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“Peaceful and comfortable, owner easy to deal with”
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Review of Hale Ma‘ukele

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20 reviews
View of the house from the backyard
Living room
Open floor plan
The kitchen is fully equipped
Dining room
Back Deck
Backyard
Hot Tub
Upstairs hallway
Master Bedroom, with a king size bed
Master bathroom
Second bedroom, with two full size beds
Laundry room
Second bathroom on the second floor
Third bedroom, with a queen size bed
Bathroom downstairs
Propane fireplace
View from Street
Sign
Hot Tub in the Forest
Protea flowers
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Volcano, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Welly_Chi...
Wellington, New Zealand
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85 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Peaceful and comfortable, owner easy to deal with”
Reviewed 27 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We were two couples staying here planning to do the National Park as well as the lava hike. I have been in two minds on how to rate this lovely house, seeing all the glowing reviews and me having a slightly more negative stay. I will be honest.
First the positives:
1) Peace and quiet - couldn't get more peaceful and away from the crowds here.
2) The house is lovely - I would love to live in this house back here in NZ; it's clearly lovingly built with beautiful timbers, and the layout works well.
3) Provisions - lots of stuff provided in the fridge and cupboards. Heaps of towels etc provided, bedrooms nice and simple (photos are accurate).
4) Owner easy to deal with and book with (slight mis-understanding with arrival times - It's 3pm, but the email I was sent said 2pm, which surprised the housekeeper). Payment was by paypal. Good instructions otherwise.
5) Location - couldn't be closer than in the park itself. It's 5 mins from the park entrance, and maybe 45 mins from Hilo. But there are not many eating options nearby. We cooked one night and ate at the Volcano House restaurant the other night, inside the park.

Now for the not so positive aspects:
1) There were a lot of small roaches running around the kitchen. I have emailed the owner and he has said he'll look into this, so this may be a one off problem, as other reviews haven't reported the issue. We had to store everything in the fridge.
2) Damp / mouldy smell - this house is in the middle of the rainforest, but possibly the house hadn't been let in a while because the smell was pretty strong when we arrived and didn't really dissipate. But again maybe we were in the off-season, as other reviewers haven't noted this. I'm probably also being picky now - the house was really tidy and mostly clean but the windows and window frames could do with a good clean - flyspots, dirty windowframes etc. We didn't try the spa pool.
3) We tried to use the barbeque but it didn't work. We called the housekeeper who to her credit came over straight away and replaced the gas, but it never worked the two days we were there, so we had to cook our steaks on the stove.

These issues are resolvable, so if I would stay here again if they got sorted.

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Liked best: Peace and quiet, and that we had the whole house to ourselves
Liked least: Uninvited guests and the smell
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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CT
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
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Sydney
Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Seattle
Reviewed 6 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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shimma
Australia
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Location and House Fantastic”
Reviewed 28 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This house has everything you need in a home away from home. We loved our stay here and wished we had of been able to stay longer. As previous reviews state the house has everything you need and is lovely light and spacious. We were so glad that we elected to actually stay here rather than make the long journey from the other side of the island. We were here with our elderly parents and a seven year old and staying so close we were able to head back when everyone needed a break.
We loved the Jacuzzi out the back in the rain forest garden. I am not really a Jacuzzi person but it is in such a nice setting we did use it while we were there.
We didn't actually do any self catering whilst we were there but the kitchen looked amazing and had everything you could need to whip up a meal.
If you are travelling with family the rooms are all spaced out enough that you won't feel as though you are living on top of each other.
We have already recommended this house to friends and when we return would elect to stay longer next time to really enjoy the serenity.
Australian travellers may feel a little apprehensive paying up front for your whole stay but Adam is very professional and you won't be disappointed by the house. It really is as good as it looks in the photos.

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Liked best: The house was spacious, light and comfortable
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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