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“beautiful but eerie”
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Jacaranda Inn
Ranked #3 of 8 Waimea B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Charming from the outside. Each cottage has it's own unique design/style and no cottages are alike in furnishings and floor plan. Most cottages have its own balcony or porch. Truly an adorable piece of gem that is under utilized. Beautiful grounds but over grown and unkempt. There's mold everywhere, needs cleaning everywhere, no service what so ever, no WiFi, box TVs and deserted. Saw only one guess during the three days, only saw one guess vehicle, the owners were strange, disengaged and unfriendly. Did not see any hired help.
For all these reasons, it made the place feel eerie and strange, therefore we did not sleep not one night of the three paid nights. It's a good thing we had relatives close by to run to.This inn possesses excellent opportunities if given the resources and a change of management.

Room Tip: Rooms are large.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Pros: great location for seeing Mauna Kea mountain, beautiful property, gorgeous flowers, elegantly decorated, quiet. Cons: hard to contact those running the reservations, our room smelled really strongly of mold. Room was a little hot and hard to get cool air in at night, long hike from parking to room if you have luggage. Seems like a good place for those who live on Hawaii island to get away to for romantic weekend, not an efficient place tourists to bunk while doing other things on the island.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

The room was nice but I saw a review that referred to 'The Shining' film. That is too strong but my wife said she would not want to stay there alone! It looks nice but the main house (which is very nice) is shut from around 8pm to 8am and that is where the wifi is. I have to admit it does feel a little creepy but it is ok. Make sure you get the right Waimea - there is another on another island! It is also a bit out of town so have to drive everywhere.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

We only stayed one night, and it was fine. However, the wind howled all night long and we arrived late, so no one was in sight, which was a little eerie, as we drove 30 minutes or more from the airport late at night, on unfamiliar roads. We knew where to go and had good instructions from the inn, so that is not really a complaint, just a reality. Our room was spacious and clean, with a very nice bathroom.
We love the history of the place, as it was the home of the manager of the Parker ranch (one of the largest ranches in the USA) and then the home of Laurence Rockefeller when he bought a huge swath of land in Hawaii in the 1960s. Amazing to imagine Jackie O and others staying here.
In the morning, we poked about in the grand old rooms. It struck us as very sad that this place is not used for something special. It should be a B & B, with someone who knows the incredible history and wants to share it. The Jacarandas were in bloom as we left--purple everywhere! Very close to great coffee in Waimea, so we knew we would find a good breakfast, as the inn has no food service.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

We had a a gorgeous and spacious room (The Iris), and this property completely met our expectations. To address some of the negative comments, any property will fall short of unrealistic expectations from guests.
1) No breakfast service: The place does not advertise as a B&B and does not say anywhere that it offers breakfast, so why would that be a disappointment?
2) Musty smell, mold and mildew: yes, the main house smells a bit musty, like a used book store. The room we had, however, did not. Of course, I can't speak to other rooms. There was a bit of mildew to be found on blinds or window casings. Waimea gets an average of 72 inches of rain per year, well above the national average of 39, and sits at 2,600 feet. It's often cool, misty and rainy. Oh, and it's on a tropical island in the Pacific. Complaining about mildew in Hawaii is a bit like grumbling that the problem with Alaska is it's cold.
3) Silverfish bug running across a toilet: Full disclosure, I'm not an entomologist. But I've lived in HI for over 50 years and have maybe seen a silverfish twice in my life, and that was in a musty-smelling used book store. As they like cracks and crevices and primarily eat paper and starchy substances, I feel kind of bad that one poor silverfish was so starving he/she came out in the open and decided to explore the cold, unyielding ceramic of a toilet. Bugs are also a fact of life on a (wait for it...) tropical island in the Pacific.
4) The weather was cold and rainy: There's a reason Waimea has what is considered to be the best ranch land in the US. The rain and mild temperatures mean grass can grow all year long, fattening up that premium cattle. There's a reason it's so green and lovely on those rolling hills. There's a reason people escape to Waimea to beat the oppressive heat of Kailua-Kona. If you're hunting heat, guaranteed sunshine and beaches, drive down the hill. There are plenty of hotels and resorts there that will cater to your needs.
The Jacaranda Inn is completely as advertised--a small inn with limited services, unique rooms, gorgeous setting and historical pedigree. Our room was clean, comfortable and quiet. We had a lovely stay and would definitely return.

Room Tip: We loved the Iris, which had an English 4-poster bed and HUGE bathroom
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 65-1444 Kawaihae Rd, PO Box 563, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8554
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Waimea
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Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Waimea
Price Range: RM731 - RM915 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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