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“Best Views and hospitality”
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Belle Vue
Ranked #6 of 8 Waimea B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Belle Vue Waimea certainly lives up to its name - the views are among the most spectacular we've seen anywhere in the world. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains on one side, a panoramic vista to the ocean on another side, breathtaking sunsets, and the surreal bright green slanted hills of Parker Ranch (complete with cows) on the other side. From the lanai of the extremely spacious Penthouse room/suite, we spent hours just watching the interplay of sun and the puffy clouds skidding by, or - if there was some "liquid sunshine" at the moment, there was always a rainbow or two to enjoy in the distance.

The hospitality provided by Viviane and Gayland can't be beat, with fresh fruits and home-baked muffins, and fresh flowers everywhere. Since the property is at the very top of Waimea, at about 2,800 feet elevation, we found it essential to prepare for cool breezes at times. But after a 15-minute drive we could be at guaranteed-sunny beaches. We have found Waimea to be a great location for driving either West to the sunny shore, North over Highway 250 - which is one of the most spectacular drives anywhere - to the quaint old-Hawaii towns of Hawi and Kapa'au, East to the Hamakua Coast and Hilo, or over the top of the island on the Saddle Road. And we love the local cowboy (paniolo) culture, including the Parker Ranch rodeos which are a real hoot!

Though there are ample good reasonably priced restaurants (e.g. Pau and Parker Ranch Broiler), I love to cook, and between the numerous farmers' markets with fantastic local produce and the fresh-off-the-boat fish store down the road in Kawaihae, I am in heaven. We have been coming to Belle Vue (both Waimea and Kona) for a number of years, and definitely will return in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

A lovely big room with all facilities. Everywhere was very clean and fresh . The room did go cold on certain nights when the wind was blowing from Mauna Kea, but it was either a case of wrapping a blanket round you or going to bed and since we were still on UK time it was usually a case of going to bed!
Breakfast is continental and all food is left in the fridge for you to help yourselves. We found there was plenty including a variety of cereals, porridge, lots of fresh fruit, bread, butter, jams and plenty of coffee. We found this arrangement suited us as we were able to have breakfast when we wanted.
Due to some poor weather while we were there we were not able to use the veranda as much as we would have liked but when we did the views were fantastic and it was a great way to end the day sitting there with a glass of wine.

Waimea is an excellent centre for touring the northern end of Big Island and Mauna Kea. There is a good supermarket and a number of good restaurants.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

The place is large and spacey although slightly old. It would be a perfect place if they had a portable heater. Spring nights at Waimea could go as cold as 60 degrees. That would be pretty good for Minnesota, but cold for Hawaii where people usually don’t bring warm sleepwear. It seems strange to me that a business that provides hospitality services doesn’t have heaters. A breakfast is on the weak side too. Bread, two type of cereal, two types of milk and preserves. The breakfast could be way better for the money they charge. I’m pretty sure that one papaya will not break owners wallet.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Prior reviews are very mixed. Our recent experience is with the unit directly below the penthouse. It's roomy and in most respects, even though a bit dated, it's quite pleasant. However, we have to agree with the last reviewer regarding there being a cleanliness issue. Ours was not as extreme. We didn't spot any mold. However, we felt compelled to use their cleaning supplies before preparing any food. We used a spray cleaner they provided to wipe down all of the counters, the small appliances, and the kitchen table as well as the large bathroom vanity. The towels and bed linens seemed good with the exception of some stains on the bedspread of the twin bed (which we didn't use).

Having said that, we will also agree with other reviewers about it being a lovely location. Regarding the view from the lanai, it's very limited, but a walk up the slightly steep driveway affords a beautiful view and a pleasant road for a walk. As long as you rent it with the idea you'll have to do a little cleaning at the beginning as well as the end of your stay, you may deem it worth the money. The unit wasn't awful, but more attention to cleaning could have made it really good. We hope the owners read this and spruce things up a bit.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Room: We had the penthouse suite. The view was beautiful. When we arrived, all the windows were open and the room was cold. When we shut the windows, we were struck by the smell of mildew in the room. The room was still cold (because the weather was cold and rainy) and there was no heater. We had expected to have a fireplace, but there was a display of artificial flowers inside it, as well as another display of flowers on a table blocking it, and no wood. When we asked, we were told that we couldn't use it. We asked for a heater, the caretaker argued with us, saying that heating was expensive. When we requested one anyway, he did bring one later.

There was obvious mould in the shower (photo below), and a used bar of soap. The next morning we called Vivienne from Kona who was managing this suite, and told her we were checking out because we weren't happy with the level of cleanliness. She argued that this wasn't a problem, even though she was an hour's drive away, said we were "being difficult", and that she'd already charged the room — and hung up on us. We moved out anyway. When we returned home she had left a message saying that she had reimbursed us for the days we didn't stay, which she had.

Property: The location is lovely, on the side of the hill overlooking Waimea, with a grassy field with cattle on the other side of the road, and a view, at least from our suite. This property was generally run down, but the other properties on the road were very attractive and it was a nice area for a short walk. It's close to Merriman's restaurant which has good food.

Waimea: Beautiful but extremely rainy and cool when we were there.

Liked best: Proximity of property to lovely field with cows, and view from penthouse suite.
Liked least: Mould in bathroom, mildew smell, lack of hospitality.

Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Belle Vue Waimea was the perfect spot for our few nights in Waimea. Located on a hillside above the town, the view was spectacular and the surroundings quiet. On the other side of the road were cattle grazing, but looking downhill you could see Mauna Kea to the left, Mauna Loa straight ahead and the coast to the right. Spectacular! Not to mention that every time you stepped outside the fragrant flowers welcomed you.

Our studio room was large, with a king-size bed, futon, couch, dresser, TV, free wifi, closet. The kitchen was well-stocked with breakfast items. Shampoo and soap were provided in the bathroom. Tatami mats were even on hand for some beachgoing.

The proprietors were very friendly and responsive, providing all kinds of advice for our time in the area. We could have stayed here much longer than we did and been quite happy. A great place!

Room Tip: We had the studio at the base of the stairs, which probably had the "worst" view of all th...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Best place for the price. The penthouse room has excellent view of the sunset. Kitchen and restroom were very clean. Couch could have been cleaner. The host was very courteous and had great suggestions.
Nearby attractions: mauna kea observatory, upolo pt, pololu valley and waipio valley. Do not miss out the drive up to mauna kea(its cold up there - take a jacket)
Nice restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Swami M
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Additional Information about Belle Vue

Address: Konokahau Road 1351, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Waimea
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Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Waimea
Price Range: $95 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2

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