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Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #13 of 17 Pahoa B&B and Inns
Seattle, WA
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39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“not ready for prime time”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

Plumeria Hill is a B&B in disarray. It's overpriced, not expensive, but overpriced for what one gets. Details need attention: the blinds in our room didn't work; the potted plants on the breakfast lanai were in sad condition and unattractive (keep in mind this is Hawaii); the area surrounding the breakfast table needs, at minimum, a good sweeping.

We stayed in the Victorian Rose room. Disregarding it's out-of-context style (flannel sheets in Hawaii?), it is a veritable storeroom of dry goods and miscellany. I don't care one way or another about a Sleep Number bed but a king size mattress on a queen size bed is somewhat disconcerting especially if your side is the one with the overhang.

Breakfast - which other reviews exclaim about - was ordinary. It was well presented and there were lots of different fruit varieties but the coffee was weak (this is the island of Kona!) and served with heavy cream, the eggs were cold and the Pillsbury coffee cake was too sweet. I expect breakfasts at B&Bs to be especially tasty and unique.

The location is a plus for the Puna District, an area that has much to offer and is not well visited. Dennis, the owner and host, provides good tips on what to see. However, don't consider Pahoa to be easy access to Hilo. Hilo is a forty minute drive away. The view from Plumeria Hill is expansive but uninteresting.

Dennis is warm, cheerful and eager to please. His wife and co-owner, Susan, is gone much of the time so it's often a one-man operation but it's clear they are working hard to make a success of Plumeria Hill.

(I realize this review is out of sync with others here but, before you dismiss me as a crank you might want to read my many other reviews.)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

Spent four nights here and I recommend! Dennis is a fantastic host, funny and a fabulous cook (his pancakes and jam are the best). The room was very comfortable, and the area very peaceful. Although a fair distance outside Hilo, it provided me a great base to explore the south-east corner of the Big Island of Hawaii. My tip, follow the map and directions provided by Dennis to the B&B, you definitely won’t get lost.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

A fine base station for adventures on the east side of the island. The location is very quiet and peaceful, and the Sleep Number bed gave us our best sleep in years! The Rose Victorian room is spacious and its windows and lanai - with a choice of sun or shade - look out over a forested slope down to a distant view of the ocean. We liked the privacy of a separate entrance, and made good use of the refrigerator, microwave, bathrobes, and good in-room internet access. Just about all the comforts and conveniences of home were there. Breakfast didn't quite meet our high hopes, partly because the normally-wonderful tropical fruit platter included a few unripe and rotten selections one day (taste before serving!), but probably mostly because my partner's food allergies threw Dennis off his usual great repertoire - he does get big points for being very careful not to serve any allergens, though. Now that we know what sort of things he cooks, we'll give him a specific wish list next time. And there likely will be a next time, especially since the "stay 6 days, get the 7th free" deal is cumulative!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

We stayed for one night and wished we had planned for more. Dennis is a wonderful host and made us feel right at home. Room was very comfortable and had all of the amenities we wanted. The view is spectacular. Breakfast was awesome. This place is close to Pahoa which is really a cute town and we also went to the volcano viewing point, kalapana and several other areas within a very short drive that are fun, picturesque and representative of this side of the big island.
Ask Dennis about the Saturday flea market, his cookies and fudge are out of this world.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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lmagl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2011

We visit the big island regularly and wanted to stay on the east coast. Plumeria Hill offered an excellent location. Fairly easy to find. The proprietors have owned this B&B for about 4 years and prior to that ran a B&B on the mainland. Many amenities are available: internet, sleep number bed, cable, robes, slippers, toiletries, fridge, coffee... Things that just make your stay that much more comfortable. The owners know the local area and can provide recommendations for places to eat and adventures to take (guided or not). Just step outside the room in the morning to sit and watch the sun come up on a true horizon unbroken by mountains, trees, or buildings. Really a lovely visit. We will return.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Big Island, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2007

If breakfast is a big part of why you choose a B&B, this one is sure to please you. We stayed in the Honua room and really liked the color scheme. I really liked how everything was labeled so there was no guesswork and we also really appreciated the non-deet bug spray available to use.

  • Liked — mellow color scheme
  • Disliked — padlocked gate
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2007

What a find! The room was lovely -- private, and well-appointed with a cooler, beach gear, and anything else you might need. It was very clean, tastefully decorated, and had a gorgeous, sweeping view of the ocean. The breakfasts were absolutely fantastic, and the hostesses couldn't be nicer and more welcoming. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Liked — Private, relaxing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast

Property: Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast
Address: 13-1264 Kamaili Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Victorian Elegance in a Tropical Setting. Awesome Panoramic Ocean View. Spectacular Sunrises. Peaceful setting on 5 fenced acres. House furnished with many antiques. Sumptuous Luau Breakfast served on the upper lanai on your schedule. We wish to be in harmony with your dietary needs or allergy issues. Select Comfort Sleep Number® Beds in hand carved antique frames, HD flat screen Dish Network TV, internet access, sitting area with a desk, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, phone, private bathroom with shower, larger suites have a wet bar, separate entrance. Comfortable and accommodating.Pleasant atmosphere to relax and renew. We intend to make your stay delightful. Stay with us for 6 nights and get the 7th night FREE. ... more   less 
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Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast Hawaii/Pahoa

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