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The Perfect Stay in the Heart of Old Hilo Town

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The Lotus Cottage is one of only two vacation rentals in Downtown Hilo..

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Last updated: 07/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Hilo cottage description

Read our reviews! 'The Lotus' is a Jewel in amongst the green... Our guests love this unique vacation rental set in a quarter acre lush tropical garden right in the heart of Downtown Hilo. Wake to the sound of birds and enjoy the seclusion of our private walled compound. Our 'Lotus' vacation cottage is raised to the second story level and out of view of the street. Several old store fronts provide a barrier to the main street on which this is located. Once you step outside our red bamboo gate and onto the street however, you will love the convenience of being able to walk to shops,movies, restaurants, galleries and more. The Farmer's Market is one block away and each day there fresh tropical fruits and vegetables are for sale.

If your taste is for old homes and places with a sense of history then you will love our little rental. This accommodation is best described as '..An exotic Vacation Rental for the budget traveler.' There is no TV or microwave and no air-conditioning so we have appeal for those wanting to enjoy a simple tropical home with just the basics. Our guests tell us this makes a romantic couples retreat and a place for a great family vacatiion.

The Lotus is a refurbished traditional Hawaii-style 'Cane house’ built in the heyday of the Sugar Plantations. We painted it some bright colors and gave it a few upgrades to make your stay comfortable. The home features bamboo floors, an open plan kitchen and living area as well as charming features of an old home. The shower is down a private set of covered stairs and is decorated in 'Bali Style' with stone tiles, loads of plants and orchids, air and natural light.

Our close proximity to the bay means that the home is cooled by sea breezes. Ceiling fans in the living area and bedroom will ensure your comfort. In the master bedroom, the mattress is a pillow-top queen sized bed to ensure a great night's sleep. The other bedroom offers a queen sized bed and in the third bedroom there is a single bed. A fold out futon bed suitable for a child can be made available. Our couch also folds out to a full sized bed. Up to 6 people can be accommodated in 'The Lotus' (or more including children).

At one time this property was like many of the Sugar Cane 'camps' on this island with 6 houses houses on the property. We presently have two refurbished houses for guest accommodation. There another two houses in the rear of the property not currently in use. The 'Sugar Shack' next door is another refurbished cane house that is also a vacation rental.

Our two vacation homes on the property can accommodate parties of up to 14 guests and so ours makes an ideal venue for a wedding, tour group, seminar or other small group event.

As your hosts, we have tried to think of your needs. Our goal is for our guests to relax and enjoy their visit to our island. Upon check in our guests find fresh flowers and fruit in our rental. Beach towels are provided.

This vacation spend less time in the car! Come and stay with us for a relaxed pace of life and an exotic tropical experience with plenty of beauty and good hospitality.

Keywords: cottage, shack, cane house, house, bungalow, villa, cabana, casita

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered
              • Alternative Lifestyle

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Refrigerator

              Amenities

              • Babysitter
              • Linens Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Ceiling fans,Fresh flowers and fruit provided for guests, Medical Cannabis smokers welcome...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Stereo
                  • Music Library
                  • Shared Hot Tub

                  Communications

                      • Wireless Internet

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio

                      Location & View

                          • Village:

                            Hilo Downtown is like a village.. just 3 blocks long and 3 blocks wide, it is easy to walk through town and find stores, restaurants, live music venues and our Farmer's Market & views of the Bay. ...moreless

                          Activities

                          • Restaurants
                          • Swimming
                          • Spelunking
                          • Tennis
                          • Cycling
                          • Snorkeling/Diving
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Kayaking
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Medical Services
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Laundromat
                          • Hospital
                          • Parasailing
                          • Groceries
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Shopping
                          • Antiquing
                          • Zoo
                          • Playground
                          • Library
                          • Churches
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Cinemas
                          • Museums
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Live Theater
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Hiking
                           

                          Reviews

                          Write a review 4.6
                          from 21 traveler reviews
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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Holiday Season
                          Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014
                          2 night min stay
                          $160
                          $1,050

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                          Winter Holiday 2014
                          Dec 22 - Jan 8, 2015
                          6 night min stay
                          $160
                          $1,050
                          January & February
                          Jan 9 - Feb 28, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $160
                          $1,050
                          Merrie Monarch 2015
                          Apr 5 - Apr 11, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          $400

                          Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $150
                          $1,000

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest


                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Cleaning fee $30 + tax
                          • Tax Rate 13.412%

                          Notes:

                          These dates are reserved for a group booking. Merrie Monarch reservations can include accommodation for 10 or more guests and would suit Halau or Halau study group. Perfect location in town. Inquire for more details. Dates are flexible according to the needs of the group.

                          これらの日付はグループ予約のために予約されています。メリーモナーク予約は10以上のゲストのための宿泊施設を含めることができますし、ハラウやハラウの研究グループに合うでしょう。町の絶好のロケーション。詳細はお問い合わせください。日付は、グループのニーズに


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                          Calendar

                          Last updated: 07/29/2014
                          Check availability
                          23 Available
                          21 Unavailable
                          22 Today
                          23 Selected dates
                           

                          Location

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                            The Lotus Vacation Villa View on map

                            Our secluded tropical garden setting is the perfect place for a vacation and convenient to many Hilo attractions.

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                          • B

                            The Magic Pan Crepe Restaurant View on map

                            A delightful restaurant with a menu of delicious crepes, desserts and cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. (808)935-4777

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                            Bayfront Coffee, Kava & Tea View on map

                            Forget the coffee and tea.. kava is served right here at Hilo's premium Bayfront Kava bar. Kava promotes relaxation and good health. Listen to music or chat with others and while away some pleasant hours here at this intimate and beautiful bar. Great brownies are sold here.

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                            Hilo Palace Theater View on map

                            The Palace was built and opened in 1925 at the peak of the heyday for American movie palaces. The architectural features are sure to delight anyone with a nostalgia for this era. The movies shown here tend to be of the 'art house' category and there are often music or theater acts featured also. Each Wednesdays at 11:00 am there is a live show dedicated to celebrating Hawaiian arts, Hula and music that is sure to be of interest to visitors and admission is $5.00

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                            Hilo Farmer's Market View on map

                            Hilo Farmer's market operates daily all year round from dawn to dark. Wednesdays and Saturdays are especially busy and farmers and traders from many outlying regions trade on these days. Here you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. This is a gourmet cook's delight to find so much great tropical fruit and vegetables. You'll love the bright flowers for sale at the market. You're sure to taste something delicious that you've never tried before and you're bound to find a special gift item.

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                            Ocean Sushi Restaurant View on map

                            A popular restaurant with many varieties of sushi and sashimi at very affordable prices

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                          • G

                            Kress Cinema Dollar Theater View on map

                            The best value in town! $1.50 for admission to see movies. Check website for details of screenings.

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                          2.3 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Hilo International Airport
                          1.1 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Hilo Bayfront Park
                          80 Metres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Pineapples Island Cuisine Restaurant
                          80 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Pineapples Island Cuisine Restaurant

                          Car: Recommended

                          Hilo is a town built in the heyday of the Sugar Cane era. Our downtown location offers many attractions, just a short walk away. See a show at The Palace Theater or enjoy restaurants and cafes to suit every budget. Browse the many galleries and craft stores and visit the Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Museum for insights into the island's fascinating history of Hawaiian Kingdoms, christian missionaries & the powerful forces of nature that have shaped the island.

                          Hilo is a great place for the gourmet cook to visit. Enjoy cooking with fresh produce of the tropics. Our ' Lotus' vacation rental is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from Suisan Fish market. You will be just a block from the Hilo Farmer's market which operates daily all year round. Here farmers, flower merchants and artisans sell their wares and you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. We also have some wonderful beaches 10 minutes drive away. A snorkeler's delight and a place to see the sea turtles grazing on rocks there

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2000

                          About the owner: Hawaii island has changed in many ways since ‘the last harvest’ in 1996 as it is remembered by locals here and Jasper arrived on the island in time to see those ‘old days’ of Hawaii. In 2009 Jasper campaigned for mayor on a platform of sustainable agriculture for the island and continues to support small agriculture in Hawaii. A retired contractor, Jasper has been working on the Hilo Garden Villas, a property that hosts traveler accommodation and two vacation rentals as well as a Center for massage and for Natural Farming Education. Megan is originally from Australia and lives some of the time in Hilo and some of the time in Melbourne, Australia. Megan and Jasper both love the colors of the tropics and have spent time restoring several old homes on the property so that visitors can enjoy an experience of an older Hawaii and the relaxed pace of life on Hawaii island.

                          Why the Owner Chose Hilo:
                          Hilo is on the east side which is the ‘wet & wild side’ of our island and offers a lot of natural beauty and rugged coastlines to explore. There is plenty to see and do no matter what the weather. Whenever visitors come to stay with us it is easy point them in the direction of botanical gardens, our live volcano 'Kilauea', the famous Red Road of Puna with warm geothermal ponds and black sand beaches and the attractions of Hilo itself. Our tropical rainy climate means we enjoy an abundance of fresh produce and exotic fruits and flowers all year round and these can be found at the Farmer's Market, just a block away. This is a photographer's dream! Jasper bought this property in 2001 and was inspired by the sense of history here and the fact that this property is walled on all sides creating a sense of privacy and serenity. There are two vacation rental homes on the property. Both of these are painted bright colors and have been refurbished. They sit behind 4 stores. Among them, there is a thriving art gallery, a second hand bookstore and a Hawaiian clothing & design store. You will enjoy browsing here and meeting these neighbors. The property itself is in the geographic heart of Hilo Bay and at one time there were 5 homes on this small half-acre block and many families lived in close proximity as was the tradition for the ‘camps’ associated with the Sugar Plantation days and we have enjoyed restoring them one by one. There are many talented musicians and artists who make Hawaii 'home' and so there is much local art and entertainment to enjoy around Hilo and the vicinity. Our favourite place to swim is the nearby ‘Four Mile’ (officially known as Carlsmith Park) this is a beautiful lagoon with palm trees and a lush green lawn for picnics and sunbathing.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                          The old Hawaiian name for this property is translated to mean 'When You Fall Down Pick Yourself Up.' Our lush garden setting features stone buddha statues, bamboo and fruit trees and it is the perfect place to rest and recover. Guests can place an order for fresh coconut water to be delivered or they can make relaxation a priority as they spend time in our hot tub or taking advantage of our reasonable rates,schedule a massage on site. Experience the charm of our town of Hilo which has a slow pace becoming more and more rare in the world. Enjoy the peace of a vacation where less time is spent driving in a car.


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                          • The Lotus Cottage is one of only two vacation rentals in Downtown Hilo..

                            The Lotus Cottage is one of only two vacation rentals in Downtown Hilo..

                          • Second room has queen sized bed and great tropical ambience..

                            Second room has queen sized bed and great tropical ambience..

                          • Third bedroom features twin bed and opens onto kitchen in Lotus Cottage.

                            Third bedroom features twin bed and opens onto kitchen in Lotus Cottage.

                          • The Lotus is the only Downtown Hilo vacation rental available.

                            The Lotus is the only Downtown Hilo vacation rental available.

                          • Guests tell us that they love our stone and tile mosaic shower.

                            Guests tell us that they love our stone and tile mosaic shower.

                          • A stone lined fish pond in the entrance to the property..

                            A stone lined fish pond in the entrance to the property..

                          • Megan:'I spent time in Bali in my teens & it inspired me to create this garden.'

                            Megan:'I spent time in Bali in my teens & it inspired me to create this garden.'

                          • Views of the garden from the landing outside the 3rd bedroom (with twin bed)

                            Views of the garden from the landing outside the 3rd bedroom (with twin bed)

                          • Second room with queen bed has its' own private entrance

                            Second room with queen bed has its' own private entrance

                          • Our lanai is a great place to sit and relax after a day on the trails.

                            Our lanai is a great place to sit and relax after a day on the trails.

                          • Tiled bathroom on same level as bedrooms, kitchen and living area.

                            Tiled bathroom on same level as bedrooms, kitchen and living area.

                          • Private stairway down to shower.

                            Private stairway down to shower.

                          • The shower is in a private garden; 'bali style' -with lots of palms and orchids.

                            The shower is in a private garden; 'bali style' -with lots of palms and orchids.

                          • You will love our Farmer's Market and you are just one block away..

                            You will love our Farmer's Market and you are just one block away..

                          • living area in Lotus Vacation Cottage

                            living area in Lotus Vacation Cottage

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                          $150 - $400 per night (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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