Volcano Inn Cottages
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Enjoyed our stay at the Volcano Inn on Second Street!
Apparently there are two Volcano Inns in Volcano HI. This review is specifically for the Volcano Inn located on 2nd Street (off Jade St.) in Volcano HI.
We stayed in the Nene room for 3 nights and found it a very good value for the price. The room was spacious and clean (although the mildewy smell mentioned by other reviewers was noticeable upon entry.) The Nene and Hapu'u cottages are one bedroom suites with no kitchen. The room included a mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker (with ample supplies) and a TV (no DVD or VCR). There are also cups (no dishes), paper towels and utensils in the room. The bed was comfortable and the view through the two corner windows of the fern grove was beautiful. There were lots of reading books in the room to borrow. The location is very quiet and peaceful.
The only advice we have is to bring your own soap and shampoo, pick up any groceries (i.e. bread, butter, jelly, muffins, milk, cereal, fruit, paper plates or bowls, etc.) in Kona or Hilo before you arrive because the local stores have very limited selection, close by 7 p.m and were out of many items by the time we arrived in the evening.
(The larger Gecko Cottage on the premises has more of a kitchen-type area and includes a DVD player in the living room.)
We would highly recommend the Volcano Inn on Second Street for anyone looking for a good place to stay near Volcano National Park for a reasonable price! Do not worry about having to pay in advance - the price and accomodations are well worth the slight inconvenience.
Volcano Inn was great!
This review is for the Volcano Inn on 2nd Street.
We stayed in the Gecko Cottage at the Volcano Inn on 05/29/06. Everything was wonderful! I had researched places to stay by VNP and found that most places required at least a two night stay. Since we were paying for a condo in Kona, we only wanted one night. I was fortunate to find Volcano Inn and contacted the owners. They required the full payment of $120 by check to reserve the cottage, and I was happy to oblige. I received an e-mail confirmation about a week later that they had received the check. They also included very detailed directions on how to get to the cottage. We checked in during the afternoon, and I could see how someone might have trouble finding it at night. We missed the driveway the first time!
The cottage was just like the pictures we had seen on their web site. It had a bedroom with a queen bed and a twin bed, and the living room had two couches that served as twin beds. The kitchen had a microwave, small fridge, and a coffee maker with plenty of coffee, much to my husband's delight! It was very clean and comfortable, but not stuffy. Just right for relaxing after a day of exploring VNP. It did not rain at all the two days we were there, so we did not experience the sound of the rain on the tin roof. The windows were open when we arrived, and we closed them when we came back the second time for the evening. We weren't cold at all and settled in to watch one of the DVDs that we found in the cabinet. It also had a small fireplace in the corner of the living room, but we didn't need it.
The grounds were very lush with tree ferns. There were folks staying in the other cottages, but I didn't hear them at all. It was very quiet and serene. I had a little trouble navigating the car out of the parking space back out onto the street, but I'm sure that someone with better maneuvering skills wouldn't have a problem. My son just sighed and said, "Here, let me help."
I would definitely recommend the Volcano Inn. Don't be put off by the fact that you need to pre-pay. Everything was on the up-and-up.
Thanks for a great stay, Ron and Jeab!
Nice but noisy
This Volcano Inn is located on 2nd Street. This consists of 4 rooms located in 2 seperate cottages. They are located in a rainforest which the double corner windows overlook.
The main problem we had was the noise from the rain. The buildings have metal roofs with no sound deadening insolation. This location receives more rain then just about every other place in the county. The pounding of the rain every night made it difficult to sleep. We mentioned this to the owners. They said people either love it or hate it. The map they provide of places to eat needs updating. It does not list the Lava Rock Cafe which was the cheapest place to eat. The rooms are small but clean and near the park. Overall if you can put up the the noise and want to save some money this is an OK place to stay.
Best deal and lovely setting
We stayed 5/27/06 - 5/31/06 in the Nene cottage.
This place is not a bed & breakfast but rather an inn so you don't get the B&B experience. But as a inn, it really was a good deal.
1. The price. It really can't be beat. I did a lot of searches online before I decided on this inn and I will definitely stay here again next time I visit. It really is a great value when you aren't home most of the day.
2. The location. Just 1 mile away from Volcano Village, where you have Lava Rock Cafe and Thai Thai restaurant plus a general store. If you feel like splurging, definitely eat at the Kilauea restaurant once. The food was really good.
3. The view from two huge windows makes you feel like you're in a forrest. You're far away from the streets that you don't hear anything except the rain (and it rains a lot here). My first response was "Wow" when I saw the room. And I heard my neighbors say the exact same thing.
4. The amentities. Though no breakfast is served (You can buy a loaf of Hawaiian bread from the general store in the village or have breakfast in the cafe), there is a microwave and a mini fridge. There is a little shelf for your stuff. The bathroom and the room itself are both very spacious to provide ample space for your luggage. The owners provide an electric blanket for the cool nights though we never used it. There is a TV which was great because we basically stayed in every night after our long days around volcano national park.
There are only 1 1/2 cons I can think of which made me gave it a 4 star rating. The first is the mildewy/moldy smell that was mentioned in other posts. I've determined that it's not the room itself that does it. It's the rain and the fact that the foliage is so close to the cabin itself. The ground, after it rains, with all the fallen leaves, makes it smell. The other posts made it sound like it was no big deal. It was so bad the first night that I could barely sleep. But I left all the windows open the next three nights and I could barely smell it after that. So if you think this is going to really bother you, then you may want to think twice.
The second is the soap, which was a clear liquidy one that was barely soapy, more like a hand liquid soap to me. We ended up buying a 25 cent dial soap from the Ace store in the village. A minor inconvience but you may want to bring your own soap and shampoo along.
Overall, this inn really shines in its amentities, location, and price. The other B&B I stayed at definitely did not compare and it was more expensive. The only downside is the smell, which may turn off some people. But we saw an exact replica of our cabin next door so maybe the owners are going to expand w/ a newer cabin that might not be as smelly. Just keep the smelly in mind and bring your own shampoo and soap if you're picky. It's a rain forrest so everything is always slightly damp but that wasn't a big deal to me.
I don't like moving to different hotels daily so we stayed here 4 nights. We spent 2 days at Volcano national park, then a day in Hilo and a day going down to Puna (southeast corner of island). You're about 30 minutes away from Hilo.
The right place to stay
Frommers as always was right. A great value.
A quiet respite in Volcano - nice deal
Very nice room and a great value at the Volcano Inn on the outskirts of (don't blink or you'll miss it) Volcano. Spacious room with good queen bed, enclosed porch with fridge, nice bath on second floor. Continental breakfast wasn't fancy, but enough choices, fresh fruit, kona coffee, etc.
We recommend the Thai, Thai restaurant, but you can skip the Lava Rock Cafe. They roll up the sidewalks at about 7 in Volcano.
Great Place in the Rainforest
I stayed at the Volcano Inn in the village of Volcano, HI on January 20th, in the Hapu'u room. There are actually two Volcano Inns in this area so make sure you go to the one on Second St. near Jade St.. It's an incredible value (especially for Hawaii) in a very beautiful part of the rainsorest. I paid only $79.00 with tax for the night! The Nene and Hapu'u rooms are actually a duplex behind the main houe that the owners live in. They have TV, a microwave, coffee pot, and a small fridge. From the bed you look out two large picture windows into a rainforest filled with awesome tree ferns. It also has a full bath seperate from the bedroom. Make sure to check in before it gets dark or you may not find this place. The sign is in a bit from the street, in the driveway and it's very small and hard to see even in daylight. This a great homebase for exploring Volcano National Park, which less than ten minutes away. That's what I did. If you have a family they also have a multi-bedroom place with a kitchenette. This place is very serene and quiet, and you'll only see the owners upon your arrival and departure. The only negetive thing was the lack of shampoo in the bathroom, so make sure to bring your own. Also they won't take a credit card, they require you to pay for the room ahead of time by personal check (and it must clear the bank first) or money order. It' a little weird but it went alright for me. I guess that's why they rent for sooo cheap! Great value in a beautiful place!
Excellent hideaway in the rainforest near Volcanoes National Park
This is one of the most inexpensive places you can stay near the Volcano. Do not get it confused with the other Volcano Inn though. This one is located on second street and is a series of small houses behind the owners house. Very friendly and excellent accommodations.
Great Bang for the Buck
Please Note: There are two "Volcano Inn"s. This review is of the "Volcano Inn" on Second St. off Jade Ave.
When in Hawaii, we spend our time sight-seeing, hiking, or going to the beach, not in our room (or resort). We experience Hawaii, not our lodging. When I made a reservation at this place, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. They only had three units, but had been in business over 10 years. The pictures on their site seemed good enough, but $59 a night (10% less for two nights, which we did). I e-mailed them some questions and they responded right back. Everything seemed on the up and up. And It Was. I gave them an "Excellent" rating, not because it was fancy or very plush, but a great value. You would be hard pressed to find a better value anywhere on the Islands. The unit was clean, comfortable, of average size, with all the basic amenities -- Cable TV, microwave, mini-fridge, toaster, coffee maker, coffee, tea, hair dryer, telephone, and more. Sky-lights in the room and bath, and two large picture windows with our own private rain forest. The short path to our room was even surrounded with the forest. I've included pictures. The owners were very friendly and eager to please. Yes, I suppose I could pick apart a few small things, but why. They're also currently building additional units.
Two volcano Inns?
There are apparently two 'volcano inns' in Volcano, HI so be careful which one you book with. We stayed at the Volcano Inn on 2nd street in Volcano, PO Box 963.
The Volcano Inn we stayed at is a very good value for the money. No breakfast included, but we had a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator so we were ok. Very quiet, clean and very close to the National Park. Inn is located across the highway from all of the restaurants, stores, etc. in the town so you'll need to drive or walk a bit.
Our only minor complaint would be the heating in the room was inadequate or we weren't able to operate it properly.
Ron and Jeab made us feel welome and gave us some good advice on where to go in the park. They were very prompt in replying to reservation requests.
We will definitely stay there again.
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