Enjoy the serenity and luxury of a lovely historical mansion while remaining in close proximity to Waikiki. Built in 1919, this stylish inn is elegantly furnished with antiques. It sits amid gorgeous tropical gardens. A large lanai wraps around the exterior and offers stunning views of Honolulu and the ocean. ... More
Manoa Valley Inn
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Enjoy the serenity and luxury of a lovely historical mansion while remaining in close proximity to Waikiki. Built in 1919, this stylish inn is elegantly furnished with antiques. It sits amid gorgeous tropical gardens. A large lanai wraps around the exterior and offers stunning views of Honolulu and the ocean. Rooms include seven suites in the main house and a detached country cottage. A visit to this lovely property is truly a unique experience! Inn guests enjoy complimentary wine in the afternoon.
The red flags were all there, but we thought we could stomach the place for a night (we had booked two). Not sure where the "excellent reviewers" stayed, but be assured, it was not here!!
The only greeters were 4+ filthy dogs, one in diapers (get the picture/smell). That was all that greeted us. It took several calls from outside the premises to get someone to greet us, show us the room, give us keys. We should have run at that point, but it was late afternoon and we were beat.
This place is creepy, dark, dirty, no... filthy, damp, smelly, buggy, moldy, shall I go on or do you have the picture. I was afraid to sleep. Breakfast was disgusting, old, instant, and the coffee had been sitting on the burner for hours. I was afraid to eat anything.
Toiletries were used! Old bars of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash... all Costco size, all very used. Beds were damp, pillows were damp, no fan, windows could not be opened due to broken screens and the mosquitos were horrendous, floors very dirty. Light fixtures were dirty and outlets falling apart, close to unusable due to safety hazards.
We booked our second night at the Hawaii Prince Hotel for the same price and quickly removed our self from the Inn. It was so worth the forfeiture of the second night. (They require you pay in full at time of booking, beware!) Of course, there was no discussion of reimbursement for the second night.
I have stayed in many B & B's around the world, and never in my life experienced anything so terrible and frightening.
We looked at the website prior to making reservations and it looked quite nice from the pictures. I guess you can't always trust a photograph. We stayed one night, which happened to be our last night in Hawaii. It was really awful. Number one, the place has certainly seen better days. It felt very dark, and it was musty,to say the least. It was dirty and the smell just made you not want to sit down anywhere. Number two, we payed for a room with a private bath, but in fact, the "private" bath was through a common room, which was dark and full of junk, through the main hallway, and finally through the owners' quarters, where we had to be very careful not to let the owners' dogs out. The door to our room could not be locked, and I don't know about you, but I don't consider creepy dolls to be classy, antique decor. The decor felt more like flea market than antique. The "veranda" was very dirty, as was the community mini-fridge on the veranda, and worst of all, we never ventured into the backyard because another guest showed us all the flea bites she'd gotten on the veranda the previous day. Ugh! In conclusion, I felt extremely ill at ease, embarassed to have brought my boyfriend to an anything but charming B&B, and duped into wasting good money on a place that is musty, dirty, and far from romantic.
The Manoa Valley Inn is a very, very disappointing experience.
When we arrived our information had not even been put in the computer, which created some confusion later when friends tried to call our room � they were told, �I don�t see anyone here by that name.� We booked months in advance, and the place only has seven rooms � how hard can this be?
We booked the Sun Room, aptly named because the southern exposure and lack of A.C. combine to create temperatures close to those at the surface of the sun. You have to keep the windows open for ventilation, and they rattle constantly with even the smallest breeze. The hum of the floor fan contributes to the noise that makes it impossible to get a good night�s sleep. Also, the antique lock and skeleton key on the French doors leading into the room make it nearly impossible to lock the doors, but no matter � a 12-year-old could pull them apart. When a friend came to pick us up, he wandered around the building for five minutes looking for us, and was never confronted. Comfort? Zero. Security? Zero.
The shared bathroom on the third floor was so dirty it reminded us of an Italian train station bathroom. The antique door latch on the door doesn�t work at all, so the thoughtful owners have installed a fish-hook-and-eye latch that holds the door �closed� with a half-inch gap. The paper-thin curtains on the door window and front windows add to the feeling of zero privacy while you do your business. Cleanliness? Zero. Privacy? Zero.
The continental breakfast consisted of some dried pieces of bread and English muffins, watered-down juice, and fruit with mold on the back. Value? Zero.
It�s not surprising that the Inn requires payment up-front and has a no-refund-within-30-days policy; only people who couldn�t afford to forfeit their money away would stick around for their full stay. We left after the first night and forfeited four nights� payment - $480! � to find a real hotel that was clean, safe, and comfortable. Save your money and sanity, and look elsewhere for lodging.
This is a great place to stay if you like to avoid impersonal hotels/resorts and like being out of the main tourist area. The inn is an impressive early-20th century building with period furnishings, an expansive verandah for breakfast and lounging, great views of the city, and a pretty garden. Breakfast is adequate and a complimentary afternoon glass of wine is offered if requested in advance. Hosts John and Theresa are helpful with suggestions and advice.
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