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Rating: 4.25

Address: 82-6155 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI, 96704

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    Comments (32):

    1. StefnScottman I.
    known for their ono pork chops....gotta stop by and try!

    20/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Kona Boy P.
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    16/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. John T.
    [dining room review only]  This place was great!  I really didn't know it had a dining room in there until someone told us.  My first comment after siitting down was "This place needs to be in a National Geographic photo shoot about 'old Hawaii'" - the hotel is something like 100 years old, and it has retained all of its charm, and the dining room is no exception.  All wood, very homey, very much "family style" eating.  There is a decent view out of a few of the windows to the western setting sun over the ocean.  I had the pork chops, which were excellent, and she had the opelu fish (like mackerel) which was very oily but also good.  The sides were macaroni, glass noodles, and lima beans - there's no choice on sides (other than: "yes I want the sides" or "No, I don't want the sides.")  Anyway, they were all good.  Really a great meal in a convivial environment, not fancy, but excellent and memorable.  Service was fast and very friendly.  Ask for the "chili water" condiment when you get the fish - it's quite good.

    11/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Lee R.
    Really cool old-school restaurant in a old hotel.  There aren't many places like this still around these days.  The hotel has one TV in the entire place...in the lobby.  Old wooden dining room, specials on a chalkboard.  Pork chops are their specialty and DAMN are they good (I like mine with onions and gravy).  Also whatever fresh fish they have is sure to be great.    Kona Boy P. gives good advice though.

    30/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. andrew m.
    call in advance--way in advance--to reserve the japanese room. its really a tiny time capsule with traditional touches like the futon that rests on the tatami mats and the furo tub in the bathroom. it is charming, romantic, enjoyable.

    and clean!!

    the cafe in the hotel makes the kind of food that can only be good for you. the pancakes are epic. the pork chops are so good you'll hallucinate. be nice to the ladies working there, they're old enough to be your grandma (and just as likely to forget something now and then).

    the hotel itself is a bit of a relic but your patronage keeps this family owned piece of old hawaii alive.

    26/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. R K.
    review is regarding the restaurant.

    very old skool place but with a friendly feel.  

    i had the pork chops and they were pretty freakin' good!  so bad for you yet so good that you gotta eat it.  my gf had the fish and that was good as well.  you also get white rice and some sides that you share with your party family style.

    and the price is very good too.

    19/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Glaciala A.
    Needed a last minute hotel reservation and the Manago Hotel had rooms available. They are basic hotel rooms, but ours had a great view of the ocean and a porch. Also nice garden area in the middle with lots of plants.

    14/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Jessica W.
    Best pork chops I've ever had in my life, hands down. Some of the best food I've ever had in my life, actually. Years later, my husband and I still think fondly of the pork chops at Manago, and crave the day we can return to the  Big Island to savor some more!

    15/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Tim O.
    Never stayed here but have eaten in the restaurant a few times.
    Get the pork chop with onions and gravy!!!  It's the bomb.
    They have large portions, reasonable prices and friendly service.
    Can't wait to go to the Big Island again.

    01/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Jesse W.
    4/13/08: Old Hawaii experience. Don't expect the guava juice at check-in, this no frills hotel is all about yesteryear. Started in 1917 (how many business have you visited that have been around that long?!? Let alone in Hawaii - remember Hawaii has only been a US state since 1959). We "roughed" it out in the older section of the hotel (shared bathrooms ala european hostels). Not sure my wife will let me do that again, especially since we stayed at a full service hotel the previous two nights. Newer section of hotel has private baths and even japanese tatami rooms.

    Dinner was awesome. Pork chops reign (my wife's order). I tried the butterfish misoyaki - very fresh and nice done (not over cooked and dried out). excellent prices. I should have tried the opelu - many have recommended it. When we left the restaurant around 7pm, the place was packed. Come early for a table or call for a reservation.

    14/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. John L.
    Love the experience staying at Manago. We got the 3rd floor Tatami with our own personal tub in the shower, really cool. The roosters starts early here, FYI, lol, so get ready to hear some crowing or put your ear plugs on.
    The wind breeze in and out nicely at night (end of May) no need for A/C since they don't have one, they do provide one of those tower fans otherwise just slide the screen open and let the ocean breeze caress you gently to sleep, very nice! Front desk was very formal to us. come on brah, let it all hang out, lol.

    01/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Rand S.
    For those looking for old-fashion cooking at a low price, this is the place to go.  Portions are generous and delicious!  I first ate the pork chops in 1972 and forty years later, they still as good as what I remember.  If you look out the dining room windows, there's a breath-taking view of the ocean and the coast.  Mr. Manago grows anthuriums and other local plants behind the hotel.  It's a pleasant experience for folks looking for a quiet place to stay.  Did I mention the Kona Potato Chip Factory is next door?  Great for folks who get the "munchies".

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Candace C.
    Nothing snazzy, seriously minimal furnishings--no phone, no tv,
    clean, plenty of parking, and generally quiet.  The roosters must have been having some good days and were not confused, so they made great alarm clocks while we were there and our room had a great view of the ocean when it wasn't voggy.  I would stay again and try a tatami room next time.  The restaurant was awesome and worth checking out for simple, hearty, good food.  Pork chops and fried liver...yum :)

    11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Kuang J.
    After our first night in Kailua-Kona, we started our encirclement campaign of the Big Island by moving south to Captain Cook. We stayed at the Hotel Manago--this place is awesome and highly recommended.  We stayed in the Japanese Room, we were actually able to book it just two nights in advance.  Very cool room, although after hiking/swimming/snorkeling all day it was a bit painful to lower myself down to the floor.  A nice touch--an actual HDTV in the room, something that I rarely see yet in hotels.  The view was, quite simply, freaking awesome, with an overview of K-Bay.  

    And as for the restaurant... If you like pork, you must eat here.  My wife and I decided that this was the best restaurant experience we had during this trip.  Very home style and comfortable atmosphere, reasonable prices including for beer, and by far the best pork chop I have ever had.  It was Japanese style (lightly breaded) and oh so juicy.  Wife had the teri-steak, which was also awesome but not life changing like the pork chop.

    On the downside: Wifi does not work in all rooms (including the Japanese room), restaurant closed early, and (most damaging) too far away from any stores selling beer, so that I was not able to sit on the balcony and enjoy the view with a beer.  That made me sad.

    22/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Uyen C.
    On my first trip to Hawaii, we wanted to stop by the Big Island, for what else, but the volcanoes!  Traveling on a budget, we decided to book the Manago simply, because it was the cheapest, with 5 stars reviews on tripadvisors.  Wow, can it really be true?    You really get what you pay for!  We didn't even expect this to be a 3* hotel, but we had some expectation because of all the positive reviews.  We arrived at midnight, and the drive there was freaky.   We got a weird vibe while staying here.  

    Don't get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with this place: clean room, free parking, friendly staff.   We just didn't like the lizards in our room.  I mean, we were in a tropical place, but I traveled with a lizard-phobic bf, so that was the last straw.  He basically wrapped himself in bed sheets like a mummy to avoid those garden lizards.

    Hopefully I won't have to stay here again.  :)

    03/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Ruby W.
    Pork Chops, Uhu, and whateva on the menu...all good to eat! Just go have whateva you like eat that day. But for me pork chops every time I go there. Always tell myself I should try something different but... Anyways, we just have to stop here each time we take a vacation on the Big Island.

    30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Wayne S.
    PORK CHOPS!!  OGO!!!  Such a great place to eat.  Staff is awesome and friendly.  Its a MUST when ever I am in the area.

    The Hotel that time forgot, or the hotel that forgot to keep up with time.  I LOVE IT!

    13/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. L G.
    Love this place. Affordable! Clean! Cute! No frills is right, but its a historic building and that means a lot to me. I'm sick to death of  plasterboard, plastic plant Holiday Inn fakery. This place has been run by a family for a century and it shows. Vintage dining tables, adorable gardens, tongue and groove wood walls. Yeah- its a little old. So? Everything in Hawaii is slightly damp, handmade and old- or else its fake, plastic, factory churned and new (ahem...kailua-kona...ahem) . You pick.
    The food is AWESOME- local flavor and hearty portions.  Very sweet people who have an investment in your happiness. Again- think about how much people care for you at the Mariott....not at all. I will stay here every time I come. MAHALO MANAGO!

    p.s.
    Did I mention the flowery perfume from the garden in back was like a waft of heaven? The many local birds thought so too,   Stay on the 3rd floor and watch the bay at sunrise.

    04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Kirsten C.
    This review is for the hotel.

    I came here for two nights in January. The room is like a small bedroom, which is no problem. I went for the least thrills. No TV or phone. Feels like sea salt and humidity, with the possibly original furniture causing the slight musty smell. Very unique and charming in that way. Communal bathroom was very clean. Paper-thin walls through which I could hear my drug-addict neighbor talking and singing to herself all night long, as well as the TB patient down the hall who hacked up his lungs every 5 minutes. Couldn't tell if these people used the hotel as their residence. The counter wasn't always being manned so I had to wait to check in and out, not sure if anyone would come.

    04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Maile N.
    The Manago Hotel holds a sweet spot for me in Captain Cook, Big Island of Hawaii. We always get a room on the 3rd floor -- the ocean view and balcony are priceless (and the room rates are super reasonable!). And yes, there is no TV or phone in the room and it's very basic, but I will take that any day over an overpriced room at a hotel with a view of a wall.

    The flowers and plants that the hotel groundskeepers so painstakingly take care of and the sounds of the country - roosters, wild turkeys, doves, kitties and geckos - make your stay all that much more peaceful and relaxing. The Manago feels like home to me.

    18/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Anya E.
    A spontaneous trip to Kona led us to Hotel Manago. It had been a day full of activities, it was getting dark, and we were tired. On top of this, we could not find a deal at any of our usual Kona hotels, so driving along the highway, we noticed Hotel Manago and checked it out. It's a charming roadside hotel that is family owned and operated since before we were born. Upon inquiry, they had 2 rooms available ($50-65/night), and we took the third floor ocean view room in building 2. Building 1 is on the highway and definitely affected by noise. Our building was set back from the highway with an expansive view of the ocean, and we could hardly hear highway traffic.

    Our room was very basic, real key, no tv or telephone (there was a pay phone on the second floor). The room had a lanai (balcony), a clean bathroom, a desk, and a couple of chairs. The ocean view from the lanai was beautiful and peaceful. The walls are definitely very thin as we could hear conversations from all around us at peak times, but other than that, we were not too bothered by it. There are roosters in the hotel garden that crow early in the morning, but they also did not bother us with their wake up calls.

    There's a restaurant in the hotel which we dined at. Their simple menu offers no more than 10 dishes. All offer your choice of protein which is served with family style portions of rice, mac salad, sweet corn and pickled veggies. The restaurant is famous for their pork chops, so that's what I ordered. My dish came with two pork chops with gravy. From the look and taste of the gravy, i could tell that it was made from pan drippings. Yum! My husband had the mahi mahi which was pan seared in butter. While the food was not mind blowing, we very much enjoyed our homestyle meal.

    For the price and location, Hotel Manaco deserves 3 stars. Captain cook is about 10-15 min drive to Kona. If you are seeking a no-frills hotel that is many steps above motel 6 and the like, this place may be for you.

    23/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. L.A. G.
    Inexpensive, good service, definitely fit the bill for a short overnight stay on our way back to the airport. Felt safe, clean (enough), and homey. The breakfast service in the dining room was good, and the whole hotel is very quaint. It was actually a highlight to our trip after a few days of camping. Would recommend!

    09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Em N.
    I've stayed here more than once in their one bedroom community bathroom area.  It's hit or miss in my book.  Paper thin walls mean you here your neighbors conversation and sex noise.  Once, I heard a rat or some rodent preparing their home outside in the walls or something.  I have never noticed anything inside to note rodents, but that little guy kept me up.  I did go downstairs to see if they could switch my rooms.  But no one is around after nine, so I was screwed for the night.  I told them the next day; the lady did express concern - that was about it.  

    Folks don't seem to care that the bathrooms are labeled men and women and use the one closest to them.  Or at least this is the case for the women's bathroom.  I tend to read the door and go into the approriate one considering it's only six feet difference and I'm not that lazy.  

    I enjoy the restaurant, but walk down to the grocery store for a yogurt for breakfast sometimes.

    It's cheap for their location.  The staff have been nice.  I do like their pork chops.

    Their wifi is spotty to say the least.  But in a land where most places charge extra for wifi and parking, this place doesn't.

    I'm here right now and it's 11:23pm and there is someone singing in the hallway.  It just is what it is.  If you know it's hit or miss and pretty cheap for the area you won't be too disappointed.  Did I mention its cheap?

    04/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    24. Chantal G.
    I went for the room with shared bathroom. Although the building is old, the rooms are good value for money. It's not super clean but clean enough. It is very noisy though, the walls are indeed paper thing. Bring earplugs. Right after I checked in someone already complained about other people's noise, and I'm pretty sure these people also smoked in their room. I woke up at 1 am by their extremely loud sex/masturbation/whatever it was - I just heard the man's voice. Note that they were on the other side of the hallway, at least 50 feet away from me (I found this out the next morning; at night I thought they were right next to me so I shouted out to them a couple of times). I complained the next morning and the staff was really nice about it.

    Now, a message to Mr. "Oh god, oh god, oh yeah, yeah, like that, up and down, up and down": you are a poor excuse of a man with no consideration for others, and I hope you at least never got to your orgasm.

    17/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. victor m.
    nice and clean budget hotel with great views but the roosters crowing at 430 in the am does not afford a light sleeper a good nights rest. bummer as everythkng else is cool.

    25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    26. Chau D.
    Great deal for the price. You get a private bathroom with two doubles and a full for $79 (4 ppl, with tax). Room was on the 3rd floor with a great view in the morning.

    08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Sarah K.
    I loved the Manago Hotel! It was perfect for our budget trip to Hawaii. As we were walking up to our room on the third floor, I was hoping so bad that we would have an ocean view. I ran to the balcony when we walked in and was so overwhelmed with the view! It was breathtaking! The room itself was fine. No frills, but that is just what we wanted. No tv or telephone. We left the balcony door open and the ceiling fan on at night to let in the ocean air. There was noise from the surrounding neighborhood- dogs barking, roosters crowing. The walls are thin too, so you could hear your neighbors water running, etc. We had a wonderful stay here and would return in a heartbeat!

    11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Dylan L.
    We stayed in the Japanese room dedicated to the founders of the Manago and it was absolutely wonderful. This beautiful historic hotel is a unique stay and I can't recommend it enough for those looking to have a memorable night in coffee country. The staff is warm and the view of the coast is spectacular. We also had a lovely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant of fresh papaya with lime from the garden out back and fantastic Kona coffee.

    If you get a chance and are up for a one of a kind experience I highly suggest you spend a night (or a few) at the Manago.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. gwynnie p.
    A stay in the Japanese Rooms at the Manago was the highlight of our 2 weeks on the Big Island. It's a wonderful throwback to "old Hawaii". Classic and relatively untouched. Beautiful ocean views from our room, and the wake up call was a rooster or 2. We slept well on the wonderfully comfortable mattress on tatami mats (I actually thought we were going to be sleeping right on the tatami, so a mattress was a welcome surprise. Not that I wasn't up for floor sleeping.) Our room was super super clean.

    The restaurant is cheap and the food is good. Unfortunately we were there on a Monday night when it's closed, but breakfast Tuesday morning was nice and they made the husband a delicious loco moco which isn't on the menu. Love the people who run the Manago as well.

    29/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Julie K.
    This is a great basic hotel. We paid $72 for a ground level room with two twin beds. It had a cute deck in the back side with a great view. Don't expect it to have much in the way of amenities--there is no tv, microwave, or fridge. The only soaps provided were in a large industrial dispenser in the shower. That said, if you need an economical place to sleep while playing on the big island, book these guys.

    05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Little D.
    MANAGO HOTEL: Mamalahoa Hwy marker between 109 and 110 on the ocean side.  

    Old Inn reminds me of old Japanese Minshuku.  Did not stay here this time, but when we come back on the south of Kona, we might stay.

    28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Sonny C.
    what a charming family ran hotel. you won't find places like this anymore. sure you can go stay at one of those expensive chain hotels, but what's the point of that? those chain hotels are the same whether you're in new york, paris, tokyo or wherever. this place is a cozy old school local joint with a restaurant ran by the same staff that maintains the hotel. i can't believe how low their rates are. the rates are pretty much the same as that disgusting hostel down the street. this place needs to be designated site for kona!

    24/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0