This was our first B & B experience. Being our first experience we didn't know what to expect. We have stayed all across the board at simple hotels to 5 star resorts; have had great accomodations to the OMGosh I can't stay here and now our first B & B with Claudia & Scott at their At the Beach with Friends B & B in Hilo, HI.
We stayed for 8 nights, from Oct 30 thru Nov 6, 2007 which I think may not be the usual but my husband and I don't like to move around. We like to settle in and stay put. We arrived in the evening, Claudia was there to greet us at the door, show us to our room and give us the lay of the land. Our room was lovely, a nice size with a king size bed, TV, private phone, private bath with full size tub. Actually the bathroom was a nice size, compared to some hotels we've stayed at. Clean towels every day, shampoo, soap, mouth wash cups, night light. Very nice. In the main room there is a lovely view from large windows out onto a tropical garden and Koi pond. There wasn't a chest of "drawers" though; there was the cabinet the TV sat on that you can put your folded clothes in but a set of drawers would have been nice. In our room there was an extra twin bed for a third person, we would have perferred a comfortable chair to sit in. The other rooms may have that to offer. The closet was full size, with plenty of hangers and a small refrigerator which was great to keep soda, snacks etc.
All in all the room was wonderful, clean, nicely decorated and a welcome site after a long day exploring the BIg Island.
Now, being our first B & B we have no comparisions from which to draw. We're use to the order from the menu routine. So with that said, the food was good. Warm muffins, homemade granola (delicious), fresh fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs or some hot food offering each morning, a great tea selection and very good coffee each morning at 8:15. Claudia was very accomodating if scheldules dictated an earlier or later need for breakfast. Claudia likes to make you feel at home. If she finds out you have a particular favorite she does her best to surprise you with a treat. If you have certain needs Claudia is gracious and will do what she can to meet them.
So, in summary, the food is healthy, well prepared and tastey. If you want to eat there you are somewhat tied to the Inn Keeps schedule so be prepared but don't hesitate to ask if you need alternate arrangements. A coffee pot that could be set up to turn on for the early risers would be nice, there is a French Press coffee pot available for the guests, but an ordinary push the button one would be a great convinence.
Claudia & Scott have done a wonderful job of making your stay with them enjoyable. There is WIFI for your computer, beach equipment, sun screens, umbrellas and towels. There are plenty of books on places to go, what to do, Island history and more. Claudia and Scott will visit with you, share their stories and make you feel at home and a welcome guest. The common room is comfortable and there are snacks (on the house) and tea available 24/7.
So, in closing, our stay at At the Beach with Friends B & B was wonderful and worth the price of admission. If you like the B & B style of traveling I can't imagine you'd be disappointed with At the Beach with Friends (Claudia & Scott)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private guest wing on a salt water lagoon across from Hilo's favorite swimming beaches. Luxury ocean view accommodations for $160-$180 king beds, ensuite baths, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, common sitting room/lounge area, games, books, & hot buffet breakfast. Small refrigerators in room and tea service available in common room. Triple room available. Beach towels, folding chairs,coolers flashlights and umbrellas on hand. $10/night discount off base price for five nights or more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- At The Beach With Friends Bed And Breakfast
- At The Beach With Friends Hotel Hilo
- At The Beach With Friends Bed & Breakfast Hilo, Hawaii