I rated the "Inn" four stars overall, although my spouse would have given it a five. I could understand ratings anywhere from one to five, depending on your perspective. The Inn is actually a quait old bungalow that rents out three bedrooms. If I had to use one word to describe the ambiance, it would be "granola-ish." It is easy to find in a residential neighborhood just off one of the main roads through Makawao. The owner, Cheri Attix, lives in a separate building on the property. Guests have access to a living room, dining area and kitchen, nicely furnished, and with lots of Hawaii literature laying around. We were in the Hibiscus room, apparently the smallest of the three and paid a total of $421.56, tax included, for all three nights. We had a sink in bedroom itself and a toilet and small shower in a separate room within the bedroom. The 8:00 breakfasts were excellent, with a large selection of cereals, breads, fruit, juice, etc. I think you could also have hot instant oatmeal, but no "bacon and eggs," or the like, which we were aware of going in. The location is "upcountry," in a small, rural town. We chose it for its location close to the "Road to Hana" (which turned out to be an overrated trip in my opinion) and Haleakala [volcano] National Park. This is not "beach resort" Maui. Cheri was very pleasant, friendly and extremely helpful with directions, restaurant recommendations, etc., and lending us an ice chest and beach towels. There was a small TV in the bedroom that did not work when we arrived, but Cheri fixed the problem for us. There was no obvious internet access, but we didn't ask about it, either. From my standpoint, there were only two negatives. The owner (or her helper?) did not make our bed each day -- we've stayed in many, many B&B's and that was a first. Just a minor issue. Second, there are a lot of "rules" for guests to follow, rules that were presented in such a way that I felt a little uncomfortable -- like if I accidently broke a "rule" I might be thrown out on the street, or worse. The assumption seems to be that guests may not know how to behave as civilized beings, which is a tad bit offensive. (My spouse did not feel that way, however.) It may be that Cheri has had some really bad experiences with other guests. Notwithstanding, we would recommend the Inn to others who would be interested in that sort accomodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Hospitality in Upcountry Maui is Hale Ho'okipa Inn Makawao. The Inn is located on the slopes of Haleakala 50 minutes to the top of the summit of Haleakala crater , 10 minutes to the North Shore beaches and Paia town. The quaint Paniolo and artsy Makawao town with restaurants and shops is a 10 minute walk from the B&B. Bountiful, delicious breakfast is served daily, with the large country kitchen available for light meals. We have warm jackets for the mountain, and coolers for guests convenience. Sip tea or a glass of wine, relaxing in the parlor or on the lanai with books from our well appointed library. Rich is local history and art, Hale Ho'okipa is a comfortable home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Ho`Okipa Inn Makawao Hotel Makawao
- Hale Ho'Okipa Inn Makawao Maui