California transplant,U.S.F. grad., divide my time between Hawaii and California, carpenter and artist.youth mentor.love nature,children and people in general.
It was different, the jungle house has a lovely atmosphere very private and relaxing. The only thing that is missing is a toilet for Night Time, you will have to walk to the main house.
I must confess that the "Jungle Suite" was not what I thought it would be. I won't go into specifics here, as everything has been addressed privately with the host, but I will say that until some renovations have been made I would not recommend this place. That said, I have been assured that said renovations will be taking place in the near future.
As far as Loren goes, he was quite responsive in all communications, and upon learning of the maintenance issues encountered, immediately issued an unsolicited partial refund. Although I did not meet him in person, I found him to be courteous and responsive via email.
Amy (the caretaker on site) was helpful, available, and friendly. The home was comfortable, rooms are small, but functional. Pretty much everything you need is available to use in a communal setting (minus say beach gear). The home also has a great cat, so you should like cats. He is affectionate, so give him (or her?) some love.
Oh- as probably noted in the description, it is far from town (5/6 miles), but a bus is available at times for $2 each way, or you can hoof it if you don't have a rental car.
We did not have a chance to meet Loren but had from him all good and friendly explanations to get to his place. Although we arrived late at night, we were welcomed by Amy and received all informations. We had read about the frogs singing all night, and had our earplugs ready. But we finally didn't use them and enjoyed this peaceful natural concert. Such a good night. The house is aged but clean and has all what's necessary. We met some nice people there and will probably keep in touch with them. This is the good side of this Hostel typed house: it's an opportunity to meet the other guests. Read carefully Loren's description of his house and you'll know if it matches your expectations (like sharing a bathroom: for us it was no problem at all and happens in many other places). Then you'll have a great time there as we did.
Spacious house pretty close to Hilo~ really sweet porch and kitty. It was a good base for doing things in the Hilo area! <3 Mahalo
pros: cheap, and you're actually in the jungle - the room faces trees on three sides, and it's pretty amazing. sound of waterfall and birds/frogs at night - gorgeous. it's close to hilo, but far enough away that you're really detached. there are a number of great beach parks within 10-minutes (north or south). caretaker is nice, and it was cool to chat with other guests.
cons: it's a little rugged. i was fine with this, but there are bugs, and there are some lizards. the room itself is pretty sparse, but i think that's clear in the ad and it's what i wanted. you *need* a car. the bus is irregular doesn't run that often.
Great location lots to do near by easy access to the bus. I would definatly stay here again.
Cute place. I liked the view.
The house was nice but not very clean and the mattress was too wide for the loft which caused it to buckle. I did bring these things to Loren's attention and feedback was well received. Hopefully it will be sorted out. Other than those two things we did enjoy our short stay.
Missed the flight to Hilo so didn't have a chance to live inside.