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Tropical Bamboo Hideaway
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Tropical Bamboo Hideaway
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“YES!! Romance and beauty!”
Reviewed June 9, 2008

"After staying at the Tropical Bamboo Hideaway, we know the beauty and grace of Kauai. This charming place offers a sweet view of the ocean and waves at a distance in a serene setting. The peace we experienced there was spectacular. Everything you could want or need is provided. There is a less than ten minute walk to a great beach for a lazy afternoon of watching the sand crabs and waves or a short drive to great swimming beaches. We loved the romantic feel of the bamboo hideaway too. Nearby restaurants were terrific; like the Bar-Acuda and the Hannalei Dolphin. It was a fabulous stay and we even came back engaged to be married! That is how romantic is was!! We loved our trip and highly recommend this beautiful place with all its Kauai charm! Thank you for the availability of this rental. It was a grand unique experience!"

Sincerely,

Janet Carnahan and Bruce Whitcomb
May 30, 2008

  • Liked — The view, the quiet and the peace
  • Disliked — The house swayed when people walked
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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English first
Redlands, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 7, 2008

"We stayed at the Bamboo Hideaway at the end of February. We are very familiar with Haena and go there almost every year. We had a wonderful time as usual.

We love the Haena location and the Bamboo house couldn't be better situated. The house, made entirely of bamboo, was imported from Vietnam and assembled in Haena. For other people interested in Bamboo houses - it's wonderful. Very eco-friendly and it just feels as though you could be up there in the trees!

There's an ocean view from the lanai, too and we enjoyed sitting out there with the breeze and views.

The house was well equipped with everything we needed; we cooked a fair amount and loved the outside barbecue grill. We got fish from the Dolphin Fish Market in Hanalei several times. Francesca called a couple of times to check in and was very helpful with suggestions for new things to do.

We love the little coffee shop across the road - it was great a few mornings just to walk over there - takes 2 minutes and order Latte & the best bagels on the North Shore! They also do good smoothies which our daughter enjoyed.

Haena is not for everyone - there's definitely a "local" flavor there - some yards are not as tidy as they might be but for those people who are bothered by that - stay in Princeville !

Haena is just our favorite place and we'll definitely be coming back to the Bamboo Hideaway next year!"

  • Liked — The warm feel of the bamboo combined with top shelf appliances and amenities.
  • Disliked — There is a lot of stairs to get up to the place.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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oz
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 13, 2008

Last December I had the good fortune to spend my vacation with my son in Ha'ena. We enjoyed staying in the Bamboo hideaway, a short 10 minutes from bustling Hanalei. It was fabulous. The building is modern and very well designed. It had all of the normal amenities, such as clean kitchen and baths. The entertainment system provided all the media and network access one could want. We didn't really use much of it since we were at the beach or on rivers somewhere probably. It was such a wonderful morning there, lying quietly, feeling a soft breeze and the sound of the surf. We used the large lawn out front as a safe place to light fireworks. It was really fun. Not to everybody's taste perhaps, but fun nonetheless. It was so weird to see fireworks for sale
at the local markets. I digress. My son and I have both developed a deep affection for the preparation of food. He's quite good in the kitchen, and enjoys the pleasure of a well cooked meal. So it was an added pleasure for us to be able to get good local produce and fresh fish, and then create a fresh and delicious meal to enjoy in a treehouse. The kitchen equipment was adequate for all basic, and many special tasks. The only flaw here were the knives. But to tell the truth, in all of the condos I've stayed in during the last few decades, knives in kitchens were uniformly dull. That's why we brought our own tool set. When we flew, it had to be checked, of course, but it was worth dragging around. I slept well, because it was situated in a quiet neighborhood. There was this close shop for espresso that was a welcome part of a few of my mornings. I got rained on a few times, but it felt good to be out in real but not unpleasant weather. Francesca was very helpful in getting us the kind of lodging which provides a needed recharge to our lives. Setting things up to get the rental confirmed, ensuring the place was ready when we arrived, suggesting some fun things to do which were right on, and her take on food is consistent with what we found on the island. Organic produce at Papayas. Yea. Fresh fish at the back door of the Dolphin. We had only mediocre luck with the snorkeling. It had been windy and the bottom was pretty stirred up. So we took off and circumnavigated the island. We'd rented a Wrangler and left the top down. Several hours of driving got to be a chore, but it was good to see all of an island, and understand how it was constructed. Finally, just a few words about another recommendation from Francesca. She said we should try to get to eat at Bar Acuda in Hanalei. It was incredible. The chef and all his staff were brilliant. Nothing is perfect, but they did a great job. I didn't care for the flounder. By the end of our stay, we had sampled almost all of the menu. Arduous, but somebody had to do it. We liked the food at the Dolphin, but were disappointed by Postcards. I remember having a nice dinner some years ago at A Pacific Cafe, but it's closed now, and won't reopen for awhile. On Hawaiian time. So I guess at the end of all this time, I'd say I really like staying there, and would do it again. Mahalo to all who helped us have a great time.

Stayed December 2007
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2007

Our plan was to visit our daughter in Kauai over Thanksgiving, and host the Thanksgiving meal with her and her friends. We arrived after dark two days before Thanksgiving to find no light over the tiny lockbox – a minor irritation.

That night the agent contacted us to alert us to the fact that the electronic controls on the range had malfunctioned for the third time and that the oven didn’t work. Three of the four cooktop plates worked, but the downdraft vent did not since it was controlled by the touch panel. The downdraft vent was required by the design of the house. A new range was to be delivered by 5:00 pm the next day. This plan failed.

The next day, my husband inquired as to why there wasn’t a BBQ grill available, to be informed that the owner thought it was a fire hazard. The agent bought a gas grill and claimed it would be installed that day, chained to one of the stilts that the house rested on, at least two storeys below. We arrived back at the house late on Wednesday to a large unopened box. Again, my husband contacted the agent to inform her of this to which she responded that she’d paid cash to have it assembled. The local handyman showed up the afternoon of Thanksgiving day and offered to assemble it then, but by that time we had been forced to make other plans. As it turned out, it took several hours on Friday to put it together and it was late afternoon before it was completed.

By this time we had also discovered that the dishwasher didn’t work and the rancid smell when we opened it would seem to indicate that it had malfunctioned during a cycle. The handyman confirmed that the dishwasher did have power but could not find a solution as to why it didn’t work. As a result we washed dishes by hand. There was no attempt to fix or replace the dishwasher during our stay.

One of the nice bedside lamps in the master bedroom did not work, the switch was broken. In replacing it with a lamp from the other bedroom, we discovered an extension cord under the master bed with exposed wiring, obviously a hazard above and beyond the danger the gas grill might have presented.

We wanted to wash a few clothes, but found no detergent. We needed a flashlight the evening we arrived and neither of the two flashlights worked. Since we had to wash dishes by hand, a drying rack of some kind would have been convenient. The kitchen had no cutting board. A box of tissues and small bars of soap for the bathrooms would have been nice.

It seems to me that the whole point of renting house is to have a functioning kitchen so that one can cut down on the cost of eating out. Our Thanksgiving plans were thwarted by the inadequacy of the appliances which added to the expense of our vacation.

When we called attention to these facts the response was that ‘they’d done everything in their power to take care of the problems’. It didn’t seem like that to us. We were offered a ‘one night complimentary’ which we thought inadequate. We did receive that amount – just the check and no apology at any time for the inconvenience or added expense.

I would not recommend a stay here without asking for explicit details of what would be provided and confirming that all the appliances were in working condition.

  • Liked — ocean breezes
  • Disliked — nonfunctioning kitchen appliances
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Camden, ME
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 22, 2007

We stayed at the Tropical Bamboo Hideaway in July. We LOVED it!!! The home is lovely, just like the photos on the website and it's fascinating, one of the first Bamboo homes to be built on Kauai - while we there people kept stopping to take photos of it.

The location was perfect- just across the road from a beautiful beach and it was great being able to go across the road to the local Coffee house in the morning if we felt like it for latte and the best bagels.... We also had dinner at the Mediterranean Gourmet, also just across the road from the house, great mediterranean food with an ocean view while you dine.

We had a great time at Tunnels and Kee beaches, just 5 minutes away and we enjoyed the short drive along the gorgeous beach road into pretty Hanalei (don't miss the sushi at Sushi Blues! )

If you scuba, the dive tour place right at the first driveway for Tunnels was great, especially the night dive. Being 5 minutes from a clean bed and a hot shower made it really easy to dive there as much as 4 times a day. Exploring the inner reef is pretty fun, but then the outer reef once I got familiar was incredible, including the cleaning station! You could walk it in 10-15 minutes if you weren't dragging gear with you.

The house was absolutely clean on our arrival and we had everything we needed. There's a little store in Wainiha halfway in between the house and Hanalei.

It was really nice being up in the cool breeze and I absolutely loved the views from the lanai. I really liked it far better than the 'developed' places in Princeville, although the golfing is unbelievable at http://www.princeville.com/golf.html.

We have been recommending Tropical Bamboo Hideaway to all our friends - we hope to come back next year, this time, more in the wintery months.

Peter and Angela - Camden, ME

  • Liked — Clean, breezy, and quiet.
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2007

STAY AWAY!! What a cleverly deceptive website. The photos on this site make this house like a secluded jungle paradise. Let me tell you the house does NOT match the photos. It is a pieced together kit house precariously perched on top of 40" stilts in a somewhat shady neighborhood. You need to hike up 3 sets of stairs to just get from the carport to the front door and even the smallest breeze sets the house swaying. I felt seasick the entire time. While you can see the ocean from one part of the lanai, the main view is the neighbor's below ground pool dug up and sitting on the "lawn", the construction going on across the way and to the front, and the neighbor's overcrowded carport, stuffed with various junk.

The location is terrible, a dark and windy 15 minute drive into Hanalei; the closest place for restaurants or stores. If you get hungry, forget being able to grab a quick bite.

And those are just the location disppointments! We arrived at 4PM as instructued by the property manager. The house cleaner was still cleaning. Having us there made her rush, resulting in a seriously subpar cleaning job. My husband and I ended up spending the first night finishing the cleaning and making the place look nice before our friends arrived so they didn't experience our same initial disappointment.

Soon after arriving, we got a call from the property manager asking if the kitchen sink was leaking. Upon checking we saw that the sink wasn't even attached to the drain and the bottom of the cabinet was completely drenched. We cleaned up the cabinet, put a bucket under and were instructed to not use the sink or dishwasher until they could get a plumber out to fix it. This was Saturday, a plumber finally came on Monday. We were also informed that the oven didn't work, they would be sending a repair person to fix it, but in the meantime it could not be used. A repair person finally came on Thursday and determined that it could not be fixed. Additionally, on the first night we noticed yet another lovely thing with the house, ants, gnats, spiders and mosquitos EVERYWHERE. The light switch, perimetter of the house and inside trash were COVERED in ants, there were dead ants piled along every edge of the house, the windows would be covered in gnats as soon as it got dark, a giant cane spider crawled into my shoe the first night and we were all quickly eaten by mosquitos. Then, on the last morning, I went to put my 1 year old down for a nap and a giant cane spider crawled out of the bed. Needless to say, he didn't get a nap that morning!

For a week's stay, we were given 1 roll of toilet paper and paper towels, requiring us to make a trip to the store to get these small necessities.

The manager called us several times during our stay making apologies for all of the inconveniences, but at no time made any offer to compensate.

The best came when after paying a cleaning fee and $500 deposit we were informed that they would be keeping our entire deposit because, despite paying a cleaning fee and never being informed as such "we need to have the house and all items in it clean and as they were when we arrived". We were charged $295 for a mattress pad, $130 for sheets, $50 extra cleaning fee, $50 admin fee and $20 in tax.

Save yourself the money and headaches and STAY AWAY FROM the Tropical Bamboo Hideaway.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Tropical Bamboo Hideaway
Address: Haena, Haena, Kauai, HI
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Haena
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Haena
Number of rooms: 5
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