Country get-away sleeps 4 in cabin

Cabin - Entire home/apt · OOKALA, HI 96774, United States
Carol

Half of a duplex, old renovated plantation camp house that retains a quaint feel. Queen bed. Bath with tub and shower, and new room just added which is a screened tiled kitchen area with sink, hotplate and microwave, lots of private and quietspace.

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Half of a duplex, old renovated plantation camp house that retains a quaint feel. Queen bed. Bath with tub and shower, and new room just added which is a screened tiled kitchen area with sink, hotplate and microwave, lots of private and quietspace.

The Space

Note that the fee quoted is for one person in one bedroom, a private bath and kitchen area. If you need to have two rooms, both have comfortable queen size beds, second bedroom has door to lanai where the stars dance most nights. Fee for second room is $50 more (for one or two). Space is unique, at end of dead end road, breezy, near Mauna Kea observatory, farmer's markets, ocean access, the real old Hawaii!

Guest Access

You would have access to entire cabin, bathroom, kitchen/common space, outdoor lanai, linens, towels, snorkel equipment, boogie board, space to park your car, washing machine, fridge and freezer. No TV and limited to no internet.

Interaction with Guests

My caretaker of the property can answer questions and assist where needed. I generally live on another island but am sometimes there. Can share ideas for things to see, where to go!

The Neighborhood

It's small. It's isolated. It's country. Can see the ocean over the cliff at my house. This house is in a tropical rainforest. One guest who stayed here found the mold/mildew in the area problematic, but most have not.

Getting around

There is public transport but it runs about twice a day with a bus around the island. If it hits your times right, great. If not, I recommend renting a car---it really is a car kind of island to see things well.

Other Things to Note

This is the island you want to see---active volcano, warm ponds, great hikes, real culture, lots of fresh produce, stars beyond your dreams, and year-round lovely weather.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $360 /week
Security Deposit: $200
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Cancellation: Moderate
  • This cute little cabin is nestled right next to the highway. The grounds are lovely with lots of tropical flowers. The neighbors have goats and chickens. And the stars are magnificent at night. The caretaker was polite and helpful. Nice bathroom too.

    Unfortunately the mattress was a mold bomb. Not just dank and musky, MOLDY. It was so gross your body would wake you up and tell you to get off the bed. Contacted the host first thing in the AM. She said she was unaware and offered us her bedroom, as she lives off island. After reflecting a little more she offered a refund if we wanted to move on for the 2nd night.

    I pulled back the sheets to expose a large patch of mold, right where one would put their head. The mattress was not damp or wet. There was no mold stains on the sheets. The host had told me she was there several days before to prepare the cabin for us. I find it hard to believe that she did not notice it then. Because when we arrived the bedroom door was closed and once you opened it you were hit in the face with the stench. I suppose the mattress could have started molding from the inside out and gotten that bad in the days after she left. But I felt somewhat betrayed and chose to take the refund.

    She gave me an apology, though it was handed over with a back handed comment that tropical rainforests do not agree with me. Which I resent, as I live in a rainforest in the Pacific Northwest. It is moldy mattresses that do not agree with me, and most other humans I know.

    Being on vacation, I let it go and wanted to wait for the refund to go through too. Which she sent me a check quite promptly. I was surprised it was for $77.50 and we had paid $80 per night plus a $19 fee for Airbnb. I asked her why not for $80 and she said that was half of what Airbnb paid her. So apparently they take a small fee from the host too. Due to the situation I expected at least a full refund, not including the Airbnb fee. Not that I care about the $2.50. But if I truly felt bad about someone sleeping on a moldy mattress, I would have given a full refund, and probably would have refunded the first night too, to show my sincerity.

    If the mattress is replaced and the place really cleaned up. I would stay there for $45 total cost for two, if I was in a pinch. Harsh but true...

    February 2014
    Carol
    Response from Carol:

    To be clear, this is my country space, not my condo in Waikiki. When I was surprised by this review, I sent this to the respondent privately. Since I received no response, I am posting it here. In addition, I am not renting this until I make arrangements to change the mattress, since it was a problem of which I was unaware. Here is my response:
    I want to respond to your posting personally because I don't want this to be a public conversation. You insinuated I lied to you---I can see no reason I would do that and I did not. The week before you came a couple was there for 3 days and had no issues whatsoever. I had them strip the sheets and put on clean ones, but they said nothing about mold. I apologized to you and hoped the refund would satisfy you. If it had not, I wish you had told me. I sent half of what I got ASAP and honestly didn't think about what you paid. I may well have sent the airbnb fee if I had known, or even refunded your entire stay, but had no indication you were dissatisfied. I said what I did about rainforests not agreeing not to insult you but to just acknowledge neither of us were bad for it not working out. I had no prior knowledge and you hoped to stay there with no problems. We both had every reason to think that would work. Of course I want people to be happy and would never thrust a horridly moldy mattress on them. I am asking you to reconsider your posting, since I do find it misleading and unfair. I await your response.

    February 2014
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