I've pondered writing a review on here for awhile about the Bay View Inn. I hate saying bad things about businesses ran by real people and it's NOT like our experience was horrible. It just wasn't very great either. Let's start with the pros: Wonderful, ample breakfasts. A hostess who will make sure you have the basics you need. A beautiful, amazing view. That "old" Hawaii feel. A wonderful, scenic location.
The cons: That insanely steep driveway that you're bound to badly scrape your rental car on (until you figure out where the curves are). The long, curvy drive required to get to the Inn, which is bordered by very steep cliff-like hills and few guardrails (this is especially freaky at night!). The little bugs and lizards that get into your room each night, despite triple-checking the doors and windows for any kind of opening. No A/C or TV in the rooms (this didn't bother us, but some people might not be able to deal with that). If you're an introvert, you'll probably hate the breakfasts - you eat with all the other guests and are forced to converse. Pat (the hostess) doesn't stay at the Inn on week nights (and she doesn't leave any contact information either), so if something happens to go wrong at night, you'll have to wait until morning for her to deal with it.
Now for the stuff that led me to rate the place a bit lower - Pat's attitude toward us. She seemed completely put off by having "young" people staying at her place (we're a married couple in our early 30's). She actually said more than once (to our face!) that young people have no interesting stories to tell. Some "older" people (in their 50s or 60s) stayed at Bay View while we were there and she fawned all over them. It was just bizarre, because my spouse and I have been to places the others talked about and have connections to some of the celebrities they discussed. I tried to chime in and share some of our tales, but Pat clearly had no interest in hearing them, so I eventually stopped bothering to try. The other weird thing was that everyday she would ask us where we were going and then try to steer us toward the touristy spots (especially the beaches). I really think she was just trying to fulfill her duties as a hostess, but since she never bothered to get to know us, she had no idea that the last place we would want to go was where all the tourists are. So it was kind of unfortunate.
So I guess, in a nutshell, if you're an "older" person, you're probably going to love staying here. Pat will engage with you and make sure you have everything you could possibly need. If you're younger though, expect to be taken care of, but a bit coldly.
- Also Known As:
- Kona Bayview Inn Bed And Breakfast Hawaii/Captain Cook
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private and quiet country setting in a 40 acre macadamia orchard. Lovely villa style home with beautifully furnished guest rooms, all with ensuite baths and ocean view. Immaculate housekeeping, friendly and helpful hostess. Two miles to the best snorkeling and kayaking on the island. Hour and a half to the volcano, and several good hikes closer by. ... more less