Travel Blogs from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
After speaking to a park ranger we got directions to go view a lava flow just outside of the park. So after dinner as it was getting dark we checked it out.
After landing in Hilo we drove to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. One of the side roads we took was Hilina Pali Rd. The road is not great but can be managed in a car but the 9 mile drive is worth the view. Our hotel was within the park boundaries.
Today was the fateful day of our attempted mountain climb. We had all of our gear ready, had done internet research, and had purchased a hiking book with maps and a section on this climb included. We had to leave the hotel at about 4am to get to the mountain early enough to allow us to acclimatize to the altitude change at 9,000 feet before …
This morning we were off once again, this time from Oahu to Hilo, the city on the Big Island of Hawaii. When we arrived we met a shuttle at the airport which took us to the rental car company which apparently is the only company which will allow you to take their vehicles to the top of Mauna Kea or even to the visitor center at 9,000 feet toward …
Today was or last day in Hawaii! We slept in a bit and then got up to do all of our PACKING. We managed to get almost everything into suitcases with the exception of our new hiking boots and few other things which we packed into a box to ship home. Krishanna went back to work today but Janice came and picked us up at about noon to meet Krishanna …
Historical Traveler Reviews Volcano House Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
My husband and I booked two nights at Volcano House, sight unseen. After we got a look at the tacky, worn condition of the lodge we would've found other accommodation after our first (prepaid) night but decided to stick it out to save time. For $200 a night, our room, supposedly "deluxe" crater view, was a hodgepodge of conflicting fabrics -- not one thing (including carpeting) matched -- a designer's nightmare. The furnishings (admittedly, lovely koa wood) were arranged without care -- for example the bed didn't even line up with the two bedlamps (wall hung) -- and the cords were draped carelessly across the wall to the outlets (tacky, tacky).The most disagreeable factor, however, was the smell -- not cooking bacon odor as others have mentioned. This was a musty, stale urine smell -- intolerable, at any price.I had assumed that "deluxe" meant upgraded from the normal and thus worth the $200 tab. When I inquired after seeing our room, the desk clerk told me the deluxe rooms are bigger. Big deal! Although this is within the national park don't imagine something on the order of the Grand Canyon's El Tovar or Yosemite's Awhwanee Hotel when you picture Volcano House -- there's no comparison. VH is not quaint, nor rustic, and if it was anywhere else, it would probably have been bulldozed long ago. At the very least it needs a major overhaul -- and the help of an interior designer with a good eye. Surely, with its location, it deserves nothing less.My suggestion -- stay at Kilaeua Lodge just outside the park in Volcano village as we will next time -- you'll get more and pay less. The food's better there too.
Rustic is good....this wasn't rustic!
We stayed in the Volcano House in August. the position is very impressive, the food and restaurant service good, but the rest of the hotel vastly over-priced - if it was anywhere else apart from on the rim it would be in trouble!
Perfect place to explore the National Park
We stayed here to be close to the national park since we planned to spend three days exploring it. It was a good decision since the guesthouse is located only a couple of miles from the park's entrance, which was a blessing after a long day of hiking in the park and watching the lava until late at night.The cottage is very pretty, has a fully equipped kitchen and all the amenities you may need. It is located amids huge ferns and banana trees, for the full tropical forest effect including the humidity. It is very humid (they provide a dehumidifier in the cottage) and chilly at night so bring warm sleepwear even in the summer.
Seems to be a love/hate kind of place. If you are from the east coast it is hate, anywhere else it is love, not sure why. The place has it's own charm. Yes it does smell of overcooked bacon, it is from the vapors of the volcano and can be smelled throughout the park. If your kids need TV and video games to survive do not go here, this is for people who enjoy the quiet and can read books for entertainment. It is not near a major or minor shopping area so if you need supplies bring them with you. We enjoyed our 2 night stay and did not see anything dirty or encounter any unfriendly staff.
Quite possibly the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. If it were anywhere but over looking the crater I doubt it would get any business what so ever. The service was horrible, we made our reservations a few months in advance (If only we had known), and when we got there after a 3 hour drive around the island, we find out they were somehow lost. Luckily, after quite some time they were found... but there was no compensation for our lost hours of time. When we finally got into the room, it was just horrible. Thats all I can think of to describe it. The walls were extremely dirty, and the (so- called) bathroom was worse. And i'm surprised no one else has mentioned this, but throughout the hotel there was an extremely strong smell of over- cooked bacon. I would have rather stayed 100 miles away and driven than spending the night there. Not to mention, there was absolutely nothing to do if you were to bring little kids. No TV, radio, game room or anything. The closest thing to entertainment (besides the volcano) would be counting the specks of dirt on the celing.
I recently returned from the Big Island and totally agree with New York's view of the Volcano House. While it is a unique experience to stay there the only reason to stay there is the proximity to the Volcano. I supposedly stayed in one of the better rooms, and it is certainly not worth the nearly $200 per night. The room was awful and I found nothing charmingly rustic about it unless you like to see ants crawling around your room. This is rustic charm I can live without! The food in the restaurant was mediocre and while the prices are not outrageous, Sacramento is right, definitely plan ahead and I recommend that your planning include eating somewhere else . I would definitely recommend staying somewhere near the Park to enjoy the unique opportunity it offers but I would not stay at the Volcano House.
I stayed a Volcano House in January of 2002 so maybe it has changed. Maybe it is a bad a NY suggests but that was not my experience. First, understand that it is a Park lodge. It's not Kona Village, it is old and rustic. That is part of the charm. When I stay there, I do so for one reason and one reason only, I am in the heart of the Park. It is close to everything I need to do in the Park and I am willing to sacrifice a few benefits of Kona. Nowhere on earth is there a view such as the back of the building. It is a rare gem. Now, is the food great? No, it is distinctly average but at a reasonable price for Hawaii. Are the accommodation first rate. No, except for some of the newer view rooms, they are average NP lodge rooms, nothing special about the room. Does the place shut at 8:00 p.m.? Probably but that never prevented me from enjoying the fire and planning ahead for snacks and beverages. There is no other place that gives me such immediate access. So while NY is not misleading you, understand what you are getting. A reasonably price room on the lip of one of most incredible places on earth. If you are not interested in the National Park experience, do a day drive to the Park and spend a few hours. If you are into nature and willing to sacrifice some luxury and comfort, this is the place for a day or two. I would rate VH as average except the location and oh, what a location.
We stayed here one night and it was one night too many! The room was terrible -- half the lights did not work, there were tiles missing from the bathroom floor and the
Romantic and educational
For views, convenient access to the park,
and enough privacy for romantics, Volcano
House is a delight. Rooms are spacious and
modern, though not elegant. Everything
needed after an adventure-filled day in the
park is available without getting back in the
car. The friendly hotel staff is as warm and
helpful as the park rangers. Spend the $$ for
a crater view room.
This hotel is a bit hard to find as most travel agents do not list it. It can be found on the internet and booked directly. The hotel has been around for a very long time. Mark Twain stayed here. it has been renovated and updated but still has that old time charm. There are no TV's or radios in the rooms, who needs them with a room overlooking the caldra of an active volcano! We stayed in the best room they have, it was 185 dollars a night and well worth it. The room is decorated with Koa wood furniture. The resturant is top notch and affordable. The reception area has a fireplace and they have had a continuous fire going since 1848. If you want to do the park justice stay here and use this hotel as a base of operations for exploring.