The staff is very friendly and helped us upgrade our Garden View room to a Ocean View. We were there ahead of the holiday guests and it was very nice time to visit as we made reservations for dinner it usually was not necessary.
Excellent location, ocean front room gives you amazing view. If you are on upper two stories you can leave your door open at night and listen to the surf just 50 yards away. Adjacent to two great places to eat (Trees and Hukilau Lanai) and Whalers General Store. Furnishings are tired, but work fine. Nice to have fridge, microwave, and ability to prepare simple meals in room or BBQ outside.
The house was much larger than we expected, and had every amenity of home (but for shampoo). The owners (and really everyone we met in the town of Pahala) were incredibly warm and welcoming. We will come again.
This is a great little hotel at a great price. It is basic and a little old fashion, but it delivered on all the things that are important to me: spotlessly clean, comfortable, great water pressure, somewhere to sit (other than the bed), a great view (and every room has a balcony), the hotel and surrounding area felt safe, and excellent location overall (there are two grocery stores, and multiple coffee shops and restaurants within a 5 minutes walk). The rooms have a good sized mini-fridge, a proper full-size coffee maker all the basic kitchenware you could possibly need (cutlery, plates, glasses even wines glasses and a corkscrew), but there is no place to cook in the room (there is a communal bbq outside)
Some of the limitations of this hotel are the following (none of these things bothered me, but for the purposes of a review, they could be deal-breakers for other people, so I'll include them.) There is no a/c, no tv and no phone. The ocean right in front of the hotel is rocky and not appropriate for swimming. Noise carries a bit from the hallway - if you are a light sleeper I wouldn't recommend staying on the first floor. The hotel isn't modern - e. g. the bathroom fixtures could use updating - but if you really care about bathroom fixtures you shouldn't be looking at a 2-star class hotel.
If you're vacation hotel priorities are "clean, comfy and good location" this is the place for you.
Angela from BC
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The location is great on the Poipu beach. The view from the pool of the beach & ocean is outstanding.The hotel is small (not a huge mega-hotel) so the service is exceptional. Every detail is excellent. The rooms were very comfortable and the verandas were a nice treat. The bathroom and the amenities were above average. The Red Salt restaurant is above average. Great seafood specials each night. Also, the breakfasts were reasonably priced.
Skip from Chicago, IL.
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