I’m still not sure I’m totally recovered from the “Manoa Valley Inn” nightmare.
We were taking my 85-yea- old parents for their first trip to Hawaii. Since my mom is in a wheelchair my top criterion is wheel chair accessibility. The owner assured me that they have a “lovely cottage” in the garden that’s ground level and wheel chair accessible (not the Alexander cottage, which wasn’t available), “No, there is no picture on the web, it’s newly added and it’s lovely.”, I was assured. Turns out this “lovely cottage” is a converted garage! No, converted garage is an euphemism, it’s the original garage structure with a bunch of cheap furnitures thrown in, or it’s more like a carport since the walls don’t go all the way to the ceiling. The area between the walls and the ceiling is enclosed with tattered screens, with bigger holes filled in with tissues (to keep off bugs?)
This “cottage” is reachable by a narrow and winding path made of gravels and paving stones, it would probably fit the wheel chair if I cut the chair in half length-wise. On top of that it’s totally unlit. Since we arrived after dark and it was raining, even I (an avid hiker) had problem negotiating it, not to say my 85 year old mom in a wheel chair. How we stumbled to the room was a mystery. After a careful study I found there were actually flood lights outside the door (as it’s a garage) but it took us even longer to find the switch because it’s taped shut! An un-lit, uneven path is a hazard to anyone, and this is what they called “wheelchair accessible” room???
If their goal is to achieve a “garage theme” I’d say they are very successful. The light fixture in the center of the room is a fluorescent shop light, true to its past. The closet is the plastic kind that hangs from the ceiling. The bedding is the cheapest, ugliest I have ever seen compared with the B&B’s I have stayed (which is a lot, as you can see I would choose a B&B instead of a Waikiki high-rise). There are no windows, but thanks to the screened-in gap between the walls and the ceiling there is plenty of ventilation, maybe too much since every night the wind was howling and it blew from one end to the other and was excruciatingly noisy. On top of that you still hear street noise, this place is in no way “quiet” as described by some tour books. There was no hot water the first night, when I reported the problem to the owner I got blank stares. I had to suggest “Can you take a look” before I got a response. And what irks me the most is we paid top dollars for this! It’s charged the same as a room in the main building with a private bath!
- 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