I was very pleased with the studio apt, its surroundings.
the lap pool was beautiful, would have appreciated later time to use it.
I had inquired prior to booking that my only concern was
the functioning & efficiency of the Air conditioning.
When I entered the unit it was stifling, like an oven. No windows/doors were open to let out the heat. One unit was not operating & the other once adequate instructions were provided did work well. We were not allowed to leave the AC on while not in the unit, which I understand. The unit did not cool down for quite sometime, long after we had hoped to go to bed. I was ready to leave upon entering an overwhelmingly hot room. If the existing AC had not worked well enough to properly cool the room, I was prepared to leave. we did contact the owner for assistance it appeared to blame user error. I am pleased that I did not have to leave. I would think that opening windows doors to rid heat prior to check in & run the AC to cool the room so that it is pleasing for first entry, would have made the experience overall great !
We loved our time at this location. WE highly recommend it, but we fear it will book out and we won't be able to stay again because we will rebook it ASAP!!! Thank you!
Despite the rain and wind our visit was great. The property is the best we have visited in Kailua. We will return!
Love every second of it!
This is a pleasant place to stay, but at a premium price. Because what we found was more different than any we’ve experienced with any VRBO, I wrote a page and a half to warn others, but that essay won't fit in this space, so here is the Haiku version:
“Kailua Ocean/Mtn Views” – “Ocean view” is overstated at best. The only view of the ocean is from outside the unit, peering between the houses to the ocean forty yards away. As for mountain views, you can see the outline of the mountains some miles away, mostly from another table also outside the unit.
“Absolutely Oceanfront” “As close to the ocean as you can get” “Hear the waves breaking just outside” – These statements are simply false as to this unit. You have to read to the bottom of the fine print to get that. Their ocean front unit may meet those descriptions.
“Kitchenette” v. “Kitchen” with “Stove Top” – This is decidedly on the “ette” side. There is no dishwasher and no stove or installed stove top. The “convection oven” is a model that most persons would call a toaster oven. I couldn’t find anything in the unit answering the description “wine chiller.” There are two hot plates. There is a lovely coffee machine that accommodates both Keurig and ground coffee. Don’t expect you will be cooking dinners here. Most of the appliances are not “new” as stated.
“Studio with Loft – Twin/Single & King” – The fine print advises that only two persons can stay here. The loft has a single bed in it, for whatever purpose, but the only access to that loft is a movable bamboo ladder such that, had we been inclined to brave it, even bringing even a cup of coffee up there would not be convenient.
TV – The photos show a large screen mounted near the ceiling that has “smart TV” features. Don’t assume it will have the channels you may want. We arrived the day of a major sports event on ESPN and after surfing through the hundreds of Hulu channels discovered that they don’t subscribe to it. You will have to figure out how to get access to such things through the various apps.
The bottom line is that, if you need or want to be on Oahu and these features work for you, you may find it worth the price. It is a premium price compared to other ocean-front homes we have rented elsewhere in Hawai’i, apparently because Kailua has banned short-term rentals from which they are apparently grandfathered. If you really want to go to sleep listening to the waves, go elsewhere.
We liked how close it was to everything! Usually a 5-10 minute drive into the heart of Kailua. Amazing views and location, easy to find, accessible.
We have checked out after one night stay. We did not feel safe at the property with cameras everywhere. We felt that messages were based solely on observation of cameras. I do not want a vacation spot that we feel we are being watched. In addition, several areas needed to be cleaned, such as loft area and refrigerator. Also, description was very confusing. We had 2 family members staying there, but we traveled together and as soon as we got out of the car, we received a message from host. They live there and their sliding door is right at lap pool area. Cameras were at every corner. I understand security, but this was very invasive. I asked to speak to them, but they kept just sending messages. We did not feel safe! I do not recommend this property.
Well appointed, clean, minimalist-luxury on the inside, a spa-like pool and direct views of the ocean on the outside— what’s not to love?! Also, a bed and shower to die for! Can’t wait to come back!
Ocean view is amazing, host is easy to deal with
We stayed at the property for five nights. It’s a beautiful spot, quiet neighborhood, absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean and an amazing pool. The property is well equipped in the kitchen, and our hosts even left a bottle of wine and some macadamia nuts for us! The pool is shared by another rental unit plus the owners, although we never saw anyone else! It’s an incredible lap pool with waterfall, relatively easy to access in and out of the pool and there’s even a lift for those who can’t do the stairs in and out of the pool. It’s a two minute drive from Safeway, gas station, Starbucks, and only about 5 to 7 minutes from downtown Kailua. The beach is beautiful, the house is situated directly on the ocean, although there’s not really any access for swimming given the lava and reef. But a great place to have coffee in the morning. Halfway through this day one of the air conditioners broke in our unit, or at least seemed not to be working. Our host was incredibly responsive and helpful, trying to get it serviced and fixed as quickly as possible and providing a can. My only suggestion would be that the listings for the two rental properties, Ocean view and Mountain View, are made a little clearer differentiated on the listing website. When we arrived we weren’t sure which unit we were supposed to be in, although quickly figured it out by the shoes outside one unit and of course the combination lock working on the correct one. Thank you again for such a great stay!
Quiet neighborhood. Wonderful spot to relax in between adventures on the east coast of Oahu. Made sure to eat my breakfast on the private porch or balcony with a view of the ocean
Very enjoyable stay. Had all that we needed, and close to great beaches. Only reason for the 4 stars was because property owners were having painting done outside, so did not feel as private.
Beautiful property and location. Was wonderful to spend some time away from all the other tourists. Property was perfect for just the two of us. Quiet, clean location close to grocery store, shops, excellent coffee, and restaurants. Would recommend staying here. Owner lives below and was very kind and accommodating! Thanks for the great stay, we had a lovely visit 🤗
Excellent stay, very comfortable beds, and very accommodating hosts!
Location, Location, Location ! We had a lovely stay away from the hustle and bustle of downtown yet still in close proximity if we wanted to spend some time there. The beaches in the area are gorgeous. Kailua has some great little places to eat for Breakfast and Dinner. You can traverse the whole island and return to crashing sea waves off your balcony. My only suggestion to these lovely hosts would be to have sets of Actual Beach Chairs for both Units, along with Beach Umbrellas for some come to the island to just relax by the ocean. I would leave them in the rental units themselves where there is plenty of closet space vs leaving items out and it turns into the hunger games over a few camp chairs and shade. Other than that the bed was comfortable the unit was fabulous.
Great location, quiet neighborhood, amazing back view to the beach, owners of the property were very servicing, only thing was the sheets of the bed and pillow cases had lots of hair, the owners brought us new linen
But over all great property
Gracious hosts who do little thoughtful things to enhance your stay. Comfortable clean and located on beach to walk along path and enjoy Beautiful surf and sunrises that are spectacular;different every day. Mountain View to enjoy and appreciate less breeze in the evenings. The pool is so awesome and we used it daily. Located close to Kailua Beach to ride and park or bike to. A treasure.
Thank you Tom and Lucinda
wonderful location. nice place.
The sunrise @ this property is absolutely beautiful & the mornings are rejuvenating! The commute into downtown Kailua is a breeze as it’s within a 10 minute drive to all the delicious restaurants. The drive to Kailua Beach & Lanikai Beach is within 10 minutes. Waimanalo & Macapu’u beaches are within 35 minutes. The pool is a perfect place to wind down/relax & have a beer & listen to music.
Beautiful place, beautiful island.
Had a great experience. Love the pool and the quietness of the place
Well appointed and well kept unit. It had all the amenities you need and we were welcomed with a bottle of wine and macadamia nuts!
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