On Day 5 & 6 of our Big Island trip, we stayed at a bed and breakfast, Shaka Shak Garden Inn. It is the first time staying in this type of accommodation. My short conclusion is that it is OK with mix feelings.
I randomly found this property on booking.com. It was a cheap option and I only paid USD $137.64 + $18.88 cleaning fee for two nights. It is not in the downtown area, but it is only 5 minutes drive away. It is just a single-detached house that is commonly seen in Canada and the US. The owner Cynthia rents out the three rooms on the second floor while she lives on the first floor.
The overall experience was OK. The room came with two double beds and a desk. Fans were available, but they weren’t helpful on the first night which was super hot. We shared the kitchen, the living room, and the bathroom with other guests. Sharing the bathroom was not a pleasant experience. I managed to be the first one to shower on the first day, but my sister had to wait for a long time. The breakfast was DIY pancakes and coffee. The owner, Cynthia was very nice. She provided a list of attractions worth visiting nearby, and it was helpful. From that list, I found the malasada place Tex Drive-In, which we visited on Day 7.
It was a big downgrade comparing to the stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village, but it better fit my need. My goal was not staying in the room or the hotel and doing nothing all day, so a B&B is definitely enough. However, air-conditioning and a private bathroom are also important. I’ve learned my lesson, and I know what to look for when booking future stays.