The Perfect Stay in the Heart of Old Hilo Town
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- Minimum stay:1-3 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
'The Lotus' is a Jewel in amongst the green... Our guests tell us they love this vacation rental set in a quarter acre of 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 at the second story level. It's out of view of the street and several old store fronts provide a barrier to the main street on which this is located.There is a sense of seclusion & privacy.
Once you step outside our red bamboo gates and onto the street 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 vacation stay for a family that enjoys exploring town and the freedom to come and go independently. Hilo is a safe neighborhood to walk at night and there are plenty of great little restaurants and music venues close by.
The Lotus is a refurbished traditional Hawaii-style 'Cane house’ built in the Plantation era. 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'
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 are 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
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Member since: 2011
- 800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Fresh flowers and fruit provided for guests, Medical Cannabis smokers welcome. Need to store luggage for a day or a boarding pass printed or other concierge help? We are happy to help. Need a massage? In-house massage services can be arranged or we can refer you to massage centers nearby....moreless
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Linens Provided:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Shared Hot Tub
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 20 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Merrie Monarch 2017
Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2017
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee $40 + tax
- Tax Rate 13.25%
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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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...MoreCollapse
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....MoreCollapse
Hilo is a town built in the heyday of the Sugar Cane era. Many grand old buildings of the 20's and 40's still stand. Our downtown location offers many attractions ust 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
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: Megan and Jasper both love the colors of the tropics and splashed bright paint on old plantation buildings in this old garden. They 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. Jasper is a retired contractor with a passion for his acousticTaylor guitar that he plays as often as he can. An avowed Aquarian, he's the co-visionary behind 'The Lotus Garden of Hilo.' Megan is an expat Aussie and lives some of the time in Hilo and some of the time in Melbourne, Australia.
Why the Owner Chose Hilo, HI, USA:
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. You will be in the geographic heart of Hilo Bay. There is great live entertainment to enjoy within a short stroll. Most nights you can hear live music from the lanai of our Lotus Cottage. Nearby locations: A favorite walk is a 15 to 20 minute stroll to Liliu'okalani Park. It's a beautiful vantage point to see Mauna Kea mountain and the twilight in this formal Japanese garden by the water is stunning. -Our favorite 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:
Want down time and a place to just chill while on vacation? - Enjoy sitting on our small lanai for morning coffee or in the evenings.. - Property is walled on all sides creating a private oasis. Our lush garden setting with stone buddha statues, bamboo and several water features it is a great place to rest and recover. -Enjoy many great eating out options within a block from here.
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A walled garden, bamboo and stone statues provides old world ambience
Ceiling fan and mosquito net.
2nd bedroom off lanai with private entry.
A door ensures privacy between master bedroom & single bedroom.
Lotus Cottage kitchen features gas cooktop, electric jug, toaster & fridge.
Afternoon rays of light in The Lotus Garden
The shower is accessed by a private rear stair case and is on the ground level.
The lanai is a great place to enjoy breakfast or relax with an evening drink
The master bedroom features a Queen bed.
A second bedroom featuring a Queen bed has a private entrance from the lanai.
The third bedroom features a single bed and views of the garden
A compact floor plan with living room and open plan kitchen/dining area
upstairs bathroom in Lotus Cottage
Bright tropical colors are a signature at The Lotus Garden in Downtown Hilo.
The Cottage was built in the 1920s in Downtown Hilo in the Sugar Plantation era
Plants, ferns, orchids and stone tiles make this shower feel very exotic.
The private rear stairway leads to the shower.
A touch of Bali in a tropical garden..
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016
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