One has to be careful about booking accommodations at Aloha Place online, because there are at least three websites for this inn, all containing conflicting information. We used the main site to book a four-night stay in the separate Sushi Cottage and were attracted by the description of the elegant furnishings and the private lanai with a promised view of native birds, a bamboo forest, and a field. In fact, there are a couple of hydrangea and camellia bushes that don't do a good job of obscuring a large shed covered with a green tarp, a backhoe or bulldozer, and a field of dirt and rubble. Further, the lanai is private but, even without the promised view, it's not very inviting, as the chairs, BBQ, and umbrella are all covered with plastic. Another Aloha Place website I looked at later omits the promised views from the lanai. All the websites promise a DVD player; in fact, there was only a DVD remote. Two sites promise Wi-Fi in the cottage, and one does not. There is Wi-Fi only in the main house.
On the positive side, though not elegantly appointed as our web description also suggests, the Sushi Cottage is comfortable, quiet, private but quite modest. The "kitchenette" is just a tiny sink, refrigerator, and two-burner stove. One can heat a bowl of soup and that's about it.
Also, at the time of our stay in late September, the recycling bins were filled--five of them containing bottles--as if they hadn't been emptied for weeks.
Future guests should also be warned that Aloha Place, which is listed on several bed-and -breakfast sites for Hawaii, does not offer breakfast. The main website is very clear about this, so it's a little strange that the place still is listed on B and B sites. At one time, breakfast was apparently offered because older reviews mention it.
The facilities are described as "self check-in," which means that, in the four days we were there, we never saw a proprietor or caretaker, nor is there any maid service. You are on your own, in other words, and if you book here, it's imperative that you have a cell phone in case of an emergency. If you are the sort of traveler who wants to chat with a friendly innkeeper, look elsewhere. If you crave privacy, then this lack of human contact won't bother you. Still, it seemed odd.
Last, I need to mention that we could have overlooked these aforementioned defects, but as inveterate animal lovers, we were disturbed by the chicken coop behind the cottage, which houses about a dozen chickens and one rooster. These chickens were never let out during our four-day stay, which seemed strange because just to the left of the coop is a huge field where chickens could happily peck away eating bugs. Even worse were the red Queensland heeler and another dog that are kept in a wire enclosure. I foolishly went over to see the heeler, and he lunged and lunged at the fence. We own a blue heeler, and this one sight alone would make us unwilling to recommend the Aloha Place to future guests. To our knowledge, these dogs were never let out in four days. It appears that these birds and animals are on the inn's property, as there's no fence dividing their quarters from either the main house or the cottage.
If you book at Aloha Place, be sure to bring ear plugs, as the roosters crow at all times of the day and night.
The price is right, though, and the more nights you stay, the lower the nightly fee. So, at least the Sushi Cottage is a comfortable little place, but the glowing web descriptions are bound to result in disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is NOT your regular Joe B&B; actually it isn't a B&B at all, but a farmstead accommodaton. It offers everything you'd expect at a three star hotel and more for a fraction of the cost. Our location is key for planning your perfect stay while visiting the Big Island. We are located a short drive from Hilo International Airport and just minutes from the most active (and safest) volcano in the world. Kilauea is situated at the 4,000 foot elevation amidst lush tropical rainforest where you can escape the heat and crowds of the fast paced city life. Come enjoy some "Aloha" hospitality at its best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloha Happy Place Volcano, Hawaii