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Stunning ocean views while dining or lounging from our wraparound lanai.
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Keaau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Alice R
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect base location”
Reviewed July 3, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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The house was great. So much to see and do in the neighborhood on foot that you don't want to leave. The bed was so comfortable that it invited afternoon naps under the ceiling fan. Easy to find from the airport and an easy drive to the main tourist spots. The washer and dryer was a plus. It allowed us to travel with less clothes. Recommend you bring binocculars to watch the ocean for dolphins during the day and turtles at night.

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Liked best: The location to the ocean
Liked least: The cockroaches in the silverware drawer. But we learned to kill and deal.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Boodlemay
Morganton, North Carolina
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect Spot”
Reviewed May 10, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
3
people found this review helpful

Great private home south of Hilo.

The sunrise is spectacular, great breezes and we saw plenty of sea turtles right out front from house. Owner Jim is helpful with suggested sites and activities on Hilo side of the Big Island.

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Dave R
Windsor, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“More than we expected!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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This house was as nice as any place we could have rented. It was very clean, very spacious and comfortable, The owners were very accommodating and we have and will highly recommend this 'whale house' to anyone looking to stay in Hawaii, Hilo side!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Bulldog64
New Jersey
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60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Perfect Hawaii Retreat”
Reviewed April 9, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
2
people found this review helpful

House was just as advertised, beautiful inside & out. The owner Jim includes a book of tips on places & things to do, Don't miss anything in this book they were all great! Included with house is bicycles,kayaks,snorkel gear,beach towels. Also barbecue grill was great . Walk right out to edge of water and follow lava trail for great views.One of the tips in his book took us to lava pools about 45 min south, some of the best snorkeling I've ever done,more different color fish in one spot that I've ever seen.

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Liked best: Huge wrap around Porch looking out on Ocean
Liked least: The Rain
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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jhdudas
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway spot that was pretty as a picture!”
Reviewed March 10, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
1
person found this review helpful

The Whale House was the perfect retreat from our busy lives! The views are amazing. The wrap around lanai provided a great outdoor space. Every picture that the owner has posted and everything they said about this rental is absolutely true! The house was immaculate and Jim made sure everything was perfect.

The "off the beaten track" location makes for a bit longer drive but if you want serenity and pristine beauty you will not be disappointed. Everything we needed -- snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing, shopping, was an easy and beautiful drive to get to, so we never minded.

The Whale House is a very special place and we definitely hope to return again someday soon!!

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Liked best: Easy access to cliffs and ocean views.
Liked least: Firm bed was a bit too firm for our liking.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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HappyTrav...
Whitby, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Loved the Whale House”
Reviewed March 9, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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We stayed for 3 days, wished it could have been longer. Lovely 2 bedroom/bath house. Very clean. Washer & Dryer available as well as bikes. Jim was terrific with suggestions and directions. Great location. We saw sea turtles over the cliffs across the road. My only suggestion is allow lots of time from Hilo to get there. There is a lot of traffic & construction on the roads getting to the turnoff for the road to Whale House.

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Liked best: Quiet and safe area
Liked least: No kettle
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 8, 2014
Judy and Allan, Mahalo for your visit and we wished you could have stayed longer too. We loved accommodating you. We agree that the construction traffic up on the highway is causing inconvenient delays right now. It's effecting everybody in the Hilo/Puna area. But fortunately, the construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2014. And when it is, the benefit of extra lanes will be wonderful. Luckily for us, the work is several miles away and not impacting The Whale House. Thanks again for your review. Jim and Becky
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California
Reviewed January 4, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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