Inn Hawaii/Honolulu