Manoa Valley Inn

2001 Vancouver Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Innkeeper(s): Mark Glen
  • Introduction

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    Aloha and Welcome to Manoa Valley Inn

    The Manoa Valley Inn is a Victorian Bed and Breakfast filled with antiques with a bit of island flair. This Historic Country Inn is a Honolulu landmark located right by the University of Hawaii. The Inn was built in 1912 and provides a luxurious and quiet experience away from the din of Waikiki for visitors and local residents alike. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The prestigious Country Inn is conveniently located within minutes of Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu business district, yet it is surrounded by the beauty, luxury, and serenity of Manoa Valley. Relax in the quiet of the peaceful and spacious veranda and soak up a bit of Hawaiian nostalgia from years gone by. Stay with us, it's a very special surprise. It is an intimate retreat that provides a unique alternative to resort living. The Manoa Valley Inn has seven special, spacious rooms waiting for you. We are within walking distance to U.H. Manoa, bus lines, restaurants and theater.

    Relax in our tropical saltwater heated swimming pool with a soft flowing waterfall located in a secluded garden with many trees and flowers.

    Breakfast consists of original pancakes, eggs to order, island fresh fruits, yogurt, bread, muffins or bagels, cold cereal, coffee, tea & juice, as well as brown rice, oatmeal with plenty of assorted nuts and dried fruits, a variety of tofu dishes and stir fried vegetables .. eggs when served are from an organic farm run by a family member. We buy local products from local organic farms as much as possible.

    E Komo Mai... Come In, Join Us.

  • About the Inn

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    The John Guild House, now known as Manoa Valley Inn, was purchased in 1919 by John Guild, A Honolulu businessman. It had been built four years earlier by Iowa lumber dealer Milton Moore and has been refurbished and restored several times over its lifespan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

    Prior to a major 1919 remodeling, the Guild residence was a large two-story bungalow style house which featured brown shingles. No detailed historic photographs of the house of this era exist, and all knowledge of the former appearance is based upon several aerial photographs of Manoa Valley and the present physical evidence. From this information it has been determined that the large brackets, outset square projections, porte cochere and inset centered porch all derive from the period of John Guild's occupancy.

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    The present form dates from a major remodeling undertaken in 1919 by John Guild, Secretary of Alexander and Baldwin. The lot and house had been previously owned by Benjamin Dillingham, founder of the Oahu Railway and Land Company; Richard Bickerton, Supreme Court Justice and Privy Council Member under Queen Lilioukalani; Grace Merrill, sister of Architect Charles Dickey, and wife of Arthur Merrill, principal of Mid Pacific Institute.

    The original house predates the Merrill's ownership (1911). In 1922, John Guild was convicted of embezzling $755,895.52 from Alexander Baldwin. The house was sold to the company for $1.00 and Guild was sent to prison where he died in 1927. In 1925, merchant Arthur J. Spitzer and his wife Selma purchased the house. They lived here until 1970.

    The house was purchased in the 1980s by Honolulu businessman Rick Ralston (the founder of Crazy Shirts), who restored it in 1982 for use as a bed and breakfast under the name John Guild Inn, later Manoa Valley Inn, the name under which it still operates. In 1990 the Nakamitsu Corporation purchased and further refurbished it.

    The three-story gabled cottage near the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa contains eight guest rooms, 2 of which are used by the current owner's family. The rooms are furnished with fine antiques. Among its architectural features are multiple extended gables with decorative buttresses, a porte-cochere in the same style on the valley side of the house, and a broad, sheltered lanai with a view over the city on the sea side of the house.

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    Manoa Valley Inn is architecturally significant for its use of eclectic elements which transformed this rather large, but straight-forward, bungalow into one of the more prestigious houses in the area. The original house with its noteworthy shingle treatment, which created alternating wide and narrow bandings on the facade, and its upper story bay windows and large dormer, was greatly embellished by the addition of the heavy brackets and the four corner rooms and the porte-cochere.

    Combining highly stylized bungaloid features with Queen Anne and Swiss Chalet, the house represents a formidable architectural statement to the street. No other residence in Honolulu exhibits this combination of details, and the use of such heavy bracketing is unique in Honolulu to this house.

    Originally numerous large, well-designed houses lined Vancouver Drive; however with the passing of the years many of these dwellings have disappeared. Manoa Valley Inn is one of a few commanding remnants of the earlier time which are scattered along the drive.

  • What People Say...

    Manoa Valley Inn plants“Hawaiian Hospitality at its Best!”

    We stayed two nights in the Davies room with an excellent view of downtown Honolulu and refreshing breezes. Our hostess, Monica cooked and served the best breakfast of our trip (better than any restaurant or other B&B in Hawaii or the Mainland!) with fresh local fruit, savory vegetables, organic teas/hot chocolate, eggs cooked to order, bacon, breads and more--something for everyone. Her attention to details and friendly Hawaiian hospitality-including her adorable dogs-made our visit to Honolulu extra special.

    Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple, from tripadvisor

    “Eclectic and Clean”

    Traveling alone as a woman I was so happy to be in such a safe and comfortable establishment. The views are amazing and the owners have a way of making you feel well cared for. The breakfast was excellent and the fruits and vegetables are locally grown organic. I will definitely stay there on my trips to Oahu.

    Stayed December 2012, traveled on business, from tripadvisor

    “the best place to stay!”

    This is a great place to stay if you want to experience a slice of local living. Being a former kama'aina, I wanted to show my partner a side of hawaii that wasn't all touristy, since this was his first time there...Jena and Mark were awesome and made us feel so relaxed and welcome. The breakfast was great, with a variety of fruits, cereals, toast, and even udon soup ! The coffee was great as well ! I felt I was at home enjoying breakfast and great conversation. The salt water pool is beautiful, with a waterfall running through it. We enjoying our stay so much, we didn't want to leave! Parking is available, which is a plus and you are right by UH, Manoa Valley and the amenities of "town". This is the best place to stay in Honolulu!

    Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends, from tripadvisor