Orchid Tree Bed and Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orchid Tree Bed and Breakfast Hilo
The Orchid Tree B&B was a great choice for us - there were four of us traveling together, and the suite was quite spacious! There were two beds (a queen and a full, I believe), a sofa, a loveseat, and plenty of floor space. Steve brought an extra mattress for our fouth traveler. The lanai and pool area were bigger than our already huge room, and it was so nice to spend our two mornings there outside eating fresh fruits, pastries, waffles, oatmeal, juice and coffee. Su and Steve even had a surfboard for us to use at Honoli'i Beach just down the street, and Steve even spent some time with my husband to show remind him of some surfing basics (I believe Steve teaches lessons also).
After we left for a few nights in Kona, our itinerary brought us back to Hilo for a final night before an early morning flight, and we ended up booking a room at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. While it was adequate, it was a let-down compared to Orchid Tree.
We highly recommend this place for its accomodations, close proximity to downtown Hilo and the airport, location so close to a beach, and its gracious hosts!
Orchid Tree is the best of the best B&B'S
You must spend at least three days absorbing this shangra-la setting created by Sue and Steve welsh. Their hospitality and friendliness made us feel like part of their family.They prepare a great breakfast with several types of fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal, coffee, muffins or waffels that is presented on the lanai.
The large apartment(not a typical small room like the run of the mill b&b's), outdoor deck, gardens, pool, hot tub, waterfalls, orchard and flower arrangements was just perfect. You could see the details and professionally decorated appointments, even in the bathroom, like custom built in shelves holding at least 30 petite Hula dolls. only a decorator could pull this off with a Hula motif.
We found Orchid Tree to be located just minutes away from downtown Hilo and some great places to eat like Cafe Pesto, Pescatores, and Asian restaurants. A trip to Hilo is not complete without going to the Volcano, and the Puna district with its hot springs.
We spent three wonderful weeks in the islands and Orchard Tree was the most memorable part of the trip.
A hidden paradise in paradise!
My husband and I stayed at this B&B for 2 nights in early August and we didn't want to leave! It was absolutely gorgeous! The suite was very tasteful with a very comfortable bed, and a large sitting area.
Steve was very accomodating, allowing our friends (who were staying at another B&B) to hang around and use the pool. My friend even took a surfing lesson with Steve, and loved it!
The backyard was the best part of the B&B. They have a beautiful pool, an outdoor hottub, and a wonderful sundeck. The entire backyard is gorgeous, with beautiful foliage enclosing the backyard to make it a private oasis.
Breakfast was served on the back deck every morning and it was delicious! We live in Canada and so we rarely experience the flavours of naturally ripened tropical fruit (or any fruit for that matter). You won't go hungry!
We did not find any problem at all with noise as the previous guests experienced. The road behind the house is not a main road by most city standards...it's a narrow road that goes down the hill to the surfing area. We found that it was a bit busy in the morning when we walked down to the ocean, but the traffic has to move very slowly because the road is narrow. So noise should not be a problem for most people (and I tend to be a light sleeper too).
One word of warning though, if you plan to spend time in Hilo, brink a very good mosquito repellant! The Hilo side was by far nicer than the Kona side, but the mosquitos can be nasty!
We loved it and would definitely stay at orchid Tree again if we returned.
Nick and Sandy
This is the most beautiful bed and breakfast we've ever visited. The suite was large enough to fit a family of 4. Their yard is a tropical paradise--beautifully landscaped with an outdoor hot tub and beautiful pool. The hosts, Steve and Su, were warm and very accommodating to any special needs that we had. The breakfasts were fantastic and we especially enjoyed their white pineapple well as the great variety of other treats. I could have enjoyed Hilo without ever leaving their yard. Everything we wanted to do or see was only minutes away. My only caution is for travelers who are not used to sleeping with street noise. Although the place is beautiful, there is a lot of street noise at night even though you'd never know there is a main street nearby. Five stars if you don't mind noise, maybe 3 stars if you're a light sleeper like I am only because of the pm noise.
HIDDEN HILO GEM!
Let me qualify this review by stating that I travel a considerable amount on the mainland and within the state of Hawaii -- mostly on business. This B&B blows away every Hilo hotel and without a doubt it currently ranks within the Top 3 Hilo B&Bs. It's a quick 10 minute drive from downtown Hilo. The owners (Steve and Su) are accommodating and very congenial. Su's breakfast is spectacular to say the least; I had to depart just after dawn and she was kind enough to wake very early and ensure that I got off to a healthy start. This is a custom, remodeled home with beautiful oceanic sunrise views in the early AM, lot's of foliage out back, a koi pond, a large serene swimming pool, and a lot of attention to detail. Although I didn't bring my family, Steve and Su were quick to convey that they love children - I can't say that I hear that remark very often at B&B's? There's only one large room available so being their only guest at any given point in time make's it nice and cozy. Accommodations include: in-room coffee & coffee maker, small fridge, television and DSL connectivity. They accept all major credit cards via PayPal so payment is hassle-free. The dark website photos I've seen DO NOT do this place justice -- you must see firsthand to believe. As I stepped through the door for the first time my exact words were "WOW, very nice!"
A great find...
My husband and I were speechless after seeing the accomodations at Orchid Tree. The suite is spacious and beautifully decorated. Guests also have private access to the enormous covered lanai, jacuzzi, and swimming pool out back. We aren't usually ones to spend much time hanging around our hotel, but found Orchid Tree hard to pry ourselves away from! Steve and Su are the perfect hosts. They are friendly and helpful but also afford a great deal of privacy. The breakfasts were the best we had on the island. There is a beach park a short walk down the street. We found it too rocky to be ideal for swimming, but there were plenty of surfers and boogie boarders enjoying the waves. Downtown Hilo is a quick and easy drive from Orchid Tree.
Best in Hilo
We stayed at Orchid Tree in August 2004. What a gorgeous place! There is so much room and the lanai and pool are so beautiful. The breakfasts were fabulous and Steve and Su make you feel so at home. They're awesome hosts. This is the only place we'll stay on our next visits. We stayed at two other B&B's and this was without doubt the best of all.
A wonderful surprise
We stayed at the Orchid Tree B & B from Aug. 5-8th, 2004. It was supposed to be just a place to stay as we helped my daughter get situated in her apartment for college where she will be an exchange student for the fall. What a nice surprise when we opened up the door & saw how lovely and spacious our room was, since we were unsure from only viewing internet photos. It was so much better than we expected it to be. The backyard opens to a built-in pool surrounded by beautiful tropical plants. The best part was breakfast in the morning which always included a variety of fresh tropical fruit. Our hosts Su and Steve were terrific, friendly people who made us feel so welcome and at home. We wish our stay there would have been longer! Thank-you!!
A highlight of our Hawaii vacation!
Staying at the Orchid Tree (3/27/04 & 3/28/04) was a highlight of our family's Hawaii vacation. Our accommodations were spacious, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Breakfast was awesome. What really stands out is this: Steve and Sue were such welcoming and gracious hosts, they made us feel like were staying with friends we'd known forever!
Loved the Orchid Tree
We recently stayed a week at the Orchid Tree and it was great. The accommodations are a 600 sq ft suite on the lower level of the innkeeper's house. As it is the only area rented to guests, you get the full attention of the owners, Steve & Sue. The suite is nicely furnished with a queen and a double bed along with a sofa and loveseat. Breakfast is served on the lanai at whatever time you would like it and it was the best that we had on the island. Steve makes up a fruit plate to go with the breakfast that was so attractive that my wife took a picture so that we could show friends back home. The location is on the beach just north of Hilo (you can watch for whales while having breakfast). Downtown Hilo is only a few minutes away. We really enjoyed it and hope to return
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