We are veterans of National Park lodges (Ahwannee in Yosemite, El Tovar in Grand Canyon, and Flamingo Lodge in Everglades). As a rule, they are in outstanding locations, great views, and so-so rooms and service.
The view of the glowing crater during dinner at the restaurant and lounge was beautiful in the evening- after the day guests left. Great location from which to take a quick drive to the Jaggar Museum overlook a few miles away to get an even closer view. They had a nice fire in the fireplace. We paid extra for a volcano view room, didn't really add much since you can see the same view as much as you want by just walking to the lounge. If money is tight just get a regular parking lot view room.
The dinner attendants were very nice, but a little under staffed. Finally got seated at 7:45 after we had a 7pm dinner reservation. Gift shops were nice. Dinners were nice and served local fare.
Rooms were standard size- nothing fancy. No TVs- which we liked.
Hotel was very busy when we stayed- over New Years. If the volcano is your thing, it's the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Volcano House is the only hotel located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is perched on the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau crater. The historic Volcano House Hotel has long captured the imagination of visitors from all over the world with its iconic location, rich cultural legacy, and warm Hawaiian hospitality. Drawing upon a storied history dating back to 1846, Volcano House Hotel is now re-imagined for a new era with updated rooms, a restaurant and lounge serving Pacific Rim fare, and retail shops. Come experience the best Hawaii Island has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Volcano House Hotel Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Volcano Hotel
- Volcano House Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park