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“A little rough around the edges, but convenient to university”
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Manoa Valley Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Honolulu B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“A little rough around the edges, but convenient to university”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed here several nights in January 2013. It is a wonderful old house with a lot of character. It's located a block away from the university (the main reason we chose it) and very close to bus lines - so if you don't have a car, you can easily get to Waikiki, the USS Arizona Memorial, the airport, and so on. Location is great. If you want to walk a bit, there are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, a grocery, etc about fifteen minutes' walk away.

We can't vouch for the pool which is mentioned on their website because we didn't take advantage of it during our stay. The rest of the outdoor grounds are delightful.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are decorated nicely, but the "quirks" go beyond just "old Victorian B&B." Shower and toilet pressure on the whole were good in the rooms we stayed in, but the (replaced from the original) truncated sink faucet (see photo) in one of the bathrooms made the hot water impossible to use - the water ran right up against the sink! There were no bathroom shades (just lacy curtains) in the bathroom, which is fine in the daytime, but really, who wants to be seen in the shower or on the toilet with the light on at night?

The inn is in the city, and there isn't any air conditioning - so the noise is a problem if you want the windows open and are a light sleeper. The lack of air conditioning isn't a problem in and of itself when we stayed in January.

Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, toast, juices, coffee and tea. The breakfast area is a lovely outdoor seating area, but there are too few tables for number of rooms - so if everyone is downstairs at breakfast at the same time, it is quite a cluster.

The proprietors seem nice enough, but they're a bit disorganized, and we completely agree with previous reviewers that it's actually quite difficult to reach them/get information/ask questions/communicate with them. We couldn't really tell who worked there or who was part of their family hanging out, or whatever. For example, we arrived in the evening (as communicated) and walked right past a young woman hanging out on the porch. We figured she was one of the guests as she didn't say anything. We then proceeded into the main hall of the house, with no one in sight, no bell to ring or phone to call - just a few closed doors marked private. After a few minutes of standing around we debated barging in, until the woman walked in from the porch and asked if we were guests...yes, she was the one running the show. Another complaint was that one of the nights we stayed our room wasn't made up, which also seems to be a misstep in communications with housekeeping.

So, all in all, if your first priority is convenience to the university, this is a good place to stay. If it is not, we would suggest exploring other options for your stay in Honolulu.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Miami Lakes, Florida
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

First and foremost, this is a historic hotel on the historical register of something or other. It's mostly period appropriate. It's just about 100 yrs. old. If you're looking for modern or brand-spanking new, this isn't the place for you.

That being said, the hosts were magnificent. Very helpful people, breakfast every morning with fresh fruit (all I really cared about). The beds were clean, the rooms were spacious. I was a little concerned about the lack of A/C, but there was such a huge breeze coming through the windows that we didn't have a problem there at all.

Parking is a little tight, but ultimately we didn't have a problem and the hosts were very accomodating. If you're driving, you're about 10-15 minutes from Waikiki, and it's a very comfortable drive. There's only really 1 restaurant nearby, and it was OK, but you'll probably want more than that :-) I *HIGHLY* recommend installing the tripadvisor city guide for Hawaii to look for food in the area. This worked out superbly for us.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed two nights in the Davies room with an excellent view of downtown Honolulu and refreshing breezes. Our hostess, Monica cooked and served the best breakfast of our trip (better than any restaurant or other B&B in Hawaii or the Mainland!) with fresh local fruit, savory vegetables, organic teas/hot chocolate, eggs cooked to order, bacon, breads and more--something for everyone. Her attention to details and friendly Hawaiian hospitality--including her adorable dogs--made our visit to Honolulu extra special.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dresden, Germany
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights as an alternative to the classic hotels in Waikiki's tourist area and we thoroughly enjoyed this green oasis in a quiet residential area. The hospitality of the owners' family was great and we felt immediately at home. The four dogs are very friendly (but if you do not like dogs they will leave you alone) and add to the character of this home abroad. The bedroom and bath were clean, Wifi working, breakfast on the large patio overviewing the garden a good start of the day. Parking was always available but there is also public transport available around the corner (bus to downtown and Waikiki).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kihei, Hawaii, United States
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Travleing alone as a woman I was so happy to be in such a safe and comfortable establishment. The views are amazing and the owners have a way of making you feel well cared for. The breakfast was excellent and the fruits and vegetables are locally grown organic. I will definately stay there on my trips to Oahu.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We made our reservation for this B&B with some trepidation not long after it had new management. At that point there were very few reviews, and the Inn was undergoing renovation. Our gamble, with a substantial advance deposit, paid off. We were not disappointed. During our four-night stay in late August there was no construction activity, and we slept well. We are accustomed to sleeping with air conditioning and not hearing night noises. Nevertheless, although elderly, we readily accommodated to their good overhead fan and cool hillside breezes through the open windows.. Their dogs were well behaved, although a little dog did bark some at night . but it was not really a problem. Our Cooke room was spacious, with decent lighting, and a deadbolt door lock for security. The closet smelled musty, so we kept our belongings elsewhere. The double hung windows had some ropes broken on one side but had sticks to prop them up. The ample breakfasts were very good, and the unusual tasty hot offerings varied from day to day. Lots of interesting antiques in this historic Victorian house B&B. We were glad we had a good alternative to staying down in the Waikiki area

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I stayed here the night before my wedding and the owner was very nice and inviting. We stayed at the guild suite room and it was gorgeous and clean. It was going to be perfect for prepping for my wedding. The owner also placed extra breakfast to accommodate my wedding party that arrived the next morning. The salt water pool is pretty awesome for a morning swim. This is a really old house so visitors should be prepared for that. The only drawbacks was the lack of AC but visitors usually don't know, Manoa valley is a cooler climate area. Nights were cool and quiet. Just a few areas in our room was lacking wifi. This BB offers a lot of flexibility and owners are really accommodating.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Manoa Valley Inn
Address: 2001 Vancouver Dr, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-2451
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Manoa Valley Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Manoa Valley Inn is a Victorian Inn filled with European antiques with a bit of island flair. This Historic Country Inn is an Oahu landmark located in an exclusive area of Honolulu right by the University of Hawaii. The Manoa Valley Inn was built in 1912 and provides a luxurious and quiet experience away from the din of Waikiki for visitors and local residents alike. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The prestigious Country Inn is conveniently located within minutes of Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu business district, yet it is surrounded by the beauty, luxury, and serenity of Manoa Valley. Relax in the quiet of the peaceful and spacious veranda and soak up a bit of Hawaiian nostalgia from years gone by. Stay with us, it's a very special surprise. It is an intimate retreat that provides a unique alternative to resort living. The Manoa Valley Inn has six special, spacious rooms and a charming country cottage waiting for you. We are within walking distance to U.H. Manoa, bus lines, restaurants and theater. Relax in our tropical saltwater heated swimming pool with a soft flowing waterfall located in a secluded garden with many trees and flowers. Breakfast consists of island fresh fruits, yogurt, bread, muffins or bagels, cold cereal, coffee, tea & juice, as well as brown rice, oatmeal with plenty of assorted nuts and dried fruits, a variety of tofu dishes and stir fried vegetables .. eggs when served are from an organic farm run by a family member. We buy local products from local organic farms as much as possible.Our Inn has five permanent guests who are 4 friendly and playful dogs and 1 mysterious black cat! E Komo Mai... Come In, Join Us. ... more   less 
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