You can’t beat the bargain rates at this plantation-era hotel, opened in 1917 and now run by the third generation of the friendly Manago family. Although clean, the original rooms with shared baths ($36) should be considered as just a cut above camping; they’re ultra-spartan and subjected to street noise from the Mamalahoa Highway. You’ll also find bare walls in rooms ($62–$67) in the newer, three-story wing at the rear. There’s no elevator service, but rooms do have private bathrooms and views of the coast; the top floor has the best lookout. Book the third-floor corner Japanese room for a ryokan experience, sleeping on a futon and soaking in the furo (hot tub). Walls are thin, and sound can carry through jalousie windows used to let cooling breezes in, but neighbors tend to be considerate. If you want to watch TV, head to the lounge next to the Manago Hotel Restaurant , the latter popular with locals for down-home cooking and affable service.
- Jeanne Cooper