"We stayed at this property for a week in June. It was our first vacation rental experience, but we felt confident in the many positive reviews from this property - and we were not disappointed! It literally was only 'steps to the beach' and right across the street from Kailua Beach Park. Even though it was located on a more main road, we never really noticed any noise inside. The property was spacious and as-described, although I don't think the photos do it justice!! It was great! The owner was very nice and was able to help and answer any questions we had. While this property is the lower level of the owner's house, we really did feel like we had the place to ourselves. The bed was comfortable and air conditioning units in the living room and bedroom were great, although the one in the bedroom was a bit loud at times, but not enough to be bothersome or keep us up.
We really enjoyed the location in Kailua - you can't beat how close it is to the beach, especially considering how little parking there is around. It was definitely worth it to have the private, off-street parking! It felt much more 'local' than Waikiki and the large full kitchen was perfect for eating meals, which was a money-saver. We did eat dinner one night at Buzz's. It was good, but quite expensive - although probably par for the course for the island. We stopped at Costco on our way in from the airport and we did make trips to Safeway almost daily as the prices were closer to what we were used to and beyond some basic spices, the kitchen was not stocked with food items or condiments (although it does have all of the pots pans, plates, silverware, and every other non-food item you need to prepare a meal!) We went to the Farmer's Market at the elementary school on Sunday, which was really fun. The produce was more expensive than at the grocery store, but there was prepared food and smoothies for purchase and live music..
While a little drive away from locations like Hanauma Bay, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the North Shore, we felt like it was worth it to be out of the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities. And the Pillbox Hike - breathtaking views!! The beaches really are beautiful. Overall, we will definitely be recommending this rental to our family and friends!"
Guest: Alison A.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: June 28, 2016