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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Ranked #1 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

This is truly the "Old Hawaii Experience" so many people are looking for. Lush tropical surroundings with trails down to the river and through the bamboo and too many flowers and native plants to mention. A trail leads down to the waterfall and pond where you can swim surrounded by beauty and hear only the sound of the falling water. We rented the Pagoda, a cozy two story house with views of the waterfall, fully equipped to accommodate 2 couples and our 8 year old granddaughter. It was stocked with coffee, juice and breakfast makings. We were warmly greeted by the Hostess/Owner, Jane, and could not have felt more at home. The whole Inn is solar and hydro powered which will please any ecologist. We had a convertible, so driving through the country roads lined with macadamia nut orchards leading in and away from Hilo was an experience in itself. It was an amazing experience and we will definitely be back.

Room Tip: The Pagoda was great for us because we were a family and wanted to be all together, but for couples...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

The Inn was very quiet and peaceful. The Lehua room we stayed in had some issues with the shower, but otherwise was very nice. Due to our scheduling, we were unable to make the 8-9 am breakfast. The waterfall is the reason to stay. We did the hike twice - once before and after a night of rain and it is two different waterfalls, both spectacular.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

A great place for a tropical escape. Right behind the Inn is a large waterfall. And just steps beyond the Inn is a panoramic view over Hilo and the ocean. Its just far enough out of Hilo to allow you to Zen out, but close enough to let you dive into the city life when you want. The rooms are comfortable and attractively decorated. My girlfriend and I were here only one night but would've loved to spend at least a few more days here. Highly recommended if you're visiting the Big Island.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

The drive is a little out of the way but really who cares, take your rental car and put it through its paces (you will need to test the suspension anyways on the drive from Hilo up, so do it :) ) Lenny was nice and the rooms are fine, the Kings room is great to wake up to the fall in the morning to... Breakfast option is a little boring but fresh and well cooked to order... Lots of greenery and the land was well taken care of for a jungleish area... Yes it's not luxury of other B&B's but location made up for it, it was the getaway we wanted... Would recommend

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

My fiance and I stayed one night at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls in early February and we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. We arrived late (for Hawaii - 8:30ish) in the evening but no matter-- they leave your name on a board outside with the keys in the door of your room. We had a pleasant night's sleep in the Queen Liluokulani room and woke up to a lovely morning over Hilo. The waterfall was just as pleasant as promised-- we even went swimming in the pool below it! The grounds are lovely, with a well-tended bamboo garden adding to the peacefulness. And the staff couldn't be nicer; they were on hand when we got up to make us fresh waffles and eggs. We only wished that we'd been able to stay an extra night!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

We are staying in the Pagoda House, a self-contained apartment. While the property location is first rate, you should be aware if you stay in the Pagoda that you are pretty much on your own. The owner of this property has established what she thinks of as a business that doesn't require her presence! I will have been here three days, and I've yet to meet the owner or manager of the property. We've had a number of problems, like the water being off for a couple of hours, and on-site personnel are nowhere to be found. Every day the 'housekeeper" comes in to change the flowers in one vase and put food in the fridge, but she has never cleaned our rooms in any way, unless we catch here her and ask her to do so. There is a leak in the kitchen sink apparently for some time, and they put a bowl under the sink to catch the way. As the water sits in the bowl day after day, the odor is unpleasant. Enough said--"hidden" management is a drawback to this Inn.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lennysutton, Owner at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2014

Contrary to the experience of this traveler, the owner or management is essential to our business plan. In the morning we have two kitchens operating and two innkeepers caring after the needs of our guests in the Residence, and Harmony. Every morning my resident manager in charge of guest relations, Lara Harton, and I go to each building to make sure that everyone and everything is as it should be, The Pagoda Guest House is very much its own unit, and we endeavor to allow our guests to have the privacy they might require. If the doors of the Pagoda are closed in the morning, we do not knock on the door or intrude....however there is staff and management on every corner of the property every morning....in addition, we serve an optional lunch between 11;30 and 3;00 and the Residence is 75 ft away. certainly close enough for our guests to pop over and say Hi.

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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We stayed in the Patagonia House. Lovely location overlooking the awe-inspiring waterfall and jungle setting. Everything was supplied for a delicious and healthy breakfast including a bowl of fresh Hawaiian fruit; pineapple, papaya, mango, etc.This B and B runs at an extremely high rate of occupancy which is very easy to see why. This is it.

Also, all the buildings on the entire property are supplied by electricity generated by the Inn's own hydro scheme. Without creating a dam, the owner and a brilliant engineer built a system that captures and diverts enough water to feed five electricity-generating alternators that in turn supply more electricity than the facility needs. Ingenious and completely off the grid. KUDOS!!!!!

Room Tip: The upstairs master over looks the waterfall with a full view.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

Address: 100 Kulaniapia Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2361
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range: £135 - £275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits among 22 lush, natural acres, surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. The Kulaniapia experience is like no other, just 15 minutes from town, but completely away. Whether you come for relaxation, adventure or both, nothing quite prepares you for how much you find of each. Those seeking adventure are invited to sign up with the Kulaniapia Adventures team for a guided, 120 foot rappel down our namesake waterfall. Accommodations are provided in several asian inspired buildings providing accommodations ranging from standard/waterfall view rooms and family suites, to fully detached cottages and a Pagoda Guest House with a full kitchen. Enjoy a wholesome, locally sourced breakfast and the big island’s best coffee, all while enjoying the view of our namesake falls each morning. ... more   less 
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