Travel Blogs from Captain Cook
... about 8.30 pm feeling tired but satisfied after a good day enjoyed by all.
Day Three 24 July
Relaxed start, leisurely breaky before heading off to beaches. Dropped the girls at one of the few sandy beaches (this Island too young for extensive beaches) to chill out and finish reading books.
Snorkelled in small rocky bay called ‘Refuge’ that had extensive reef, mainly yellow coral, brightly coloured fish and unusual black ...
... exactly what e-mails were designed for: we tell you when we will arrive, you get there at that time, simple! We finally made it to our hotel and we kept our cool with the hotel owner who was clearly only interested in our money as she kept asking how much we'd spent so far on our travels. Matt very cleverly gave her lots of false answers and made a point of keep mentioning how poor we were now after so many months travelling, along with making digs about how late it was, how ...
... was heard when the first black shape glided into view. It was so amazing to watch! There were 2 feeding while I was there. One was really big and did some somersaults so you could see it’s white belly. I was hoping for it to jump out of the water, but it did not. The lady said you rarely see that at night while they are feeding, but earlier this summer she made that comment and about 2 minutes later one jumped right ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Manago Hotel Captain Cook
A Bad Experience
The staff was OK & the Room was inexpensive, but The Manago Hotel has a much bigger problem. They need to put more effort into controlling the Roaches, considering it operates a Restaurant on the premises. We encountered about 10 Roaches of various sizes throughout the entire evening, which caused us much sleep. The next morning, we informed the Staff & they went up to our Room to check. They returned, apologized & told us that they couldn't believe we had Roaches on the 3rd Floor, that they're usually found on the 1st & 2nd Floors. How funny!! Some of the people that stayed there that night were a bit seedy as well. Overall, if it wasn't for the Roach-Infested Room, we would have continued our 2-night stay.
More character then can be imagined!
This place was priceless! The balcony had a perfect view of the sunset everynight! Cant beat the price!
Great for the money! Exceptionally clean!
We stayed here for one night on our road trip around the Big Island and purposely wanted to stay at lesser known hotels rather than the big resorts. The best thing I can say about the Manago is the price and cleanliness, which was important to us. Its a little stange and dingy upon entering the hotel lobby, but the rooms were OK, older furnishing, no ammenities, but, what the heck. We wanted to experience the "real Hawaii". Their restaurant was recommended in a well respected guide book, but we were diappointed with the"juicy pork chops". They were actually greasy pork steaks, served with macaroni salad, pickled seaweed and steamed rice. Again, "real Hawaiian". One drawback, the walls are thin and you can hear your neighbors sometimes, but if you are simply looking for a clean, very reasonably priced place to stay, I would recommend it and I would go back.
This hotel is really no frills, but great for the price. It was clean, and my balcony had a lovely view of the ocean. There were some outside noises, but I found w/ the window closed it was fine.
The breakfast was fine and great value also (I recommend the french toast.)
The only thing is it is a bit far from the resort area (about 45 min.
drive) if you want to do that. Just realize you will spend some time in the car going back and forth.
Clean but noisy
Stayed here for 3 nights, all of which were sleepless one for me. There are dogs in the vicinity of the hotel, and they barked on and off all night, rendering my earplugs useless. It was also too warm since you couldn't open the glass doors because of the noise, and there is no AC.The room was spotless, furniture a little worn but ok. For the price we paid it was ok, but I would not recommended unless you can sleep through anything.
Great place for the price
My friend & I stayed here last month (April 2003). We didn't want to spend a lot of money and both of us hate big resort-type hotels. Per the advice of people both here & other places, we requested a room on the 3rd floor of the newer building. For a little over fifty bucks, it was a great deal! the hotel is on the main road, but our room was very quiet, very clean, and we had a fabulous view. If you just want a clean room and friendly people, this is the place to stay.
What a bargain!
I stayed here 4 years ago. I was working on the Island at the KMC with several other Military members. We needed a place to crash on our weekend off while we hung out in Kona. We didn't need anything fancy, so we stayed in the front (Older) Building. We had to share a bathroom at the end of the hall, but saved major bucks by doing so. The newer building in the back is also very clean. If you need a clean inexpensive place to stay, I would highly recommend this place. The breakfast is very good. I recommend the Portuguise Sausage. It is like no other.I plan on going to Big Island this month, and will definitely visit this place again.
Excellent budget hotel- I stayed on the first floor, was clean and everyone was extremely friendly- My room had a great balcony and a wonderful view of the volcano. Perfect place. I left for a week to tour the island and they looked after my big dive bag for me with no charge, it was in my room waiting for me when I returned. Excellent position for shore diving at Place of Refuge. Will definately stay again - hopefully soon!
Clean and affordable. Stay on the third floor if you're in the newer building. Pleasant staff and the restuarant is great too. Great for budget minded travelers looking for a nice clean room with no frills. Would highly recommend this place.
Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful
Just South of Kona, the Manago Hotel is a budget traveler's dream. Very inexpensive and very clean, the hotel a perfect idea for those who spend more time on the beach than in their room. Ther are no frills, but the service is friendly and the Japanese garden is as relaxing as the views from the balcony. If you expect the Four Seasons, stay somewhere else, but if you are looking for clean, inexpensive accomodations, this is the place.