The Ohia HIdeaway is a one-bedroom cottage operated by the Chalet Kilaueau Collection. It has cute furnishings, and is very quiet. We stayed there from June 20-23, 2007. It cost over $190 a night with tax, but lacked many of the basic amenities one would expect for that price.
First, the lighting was so dim it was hard to read, and even more difficult to cook in the poorly equipped kitchen. We had to call the management two days in a row to get maintenance to bring bulbs brighter than 60 watts. They never did replace the burned-out bulb in the light fixture over the sink. or the 40 and 25 watt bulbs in the fixture in the corner of the kitchen. Both fixtures are made of cheap plastic, with sockets that have corroded in the humidity. These cheap corroded fixtures may well start an electrical fire.
The cooking pots and utensils were inadequate. The cabinets were filthy. There was a half-sized refrigerator, with an unusable freezer. It hadn't been defrosted for years, so there was no room to put anything in it. There were no screens on any of the windows. When it got warm, we opened a few windows and the bugs swarmed in.
The queen bed had a too-short flat bottom sheet instead of a more common contoured sheet. The sheet was too short to stay tucked in, so it came undone in a snarled mess every night.
For nearly $200 a night (with no maid service unless you stay four nights or longer) we expected the basics to work. It may be that other cottages were better maintained and equipped, but this one was not worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within native Hapu'u tree ferns and Ohia trees, these delightful havens offer the luxury and privacy you seek. Each vacation home is masterfully designed with an elegant decor and comfortable furnishings ("Hawaiian Plantation" to "French Country"). Our vacation homes are strategically located within Volcano Village; as close as possible to the entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park! Attention to detail, direct phone line, cable TV, stereo system, full kitchen, living space, and dining space. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Volcano Vacation Homes (Chalet Kilauea Collection) Hawaii