The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNorman's Motel Old Orchard Beach
Brilliant location with wonderful grounds. Good breakfast. Room comfortable but little disappointed with view in the queen lili room , said it riverside but could not see river due to vegetation.
I think some of the other reviews study.family and s.s.hill are for wrong hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Norman's Motel Old Orchard Beach
If you enjoy finding unusual, off-the-beaten-path,places to stay then this is the place for you. We booked 1 night in Hilo to end our Big Island stay. Len, the owner, was the most gentle, kind, person you could hope to meet. The Inn is very secluded and you travel through acres and acres of mac trees to reach it. This is best done during daylight. This place is incredible and worth the extra time to find it!
The large waterfall is right outside the Inn and you can sit and enjoy yr breakfast while seeing the waterfall and listening to it's sounds. There are 3 additional waterfalls on the property as well.
My husband broke his foot on the volcano hike. I knocked at Len's door at midnight requesting an ice pack. He was kind and very helpful. His daughter was delightful as well! This is the kind of guy you expect to meet at a bed and breakfast!
We stayed in the King K ? room and had a beautiful view of the waterfall. The rooms do not have air conditioners but at night it wasn't needed at all. I was actually chilly during the night. We were out during the day time exploring.
You will need bug spray because of the rain in Hilo draws the biting insects. Len provides the sprays and lotions which worked fine.
Breakfast was wonderful. If you like hidden treasures,and want to meet the friendliest folks on the Big Island, and enjoy incredible views, this is the place for you. This is a good place to stay at prior to flying out of the Hilo airport which is nearby. Don't miss staying here for a night or two. Great for couples who value seclusion and romantic settings with a new age feel!
A Great Experience
The Inn provided us the best of all worlds for our recent trip to the Big Island. We were within easy reach of all the Island destinations yet the Inn location provides the beauty and respite as only a country setting can do. The Suttons and their gracious staff took excellent care of us. The rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable and the breakfast offerings are GREAT!!
A Place of Serenity
Our 10 days far exceeded our expectations. The peace and serenity of the Inn is only matched by the warmth of the Sutton family and staff. This is truely a place to find renewal. Treat yourself to the true spirit of Hawaiian hospitality.
World class property is how I would define The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls. We found our accommodations clean and freshly painted with some very nice chinese funiture along with incredible views of an amazing 120 ft waterfall. Len and Jane Sutton are more than gracious with their time and aloha and have an incredible vision of how their 22 acre parcel should be developed. The road leading to the property is a country road with some pot holes and rough areas, however, as others have stated, have patience because what lies at the end of the road is truly remarkable. We have reccommended this Bed and Breakfast to our friends and are hoping to return next year.
My family and I spent 3 incredible days at the Inn at Kulaniapia in Hilo this last January. We felt fortunate to have found this jewel on the internet. the setting is absolutely gorgeous with not just one waterfall on the property, but four. One of which is 120 ft tall and falls into a pond thats about 400 ft in diameter. A trail leads to a Bamboo Garden were there are 3 more waterfalls. Although the Inn is remote, we found the staff very gracious, and the breakfast was very complete. the guest rooms are well appointed and clean. Our room had a terrific view of the large waterfall. We would highly reccommend this B&B to anyone that wants something private, quiet, and off the beaten path.
Huge disappointment way off the beaten path
What a disappointment - non gracious and vacant of hospitality is how I'd characterize this inn. It is not 10 minutes from Hilo as stated in their description - the inn is located at the very end of a very long dirt road riddled with machinery. We walked down to the falls but there is no path to take you down to the water easily and the water was frigid. Also, full of mosquitos, as was our room. We found cans of bug spray downstairs.. but no mention to beware the bugs. Not recommended at all.
Let me just say that the 300 ft wide pond at the base of our 120 ft waterfall is not a swimming pool like you might find at a resort. It is pretty much in its natural, pristine condition. There are paths to the water, but you must pick your way among the large boulders to reach the pond.
The temperature of all streams on the big island are approximately 68 degrees, which is brisk, but on a hot day, it is wonderful fun.
Hilo gets over 100 inches of rain annually. There are mosquitos, but no more at Kulaniapia than elsewhere in East Hawaii. We have no standing water anywhere on our 22 acre parcel. If you venture to the river between the hours of 4 pm and 7 pm, you will see more bugs then say in the morning or afternoon, but some bugs are part and parcel of the lush vegetation that you will find here.
We cant comment on our supposed lack of hospitality, but I don know that we have two girls and myself that work hard every morning to assure our guests are comfortable and well taken care of.
Your own personal waterfall
We really enjoyed our two night stay at the Inn at Kulaniapia. The accomodations were clean, comfortable and beautiful. Both the family and innkeeper were very welcomng.
As some others have noted, the drive to the inn takes some patience, but is well worth the trip. Your reward is a quiet location and beautiful view of Kulaniapia falls and the Hilo airport. That said, this is a better location for a romantic getaway than a place for small children.
We were so impressed with the falls and had a chance to swim at the bottom. We had the place to ourselves and actually returned there for more after visiting other, less accessible falls in the area.
Make an effort to visit the Botanical Gardens when you are in the area.
It is well worth the trip. The restaurants and market in Hilo are also good to visit.
Overall, we felt that the inn was a great value. We also paid much more for less at other locations in our Hawaii trip.
Not Family Friendly
We were at the Inn at Kulaniapia last year, and we found the B&B was very remote. The private dirt road leading to the place was so full of potholes, you had to drive really slowly not to get stuck in a rain-filled hole. Hilo is pretty hot, and we had to keep the veranda open for a breeze. Unfortunately, the veranda is not screended, and the place being so wet, was teeming with mosquitos. One of the least restful stays on that vacation.We stayed for several nights with our child, and we found that the proprietor was NOT at all kid-friendly.
The way he blew up at us & my child about removing our shoes while inside, was over the top. There was another family in an adjacent room, and they also felt the same way. We were looking forward to the end of that stay. We're returning to Hawaii this year, but we're definitely staying somewhere else.
Morning coffee with the falls!
We stayed for only two nights at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls. After our first night stay we reqretted not booking more nights here. The Inn is located approximately 4 miles from the town of Hilo. Be patient during this short drive, you are about to experience a 5 star B & B! We booked the Prince Kalakaua room, which had a great view of the bay and the sunrise. Arriving at night, we could only hear the falls. We had the best two nights of sleep in two weeks due to the quiet location of the Inn (the sound of the falls lulled us to sleep). Much to our surprise, as we left the room and decended the stairs to have breakfast on the main lanai, the falls were absolutely beautiful. The Inns website does not do the falls justice! The flora on the grounds of the Inn that surround the falls is exceptional. Breakfast included all the Kona Coffee you can drink, toast, bagels, coffee cake, mango, papaya, pineapple, bananas, nuts and a great choice of either scrambled eggs or an omelette. From the Inn you have a short drive to the Volcano National Park and Hilo attractions. This Inn is an extremely good value. We have paid much more for less at other resort areas, internationally and within the US. We plan on returning to the Big Island and will definately stay at the Inn at Kulaniapia again!
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