My husband and I arrived on Maui at noon, rented a car, and drove "The Road to Hana", arriving at The Bamboo Inn about 4:00 pm. John, the owner, was there to welcome us and directed us to the I'wa suite. Access was up an outdoor flight of stairs - no problem for us, but could be a challenge if you're elderly or have a lot of luggage. Our room was tastefully decorated with fresh tropical flowers, bamboo furniture, a kitchen (which we didn't use), a good-sized washroom with a great shower, and a super comfy (although old) bed. We had our own private lanai (balcony) with 2 chairs and a table overlooking the black lava beach and the crashing waves. Unfortunately we didn't spend much time out there as we picked a super windy time to visit and it was cold sitting outside. The sunrises every morning were spectacular!
We found the room to be clean, spacious and comfortable. We stayed for 3 nights and were left completely on our own; it was very private. There is no maid service, and we were told that water is scarce so they don't supply beach towels (so bring your own). However, beach mats, chairs and toys are available if you need them. Also, take a flashlight if you don't expect to be back until after dark - there were no lights on the way to our room, so it can be a bit precarious.
Every morning at 8:30 a small basket was left on a table in the courtyard for each room. Each basket contained warm croissants, warm muffins or banana bread, fresh pineapple & bananas, butter, jam, and tropical fruit punch. It was a nice way to start the day, as you could eat in the courtyard or take the basket back to your room.
The best part of our stay was our invitation to the "Tiki Lounge". John recently finished a room which he made into a lounge, and on the Friday night of our stay he invited the guests and a bunch of the locals for Happy Hour. He provided all the alcohol and snacks, and everyone mingled and got to know each other. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Hana, getting to know the people who call this place home, and it was really nice of John to include us.
Everything is expensive in Hana, but The Bamboo Inn is a good choice. My husband accidentally left his watch in the room when we checked out, and John was nice enough to mail it all the way to Canada without even being asked.
We liked the laid back feeling, the view, the central location, and the privacy. Don't expect 5-star when you go to Hana. It is what it is!
- Also Known As:
- Bamboo Inn On Hana Bay Hotel Hana
- Bamboo Inn On Hana Bay Maui