No privacy, SHARED house with owners, uncomfortable. Originally booked FRI-WED, left on MON
NOT a house with a “ground floor apartment” with onsite property management as one review implies. My husband and I were in Hilo for a wedding. Check in is 3pm. When we land, I get a vmail asking if we arrive at 8pm, but I was never asked about arrival. I call to correct the owner and we arrive ~5pm. The owner and his son are still cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. We go to Safeway to kill time exhausted, we go back and Rory explains rules. Both Rory and his son live downstairs, NOT just his son the “on-site property management.” Every night at 9pm, his son will go to the kitchen to take the trash out and every day they will dry the bath showers. He’s also inquiring about our schedule and if we’ll mostly be out of the house. I don’t know! We’re here for a wedding, on vacation, we’re spontaneous. One of the advantages of a house rental is actually staying in it. He wants to know so they can do house maintenance. That’s ok but within reason. If the house needs repairs for the use of the house, ok, but repairs for the owners benefit? Like re-caulking the bathroom or finishing a remodel? That should be saved for when guests aren’t renting the place and not on MY time or money. If those are the kind of repairs discussed in the rental agreement under “RIGHT OF ACCESS: The Owners shall have the right of access to rental for repair and maintenance during reasonable hours” then I am disappointed. There is no “downstairs apartment," (I double checked with Zillow). Lesson learned. In the pictures is the staircase leading to a hallway with doors. One door is the laundry, one the garage, and there's a bedroom and bathroom. If they walked room to room, you can hear all the hallway noise in the house. We’re willing to pay for a house to avoid the awkwardness of running into people at a hotel. Call it being anti-social, but it’s something I like to avoid. Or it’s aloha, being friendly. That’s fine for check-in, but we saw the owner 2x day feeling watched. Twice, I had to run away because I wasn’t fully dressed. We had turned down sharing a much bigger rental with our own friends because, we’re willing to pay for space and privacy. Why not say anything about being bothered? It was uncomfortable! What were we going to do? We already paid, we’re busy because of the wedding, it is what it is, and it’s their house. Monday after the wedding, we decided to follow our friends to Kauai and immediately booked it. That spontaneous thing we’re known for. Finally a relaxing vacay!
Beach, Surf, Whales, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to Downtown Hilo