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“Joy!”
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Sharon's Serenity
Ranked #8 of 13 Kailua B&B and Inns
Yorba Linda, California, United States
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“Joy!”
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Sharon' Serenity is pure joy and relaxation. The price is right, but so much more is right! Our hostess and her small doggies are wonderful companions. Sharon, herself is pure delight. She is a born hostess.....friendly and trusting. The breakfasts at her home are plentiful and nutritious as well as beautiful. It had been years since we experienced. B & B. We have been missing something special. The location in Kaulua is easy driving to anywhere on Oahua. We were in residential neighborhoods, so morning walks were wonderful. The home itself is beautifully decorated and oh so comfortable. Views of canal and golf course add to the beauty. We will go again!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Roscoe, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed at Sharon's Serenity for 6 nights hoping to avoid the crowds of Honolulu/Waikiki. I am so glad we stayed there as I felt like I was a part of Sharon's family rather than a renter. She promptly responded to my e-mails when requesting information and she does not charge a cleaning fee as other places do. My husband and I stayed in the Blue Room with adequate space for our belongings. It was wonderful to start our day out at her breakfast counter talking with other guests and Sharon. Breakfast consisted of yogurt, bagel/croissant, fresh fruit, juice, coffee; enough to get us through to a late lunch. We typically only ate breakfast, a big late lunch and then dessert later at night.
The location of her home in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to Kailua Beach was a plus for us. We took a kayak trip to outlying islands (bird sanctuaries) through the local kayak shop and explored the rest of the island from our base at Kailua. When we returned, Sharon had fresh towels in place. There was a slight breeze coming through the room at night and with the quiet neighborhood always had a restful sleep.
Sharon was able to help us with recommendations on local restaurants and activities as well as information on activities on other parts of Oahu. Although we always returned back later at night so did not use the pool, it always looked clean and would have utilized it if we had been there in the afternoon.
Thank you Sharon for a wonderful stay. We would not hesitate to stay there again if one day we return to Oahu.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Wight
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We recently booked a ten night stay at Sharon’s Serenity in the Poolside Room and were most impressed with her hospitality. Although we opted for Sharon’s breakfasts, and were never ones to take liberties, we found Sharon amenable and trustworthy regarding the use of her kitchen and her spacious living accommodation. Our room was clean and comfortable, and her pretty garden and pool were a real pleasure.
Her property is situated in a quiet and very nice residential area ideally located for the beach park and with views to the mountains towards the top of her avenue. The neatly mown grass verges and attractive front gardens all look very well kept, and the neighbourhood seemed friendly.
Rather than hiring a car, we opted to use the public bus service. Traffic and parking seem a big issue around Waikiki, and from past experience sightseeing is much more enjoyable on a bus. You also get to meet and chat to the local people and other holidaymakers. Indeed, we found everyone very friendly and helpful, and genuinely interested in us. A one month pass cost us $60 each as adults, much less for pensioners, and they paid for themselves more than twice over in a fortnight. [See TheBus website for details on where to purchase them]. The information centre in Kailua has up to date timetables, and with a little planning and sometimes an early start it is possible to see much of this beautiful island by bus.
Walking into the town means a trek of about 30 minutes along a busy road, so the local number 70 bus was really handy. It stops at the bottom of Sharon’s avenue, only a four minute walk away. Though a very infrequent service (about every ninety minutes) it was reliable, and takes you to the beautiful Lanikai Beach one way and into the town of Kailua and beyond the other way. Eight minutes walk to the top of her road takes you to where the fairly infrequent number 57 stops. It serves Sea Life Park in one direction and Waikiki via the town of Kailua the other way. By bus to Waikiki takes about thirty-five minutes from Kailua. We found this bus was often unavoidably late due to heavy traffic or road works, and there was no seat or shelter from the sun. So we preferred to catch it from Kailua town. Here the more frequent number 56 also goes to Waikiki, so the transfer was usually quicker. On return, though, getting off the number 57 at the top of Sharon’s road was usually better than waiting around for the number 70 in town. Whilst waiting for buses we discovered many regular bus users had a downloaded app on their phones that could tell them how minutes away the bus should be. Very worthwhile, we thought, if you opt for this form of transport.
Near the bottom of Sharon’s avenue are a few local shops including a mini market with delicatessen, a pizza take away, another fast food outlet and a gift shop. The pizzas are superb but huge (19 inch); however they do sell slices. Also, the delicatessen sells a variety of freshly prepared ready meals that we thought were very good. But we found eating out within walking distance of Sharon’s very limited. In fact Buzz’s was the only restaurant we discovered. It is located across the canal – either walk through the beach park, or follow the road around it – and you cannot miss it. It is a popular place to eat, so you may have to wait for a seat in the evening unless you book in advance, but their food and service are excellent. Without a car, further choice of restaurants would require a long walk into town and back, or planning each way around the time of the next bus.
Our holiday comprised B&B accommodation on the outskirts of Waikiki before moving across the island to Sharon’s Serenity. Bearing in mind we had no hire car and were first time visitors, our reason for this was to see Waikiki first and do the popular coach tours including round the island, a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Centre and Pearl Harbour. These all require morning pick-ups from Waikiki hotels. In retrospect, with an early start from Kailua the Alo Moana Hotel pick-up in Waikiki could be reached by bus by about 8.30 am, so we could have managed all our intended trips from Kailua with only one exception: the return coach from the PCC evening show arrives back in Waikiki around 10.30 pm after the last bus departs for Kailua, so a taxi would have been necessary.
All in all, Sharon’s laid back, accommodating style afforded us the flexibility to be able to come and go as we pleased and make some early starts for longer day trips. Together with her homely comforts, we wholeheartedly recommend this excellent B&B for any style of holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

My wife and I spent 8 nights in November 2013 at Sharon's Serenity and it was pure Aloha heaven from start to finish. After our dozen trips to Waikiki and staying in all the usual large hotels, Sharon's Serenity provided us with a truly wonderful contrast to the hustle/bustle and growing inauthentic taste of Aloha from Waikiki.

We found the Poolside room to be home from home with everything provided and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was a delight and Sharon did everything to make sure it was slightly different each day. We enjoyed the breakfasts so much, we have been having the same style breakfasts back home here in England since our return.

We will definitely return to Sharon's as soon as we can, only next time for an even longer stay!

Sharon, keep up the great contribution to the Aloha of Hawaii!

See you soon.
Stuart and Lynda

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We stayed at Sharon's Serentiy for five nights and will never make that mistake again. What a surprise to find that we were staying in a utility room with a sagging broken down bed (the Blue Room). The room has inadequate light and the bathroom door hits the side of the bed when opened.

The breakfast was okay, but you need to look away from the kitchen prep area. You will want to concentrate on visiting with the guests and not watch Sharon prepare the food. Taking the jam, peanut butter, and cream cheese dishes off the serving area and adding to them and then setting the used, refilled dishes aside for the next day is not an acceptable practice. Not to mention the finger licking and spoon licking that went on during the process. Yes, we saw that every morning. The preparation of dog food at the breakfast bar was less than appetizing.

It was difficult to sleep with the blaring television and sounds of breakfast preparation and phone conversations at 11:30 p.m. - just outside the paper thin walls of the Blue Room.

We did not feel welcome at the Serenity. Perhaps the host's coolness has to do with her expectation of the guests' disappointment with the Blue room set up as a utility room. The pool and living room are not inviting, with barriers all around. The fence and gate around the living room are said to keep the dogs out, but seem to keep guests out.

The website is misleading and apparently has been for at least three years according to past reviewers. Nothing is said on the website about the Blue room and the utilites in the room. Please read all negative reviews and know that they are right on.

We enjoyed visiting with the other guests and found the location to be very convenient for an early morning walk to the beach.

Room Tip: Read the negative reviews, we found that the conditions described are still present.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Sharon's place had a very clean bedroom and bathroom for us, and her dining room is decorated with some of her interesting personal items, which gave it a warm, personable ambience. The breakfasts were always delicious, with a variety of fruits, drinks, pastries, yoghurt, breads, etc.
Sharon is a gentle, kind person, full of good advice about how to enjoy our stay in Kailua.
By the way, Sharon's pet dogs are cute, well-behaved, friendly, and were NEVER in our way.
Thank you, Sharon! We'd like to stay at your place again.
Mahalo nui loa,
Wakako Nagatani from Tokyo, Japan

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Brasil
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My wife and I changed our pre reserved hotel in the crowded Waikiki to this amazing B&B.
The best choice.
So quiet hotel and we felt like at home.
It's near every facilities and some beautiful beaches.
We rented a car and is was appropriate to every spot in Oahu from Sharon's.
Thanks Sharon for the great hospitality.
Hugs from Cris and Alessandro

Room Tip: The pool side room was great. It's big with a good bathroom.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank peixeBrasil
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Property: Sharon's Serenity
Address: 127 Kakahiaka St, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-3474
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kailua
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Ranked #8 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kailua
Number of rooms: 6
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