"Spent over three weeks at Nessie's Place and really enjoyed my stay. This house is definitely a bargain for the area, which explains the four-star rating (a higher price who lead to a two to three-star rating from me).
As previous reviewers mentioned, the best thing about this place is its owner, Mike or Loch, not sure about his real name, but I called him Mike throughout our stay and he didn't complain, so here I'll call him Mike. Mike is an amazingly helpful and easy-going guy, very generous too: he gave us an avocado, oranges and even mixed greens grown by a friend of his. Plus, he is really hard working and keeps his backyard beautiful. There is a kalamansi tree in the back (like a small orangy lime - great in cocktails!) and, while we were there, there was lots of kale, mizuna and aragula that Mike himself had grown and that we could pick anytime we wished.
Second best thing about the house is its location: a scenic one-mile walk uphill from the ocean and the heart of Paia village, along a well-maintained sidewalk that makes walking safe (make sure you have a flashlight with you at night though).
The house itself is quite spacious and has two full bathrooms and three bedrooms. The place was pretty clean when we got there (except for the freezer that was obviously missed by the cleaners - had to clean that ourselves) and the beds were comfortable, although one of the beds is actually a foam pad on a futon base (but still quite comfortable with a comforter over it, under the fitted sheet). We found that the futon in the living room was not comfortable at all to sit on though. There is an ancient TV in the living room, the remote did not work for it, we just watched it once and had to change the channels and operate the volume directly on the TV - no big deal.
A recent reviewer pointed out that the barbecue was too old - well I'm happy to report that Mike bought a brand new barbecue during our stay and it worked flawlessly for us. Also, there is a washer and dryer outside and they were both working great and came in very handy. All in all, a great stay!
The only suggestions I would have for improvement would be:
- A reliable timer for the hot water tank - we ended coming back from the beach to a cold shower on several occasions, and even though Mike asked us to let him know when there was no hot water, by the time you're out of the shower to let him know, you've already had your (cold) shower; and
- Hooks and towel bars in the bathrooms."
Guest: Marc M.
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: April 14, 2015