At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast

At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast

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4.5
#7 of 10 B&Bs in Hilo
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Private guest wing on a salt water lagoon across from Hilo's favorite swimming beaches. Luxury ocean view accommodations for $165-$195 base rate, king beds, ensuite baths, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, common sitting room/lounge area, games, books, & generous Continental breakfast. Small refrigerators in room and board games and tea service available in common room. Triple room available. Beach towels, folding chairs, and umbrellas on hand. We do not accept children under 13. We provide discounts for four nights or more. Ceiling fans (no air conditioning). No access to kitchen.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Beach
Executive lounge access
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Desk
Housekeeping
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Iron
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English
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Kirsten P wrote a review Jan 2024
+1
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our gracious host provided a wonderful breakfast each morning with fresh fruit from the Hilo Farmer’s Market in a lovely open social room with big windows overlooking a pond with lush gardens. Claudia gave good tips about the area and had snorkeling gear and beach chairs readily available. It felt like we were staying with our kind and eccentric aunt. Spacious rooms in a 1970s style, beds were comfortable and the bathroom had nice tile with large shower. There’s no AC so we slept with the windows open to feel the ocean breeze and were lulled to sleep every night by the tropical rain and singing frogs from the pond below. Property was secluded and charming with coconut trees and birds of paradise in walking distance to Richardson Ocean Park, a beautiful black sand beach. Thank you Claudia for your hospitality and making our trip to Hawaii extra special.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: An easy 10 minute drive to downtown Hilo and close to local favorite supper club Seaside Aqua Farm
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Anna E wrote a review Jul 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My best friend, teenage daughter and I stayed in June 2022. I was very surprised and pleased with our stay! This bed and breakfast is secluded but very close to black sand beaches. My daughter and I walked out every morning to see the sun come up. Our hostess had fresh fruit and a hot breakfast every morning, along with coffee and hot water for tea. We will definitely be going back to stay and visit.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Christopher H wrote a review Jan 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed here as part of our honeymoon and we were amazed with how inviting and charming this property was. Claudia, the host/innkeeper, was so kind and helped us feel right at home, making sure we had everything we needed from the start. We stayed in the lagoon room and it was perfect for us. Even the desk in the room was helpful for writing postcards for friends and family. Claudia's breakfasts were delicious and she even went out of her way to provide us with dinner on a day we missed breakfast.
Overall, we would recommend At the Beach with Friends for anyone staying in the Hilo area!
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Plentiful parking.
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Goofy1678 wrote a review Feb 2023
Peoria, Illinois
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not as advertised. Upon arrival we were given a huge list of rules and procedures...I have never in the 15 years I have utilized B&Bs experienced that. The home, while beautiful, is not well taken care of. Our bathroom sink was not draining, the toilet plugged easily, the shower handle was about to fall off, and the shower curtain is missing many hangers. The toiletries and towels were on a tray and then sat on a stool. The tray was clean, but the stool top was disgusting under the tray. It is dirty. Nothing is dusted in the common areas or the room except the obvious things, like our bed and mirror in the bathroom, and there are piles of knickknacks, antiques, & books piled on all of the furniture and under the furniture. This includes on and under the table serving as a buffet/coffee area. The kitchen was closed off and so we never saw if our food was being prepared in a clean space. There were three other guests there at the same time as us and three of us got human hairs in our food. She was unhappy when I used a clean spoon to serve myself. She then served me my spinach by grabbing it with an ungloved hand. She did the same with most of the food. We thought about using the provided snorkel gear but it was filthy and looked a bit moldy. There is no air conditioning which is fine, but the wildlife is loud and we could hear cars periodically. We also heard every word the neighbors were saying...so if you are wanting privacy this is a no go.
So if you are wanting something quiet this will not work for you. There were only two towels and two washcloths and we were told she did not have many so we should keep them as long as possible. The grounds had the potential to be beautiful, but they were very overgrown. I expect the little lizards in Hawaii and even think they are cute, but our room had their poop on the walls and shower tile. There were lizards on the wall in the hallway, especially at night. I felt as though were were being watched or I would have taken more photos. I would not choose to stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Erica g wrote a review Sept 2023
2.0 of 5 bubbles
because of the amenities, but because of the host. The location of the b&b was great, however, the host was rude and made things very uncomfortable for us with her attitude. Because everything was sold out, we decided to stay and just make sure we were gone all the time to avoid the host, her breakfast, and the other guests in which she bad mouthed us too.

The accommodations were okay, but I would have preferred to stay at a hotel or rent a house so I would not have to deal with a rude hostess. My biggest complaint was that when we overslept for breakfast one morning, which she served at 8:15 (I asked her the night before what time breakfast was and she said - the guests usually choose when to eat, but I serve at 8:15!) she called me and demanded rudely that we come out our rooms to the common area to eat her breakfast 'right now' (her exact words). When I did come out of the room, I overheard her talking negatively about me in the common room to the other guests! This was VERY unprofessional and embarrassing for us, and made for a hostile environment. Nevertheless, I apologized to her immediately for over sleeping and explained that we didn't get in until late the night before, in which she talked over me and was very rude and simply thrust a plate at me and said, 'take this plate!' After this incident I felt very uncomfortable being around her or other the guests, so we made sure to avoid her at all costs, which seemed to work for the rest of our stay. When we checked out, she sent me pictures and accused of us of getting her towels too dirty in which I informed her those weren't our towels. There were a myriad of other things and rules that made this place not amicable, (the food, cleanliness, t.v. too loud and can be heard all night from other rooms, and etc.) however I will just mention the ones above. If you want to chill and have a relaxing time without someone bothering you, accusing you of things, being rude or bad mouthing you to others; if you don't want to answer to someone or walk on egg shells your entire trip, this isn't the place for you. However, if you are perfect and make no mistakes and don't oversleep and eat her breakfast, the host may be pleasant to you.

There are hotels and many private rentals right across the street, I would definitely suggest staying there for a more relaxing trip....where you can sleep in and not get in trouble!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Claudia Rohr, Owner at At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast
Responded 12 Sept 2023
I deeply regret any misunderstandings. Ordinary language was taken the wrong way. “Take this plate [I served up for you]” can be heard in more than one way I suppose. It can be challenging to serve a hot breakfast to a group. Our confirmation email spells out that coffee is available at 7:30 and breakfast is served at 8:15. Most of my guests just text me the night before what their plans are if they are going to miss or be early/late to breakfast and I modify what I can offer them. Bed and Breakfasts are not for everyone. Bed and Breakfasts offer social interaction with your local host and other travelers over coffee, tea and breakfast. In Hawaii bnbs are small businesses, often with the host(s) doing all the work. Good communication is the key. I did not realize I let my frustration show, and I will try to do better.
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Jim C wrote a review Sept 2023
Jasper, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After staying in some high rise hotels on the Northwest coast of Kona, we wanted a complete change. We found it at our tropical jungle oasis, "At the Beach with Friends" hosted by Claudia Rohr. What a delight to walk into the Bamboo room near a lagoon, and feel like you were actually among the flowers and plants of the tropics outside the large glass windows. The unique wood furniture gave the room character, and the gentle night time lulling sound of frogs and birds have left us wanting to return.
Claudia prepared a hot breakfast each morning made with fresh ingredients, and offered helpful suggestions for destinations to visit and restaurants. We are forever grateful Claudia did not cancel us when she broke her leg a week before our arrival. and instead soldiered cheerily on.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The privacy the location offered and the helpfulness of the owner were greatly treasured.
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Thomas and Cindy wrote a review Jun 2024
Georgetown, Kentucky
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I rarely leave a bad review but PASS on this place. The owner is too anxious to manage a bed and breakfast. We messaged that we would be arriving around 8-9 pm and she recommended a few places to eat. The one we tried Mahalos in Hilo was a bar and the food was terrible. When we arrived she kept cautioning about breaking tiles with luggage. She showed us to our room and broke a jar with earplugs in it while letting us in. The name should be 'In the Jungle with Frogs' as we never saw the beach. The place was way overgrown. At breakfast the next morning she had us move from one table to another as she was afraid we would break her chairs (not overweight). Interestingly there were guests that morning and the next to whom she did not voice these concerns. My wife said the place smelled bad. On checking out, again she cautioned about breaking floor tiles with luggage. I don't know where the outdoor photos were taken with a nice manicured lawn but that is not what we saw. Pass on this place.
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Date of stay: June 2024
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathleen W wrote a review May 2022
Huntington, NY
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were blown away by how beautiful the gardens are at the B&B. We stayed for three nights and enjoyed our stay. It is a bit off the beaten track - but that was perfect for us. There is a beach across the street. Claudia serves a two course breakfast: a fresh fruit course followed by an egg dish and muffins.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: There is one room with a sliding glass door to the garden
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Chuck G wrote a review May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very quaint, and surpassed our expectations. A vehicle is required to get there, but a vehicle is required to get anywhere in Hilo and on the Island.
We fell asleep to the sound of the frogs, very soothing!! An incredible front door!! We have recommended Claudia's place to friends and family, along with our travel agent in our City. Claudia was a real joy to chat with and a real ambassador for Hilo.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Claudia recommends calling ahead the day prior to arriving, an excellent idea.
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Rhonda A wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our stay here. Claudia was a pleasant and attentive host. She is very knowledgeable about the area, gave good recommendations and had interesting stories to share during our breakfast chats. The place feels like you are in the rainforest but is within walking distance of lovely beaches and a convenient drive to Hilo and nearby attractions like Rainbow and Akaka Falls. Snorkel gear and boogie boards were provided.
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Date of stay: April 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from seasonedscreener
Hilo, Hawaii
Yes, there are forty acres of beach parks across the street. My favorite is Richardson's Beach park a block and a quarter down the shoreline, but there is another pretty place diagonally across the road and a few steps away. The Seaside restaurant is five blocks away. The Ponds restaurant is three miles away. Both are great. I can make reservations for you.
Chuck G wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Claudia recommends calling ahead the day prior to arriving, an excellent idea."
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Kirsten P wrote a tip Jan 2024
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"An easy 10 minute drive to downtown Hilo and close to local favorite supper club Seaside Aqua Farm"
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Jim C wrote a tip Sept 2023
Jasper, Georgia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The privacy the location offered and the helpfulness of the owner were greatly treasured."
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Christopher H wrote a tip Jan 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plentiful parking."
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Kathleen W wrote a tip May 2022
Huntington, NY35 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is one room with a sliding glass door to the garden"
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S$309 - S$309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Carlsmith Beach Park (1.2 km), Lyman Museum (7.8 km), and Richardson Ocean Park (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Place, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon and Turtle.
Are there any historical sites close to At the Beach with Friends Bed & Breakfast?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (7.4 km).
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