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“Good value but a bit rough”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Holo Holo Inn

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Holo Holo Inn
Houston, Texas
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“Good value but a bit rough”
Reviewed 13 June 2012

We definitively saved money sleeping there but the place was a bit too rough for me... maybe I'm getting too old :) Surroundings are very quiet but the house is real noisy. You'll know for sure when people arriving late or getting up early mind their business in the house. It would also have been nice if the heater had been turned on... Shared showers are rustic too but you'll survive. Beside that, rooms were clean, kitchen offers plenty of space and the owner and his family are really adorable ! The volcano national park is 3 minutes away, awesome for late night drives to the caldera's crater !

Room Tip: Probably need to avoid the right hand side upper floor bedroom, which is closest to the kitchen than...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Central NJ
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

My gf and I showed up around 8:45 pm without reservations. The man who owned the place was very nice and quickly got us settled into a private room, around $80 (cash only) for the night. The room was very large, with a very comfortable bed. The private bathroom was also very large, and very clean. The stay was very comfortable. The inn also has free coffee/ hot chocolate, the kitchen is very communal. The location is excellent, very close to restaurants and gas stations, and is less than a 5 minute drive to the Volcanoes National Park. Would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Princeton, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Wonderful hostel! The hostel was clean, the owners were kind and helpful, the room (we stayed in the private room) was comfortable. Our stay was very tranquil; one of the family members offered a roasted marshmallow when we arrived, the cat followed my partner upstairs, and the location was quiet and beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

We were looking for some accomodation close to the Volcanoes National Park when we came across Holo Holo Inn. This place is amazing. We paid slightly more for a double room with an ensuite bathroom, but it was still exceedingly good value, particularly when you consider its position. Literally a 5 minute drive to the national park (which is fabulous!!) and a 10 minute walk into the small village of Volcano. Make sure you are armed with a torch if walking in at night as it gets really dark! The owner of the hostel and his family were all extremely friendly, and we couldn't get over just how clean everything was. Yes, they do close up for about 4 hours over lunchtime but to be honest, we didn't fly more than halfway around the world to sit in a hotel/hostel room. Being closed didn't affect us as we were out exploring the national park. We stopped at Holo for 3 nights which seemed just about right for exploring the local area.
Food wise, the kitchen is great for self catering, but we ate out each night, once at Thai Thai Restaurant and twice at Kiawe Kitchen, both of which were both very good indeed, offering a good range of veggie options, as well as one of the best steaks I've ever had (Kiawe Kitchen).
Also want to recommend Cafe Ohi'a for lunchtime food, which was great value and very tasty.

We would definately stay here again if we ever managed to get back to Volcano.

Room Tip: We were very happy with the room we chose, it was a double with priviate ensuite.
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Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2012

A quaint hostel run by a Japanese gentleman and his family. It is in a great location, in a residential area, close to the local shop, restaurant and laundromat. Short drive to the Hawaii Volcano National Park and the Thurston Lava Tubes. The street is very narrow and not lit at night. Next door is the parking area in the yard of the Old Japanese school. We stayed in the new wing with a double bed and ensuite. The water is hot although the hot water in the sink is only a trickle. Water pressure in the shower is good although do not try to turn on the water in the sink at the same time - you will scald the showerer. The room and bathroom are very clean. There is no heating so in cold, rainy weather it is very cold indeed.
The kitchen has a large fridge for your food and a microwave. There is also a computer that you can use. There is however no wifi available even if you have your own laptop.
You must remove your shoes before entering the house and there is a bench outside for you to place your outdoor shoes on.
If you like cats, the owner has at least two very friendly ones and a dog.
The furniture is a collection of various very heavy, old styles put to gether. Some of it should be pensioned off.
The kitchen could do with a whole re-vamp.
There are beautiful orchids in the garden. The yard is very wet underfood after the rain and you will need to squelch to your car parked next door.
The owner is well travelled and knows the area very well.
The hostel is locked out between 11 and 4.30 so you need to be out by then and return later.
There is a pizza restaurant next to the small store where you can purchase a take away pizza for $17. You can also dine here - main courses around $25+. There is also a Thai restaurant close by next to a laundromat. If you are planning a longer than 1 day stay, then make sure you purchase your supplies at the supermarkets along the Highway out of Hilo on the way to Volcano, ie Walmart or KTA.
There is also a winery that is open every day just two miles past the entrance of the NP.
You can use the washing machine and dryers at the hostel by organising it in advance.
The hostel is not the Sheraton but if good value if you are on a budget or a family, as you can have a room with ensuite as well as using the kitchen to save money.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new wing.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

A family owned and run Hostel in Volcano, just a block from the local store/restaurant/gas station not far from the Hawaii Volcano National Park gate. Very affordable.

Quiet, beautiful, natural setting and large home with M/F shared bathrooms/showers, and semi-private or dorm accommodations separated by M/F, and communal kitchen facility with all needed amenities, including fridge, pots/plates/silverware, stove, etc.

Nice place to meet other travelers, especially if traveling alone or interested in international guests.

I met some other international travelers at the Park who were staying here and reminded me I meant to call them, and when I arrived late in the evening without a reservation, the hostess was still happy to check me in.

Volcano can get chilly in the evenings so I was glad that they had made the beds with plenty of blankets and provided extras, which I grabbed in the middle of the night after all! Towels provided as well. Nice common area for TV/socializing if so desired.

I was not there long enough to experience, but the hostel is "locked out" during the day, so you have to go out and explore and can't sleep in unreasonably late (apx. 11am-4pm) although I am sure the family would understand if an explanation for exception were needed.

Hope to return some day for more at this quiet, beautiful place.

Room Tip: Bring cash only, no credit cards accepted.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Redding, Ca
1 review
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Synchronicity brought me here..and I was so blessed to stay in the hostel for one evening. It is a beautifully kept hostel with an amazing energy of the home as well as the land around it. Plus it comes with two adorable little girls who are wonderful greeters and playmates of the magical kind. Thank you so much for the lovely evening. They truly take hostel life to the next level. I highly recommend coming here....

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Holo Holo Inn
Address: PO Box 784, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785-0784
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Holo Holo Hotel Volcano
Holo Holo Inn Volcano, Hawaii

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