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“Like staying at a rich friend's home” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jacaranda Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Waimea B&B and Inns
Seattle, Washington
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161 reviews
126 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Like staying at a rich friend's home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

What a unique, wonderful experience! This is a former ranch home set up as as a boutique hotel. The rooms are fabulous and luxurious--very relaxing and romantic. You really have to see it to believe it. Huge tube and shower room. Bed was very comfortable. It is a peaceful, quiet, historic retreat to relax and unwind, yet within a reasonable drive of the many fabulous things the Big Island has to offer. No TV, internet, restaurants, or people to help with bags. We had to wander around looking for the Innkeeper, who was in her office. She is, as other reviewers have said, a delightful person. Maybe not for everyone, but we loved it. Price was very reasonable and it was so nice to get away from crowds and noise and the blah, blah, blah of TV and even denied an internet connection. It's really nice to get away from all that once in a while. Go with someone you love, take a good book, and enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
3 Thank Kent W
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Fairfield, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

Meeting the Innkeeper, Mary Ellen, was just wonderful. She's very engaging and knowledgable of the local area and she helped us have a wonderful time. Mary Ellen cheerfully helped us with all our needs. We found the Jacaranda Inn magical. It is the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and to enjoy the beautiful scenary in Waimea and just the perfect distance from Kohala beaches---a 15 minute drive. It was also nice to be able to sleep at a higher altitude where air conditioning is not needed. Birds, flowers, rainbows, and spectaculiar views of the green hillsides with stream and waterfalls in the foreground. The spacious rooms are decorating delights and are well appointed with high quality linens and great mattresses...we didn't want to get out of bed...romantically snuggled. The great house was very interesting and well decorated. We enjoyed playing pool in the Koa wood, paneled library and sitting on our lanai reading our kindles. Close to restaurants and other attractions about half way between Kona & Hilo...perfect location for those traveling the island. If you want a quiet, luxurious get-away, look no farther than here:) And best of all, we thought it was underpriced!

Room Tip: Room 3 is exceptionally romantic with a huge, well appointed bath with seperate shower and jacuzzi t...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Merlin672
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Zurich, Switzerland
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

This is the first time i had such room....
During my Visit theres no Restaurant, no breakfast, no room service, there was practically nothing to offer. Just the ROOM. Our Room (Room 4) was without TV. But despite of all that im not complaining.

HUGE SHOWER room with Separate Jaguzzi, which i didnt have time to use.

Im sure the could work on the Garden, im sure its use to be a very nice Garden, but now its just abandon. thats too bad. but look if they did, then maybe they will charge even more.

Anyhow Location was good, only 1.3miles away is the next TOWN for resturants, Starbucks FAST internet, supermarket and other things.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steve R
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Honolulu
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103 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

We highly recommend this lovely spot for a quiet get-a-way from the big resorts. Mary Ellen is very kind and professional, and was also able to recommend quality restaurants in the near by areas. While the grounds are a bit overgrown, the building and accomidations were 5 stars. Our room was clean and was furnished for royality, and the bathroom was HUGE with a soaker/jacuzzi tub and a seperate standing shower. We also had a very private back patio which was a added bonus.

This inn is close to restaurants and stores in the nearby Waimea town. Lots of parking, at no extra costs like the resorts. The only suggestion I would have is to install wireless internet in the rooms for the business types such as myself.

If you like crowded hotels and a 1/2 mile walk to your room, then go to the resorts in Kohala. If you enjoy peace and privacy, then the Jacaranda Inn is the place you are looking for! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank LivinGreat808
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Sunnyvale, California
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

We were driving around Big Island and stayed at many places but Jacaranda Inn was by far the best stay. We arrived too early and were searching for somebody to accommodate us - there was no problem to get the room even 3 hours before official check-in time. The room was clean, very rustic, with old-fashioned but very nice furniture, a huge bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. The bathroom was more modern but it fitted into the room style. We were allowed to check-out 2 hours later. Sleeping was great, virtually no noise, despite we were facing the entrance road.
Surprisingly there was no breakfast, even though there are big (and again rustic) dinning rooms at the premises, so that's the only minus of the stay.
Overall, highly recommended stay in Waimea...

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Marek N
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Carlsbad, California
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120 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

This is a property that you have to see to believe... the main house is amazing and full of history and great ambiance...The Inn Keeper Mary Ellen is trying to do it all herself.. which is impossible... The rooms were not dirty but just not dusted... our room was large and comfortable... the grounds are a part of the old Parker Ranch and it is seeped in history.

For one night to get a feel of the place it was fine.. but do to lack of upkeep would have been disapointed if we had planned more then one night.

This is not a bed and breakfast but an inn... Mary Ellen gave us a great tip for the perfect dinner. Check out the Red Water.. it was great...
The home is sad in that it is virtually empty for most of the time but you can see the potential and the jewel it once was...

We suggest she lease out the restauant style kitchen and dining area for a business.. and keep the rooms...
If you are only in town for a night and want to sleep in what is a piece of history this is it...

It could use some up keep but it is just because the property is so large and only one person is trying to keep it up...

If you have specific questions.. just email me at Kendall@FairDinkumTravel.com

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kendall H
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Boise, Idaho
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

I have stayed at the Jacaranda Inn many times during the last three years. Always a special place for me because of the quiet, classy, distinctly upscale bedrooms which used to house the paniolos of the Parker Ranch. No roughing it necessary for this tired cowgirl. No other housing on the Big Island has beautiful Kohler jacuzzi tubs or well appointed antique furnishings. The weather in Waimea is the most perfect in the entire world. Cool nights snuggled under upscale bedding and waking to a misty morning perfect for a cup of Kona coffee. Restaurants are within walking distance and the owner Mary Ellen is gracious and savvy about where to find the best burgers on the island or the best beaches. This is my favorite place on the big island and I hope to return again and again. My secret garden spot.

Room Tip: Any room is a good room, but my favorite is Iris or Begonia. Or maybe staying in the cottage.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Beverly S
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Property: Jacaranda Inn
Address: 65-1444 Kawaihae Rd, PO Box 563, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8554
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Waimea
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Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Waimea
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Number of rooms: 10
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