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“A decent efficiency bungalow”

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Sheffield House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 13 Kailua B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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“A decent efficiency bungalow”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

Like other reviewers, we found Sheffield House to be more of a rental unit than a B&B, which was fine. The Sheffields greeted us warmly and showed us around, and we didn't see them again until we dropped off the key three days later. We had the Garden unit, which was plainly furnished but well maintained and very clean, with good bedding and large, thick towels. There was a large indoor/outdoor shower, such a treat in the tropics. The living/dining/kitchen room was smallish, with the kitchen area, a table and chairs, and a futon tucked in the corner. So there was no living room really, and if you wanted to watch TV you had to go into the bedroom. I don't see how this could sleep four adults, maybe a couple of kids on the futon, especially since the bathroom was through the bedroom and the door was a thin pair of louvered shutters. The kitchen was definitely an efficiency, with a half-size fridge and a portable electric burner, but otherwise it was modern and well equipped.

The only problem we had was noise. First, the bedroom backed onto the kitchen of the other unit, and we could hear everything that was said or done in there. Second, the property is on a busy road, and even late at night there was always the sound of traffic. We wanted to sit in the pleasant garden area in the late afternoon after the beach, but it wasn't very relaxing with the sound of traffic whizzing by. Maybe the rear unit is quieter.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We stayed in the Ginger Room (there are two separate rental accommodations at Sheffield House) back in 2005 and returned again Christmas 2012. The Sheffields have just remodeled this studio rental and it's even nicer than before. As other reviewers note, it's not a traditional bed & breakfast. They leave juice, coffee makings, fruit, cereal and pastries, enough for your first day or two, then you are on your own for meals after that. The owners are available, if you want to make inquiries about the area, but they don't intrude otherwise. They also provide plenty of local info in the room. Great place for self-service, independent travelers (which we are). The bed is very comfortable, there's a porch and a small garden patio with umbrella table to relax in. We love the large walk-in shower (room for two!). It's a short walk to a fantastic beach - which we visited daily for sunrises, swims, and long romantic walks. Only downside is a bit of traffic along the main road - but the room is set back behind a wall and much foliage, and this muffles the sounds. A slightly longer walk to Kailua's business area, with access to a Whole Foods, many good restaurants, shopping, library, park, and so on. This is not a place for those looking for a resort-type experience and it's far from Waikiki, but heavenly for those who like a more authentic, low-key local Hawaiian experience. Good access to the rest of the Windward Coast and North Shore. We love it and will be back again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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North Salt Lake, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

I am so happy we chose to stay at the Sheffield House. The Garden Suite is private and relaxing. The accommodations are exactly as pictured on their website. Great shower! It's much more relaxing to return here each day than the high-end resort we stayed in on the other side of the island. The owners were responsive to any questions we had. I like the fact that they afforded us our privacy. It's a short walk to beautiful Kailua Beach. Lots of neat places to shop and great restaurants in town. Locals are friendly. If you want a high-end, pristine but sterile hotel room, stay in Waikiki. If you want to get a true feel for living in Hawaii, stay at the Sheffield House.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2011

I recently had the privilege to stay at Sheffield House in Kailua, Oahu. From the first minute we walked in, I knew I was going to love it there. You enter through the garden gate into your own little walled-garden escape. Each unit feels very secluded from the other (it's a 2-unit place). I didn't even notice the other guests who were staying in the other unit!

It's a very short walk to beautiful Kailua Beach, and a short drive to Lanikai Beach, which is rated one of the top beaches in the world. Very close to the Kalapawai Market, for a quick cup of coffee and the best breakfast burrito I've ever had! Sheffield House had beach chairs, mats, and body boards available for guest use, which was very nice.

The rooms are very nicely kept, and the features are nice too (microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, little fridge). In the ginger room, the bathroom facilities are handicapped accessible.

The proprietors have lived at this house for 20 years, and therefore have a wonderful knowledge of area activities and features if you need guidance. They are very friendly people, but will also give you whatever amount of space you want on your trip.

If you're looking for relaxation on Oahu, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

Cottage style accomodation. NO intrusion by owners. This place is not B&B in my opinion... its a step above as both rooms they offer have private entrances off the drive and are each somewhat secluded and private. Covered in greenery it provides a kool refuge from the sun and heat. I had a GREAT stay here. (may not leave :)) If you seek Rachael out she's great at conversation, but if you want to just want to have a quiet vacation, this is a great base for visiting Kailua/Oahu and not be on the tourist trail.... Quiet, clean and private accomodation. Very near great beaches.

In all, very good value.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2010

An excellent, relaxing hideaway with great access to one of the finest beaches on Oahu (beach tatami mats, beach chairs, and boogie boards available on our front porch). Not for anyone wanting a "tourist" experience. Our hosts were available upon call, but not obtrusive. It seemed like we were in our own private residence. Note: Breakfast is for the first morning only, but the guest room has a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, a small fridge, utensils/dishes, and coffee. We enjoyed making our own breakfast and lingering over it, looking at the beautiful garden and being visited by the familiy cocker spaniel. We are former locals who really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2010

We stayed at the Sheffield house this past week, and loved it. I was a bit worried at first, because we didn't hear much from the owners, but I think that was intentional. They respect your privacy (almost to their own fault). The room was the Garden Suite, which was a beautiful quaint little cottage with a front Lanai, a futon in a guest area, a dining area, a kitchenette, a bedroom with a generous closet, and a bathroom with a huge shower that opened up to it's own porch. The first night we got a nice bowl of fruit and a Hawaiian cinnamon bread, but you should expect to be on your own for breakfast after that. Not a big deal, since so many breakfast places in Kailua are so good. Contrary to some reviews, the place is not crawling with roaches, but we did see and kill one small one during our stay. The geckos take care of that problem, primarily. You can hear them chirping outside your windows in the early morning. If you want a taste of living a real life in Hawaii, then stay at the Sheffield house. If you want to be pretend, then buy a ticket to Disney or stay on Waikiki at the Hilton resort. It is very sterile there. The walk to the beach from the Sheffield house is actually shorter than the walk to the beach from the Hilton at Waikiki. Seriously. We checked it out. And Kailua beach is so much nicer than Waikiki. If you are person who likes resort-created artificial life, then please, don't bother the Sheffield family, but if you like a really nice taste of a great neighborhood in Hawaii's friendliest town, then give these people a try. My wife and I loved it, and plan to bring the kids back to stay in the adjoining room soon.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sheffield House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 131 Kuulei Road, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2719
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kailua
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kailua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hawaii Sheffield House is located in Kailua on the island of Oahu across the mountain from the city of Honolulu. Walk to sandy Kailua Beach or Kailua Oahu Town. Kaapuni Loop is the nearest beach access. June- September the white shower tree is flowering. Off street ground level parking, private entrance, private baths are provided, as well as outdoor shower for after the beach. Complementary FIRST morning breakfast of muffins, juice, coffee, tea provided in your room. After that there are many Kailua Restaurants for you to enjoy. Two units: Garden Suite available 4/17-23, 5/17-26, 6/21-29,7/3-26 more in 2017. With kitchenette and outdoor garden area ($159-$184+ tax and cleaning fee). And Ginger Studio is available from: 4/17-30,5/3-8, 5/17-266/3-13, 6/21-297/3-26. More dates are available in 2017. The Ginger Studio has a breakfast bar with microwave, toaster oven and under counter refrigerator. It has its own outdoor sitting area and secret garden ($139-$159 + tax and cleaning fee). Both units are ground floor units. They can be rented together and sleep 5 people. Decorated with tropical colors, rattan, and queen size beds with Hawaiian quilts. Renovated in 2012. Free high speed WiFi. Enjoy the slow tempo of the Windward side of Oahu. Think hiking, snorkeling, kite surfing, body surfing, boogie boards, kayaks, bicycling, beach chairs. Swimming pool and tennis courts are 13 houses down the street from us toward Kailua Town. Chen Store across the street from the library provides computer services. Even though the trade winds keep things cool both units have quiet split system AC. Towels, paper towels and beach towels are provided. Irons and hairdryers are provided. Both units are non-smoking units. Both units have cable TV. There is a shared phone line provided for local phone calls. Yes, we have an eleven year old cocker spaniel who no longer hears very well. : ( Our rental policy is first come first served based on receipt of deposit. Fully licensed with City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii. ... more   less 
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