We spent 3 weeks in this condo. We saw pluses and minuses with this condo.
The biggest issue by far was the owner not disclosing that the condo was having major work completed during our stay. The swimming pool was being remodeled and was closed our entire stay. The parking lot was closed for one week. We could use the neighboring condo’s pool and parking. We had to park in the garage with a one block walk with groceries, etc. The other pool is in a courtyard with no ocean view and shady much of the day. The picture of the pool area is one of the major reasons we chose this condo. I let the owner know immediately, he rationalized it away and after we were later surprised with the lot resurfacing he offered to buy us dinner. I did not respond to his offer and was insulted that he felt that his offer would make his lack of disclosure okay. I am absolutely not suggesting the owner intentionally misled, however, BUYER BEWARE – ask a lot of questions.
While the condo is not in like new condition, it could be a good condo for the price. The “however” is that there are issues that make you feel like you’re not staying in a “nice place”. For example, the rotting woodwork around the front door and window, the rust on the stove hood, the shoddy lighting, the guest bedroom’s bamboo curtain basically being inoperable and shabby looking.
There is no air conditioning which may be okay much of the year, but in August and with still nights the temperature and humidity from dinner time to bed time, drove us out of the condo.
Road noise is also clearly an issue, the loudest of traffic can be heard even over the wonderful sound of waves crashing and if anyone has to stay in the guest bedroom closest to the road it is nearly unbearable. It’s great to have surfers, etc. always in the water where you can see them, but that also means a number of “interesting characters” hang out on the beach next to the condo. It did not bother my wife or me, but I can see how it might be intimidating. To me it is another example of the general feel of not being in a nice place.
While the owner did all I believe he could do in this circumstance, the internet does not work. We had 4 different adults with a total of 7 different devices from phones to laptops. None of us could access the internet.
I have noticed this owner aggressively responds to negative feedback all I can do is tell you is that this review is 100% accurate from my point of view.
Owner's Response: I respond because I care. Everyone thinks Hawaii is like their hometown, you schedule something and it happens. In Hawaii when anything is scheduled you don't know it until you see it. Workers leave projects to go surfing or don't show up at all when the surf is good. It is impossible to count on anything that is scheduled there. Our pool deck was being redone so the pool right beside our building was available, and it is a very nice pool. the parking lot was supposed to take 2 days, it went into a week. Parking was made available was 2 days turned into seven. I apologized for the inconvenience and offered the whole family dinner and drinks on me, I fail to see the insult in kindness.
I sent a tech to the unit three separate times because the wifi could not be accessed. Three times a strong signal was available. If I had one challenge as an owner it is the wifi. There are so many different settings and security walls on individuals devices arriving from around the world I cannot answer why your personal device cannot access the wifi.
Our building is now completely done and I see no more projects scheduled in the future. I apologize for the inconvenience and tried to make up for it the best I can. The woodwork at the front door does need to be redone and that will happen when the owner puts the new vinyl windows in. The rest of the unit looks fine as you see in the photos, hopefully woodwork is not the focus of your vacation in Hawaii.
We also battle rust. Each day you will need to use the hose at the parking to wash the salt off of your car. The building is like a ship on the ocean constantly being washed in salt. We replace items once they become unpaintable, example would be the range hood or refrigerator. You can place a new one in the unit and within six months it is rusting. Rustproof paint and appliances fail the rust test.
It is part of the challenge of being right on top of the ocean.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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