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“Only has the view - nothing more.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bamboo Inn on Hana Bay

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Bamboo Inn on Hana Bay
Ranked #2 of 9 Hana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento, California
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Only has the view - nothing more.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

We stayed one-night because it is the only place we could book for a one-night stay that has a nice view and a balcony which is important for us as we do not like being "locked" up in a room. We spent most of our evening outside until bedtime. This place can be nice if the owner pays more attention to detail - that is, spend a little money to upgrade, update and replace some of the fixtures, bedding, shower curtain, tub, shelving inside the cabinets and knobs for the doors in the kitchen - also put in couple of nicer hangers in the closet. I was not comfortable sleeping because the bedding did not look fresh and clean. The bedding looked like it had not been changed between guests - I found blond and black hair on the sheet and around the pillow. I also had to brush something off the sheet. I agreed with some of the guests' comments regarding the shower curtain looked moldy - and you also have to "climb" over a non-working Jacuzzi tub to take a shower which can be dangerous when getting out as the floor had marble looking tiles that can be slippery if you have water on it. It was dark inside because the lighting wasn't adequate so you can forget about reading in bed. We stayed in better places in Hana before. I have to say I was disappointed with the accommodation. Hana has changed since we visited last ime, it is still a pretty drive but I don't think we will be heading that direction next time we visit Maui.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank WSChinita
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

We loved the Bamboo Inn. We stayed in the two story suite with private jacuzzi tub on the deck overlooking the Hana Bay. This is a beautiful condo style room in 100% bamboo decor. Full kitchen with utensils. Very private and serene. You get a wonderful breakfast basket in the morning full of local fruits and breads.
If you are planning on going to Hana stay here and break the Hana trip up into two days it's well worth it. Bamboo is a much more affordable solution than staying at the Hana Ranch.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank TravelinDan33
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

This was our one "splash out" night on our honey moon - we went budget on all the other accomodation, in order to afford some of the bigger tourist attractions and events. On the plus side for the owner, he gratiously allowed us to book a single night where he clearly usually asks for a two night minimum. That said, I understand that Hana, being quite isolated, was going to have inflated prices, but I thought the price we paid would have brought a little more. The actual suite was fine - we stayed in the Naia suite, withe a full kitchen, lower and upper floors, a beautiful spa outside on the lower balcony. The suite seemed clean and quite nice to us (and my husband was very excited to find it did indeed have a TV, despite reviews on other sites indicating it didn't - no TV was a plus for me but a definite minus for him). So clearly they have installed the TV recently, and the bed didn't seem too old, but everything else was a bit worn and tired.

That wouldn't have bothered us, but we really needed to do a load of washing and thought that at the price we paid this shouldn't be a problem. However there was no one available to ask despite a thorough search, so we put a load in the machine we found. We came back a short time later to notice it had been turned off on us. We didn't catch who ever had turned it off, but noticed a sign saying machine was for suite cleaners only. We turned it back on as it was half way through by that stage. We managed to get it into the dryer before the mystery person turned it off again and this time unplugged the machine. Yet they still did not come and knock on our door or even try to talk to us about it, and again when we went looking for them we couldn't find them (originally we had picked our key up from the notice board at the entry way where it had been left in an envelope with our name on it - so clearly the owner was not interested in interacting with us at all). We gave up and laid our washing out on the balcony to dry.

Other points to note: we were concerned originally by the lack of curtains simply because we wanted to sleep in, given every other mornign had been 5am starts for tours and boat rides etc. However the suites have been built well with this in mind, and face in a direction such that you can keep the sliding doors open to allow you to go to sleep and wake up to the lull of the ocean, and avoid too much breeze or sunlight. Lovely.

So all up, lovely location, suites are quite nice and provide a relaxing experience, but would be great to have some customer service and hospitality included (that is really all that is preventing it from being value for money).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank CeciliaFlux
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Toronto, Ontario
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

My wife and I had a 3 night stay at the Bamboo. Due to our late booking, we had the opportunity to stay in two of the suites: Ewa, and Nai'a.

Let's start with the positives. Fantastic location. Close to "downtown Hana" but not close to any main road so it's very quiet. Both suites we stayed in have beautiful, unobstructed views of the ocean. The Iwa has a kitchenette with small fridge, toaster oven, hot plate, coffee maker, and sink. The Nai'a, has a full kitchen. This is handy if you want to cook any of your meals. Both rooms are spacious with plenty of dresser drawers, and closet space. The Nai'a is on two floors and is a bit bigger. It also has an outdoor jacuzzi tub which we used. It's nice to look out over the crashing waves and star gaze from your tub ! All the rooms here come with breakfast. It's a pretty basic continental breakfast: warm croissants, muffins, butter, jam, and slice papaya, and a glass of some kind of fruit drink. Nothing fancy but it'll get you going. Also the rooms have coffee makers and coffee. You'll have to buy your own mik/cream/sugar if you need that but the coffee was quite good.

Ok, now the not so positive. The bathrooms in both suites were, in the words of one of the other guests, "grubby". The Iwa was worse than the Nai'a but both left much to be desired in the cleanliness department. The shower curtains in the Iwa were moldy at the bottom, the caulking was moldy and/or peeling away. Light fixtures were rusty. No shampoo was provided so we washed our hair with the liguid hand soap. Not the end of the world but for the price, some shampoo would be nice. It was hard to be private in these suites since the sliding glass doors had no curtains or blinds. We didn't mind but for those who need privacy, it might be an issue because there is another set of rentals beside the bamboo. There is also, in our humble opinion, a bit of a security issue because the Iwa and Nai'a suites have an adjoining door. On our first day there we we able to open that door and walk into the Nai'a suite, unimpeded. Make sure you lock the door....on both sides !

When we booked, John told us that we could have the Iwa for 2 nights and the Honu for 1 night. As it turned out he'd made a mistake and the Honu was not available so he offered me the Nai'a for the same price as the Iwa ( a $45 discount ). The was very gracious of him and much appreciated. However, in person, John does not exude a B&B proprietor's enthusiasm and warmth of hospitality I've come to expect.

All in all, not the worst place I've ever been but not great. If I could I'd have given it 2.5 out of 5.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank 1965_Luigi
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San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

Hana is "my spot" in Hawaii. I don't like the crowds and tourists. Most tourists come to Hana for the day, arriving around noon and leaving by three or four. THE WHOLE REST OF THE TIME YOU HAVE HANA TO YOURSELF!!!!! ( And the locals, who give back what you put out ie: if you're friendly and respectful, so are they. If you're a rude jerk, well then right back atcha) Bamboo Inn is my "go to." The owner, John Romain, is great, full of information and very helpful.
The rooms are great, clean, quiet, comfortable. I think most have kitchenettes, which is quite useful, as dining options as of my last visit were horrible, BUT the fresh, local, organic produce and meats can't be beat, and if you can cook, you'll never find finer ingredients!!! I've sent many a friend and they've all loved it too!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Eiming
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

My sister, daughter and I wanted to stay over in Hana on our journey around Maui, and with no real plans I was getting a bit anxious. Luckily John had a vacancy in the Nai'a Suite. Wow. Lovely ocean view, jacuzzi tub on the lanai, gorgeous fresh flowers, and beautiful handcrafted Hawaiian quilts to keep you cozy while the breeze blows and you sleep to the sound of the waves on the beach. And then you get to wake up to a sunrise and breakfast with fresh local fruit. It's a bit magical and none of us wanted to leave. The inn is filled with beautiful South Pacific artwork and wood carvings, and we found John to be very helpful and informative about the art, the area, and any other questions we had. I had heard that it wasn't about being in Hana, it was the road to Hana that was the experience, but I have to respectfully disagree. While the road to Hana is incredible, being in in Hana--a remote and beautiful place that is unlike any other part of Maui--and having the good fortune to stay at the Bamboo Inn was a highlight of our entire trip.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank emmay412
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Mammoth Lakes, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Open your bedside door to the sound of surf rocking and rolling on a black sand beach, night and day. A night which ends watching (from porch) white waves play in the moonlight over a dark and stormy sea. A day which begins with watching (from porch) the sun rise over the ocean... More than enough. Romantic.
John's breakfast baskets redefined bananas and answered my lifelong question: why do people eat papaya?
But first, before breakfast, walk out the door, across the yard and onto the beach to discover the gifts of the sea--one morning it was wild sponges blowing like froth across rounded lava stones, one evening it was sections of white coral tossed into fine black sand, another time it was a perfect purple shell.
One day as I sat inside at the dining table with front door open, a mongoose walked down the sidewalk and peered in at me as though it would come inside for a visit, but then it whisked, weasel-like, down a hole. Adorable!
Location: excellent--short walk into Hana to explore red sand beach, fruit stand, prahnee's Thai food, Cafe Romantica, and the upscale offerings of the Hotel Hana (shopping, food, live music) and Coast Gallery. Plus immersion in a 57% Hawaiian community --baseball, schools, picnics, watching awesome surfing, kids and pets
Food: excellent
Room appointments: excellent (carved wood doors, rattan/bamboo ceilings, original art work)
Suggestions: If you plan to cook, email John to find out what equipment is in each suite. We stayed in two --one had a blender, the other did not.
John was there when needed, but otherwise very respectful of our privacy.

Room Tip: Although Iwa was smaller, it was excellent value and we preferred its view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank SierraSn0w
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Property: Bamboo Inn on Hana Bay
Address: Uakea Rd, PO Box 374, Hana, Maui, HI 96713
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Hana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
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Bamboo Inn On Hana Bay Maui

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