Blue Tile Beach House
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Delightful tropical beach house
We booked the Blue Tile House before reading these reviews; once I'd seen all the negative comments, I was super-nervous. But the place was delightful -- not only much, much nicer than the reviews indicated, but also better than its own Web site indicated. The site makes it clear that you are staying in a private room (or suite) in a large house with access to shared space - the kitchen and living room and outside areas. After reading the reviews, we were expecting a sloppy youth hostel/group house situation -- but this was more like staying in a $2 million beach mansion. The house is beautifully decorated; the landscaping is lovely and everything was immaculate. The owner and the cleaning staff person we met were welcoming and helpful. It's right on the beach -- yes, as in all of Hawaii, the beach is open to the public, and there happens to be a public parking lot next door so there were other folks enjoying the beach. (but we woke up to an entirely private beach and had it all to ourselves in the morning). Yes, it's not a cookie-cutter resort -- it's a different experience. We were only there one night so only briefly met other guests, but would have been happy to stay longer and I think relating to other people is one of the house's charms. The shared spaces were huge, beautiful and clean (as were the rooms); it's not like you're constantly bumping into other people and in fact it felt more private than some of the regular hotels we stayed at that packed in people like sardines. Staying at the Blue Tile felt more like being a resident of Maui than a tourist. (Only in my dreams would I be a Maui resident who happened to own a gorgeous beach house like this!) I would definitely return and I would recommend it to my friends.
Overrated DIRTY Vacation House. Don't waist your time booking this home.
The floors were filthy, furnishings are old and worn out, beds had stained sheets; I wore my snadals in the shower to avoid the filth. No place on the web site will the owner say that her son lives inside the house and stays on the property even if you rent the entire house. The owners son will also share one of the upstairs bathrooms with you as well as the laundry. It's a very uncomfortable situation.
Signs on the doors ask you to remove your shoes yet the floors are filthy. You will find a flyer in each room stating that you will have maid service each day in order to sweep floors and dump trash, this is a joke, only the trash was dumped in the downstairs kitchen. As for cleaning the bathrooms and bedrooms, it will not happen unless you do it youself. The flyer stated the Bed sheets will be changed once every five days. You will find two bath towels in each room for personal use that will not be washed unless you wash them yourself in the sons laundry room which is a smelly mess. This is what happens at the Blue Tile House.
There is no reasoning with the owner since she feels the home is great. The owner is a vegetarian and asks that all meat be cooked outside on the grill. Our group purchased plastic silverware, cups, and paper plates to eat and drink from in order to feel comfortable, since everything in the kitchen was old worn out and filthy. Overall it was a HUGE Disappointment. If you don't mind rolling up your sleeves and cleaning the house yourself, doing your own laundry and purchasing paltes & silverware, this might be the place for you. It's very much like camping with running water. Since the home was rented for the week a deposit could not be returned, you must pay in full prior to your check in, so there was no turning back - we just started drinking to forget and made the best of it. Aloha, Guest of the Sunset Room March 2005.
Private Paradise! Bad reviews are unbeleivable.
We stayed at the Blue Tile for a week, with an 18m old toddler, and loved every minute of it. Far away from the cookie-cutter pampered resort scene, this place is gorgeous, unique, and beautiful. The owners were super friendly, accomodating and gave us plenty of great tips for out-of-the way adventures on the island. The Owner, Poni, is meticulous about the cleanliness of her properties and staff was there every day ensuring that the rooms, kitchen, and grounds were immaculate.
If you want a home away from home, with your own almost private beach with a great surf break, windsurfing launch, and swimming, this is the place!
Great place to stay
Stayed in the blue tile house for one week in the down stairs room on the beach. It was wonderful! we had our own hot tub and sauna in the room! and a small kitchenette in our room as well as a common full size kitchen at our disposal!! House is very unique and a neat experiance to meet people from all over the world. Great break just in front of the house to surf. and a beautiful reef to free dive and snorkel as well. Can't wait to go back!- Kenny and Mitzi
Bad and some Good
We stayed at the Spyglass and the Blue Tile for part of our Honeymooon. Why both places you ask? Because there was a constant bug problem in our room. I understand that it is a tropical island and there are bugs. But I do not expect swarms of them to in my room. By the third night we were moved to the Blue Tile, which by the way had a huge roach greeting us in the bathroom. But Hey at least that was only one bug. The place was in general disrepair, our shower leaked,the screens were ripped, and our room had no windows to block our the singing drunks at midnight that had rented out the house that shared the courtyard. The plus side was the beautiful views, the turtles feeding out in the front and location was centeral to main areas of interest.
Re: Blue Tile Beach House and Spyglass House owned by same folks--not happy with their property maintenance
I just wanted to respond to the honeymooners who gave the Blue Tile House a bad review. I was married at the Blue Tile House in July of 2003 and had rented out both houses (Blue Tile and Spy Glass) exclusively. We had about 30 family members staying. Both houses had unbelievable ocean views and direct beach access. I guess you have to really embrace the atmosphere of Paia. If you want a resort style hotel then you should stay in Lahiana. But if you want to stay in a relaxing hawaiian paradise then this is the place to be. The owners were very nice and helpful they even made extra accomidation for the wedding. It was perfect and I look forward to returning very soon.
Blue Tile Beach House and Spyglass House owned by same folks--not happy with their property maintenance
I'm not so sure that that person's review was "uptight." And we are not the same folks who wrote the review that the inkeeper refuted on this site as we stayed at the Spyglass and found our experience to be somewhat overpriced. For that price range. For $207 one would expect a functioning door, soap and lotion. We sated one night and were hit with a "one night only" fee of $30 and then were asked to pay a hotel tax of 11% (tax is understandable). The Spyglass property--owned by the same folks at the Blue Tile Beach house and the Dolphin House, while clean, was in disrepair and needed some upkeep. The beautiful stained glass was warping and needed some replacement. The photos of the property hid some of the flaws that appeared in the person. While the owners are small business owners who are probably very sensitive to any loss of revenue I think it needs to be understood that we were honeymooners who were sensitive to a less than ideal overnight stay; we saved our vacation time and money for a year to go somewhere special--and we were trusting hoteliers, innkeepers and B&B owners with our hard-earned time and money. Once would expect more from people who pride themselves on their property. And I agree--the outside was well-kept. It was the inside that required work. The place was clean but it needed amenities--not second hand furniture, incense and Eggos.
This place is an overpriced dump. Do not be fooled by the photos. We arrived and after taking one look at the place did not stay (we even had to pay for the first night). The manager is rude and incompetent - we did not even have the room we reserved. The grounds are littered with debris and the home is also suffering from lack of maintenance. It is right on the beach, but next door is a public access beach packed with cars and loud radios. There is no security so it would be very hard to sleep at night with just the open screens. It is also very close to the main highway. You can find much better places for the money.
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