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“Comfy in Paradise!”
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Auntie Barbara's
Ranked #8 of 13 Kailua B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 March 2014

A friend and I stayed in the larger unit for 10 days in March 2014. It was to be a relaxing vacation as well as visiting my son who was in Oahu in the military. I was uneasy about booking any room online that I was not familiar with and only had the pictures and reviews to rely on. The price was so good, it made me even more uneasy. I had no reason to worry whatsoever! The larger unit we stayed in was exactly as her pictures show on her website. It was clean, spacious and comfy! We had everything we needed, which was a worry since we traveled from the east coast and had limited packing space. Barbara provided a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, toaster, waffle maker, blender, pots and pans, dish detergent, hand soap, dishes, silverware, washer and dryer, hair dryer, internet service, cable TV and more! The unit provided comfortable kitchen table dining area, living room furniture and the beds were wonderful and little noise to awaken you. Clean linen, clean floors, clean bathroom that has a shower only ,but great water pressure and bath linens. There were plenty of fans and a great working AC unit. We had 2 comfy beach chairs, beach towels, a beach mat, umbrella, boogie boards and cooler. We rented a car ,which was a real plus and even though the unit is close to the beach, we drove, as not to have to carry all our beach things. Driving in Kailua was easy as long as we used our GPS. There are several beautiful beaches to visit that are all nearby. The unit is close to town to go out and eat, plus super markets to buy food. There were only a few things that were not perfect, but not a reason to not stay at Barbara's. The driveway is narrow and may take a few days to get used to backing out of. Barbara was doing some renovations to her own living space and we had to listen to some sawing and hammering. She apologized, but I felt we should have been warned this was going to happen. We didn't use the pool, only because we spent all our time at the beach, however Barbara did offer use of the pool. Barbara is a sweet, genuine lady, who left us alone, but we felt we could approach her easily if we needed anything. Over all, this was a great place to stay, clean and very adequate. I was very satisfied and would go back and stay there if I return to Kailua in Oahu. You are close to Honolulu for city life ,but if you want privacy,less traffic and low night life, but a terrific relaxing beach adventure, the Kailua town and Auntie Barbara's place is the place for you! Thank you Barbara for a comfy Beach Paradise stay!

Room Tip: Larger room is more value for your money and nightly stay. Renting a car is a must!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank DonnaS S
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Booked on line. Hiilani Apartment was clean, very well maintained and appointed, quite outstanding, in fact. Auntie Barbara is a great hostess and her property reflects her aloha. Complete kitchen, well equipped, cable TV. Comfortable beds, plush towels, boogie boards and beach chairs and a small lanai. A short walk to one of the world's great beaches. 10 days in paradise. A former resort manaer, Iwould have charged more. Mahalo Nui Loa Kakou

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

Auntie Barbara's was the perfect little spot for us! We don't speed a while lot of timer in our room when we travel so this soothed out great. The property is about a 10 minute walk to the beach and the beach access is easy to find. There were Panama Jack chairs (the best beach chairs! ) in the room.
Barbara provided a loaf of homemade banana nut bread, some fruit, and cereal and milk for breakfast. We took advantage of the bread and fruit one morning as it made the perfect breakfast to carry to to top of the Pillbox Trail one morning for the sunrise.
The little town and the beach park is about a5 minute drive and Honolulu is only about 25 - 30 minutes away.
The main challenge we had was the long narrow driveway. It was tricky at times to get out, especially in the dark! We utilized the A/C unit and it blocked out any outside noise.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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3  Thank RoadTripinB
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

I was nervous staying here because it was so affordable and rentals on Oahu can be a total crapshoot. This place was perfect. We stayed in the smaller room for $85 a night. It was a tiny little room, but had a great big comfy bed, nice desk, and was arranged optimally for the space. Air Conditioner was used (as air doesn't flow well through the room given that its not open on two sides), and worked great. The house itself was private and beautiful, with great friendly hosts who invited me to share dinner with them the first night I arrived (and was so exhausted, I fell asleep and didn't get to partake, unfortunately). They had a great outdoor sink area where I could rinse out all my dive gear, and a nice little pool area with beautiful gardens. The room was immaculate with nice little breakfast and kitchenette provided. Great value and perfect for a stay on Oahu. Kailua is about my favorite beach in the world, and I was so happy to have a place to come to and visit :-)

Free internet and parking

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank joycehamilla
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at Auntie Barbara's cottage. Have stayed at many beachhouses while our kids were growing up and this is one of our favorites! So many conveniences: Nice towels, shampoos, sunscreens, beach towels & chairs & more. Milk, bread, juices and other breakfast items provided when we arrived. So nice we didn't have to find a store when we got there. Everything you'd need (pots & pans. etc.) to cook was there. Great sleeping arrangements, nice sheets. Everyone got their own space and privacy. Lots of closet space for our daughters' things (and you know they brought everything!) We appreciated the use of the washer dryer. We were allowed to use the owner's grill, swimming pool and lovely outdoor eating space. Good location - very short, easy walk to the beautiful beach. Barbara and Joe were warm and accommodating. Very nice hosts! We would love to stay there again if it wasn't so far away from our Wilmington, NC home. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank jfulton0912
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Address: 516A N Kainalu Dr, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-7117
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kailua
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #8 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kailua
Price Range: €61 - €146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in beautiful Kailua a block and 1/2 from the beach. One unit for 2 people with private entrance, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and toaster with Kbed. The larger unit sleeps 5 and has a living room, bedroom (Qbed) and kitchen. Both units have private lanai with grills. We are a 5 min. drive from Kailua town. We supply tea and coffee. ... more   less 
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