About This Listing
Light, airy room with views of the bay and the tree tops. The room features a California King deluxe futon mattress plus a twin bed.
If a party of 2 requires 2 beds, a $10 linen charge applies.
A narrow little staircase leads up to the Attic bedroom . From here you can see views of the garden tree tops, the rooflines of Hilo and glimpses of Hilo Bay. This bedroom makes a great romantic retreat for a couple. There is a deluxe (comfortable) California King futon mattress and a real linen top-sheet.The twin bed means we can also accommodate an extra guest in this room.
Unfortunately this home cannot always accommodate children under 5 years old. Please use INSTANT BOOK for parties with children over 5 years of age or contact us in advance. If you have young children in your travel party, consider our listing for 'The Lotus Cottage' or contact us to learn about alternative accommodation we may be able to provide. Thank you!
Downstairs from the bedroom there is a tiled bathroom with a shower & bathtub and a kitchen with stove, refrigerator and basic utensils and condiments for cooking which you will share with one or two other guests from the other room in the house.There is a small library of books and guidebooks for Hawaii for the use of guests. This two bedroom home is set in a lush tropical garden featuring fruit trees, flowering plants and garden statues. Guests are welcome to explore our garden and find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy tropical beauty.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A TAX OF 13.75% PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL. PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED IN THE FORM OF CASH, OR VIA PAYPAL & A RECEIPT WILL BE ISSUED.
We also offer that for those guests wanting an extra sleep option of a second bed, a $10 linen surcharge applies.
Unfortunately this home cannot accommodate children under 5 years old. If you have young children in your travel party, consider our listing for 'The Lotus Cottage.'
Bus transport is cheap on the island even if the schedule is infrequent. The main bus terminal for Hilo is across from the market and one block away. A $1 bus fare will get you all the way to Kona. Closer by there are beaches in Keaukaha neighborhood and they leave the station hourly. Guests are also welcome to borrow bicycles from us if they wish to see Hilo by bike.
Hosts Megan and Jasper live on the property and so help is nearby for our guests. We will love to make you welcome here so please get in touch with us if you wish to make a reservation. Mahalo
Kitchen with cookware, some basics; oil, seasoning plus electric jug, toaster and coffee making wares. Gas oven/stove plus fridge.
Bathroom: tiled shower/tub & toilet.
Dining table & also Lanai (porch) for sitting, relaxing.
Wi fi provided.
Interaction with Guests
We love making our guests feel welcome. Guests are free to have as much contact as they like with us and we are always happy to provide suggestions for places to eat, places to sea and some of the rarer and more special places to visit while on the island.
Hilo is 'retro town' with old weathered buildings and a slower pace of life.
We enjoy that town is only 3 blocks long and 3 blocks wide with plenty of grocery shopping and a Farmer's Market close by. In recent years we have seen more small restaurants open up all over town plus a few massage businesses and yoga studios. If you come from a big city you may be delighted to find that prices are lower for a meal, yoga or massage and the island grown produce that is also fresh!
You will love being one block from Hilo Bay, the Farmer's Market and close to parks, gardens, cafes, restaurants and galleries. There is a movie theaters in the town of Hilo called 'The Palace' that screens foreign and 'independent' movies or has live music. Hilo offers diverse cuisines. Japanese, Thai, Mexican, French Crepes and Indian are among some of the choices you will find and most restaurants are affordably priced... Hilo also has its' very own Kava bar which often features live music performances in the evenings as well as the chance to try locally grown organic Kava.
Travelers on a budget could do without a car here if it's a slow paced vacation they are looking for.. You can enjoy the convenience of being in the same block as some great budget cafes and restaurants as well as grocery stores and the Farmer's Market. Some of our guests do choose not to rent a car for a variety of reasons. When making this choice they usually narrow down the sites they want to see to one or two things and arrange for private or small group tours and spend the majority of their time in Hilo, walking, browsing or just relaxing.
There's a public bus transit system. It's slow and 'local style' with lots of stops getting from one place to another but very affordable $2.50 gets you anywhere on the island and you can put a bike on the front for only a dollar or two more.
PLEASE NOTE TO ANYONE USING INSTANT BOOK WE ASK YOU TO PHONE US AND CONFIRM YOUR RESERVATION.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. There are not too many rules beyond the usual common sense required of any guest in a home. We like our guests to feel at home. As in most Hawaiian homes, shoes aren't worn inside and guests need to keep noise to a minimum after 10pm out of consideration for others. Because you may be sharing the home with other guests, we ask that you help to keep the common areas clean.
IF YOU USE INSTANT BOOK and you have children under 5 years of age, other arrangements may be necessary so please contact us. --thank you!
E Komo Mai.. (welcome) to The Sugar Shack. As in most Hawaiian homes, guests take off their shoes at the door.
Megan was a wonderful host who made us feel welcome. Staying in the attic room was a great way to end our vacation in Hawaii - it was light and airy and romantic. The shared space was always clean and the kitchen had everything we needed. The compound itself was very peaceful and we woke up refreshed!
Note: This review is actually for Irene's Studio Apartment (see below).
Megan is an extremely warm and responsive host; she worked with our changing schedule to arrange to pick up the keys, and she was quick to provide suggestions for dining, blankets for going up to the Mauna Kea visitor station, and books with hikes on the island.
The Sugar Shack/Lotus Garden is in a great location, down the street from an amazing bakery (Short N Sweet) and excellent mochi shop (Two Ladies Kitchen), and relatively close to Volcanoes National Park and Mauna Kea. The interior courtyard of the property has a colorful, tropical vibe.
The day before we arrived, we were a bit surprised to learn that Megan was doing some last-minute roof remodeling on the Sugar Shack. Because of this, we ended up staying in a studio apartment on the property (Irene's Studio Apartment), rather than in the attic room. The studio has a small bedroom with a sink, a fridge, a dresser, and an outdoor patio that connects to the bathroom. Wifi was provided but was quite slow.
Because Hilo is on the rainy side of the island, we were greeted by quite a few insects in the apartment during our stay. The windows in the apartment didn't have screens, so we kept the windows closed during the night; as a result, the apartment got quite warm. Megan put out a citronella candle and some cockroach traps to try to keep the insects at bay, but we had large cockroaches (and other insects) in the apartment both nights of our stay. As a result, we didn't find the apartment particularly comfortable or relaxing (we're not super outdoorsy people), and we decided to leave early. Megan was very understanding and didn't charge us the additional taxes on our stay.
Thanks to this guest for being so understanding with the change to the reservation due to a maintenance issue. She received an upgrade to have her own private apartment. We were very sorry there was distress about some bugs and appreciate the feedback for the need for screens. Screens will be installed to allow more ventilation in the apartment. Due to a particularly wet month of June, we had an outbreak of mosquitoes that is usually manageable on our property.
The cockroaches: Once again we are sorry that there was distress for this guest. These are not the kind of 'cockroach' associated with lack of hygeine (reading our reviews, we are consistently rated as very clean & we work hard to maintain that standard) These are actually medium-large sized tropical beetle: 'Palmetto' and while they are mostly not found indoors sometimes one or two will take up residence temporarily. Obviously this kind of review is enough to put a lot of people off making a reservation with. None have been found in the room since so this was unfortunate that it occurred for this guest.
Wi fi has been an ongoing issue that we are addressing. As of 7/5/15 a new dual band router should help achieve a better speed.
Thank you to all our guests who provide honest feedback about their experience. We continue to strive to help each guest enjoy their experience here. - Megan
The Sugar Shack Attic Room was great! Such an amazing space to spend the night, and wonderful, friendly hosts in Megan and Jasper...This was just a quick stop-over in Hilo for me, unfortunately, while traversing the Big Island beltway on a tight time-frame. I would definitely stay here again if in the area, and do hope to return!
The house was beautifully painted and decorated, great location too. Bring your own towels, shampoos etc!! Although the places is not amazingly clean its a great deal for a big group passing by HILO!
This room is in such a good location, was easy to find and also central enough you could explore North or south with ease. Megan was very welcoming and answered all the questions we had about the area. The room itself was so pretty with a lot of attention to detail and the sounds of nature at night were just beautiful. We only wish we could of stayed longer. Will definitely be back.
Beautiful grounds and rooms. Lovely additions to our room - coffee, tea, french press, toaster, sitting area, extra fan - made our stay absolutely wonderful. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was clean. Hosts have clearly put a tremendous amount of time and love into this place. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! Meagan was a pleasure to meet and talk to as well.
The parking situation can be a little tricky, but Megan was very helpful in letting us know where we can park and at what times. The property itself is stunning. Totally relaxing and you can really tell that Megan takes pride in her space. The Attic Sugar Shack was also very tranquil, but a downfall was that there were no screens in the windows. Instead, there are mosquito nets hovering the beds. This was not an ideal sleeping situation since we would constantly wake up in fear that a foot or arm would be sticking out of the net. I woke up pretty bitten up even with the net. Living on Oahu, the mosquitos aren't quite as bad as in Hilo, but we are still used to the concept of no screens. However, I can see how this might be a deal-breaker for some people. Ahhh and the coqui frogs. This was a new noise for me as we do not have quite as large of a population of them on Oahu. I found the noise to be quite soothing and it put me right to sleep. but again, might drive some people crazy!
Overall, this place was perfect for our intentions. We were out most of the day, but coming back to sleep at night was very relaxing (minus a few ankle bites). Megan was super friendly. We had most of our time planned, so we didn't spend too much time with her, but I could sense that if you wanted to be more social, she would be welcome to it. Very cool vibes surrounding the entire place and I would definitely recommend this place if you are passing through.
Aloha to this guest. Unfortunately we had an outbreak of mosquitoes when this guest stayed.We have fish in ponds and take care of the standing water on the property - checking it daily. It is not usually such a problem so we are sorry to hear that it caused discomfort.
Our course of action: We have added a citronella oil warmer to the room as a precaution.
Regarding the 'frog noise' Occasionally we have someone who finds the coqui frogs disturbing but most people describe it to us as a relaxing background sound and they actually say they love it (we do too).
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About the Host, Megan
Aloha I'm Megan. Meet Jasper also. We've been working to create a colorful atmosphere for visitors that reflects the beauty of the tropics. Both of us enjoy helping guests feel comfortable so that they can relax and enjoy all the magic of this wet and wild side of the island.
Hilo could become known as 'the town that time forgot' because it has the flavor of an older, slower Hawaii. In that way we are pretty easy going and relaxed ourselves. We have two guest cottages and a romantic 1 bedroom apartment here at The Lotus Garden. This is a property that features two garden courtyards, stone Buddha statues, a fish pond and an abundance of tropical plants and trees. . The Lotus Garden is reminiscent of the former 'sugar cane plantation days' when houses were clustered together so that there was a sense of community in the way people lived. Here Travelers meet other travelers in passing. Another wonderful feature of The Lotus Garden is that we are right in the center of town. Guests enjoy being a block away from the Farmer's Market and within walking distance of our cafes, restaurants, galleries and even Hilo's own Kava Bar.
Just ask us. .. we know some great little beach parks close by and some special things to do around Hilo..
... Our latest creed to live by? "Now is a really good time!" And so it is..