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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Manoa Valley Hotel Honolulu
- Manoa Valley Inn Hawaii/Honolulu