In the morning, you will be awaken by the singing of birds and you see the Summit of Diamond Head lit by sunrise.(From the Cooke room.) Breakfast was excellent in the lanai surrounded by the garden.. Very convenient location if you rent a car. This is an old house and there are some points to be improved.But,overall I love this B&B and wish to come back again.
Needed a place to stay in town that was near to family and not Waikiki. The location as great, room was comfortable and made us feel at home, breakfasts with made-to-order hotcakes & eggs were great bonus. As a vegetarian, the non-meat (fruits, steamed vegs, rice, etc.) options in the morning (all available without having to ask!) were a great start to the days. Having the family dogs on site too made it feel more like a friendly guest house than a hotel. Will stay here again. (Note to people unfamiliar with Hawaii neighborhoods...) I have seen other reviews pan this place because the expectation was for a new hotel feel. Before you visit, please understand that this is a historic house in one of the wetter (lots of rains) neighborhoods in Honolulu. Go expecting a welcoming old home in Manoa & you'll be good. Go expecting a modern hotel and... well, you should go to a modern hotel in Waikiki instead - there are plenty and to each their own.
This is a cozy home feel type place. Only 6 rooms, max 2 per room, and no kids. Beautiful strolling garden area and healthy breakfast options. This is our third stay now and it really is starting to feel like home!
I have stayed in many B&Bs throughout the world and Manoa is not ran as the typical B&B. We stayed almost a full week and never once met the owners or the owners family that also lived on site. Early each morning 2 young girls would show up to not only take care of guests but also serve the owners and her family. The bedding and towels are very old....I will not be returning.
My favorite cool and shady place was the salt pool hidden among tropical trees and blooming plants. Delightful and refreshing! The staff was helpful and welcoming. The breakfast was a healthy and tasteful variety of tropical fruits, pancakes, eggs, cereals, etc -- all organic and mostly local.
this historic home is old and lovely, full of ambiance of days gone by. I love the peace and quiet, the green and raucous blooming of tropical plants, and also the salt pool for cooling off and swimming. Just plain charming.
The inn appears to be on a stable track of restoration and upgrade by the current owners. Manoa Valley Inn is most appropriate for the niche B&B guest or old house lover, with the exception of those who are looking for a romantic hideaway. A few realities: There is no one waiting at the front door or in the main hall for your arrival. There is no bellman or staff to help with luggage. All of the rooms are on either the second or the third floor requiring a steep ascent up a lengthy staircase. The inn's backyard is a verdant garden space of lovely tranquility. The skyline of hotels may not be visible from the lanai, but the plantings and green space make for a tranquil haven. The small swimming pool is a nice added amenity. Breakfast was a mixed bag, heavy on vegetables and starches. The fruit was very good, but not in abundant supply. The offer of egg OR pancake struck me as decidedly less than opulent. Egg OR pancake? REALLY, at these rates. This could have been the result of a linguistic variation in the accent of our Japanese-American host staff member. Either way, the requested over-easy egg came out fried hard. The breakfast background music was calming and Zen-like but also a bit melancholy and heavy-handedly new-age-ish. The two rooms we had were clean and met our basic expectations. The bedding is in need of an upgrade. The plumbing worked. Our check-in and arrival instructions had been basic as well, leaving it to us to figure out that the rooms DID in fact have a form of air conditioning. The wall remotes in each bedroom controlled a wall-mounted cooler that restored comfort in short order. But you shouldn't have to figure out the controls yourself. Word was that once some of the big ticket infrastructure issues were addressed, the rooms would be upgraded next. Sorry we couldn't have seen the post-improvement MVI interiors. It's heartening to think that the gorgeous Manoa Valley Inn will again shine as it once did.
This is our second time staying at Manoa Valley Inn.We stayed for our Wedding Anniversary in February and returned to celebrate my husbands birthday.What we enjoy the most id the peaceful setting, ,cozy sheets and the wonderful breakfast!
We stayed with the Youngs for a nice long stay in March. We had a great stay, and they are great hosts. The only reason we gave a 4 for the rooms is to alert you that you will likely share a bathroom. Since we knew that ahead of time, we were fine with it. Phyllis provides a wonderful assortment of yummy and healthy things for breakfast, which are best enjoyed on the deck that overlooks the salt water pool and has a lovely ocean view. We slept soundly and felt at home! Thank you, Phyllis and Don!
We stayed here in September 2015. Phyllis is a great cook and has very good and healthy breakfasts. The room was good and they had travel books and information handy to read. They are in a beautiful location with great views and very near snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Don and Phyllis are excellent hosts and helpful. They have a saltwater swimming pool as well.
This B&B, the ornate classical house near the University of Hawaii, is now managed by the Japanese family, so it's very comfortable for us Japanese clients. The room is classical and large, although the bathroom is rather plain. The breakfast service is very good and order-made (but they have little milk). The location is a little far from the city-center, while there are so many connections of bus: it would be perfect to offer some bus tickets to the center.
I lived in Honolulu as a child and hadn't been back in over 30 years, so I wanted to avoid the tourist highrises of Waikiki. My wife and I were not disappointed, Manoa Valley in was lovely. In comparison to hotel prices in the area, it is a great value, and to be able to hear the birds first thing in the morning and feel like you really are LIVING there instead of just visiting is a treat. The staff are friendly, helpful and not at all intrusive. The garden is wild and lush and I wouldn't want it any other way. I almost want to keep this place a secret, as we will be staying here again the next time we visit Honolulu.
We chose this Bed & Breakfast to celebrate our 32nd Anniversary because it looked romantic and unique. Our room was the "Cooke"and it was lovely. The shower was large and had plenty of hot water. The 4 poster bed had a chandelier light above it that was charming.The flowered sheets were soft and cozy.Our breakfast on the patio was generous.It was so delicious with coffee,two types of juice,eggs,Portuguese sausage,potatoes, pancakes,& assorted breads.Rice & sauteed vegetables were offered also. The staff were friendly and polite.We enjoyed our stay very much and will return again!
Our group reserved two rooms, both were smelly, musty and dusty. Our rooms were on the third floor, no elevator, and parts of the staircase did not have handrails. Bathroom facilities were primitive. Pillows smelled musty; bedding and towels had never seen hot water or bleach. Signage for the Inn was difficult to see..we located it by process of elimination. No staff could be found when we decided to check out after one night so we had to carry our own baggage down the two flights of stairs.Certainly did not meet the expectations set by the B&B listing. If we could have found staff when we left, we would have requested a refund. Don't waste your time or money! Disgusting!!!
Manoa Valley Inn lies near University of Hawaii up the hill and across the H-1 highway from Honolulu. It is a beautiful and majestic palatial house with about 8 rooms on the second and third floor for guests. The first floor is occupied by the host family with their dogs and cats, including Peace, a small and charming dog who greets you and cages pets if you are interested. The furnishings are beautiful Victorian era and house is magnificent. There is a garden and a pool. Breakfast is served on a covered veranda overlooking the garden, with the skyline of Honolulu in the distance. We enjoyed watching the fireworks of Waikiki from our room on several evenings. On the second floor there is a sunroom overlooking the garden and Honolulu to the South. The owners are friendly and welcoming. Our stay was quiet and relaxing. The AC kept the room at a comfortable temperature. On return visit to Oahu, I would look forward to staying again at the Manoa Valley Inn.
Friendly atmosphere, and if you like dogs they are friendly too! Renovations seem close to completion and lovely gardens that could be a bit more growth controlled. Without a car it is just a bit out of the way, until you catch on to the handy by bus system! A refreshing change from Waikiki!! And close to the university. We enjoyed our stay.
We really enjoyed our long stay at the Aloha B and B! The hosts were great, the rooms very nice, the location was very good, and our time there when not out site seeing was both relaxing and fun. Thanks for a great stay! Blessings, G and B
I recently stayed with Don and Phyllis for my first visit to the Hawaiian Islands and I couldn't have found a more perfect location. Their house is a sea of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki Beach, which stunning views of Koko Head and an easy walk to Hawaii Kai Marina. Close enough to everything you want to do on the island but far enough to feel relaxed and chilled. Don and Phyllis are really welcoming and helpful and I would recommend this without hesitation. Matt
This was my first visit to Hawaii and I could not have picked a more perfect place to stay! The location is provides easy access to all the windward sights and beaches as well as a quick commute to central Honolulu. For snorkeling it is 10 minutes from Hanauma Bay. Less than a mile away are several shopping areas with lots of restaurants, a supermarket and other useful stores. But even better than the location was the friendliness of the inn keepers, Don and Phyliss. They were available to answer all questions, provided helpful advice, and had lots of resources to share. I had the king sized bedroom with a beautiful view of the bay. Everything was clean and neat. Breakfast so relaxed with fresh fruit and other breakfast choices. Most ingredients organic and of the highest quality. I really appreciated being able to enjoy breakfast on my own time, sitting on the lanai, enjoying the view. It was a special treat to come back after a busy day and relax with a quick swim in the pool. Overall, a very warm, welcoming accommodation that truly lives up to its name.."Aloha".
My husband and I recently got married in Honolulu. We now live on the mainland, but both our families still live on Oahu. We hotel hopped during our 2 1/2 week stay, so we experienced all different types of accommodations. We booked the Master Suite for the night before and night of our wedding. This is one of the larger rooms, but also the most expensive, as it includes a separate sitting room. Hotels in general are quite expensive on Oahu. Manoa Valley Inn doesn't have additional parking fees, resort fees, and includes breakfast, so it's a great value once you consider all that. But be advised that this place is older. There was ongoing construction when we stayed there at the end of May, which limited parking and during the day construction workers would walk past your windows. Because of this, management gave us a discount, which was great customer service! Also, if are allergic or have a fear of dogs, be aware that there are two dogs on the premises, one being quite large. Both are friendly though and are only on the first floor. I enjoyed our stay here, but things are dustier, have more character. I would also not advise those traveling with kids to stay here as there are a ton of knick knacks everywhere.
This historic oasis far surpassed our already high expectations. The house is a joy to explore, many secrets waiting to be discovered. And the staff was superlative- anticipating needs we didn't even know we had! A great breakfast and very comfy bedding in a quiet setting that makes it hard to believe that it is minutes away from the hustle and glitz of Waikiki. As frequent visitors to Honolulu, this discovery will be our permanent future home away from home. Highest rating in every category, including the delightful pets! Mahalo for a truly delightful stay.