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Review of Hanalei Surfboard House

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Hanalei Surfboard House
Ranked #1 of 5 Hanalei B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Counting down the days till we can return!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

We were lucky enough to spend 4 nights of our Honeymoon in the Loveshack at the Surfboard House. It was quite simply, heavenly. The room itself was one of the coolest, most unique and inspiring accommodations we've ever stayed in. Spotlessly clean and fresh. The decoration and the furniture were fabulous with stunning attention to detail every where you look. Our room had a private backyard with BBQ and outdoor shower. Local coffee, shampoo and soaps were left out for us on arrival. With a 90sec walk to the beach the location couldn't have been better. Simon, the owner was an impeccable host. Friendly, approachable and full of advice and hints for your stay on the island... But leaves you alone to make yourself at home on the property. His only personality flaw is his support of Newcastle United... But we looked past that.
We can not wait to return to Hanalei and the Surfboard House in the very near future.
Kate & Ben (uk)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben T
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

When planning our trip to Hanalei, my husband and I wanted to stay in a place where we would feel at home in a "local" sort of way, not in a "tourist/resort" sort of way. When I found the Hanalei Surfboard House online, I knew I'd found exactly what we were looking for. We stayed in the Love Shack for 11 wonderful days and could not have been more pleased. The funky decor, the beautiful garden, the proximity to the beach and Hanlei Bay, and Simon's hospitality made our vacation one of the best we have ever taken. Simon has thought of everything -- no need to bring towels, snorkel gear, a cooler, or boogie boards! I would highly recommend the Hanalei Surfboard House, and certainly hope to return! Andrea - Seattle, WA

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andrea V
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United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

This one of a kind is hands down the best place to stay in Hanalei! Authentic, clean, historically classy and modern. The price is very friendly for what you're given. The complimentary shampoo and conditioner are made on island, as is the coffee; a real treat. Double thumbs up! If I had three thumbs, I'd give it a triple thumbs up! Saving to go back to the Hanalei Surfboard House!

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  • Stayed April 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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1 Thank CASchwabe
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

We stayed in the Cowgirl Room at the Hanalei Surfboard House for two weeks and we loved it! After reading all the fantastic reviews on this site and recommendations in the various travel guides we knew it would be a good choice, but it ended up being amazing!

Simon has created a cozy space that has everything you need for a perfect vacation - great decorations, well equipped kitchen, BBQ in your own private backyard (the cedar fence smells amazing when it rains!), outdoor shower, laundry facilities, beautifully landscaped front yard, tons of movies to watch or music to listen to, beach umbrella and chairs, boogie boards, etc. It was a great home away from home, with beach access right across the street and a short walk to the heart of Hanalei. It doesn't get any better than this!

The only thing better than the Cowgirl Room? Simon himself! He greeted us the moment we arrived, helped us unload our things from our vehicle, showed us around the room and made us feel welcome. We talked to Simon many times during our stay about his music industry career, music in general, places to eat, things to do/see, the amazing island he calls home and much more.

We can't wait to go back and highly recommend the Hanalei Surfboard House to anyone looking for a great place to stay on the north shore!

Chad and Tracy
Edmonton AB Canada

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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1 Thank Chad_Tracy
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Tucson
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

So we checked into the cowgirl suite last week for our honeymoon. The room is nice and location is ideal. Simon was very pleasant upon checking us in.

Then came the 4th day. Upon arriving home we noticed someone had gone in our room. Why someone entered the room in the first place had us concerned because there is no maid service offered. The dishes were done, our personal items moved around including our bathroom supplies, and a bag of chips put in the refrigerator. Weird!

Knock Knock. I welcome SImon in. He goes off on the bed being moved. You see we didn't realize it was on a swivel stand so we angled the bed a few feet to get a better view rather than disturbing the owner. Big mistake! Simon goes off what a burden this is to him. He then goes off on how we attracted cock roaches to his unit. Uh if there are cock roaches on the property that might be a sign to fumigate! Luckily we didn't see any but let it be known. There are cock roaches there! *shrug*

Bottom line is if you want privacy this is not the place to be. The reviews may have been great in the past but let this be your warning. Simon might come after you and insult your wife and get in your face which he did to me. He accused of us "partying like rock stars".

My wife and I are in our late 30's and went to bed every night by 10pm. We usually fell asleep to a movie which there is a decent selection of and put a couple dishes in the sink before bed. Party on!!!!!

Anyhow my party animal wife who is a ballet teacher and yoga instructor normally trashes room in Vegas with Metallica but this time her target was Hanalei on her honeymoon! *wink*

The past track record of the Surf board house is a good one but like the ocean the surf and the tide change............

This is a nice property and the owner obviously works hard to maintain it but if you want to enjoy yourself, feel you have privacy, want to enjoy a quiet night with your beloved wife don't subject yourself to the crazy rants of the owner like we did. I hope he takes a much needed vacation and kicks his shoes off in another unit so he can once again understand why people go on vacation. They do it to relax!

Namaste.......

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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sp1261953, Owner at Hanalei Surfboard House, responded to this review, 14 June 2012
99% OF MY GUESTS ARE COURTEOUS, RESPECTFUL AND HAVE A GREAT TIME, I'M AFRAID THIS IS THE !%!
I had some issues with these people and i decided to make an unprecedented move and suggested that they leave, i was happy to refund their money and send them on their way.
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

We had travelled to Kauai on two previous occasions, staying in Princeville both times. However, often we preferred to head down the hill and over the bridge to Hanalei. Therefore, for our third trip, my research on the area led me to Simon Potts and his lovely Hanalei Surfboard House. What a find! With a 3 minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute walk into town, it was exactly what we wanted. Once we arrived we hardly drove our rental car anyplace. No need! Simon has created such a comfy yet luxurious place with vintage decor, tropical gardens, and many special unexpected touches. From the moment we met, he made us feel at home. We stayed in the Cowgirl room. I especially loved the rain head shower, with the delicious smelling provided soap, shampoo and conditioner. A kitchen well stocked with plates, glasses and utensils and a BBQ out back in our own little Zen garden patio made dining in a treat. Simon has really gone above and beyond to make his place outstanding. We plan to visit again as soon as we can, and hope to introduce our friends to Kauai, Hanalei, and Simon.

  • Stayed May 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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2 Thank Shandahbear
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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

Gloria and I love Hanalei and the Surfboard House is a great place to stay. The Cowgirl room is so comfy and the location is good. We hope to go back soon.

  • 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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1 Thank Chuck_Gloria
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Additional Information about Hanalei Surfboard House

Property: Hanalei Surfboard House
Address: 5459 Weke Rd, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Hanalei
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Hanalei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of the most sought after destinations on Kauai’s spectacular North Shore, our suites are just a few minutes from charming Hanalei town. On a beachfront road lined with stately homes and plantation cottages, we provide some of the only room-rentals in Hanalei. Hanalei Bay, the playground of surfing’s World Champions, is right across the street. ... more   less 
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