Thursday, March 1, 2018

Executive Balinese Home


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In February, we took a holiday to Hawaii.  We opted, as we normally do, to rent a house using Airbnb because we enjoy having an entire house rather than staying at a hotel.   We have never had any major issues using Airbnb in the past.

Selecting a house for this trip was more onerous because we had to look for something that was not carpeted and particularly clean due to dust allergies. Finally, the perfect house in Honolulu was secured, or so we thought.

Review of The House
I was first attracted to his house because of how it was decorated, soft lighting, wood artifacts, and Buddha statues everywhere. The yard had beautiful fruit trees. As a meditator this really appealed to me. It is a bit of an oasis in the middle of the city of Honolulu and would have been perfect save for the traffic noise. The host was very accommodating and responsive to our needs. They provided us with two beautiful papayas, some coconuts, bottled water, and local beer as a welcoming gift. Which was very much appreciated. 

However, there were a few issues with the house and its location.  To begin with it is situated on a corner of a busy intersection and at times the traffic was very noisy.  We had assumed, wrongly, that we were closer to the ocean. It is actually a few minutes walk to the beach, which by the way is not a swimming beach. There are other beaches in the area but not in walking distance.

There is a comfortable outdoor living room with a TV, which sounds lovely. However, anyone could just walk off the street onto it because there is no gate. In fact, someone did come into the house looking for the owners to pick up a key.  In the evening, there were mosquitoes making it uncomfortable for sitting outside.  I believe that problem could have been alleviated if they emptied the two stagnant water containers with plants just in front of the steps. The washer and dryer, though, just off this area, were great!

The kitchen was spacious and fully stocked. As a vegetarian with other dietary needs much of it was wasted on us. Unfortunately,  the appliances were rather dated.  The dishwasher was not working nor was the reverse osmosis system for drinking water.  The fridge’s alarm kept going off and had to be continually disabled.  The freezer part of the fridge was not working at all but another fridge was located outside.

There was no real dining room to accommodate six people to enjoy a meal together when we had family visiting. In addition, if you enjoy direct sunshine into your living area, this house does not provide that. 

The bed was comfortable.  The ensuite bathroom was adequate, although there was no shower curtain, making showering somewhat awkward trying to minimize water going on the floors. The shower curtain in the other bathroom fell on my head when I pushed the curtain aside to get into it.  The linen and towels were nice, though the beach towels were nowhere to be found.  There was plenty of bath soap and shampoo, a blow dryer was available but it was broken and held together with an elastic band.   

The Wi-Fi was inconsistent and not very reliable. Overall I give them a rating of 2.5 out of 5. I think if I didn’t have high expectations of the house it would have not been as disappointing.  Everything in the advertising of the house lead me to believe it was a luxury house, even the name “Executive BalineseHome”. But at the end of the day, it simply fell short of an executive style house.  It is in need of new appliances, some TLC and attention to detail to upgrade this house.

The last Airbnb we stayed at in the same area was half the price, had a pool, was across from an actual swimming beach, and all the appliances worked.  Sometimes paying more does not mean better. I really do wish I could have written a more positive review of the house. 

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