We had such a wonderful stay here earlier this week - we didn't want to leave! Barbara and Charlie, the hosts, have been at this a while and it really shows with their attention to detail, both in the property (impeccably maintained) and in the guest suite itself. We stayed two nights in the Kohala Cottage. The website doesn't do it justice! The full kitchen was perfect for us to cook dinner in (Waimea restaurants can get a little pricey, but the local KTA grocery store has the best provisions), and the breakfast fare left in our fridge (breads and gorgeous fresh fruits) allowed us to eat as early or late as we wished.
The inn has such a pleasant, relaxing, cozy atmosphere, combined with the hosts' genuine warmth and friendliness, that makes it feel like staying with friends, but the bathroom and the amenities feel more like a first-class resort. Everything was absolutely spotless. We had everything we needed to explore around the area, including a full set of beach gear to borrow, and a crib for our one-year-old son. Some places simply won't accept young children as guests, but Barbara welcomed our baby literally with open arms. I talked with Barbara at one point, hoping that Baby's crying hadn't disturbed our neighbor, but she said they had done a very careful job of insulating between the cottages so sound won't bother guests. I was relieved!
I just can't say enough good things about Waimea Gardens. You may notice that I have marked only four stars for "value," but take that with a grain of salt: we are typically budget travelers who are happy to sleep in a tent, so this place was a bit of a splurge for us. But it probably is a very good value for such a prime location. Really everything was just right. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Kohala Mountains by a seasonal stream, Waimea Gardens bed and breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii offers two separate vacation cottages, a studio, and its latest addition, the Ohana Suite. Each has private bath, wood floors, full kitchen or kitchenette stocked with breakfast provisions, WiFi, and all amenities and service one would expect to find at a luxury hotel. Waimea's quiet upcountry ranching community is centrally located, providing the perfect jumping-off spot for enjoying all of the Big Island's unique diversity: beautiful white-sand beaches, lush valleys, waterfalls, the summit of Mauna Kea and much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Waimea Gardens Cottage Hotel Waimea
- Waimea Gardens Cottage b&b