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I am from Boston, MA. I am in sales and have worked in retail, wireless, and now insurance. Hawaii is my second home and I return whenever possible.
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The location was great!! Close to downtown and buses. Lovely banyan trees, parks on both sides and Coconut Island, all made it a great place to walk around. The apartment was clean and the bed was VERY comfortable - though a bit small ( a double instead of a Queen or King). It was fine for us as we are not big people. The outside area is a little run down, but clean and all the people were friendly. I would stay here again.
We ended our tour of the Big Island in Hilo.
We had a very nice time staying at Stephanie´s Ocean Retreat. It is situated in a perfect location, surrounded by beautiful parks,close to the city and to the beaches.
The studio is nicely decorated, we found everything we needed and we cooked most of our meals.
We would happily stay there again.
Stephanie is a wonderful host!! This was my first experience with airbnb, everything went so smoothly!! I never actually met Stephanie, but she was so welcoming! She gave me lots of pointers on places to go and places to eat. She has a binder put together in the apartment with all this information as well! I originally booked for 6 nights, but decided to cut it short by two days and head over to Kona! Stephanie didn't mind at all!
The building is quite dated, and a little sketchy lol, but the residents I did run into at the elevator were all very nice and welcoming! The wifi is useable in the lobby, which was perfectly ok! As it felt like I was sitting on a patio!
Stephanie's apartment as all the necessities to make your own meals at home! And previous guests have left condiments and salad dressings!
A car rental is a must! Stephanie's building does offer free parking, unlike a lot of hotels in the area. Without a car I wouldn't have seen black sand beach! Just 1 hour drive south! Who doesn't want to cruise around an island in a mustang convertible :):)
Overall my experience at Stephanie's was entirely positive!
A very cozy apartment with everything you need, really gave you the feeling of "being home". From what I read in the description I was prepared for a weak wifi connection and was surprised that it worked as well as it did. Just a few times it did not work that well. The apartment is inside an quite old hotel, but it's clean and fresh, with a nice swimmingpool too. Beautifully located near a nice park and by the water. Walking distance to cafes and other stores. Never met Stephanie and her friend Maire, but they seemed very friendly and helpful when I was texting with them. Would absolutely stay here again!
I was initially taken aback by the rundown presentation of the building. However Stephanie ' s suite was very clean and cozy. She has done a good job of keeping the suite homey and was quick to respond to any of my questions. The location was very good for me as I could have a run by the beautiful gardens and there were amenities for snacks and good food at the Ponds restaurant close by. Stephanie was accurate with her description.
The location is great! Beautiful gardens around, convenient to anywhere. Close to airport too, so great if you arrive late and don't want to drive long. The building is old but room is nice and clean. We had a good stay there.
We stayed at Stephanie's place around Christmas time. Stephanie was responsive in reserving the unit and had good suggestions for the attractions to see in the area. The unit description is accurate. Unit is located in a pretty old building but the unit itself is comfortable (nothing fancy though). It is located very close to downtown Hilo and everything else on the Hilo side. We didn't eat in the unit so we didn't use any of the kitchen equipment but it seemed everything you would need for cooking is there. There are beach towels and a coleman in the unit. We used the beach towels and it caused some confusion at the end so it might be better to let her know where you left the used stuff.
It is a pretty small studio located in an old hotel. It has everything one needs. No worries of parking and restaurants within walking distance. The only thing is that the AC is not working but there is a desktop fan that works well for me
Stephanie was very responsive and hospitable, making the stay feel like staying with friends. The location of the aptm was very central, just minutes from downtown Hilo and the airport, as well as to many of the sightseeing spots. The actual hotel is fairly old, similar to most hotels close to beach/water but is in a safe location and near a nice park with large banyan trees.
The apt. was very clean and cozy. The hotel in which the condo is, is really old and not so clean.
Nevertheless the location of the apt. is good.
Stephanie was an amazing guest! Clean and Outgoing, Highly recommended to all hosts! Much Mahalo!