Liked,loved our room #512a class act renovation a+ the view of our beach was a pirate movie scene no tourist trap here a throwback to the real Hawaii ,a little far from the tourist traps we like to visit ,but for the most part deal .
We've stayed in time shares & hotels on all the islands numerous times. This is the 1st time staying in A-102 in the Cabanas. It is on the main floor which means all you have to do is step off the patio and you are on the beach! Each condo is individually owned so the style & amenities is dependent on the owner. The condo had everything we needed plus some things we didn't expect, like really nice beach chairs, mini-grill & 2flat screen TVs.
Other than grocery shopping we really didn't need to leave because we had swimming, snorkeling & whale watching right out the door! We'd go back in a heartbeat.
We stayed at MBC Unit 917. We found it to be awesome. The view was unreal and the unit super nice. The value for the price was great. We love the local flare and not the "touristy" stuff. The people in Makaha are awesome and the Management and Residents at MBC were great to us. If there are reviews that are unhappy....I DO WONDER WHY??? Maybe they are unhappy on the main land also !?? Anyway, Inga's Realty in Makaha helped us find our Unit 917. We willl definately reserve for next year.
well we moved there and for the price of the rent at 900 a month and the safe beach out the back door its a steal...the whole time we lived there we had no gang bashings or robberies... i guess you get what you give... if you are one of the visitors that doesnt head to the community tent and get to know the people that live there then your experience is going to suffer... the knowledge learned from one quiet chat with a local is enough to elevate your entire experience...
We did not stay at the condos, but we visited the beach. It was so beautiful and quiet even over Labor Day weekend. My kids loved riding the waves and I snokeled a bit. If you are looking for wonderful sunsets and a great beach, this i that was unfriendly or scary. We have read other reviews about ify places , but this is not it
We wouldn't recommend it to rent or buy, as the management doesn't seem to be concerned with the thefts, gang bashings or noise problems. Perhaps a little paint once in 20 years by the elevator and cleaning the entry way would be good. Especially with 18 units x 9 stories at $300+ per month maintenance fees. That's why we wouldn't recommend it, to rent or buy.
We loved the beach and the local feel of the neighborhood. This is not a touristy area so if you want to do anything other than hang out on the beach you will need a car. The closest grocery stores are within 3 miles. Public transport is on the main road outside.
We really didn't like that the owners lied about the unit. It was not a one bedroom, it was a studio. It was not a new condo as stated either. There was no couch only an old uncomfortable futon that was terrible to sit or sleep on. I would have bought a blown up mattress if we had to sleep on it. The bed was good though. The renovation job was poor to say the least. The kitchen cabinetry was falling apart, half the outlets in the unit didn't work, the screen door was falling off and very hard to open/close, and the hot water tap in the bathroom was very hard to use. I wasn't a huge fan of all the tiny ants and spiders all over the counters much of the time in both the kitchen and bathroom. The cockroaches were no joy either.
The building is poorly constructed so you can hear EVERYTHING. The neighbors TV, conversations, bathroom flushing, sink usage, people walking by the unit and the street traffic. Oh yeah, the high speed wireless internet was a joke as well.
I would recommend this place if the beach is the only real reason you've come to Hawaii. If you wish to spend any time in your rental unit be prepared to rough it though. For almost $600/week I expected a little more.
The Cabanas are so perfect for the beach and the setting sunsets every evening. This was the most relaxing time in my life and our condo was like a baby ceasers palace. We will be back and most likely move there. It is the most un-congested beach on oahu we loved it.
Carla & Dave
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