My son and I stayed at the Waimea Country Lodge for a night last month. It is a small, laid-back, budget type of place. I liked it, but then, I’m easy. Be sure to feed me and give me a quiet place to sleep and I’m ecstatic. Anyone who wants elegance and views should just skip staying in Waimea altogether – go for the Kohala Coast or Kona instead.
The Lodge is a motel-style accomodation, where most of the rooms are lined along the parking lot so you can drive right up to your room. I actually liked that – I haven’t stayed at a place like that since I lived on the mainland. We wanted a kitchenette but only a superior was available, so that’s what we got.
The room was clean and fairly large with a vaulted ceiling. The beds were very soft – so soft that I actually slept half the night on the floor because I had a cold and my coughs shook the bed so hard I was afraid I would wake my son up. Luckily the floor and under the beds was clean because the other queen size bed was covered with all our stuff and I didn’t feel like cleaning it off to sleep on. The TV had hundreds of channels – literally twice as many as I have ever seen at any other hotel. I think the receptionist said it was Oceanic Digital Cable. There was free coffee in the morning in the office. There was no air conditioning, but none was needed – it gets quite chilly in Waimea at night.
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Waimea is small, and we could have walked to wherever we wanted to go from this location. We did walk to the great castle-type wooden playground twice, and we also walked to the Paniolo Restaurant (which actually shares a parking lot with the Lodge, so it wasn’t far) and we could have easily walked to the shopping center with Subway or Starbucks or the grocery store.