Lowe's Cottage: "B&B's are an awesome value." Hawaii (State of) Hotel Tip by BlueCollar

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  A cottage in paradise.
by BlueCollar

This is Lowe's Cottage in Wailua on Kaua?i. Very nice and very affordable. We loved it.

Another place worth mentioning is Arnott's Lodge
in Hilo on the Big Island. We were very skeptical about our reservations due to the low cost of their DELUXE ROOM. But you get a discount on their tours when you also stay at their lodge. That made it appealing. If you just need a clean place to stay at night after exploring the whole day like we do, this is as good as any. We found the building we were in to be of recent construction and was clean. We were pleasantly surprised. We originally found this place because of a blurb in a travel mag about their guided tours. We went on their Mauna Kea Summit and Stargazing Tour and their Afternoon Lava Hike. These were well worth the cost (more on these in the "Off the Beaten Path" section).

In addition to those, we have stayed at several other hotels on different islands. Rather than go into detail about each, I will just list them (in no particular order):

Please note: Outrigger and Ohana are owned and operated by the same company. Outrigger is the more prestigeous and Ohana more value- or family-oriented.

Marc Royal Suites in Waikiki

OHANA Royal Islander [Outrigger] in Waikiki

Kona Bali Kai in Kailua-Kona

Maui Islander in Lahaina

Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff Resort in Kona (it was an Aston property back then)

Banyan Harbor in Lihue, Kaua?i

Aston's Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea, Kaua?i. Get Cottage A....we loved it!

Unique Qualities: If you're looking for impartial reviews of hotels you really need to get the guidebooks offered here: Wizard Publications

Cottages and B&B's are the most over-looked affordable method of lodging in Hawai?i. Check this site If you do not require the amenities of a 5-star resort (or any resort for that matter), you should look into a B&B or cottage. Some of these are free-standing one-bedroom homes (this is what we prefer) for $100 to $130 per night that provide peace and quiet that would cost you much more at a resort. There are no fellow hotel patrons talking too loudly in the hallway or slamming their room doors either. Another advantage is that many of these include some type of kitchen or kitchenette so that you can prepare a meal at home instead of eating out which will save you a little $$.

If you choose to stay at a multi rented-room-type house, you'll save even more $$. We prefer NOT to do this due to the lack of lounging privacy.

If you find a place that looks nice, get in a forum and post a message. You're sure to find someone that's stayed there before or at least give some help on finding a good place. Always try to find some info on the place prior to making your reservation and paying because the biggest pitfall is that by the time you get there and see that the place you've chosen and paid for is a dump, it's too late to change. But, I guess, that is also part of the fun of travel....the anticipation.

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  • Updated Jul 15, 2006
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