Comfortable home with a few things to note
We really enjoyed our stay in their home, but there are a few noteworthy items to mention. The positives: The owners were very quick to reply and easy to work with during the booking process. They even called me to offer some helpful suggestions on what to see/do in the area, which I really appreciated. Upon arrival, we found some flowers and chocolates left for us, as well as a clean home ready for our stay. Their son, who is the property manager, was able to answer our questions and went over some of the things about the house that were helpful to know. The house is on the same street as the beach for easy access and you have views of the water. It's also very close to the main part of town, which was nice. Some things to note: 1. The house sits RIGHT behind the main road. While covered with trees so you can't see it, you can clearly hear cars and such driving by at night. The trees also bring in a significant amount of birds that seem to come alive all night long (and not during the day!). We all needed to wear ear plugs to get some sleep. 2. The property manager, their son, lives downstairs and there is no separation beyond the flight of stairs and the door to his area. While it was not a problem at all for us, it's something to note. 3. The beach is a black rock beach. No sand. And there's not really any place to put down a towel, etc. It's a beach meant for boogie boarders and surf boarders. If that's your thing, you're going to love it! But, if you want a regular sandy beach, you'll have to go elsewhere. 4. They have nice wood floors throughout much of the house, but it was a HUGE problem for us. We went down to the beach when the weather was nice. Even though we showered at the beach, showered outside the house, made our kids strip down outside and come in only wearing a towel, and left our shoes outside, the owners said we STILL left significant damage on their wood floors from the black rocks at the beach and are not returning our security deposit. While we find this very hard to believe that we did all the damage they said given the precautions we took, we think this is very important for others to know. This is probably not the house for you if you have kids or are frequent users of the beach. We never saw the damage when we were there, but it must be very easy to make if that is the case. This house is a nice, comfortable house. Owners are nice people, but important to consider above factors before booking.
Beach, Surf, Whales, Waterfalls, Cruise Ships, 2 Miles to Downtown Hilo