good location/so-so house
Puako is a great place to stay if you prefer to be in "Old Hawaii" rather than a resort. We really enjoyed being in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the water. However the Treehouse has a number of drawbacks so that we would not stay there again. Positives are that the house is nicely equipped, good bed, good kitchen. The major negative for us is that there is no privacy. The Treehouse windows are on the same level with 2nd floor windows of the main house on the property and the 2 houses are much closer together than I anticipated. We had to keep the blinds closed most of the time because otherwise you are on display to anyone in the main house. When you stand at the bathroom mirror, you can see the main house and I assume that anyone in the main house can see you. There was a sliding door between the kitchen and the bathroom that would have helped with privacy but unfortunately the door didn't close. The other major negative is that it's really not ocean view because of the dense vegetation in front of the Treehouse blocking the view. It's true that the ocean is directly in front of the Treehouse but there are too many trees in the way to claim ocean view. Maybe some pruning could be done and then this would really be an ocean view property. I think the Treehouse is best used by people who are in a group that is also renting the main house. I can see that it would be a lot of fun to rent both houses and have the whole property available.
Owner's Response: We appreciate comments from our guests and do take them all to heart. The morning I received this review, I went to the Treehouse to check on the doors to the bathroom and both of the two pocket doors between the kitchen/living area and bathroom were operational so I am not sure why this guest could not get one of the doors closed. I so wish I had known she had a problem with the door during her stay but did NOT hear about it despite helping her with two other small issues that were resolved immediately. It is true that the Treehouse is on the same property as a larger home (vrbo #334734) but this is clearly explained on our website, in photos and while on the phone when booking guests. This reasonably-priced location is a great value that has been enjoyed for years by many couples, but was perhaps not a good choice for this guest.
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