Located midway between Waikiki and Downtown and on the main bus lines. Near stores and restaurants, about 10 blocks from beach. About 2 miles from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
This listing is for your own medium sized, lockable, and furnished bedroom in a shared apartment. The apartment has a kitchen and bathroom that are shared with up to four other people. The rooms and apartments are clean, quiet (for the big city) and safe.
If the calendar shows your dates as unavailable, please inquire anyway, we may be able to make an offer for one of our other rooms. Also note that we generally require a ONE WEEK MINIMUM stay, but feel free to inquire if you are looking for a shorter stay.
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|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Minimum Stay:||7 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$343 /week|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
I enjoyed my stay. The apartment was very clean. Before coming I was aware that Honolulu has cockroaches. But there was none in the apartment, thanks to the regular spraying and cleaning done by the staff. The kitchen is well equipped so that was really great. The staff are all very helpful and friendly. The Saturday barbecue was also very nice.
The hostel is >30min walk from Waikiki in a local area that looks less well-off than the touristy sites. But it is near a couple bus stops and that's all you need for a budget travel! There were also a grocery store and a convenient store just across the street.
I requested for changes in move-in/move-out date twice as my reservation was made early in advance. Richard was very accommodating that I had my changes approved. I also had to check-in late at night. Some hostels wouldn't care if you are going to sleep on the street - if you are coming in late and you are not getting the room. Not for this one. I was let in with a late fee. I am really thankful for the staff who checked me in!
The only inconvenience I had experienced was the internet - it was intermittent. Sometimes it was good enough for booking flights and searching for sights. Sometimes I just couldn't get anything from the internet.
Also one should take note that the office doesn't open early in the morning and it closes at around sunset. But Aloha! Can't expect hotel style office service for a local hostel. Do plan ahead and pay attention if there are things you need from the office.
Another minor point: the one surprise I got when I saw the room is that - it did not look like what was shown on the photo. There was no TV but there was a fridge. The bed was a twin bed. Anyway the room was in fact really spacious for me. And a fridge is more useful than a TV so I really can't complain! This doesn't bother me at all. Perhaps my room change requests put me into a different room.
Richard's place was a promised. Quiet, respectful even though shared units. It was safe and convenient. Richard promptly refunded my security deposit. No problems. Extremely convenient location. I was able to locate a permanent place while there. Thank you (website hidden). No roaches at all. If you are familiar with Hawaii, you know roaches thrive simply due to weather conditions. It's not necessarily a sign of cleanliness. At Richards place I saw NONE during my 10 day stay. Remarkable.
I must admit that at first I was wondering if this was for me. It is not Waikiki (though it's not far). I also hadn't had housemates since college (long time ago).
I was very pleasantly surprised. My room and remainder of the apartment were clean and comfortable. It was like crashing at a friend's house! All of my dealings with the staff and other residents was very positive. I met some really cool folks of varying backgrounds.
I stayed there for 10 days. I travel around the country a lot for business and I really enjoyed the fact that it was NOT like a hotel. You could strike up a conversation in the patio area outside of the apartment. I was there over a weekend, and they actually have a cookout where you meet your other "neighbors". If you have the opportunity, do it.
I also liked having a full kitchen. Honolulu is not an inexpensive place to eat, so being able to go to the grocery store and cook some of your own meals was not only cheaper, but more healthy as well.
The folks at Plumeria definitely have Aloha. I would stay there again without hesitation.
The ONLY reason I gave 3 stars instead of 5 is so people don't get the impression that it's a resort. But it IS homey.
Thank you very much for your nice comments (below) that AirBnB sent me from you. And thank you for staying at The Plumeria!
Come back and visit us again sometime!!
"I wrote the comment in Japanese so that more Japanese guests would visit the Plumeria Hostel. “The staff and guests are nice, and helpful. You can learn English conversation through the contact with them” is what I wrote. Japanese people like learning English, I swear. Thank you for your help and Saturday BBQ."
I stayed here for a week for the Honolulu Marathon. The corner room I got was quiet with no issues. Pretty much exactly as described and the pictures accurately reflect the actual room. The room was kept cool as there were two fans: ceiling fan and mounted window fan. Although the place does show its age, it is very well maintained.
They offer a free bbq on saturdays with great food! Not the cheap budget bbqs. This is a great freebie for travellers on a budget! Richard and his staff were polite and helpful.
The location is convenient as it is right in the middle of everything – 2-3 miles from downtown, ala moana, Waikiki. Also nearby are grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, and gas stations.
Overall: Good value for the price if you are on the budget. If are not looking for luxury and want a private room with a kitchen, this is for you.
I didn't meet Richard, but there are another great host and members. The room is larger than I expected and calm. No bugs and dirty. The only thing that I felt uncomfortable is poor wifi speed.
Thank you all!
Great Location to spend some days I Honolulu. I shared the apartment with very nice people.
Mr.Stancliff is a very kind gentleman.
The Plumeria House is very convenient for anything.
1-minute walk : Seven-Eleven, TacoBell, PetCom, and SafeWay.
4-minutes walk : Bus stop(#2, 11, etc), Zippy's.
10-minute walk : some restaurants.
16-minutes walk : Alamoana Center, Wal Mart, Food Land(S.Beretania).
It takes about 35 minutes to go to Waikiki by Walking+Bus.
The Plumeria is in the quiet and safe place.
(Waikiki hotels have the problem of the traffic noise.)
The Plumeria is so comfortable, but has a problem with only one.
The rooms have no air-conditioners.
Therefore. To open a window and the door of the room is necessary to cool the room.
I like The Plumeria and Mr.Stancliff.
I'd like to visit The Plumeria again someday.
Good service. I have been delayed in my travel and Richard has been understanding.
Before coming to the Plumeria, I had spent some time out in Waianae. Coming to Honolulu was a fairly significant transition. I was trading nature for the city, and I wasn't sure how this was going to go.
My room was similar to the one pictured. Small, but with just enough space to have everything unpacked and stored out of the way. The Plumeria building itself looked like it had been around for a while, and that observation was further enforced when I couldn’t find any three-prong outlets in my room, although there were some available in the common dining space. But, if you have stuff you need to charge overnight, you might want to bring an adapter.
Still I wondered about my thought process that brought me back to the city. After settling in, it was time to log some work, and I had to find a coffee shop. Opened up Yelp, and .. there it was. That's the reason I came to the city.
Pages and pages of coffee shops. Restaurants, bars, the selections felt endless. My stay here was going to be just fine.
A five minute walk away was Spero Spera, a Korean coffee shop that became a daily stop. A little further than that was an excellent little Japanese restaurant, Hakkei. On the backside of the road, Honolulu Burger has some tasty selections. If you can plan far enough in advance to get reservations (I wasn't), I've heard Morio's Sushi is incredible. And just across the street from the Plumeria, a 7/11 and a Zippy's. You can't get much more convenient.
On Saturday, Richard and company put together a little barbecue, and the ribs were amazing. The whole event was really nice, very laid back, and a chance to meet some of your neighbors (of which the Plumeria seems to attract a very diverse and interesting crowd). An enjoyable time. Awesome ribs.
In summary: fantastic location; old building; small, but not too small rooms; great barbecue (if you're lucky, ribs); a very good value.