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Volcano Guest House
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Snuggled into the lush tropical vegetation is this small bed and breakfast. I was thankful the directions given us were very good or we would never have found the place! We stayed in one of the Twins and we were there for almost a week. It rained almost the entire time we were there, but we had a great time!

Upon arrival, we got a small guest basket of wind-up flashlights (very useful at night and for caving) and maps. We borrowed the guest house's umbrellas several times. Breakfast in the mornings was ready whenever we got up (fairly early). We had a selection of fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal and breads. We enjoyed chatting with the other guests in the morning.

We spent our days exploring the area but returned every evening. We watched moviews from the (free) video library and made dinner in the in-house kitchen area. Our girls played outside with the dogs. The owners work very hard (we rarely saw them relax!) and their work shows. They were even nice enough to let us use their laundry facilities one day!

One thing to note is that this place has a LOT of eco-friendly amenties. While I truly appreciate all their work and thought, it does change the experience a bit. If you want fiery hot showers then you're out of luck. The heating at night is a cozy, warm electric blanket instead of heating the whole house. None of this is a downside to me, but I do want people to know.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Stayed in November 2011. Best to check in before dark, only because it might be a little hard to find at night , the first time. Once you get there, you should have no problems locating. It is not far from the main hwy11, but it is in a rural area with houses hidden by rain forest and set back from the roads. There is a sign at their driveway, and yes, there really is a B&B down that jungle road. It is flat and fine w/2wheel drive. Signs point to the check-in house and if the owner is not in the check in house, she provides a basket with room key, site map, flashlights, phone numbers to contact her when you arrive are provided. She is often working on the farm somewhere and keeps her cell phone with her (Bonnie). There are umbrellas and rain jackets there if you need to borrow. If a small cattle dog shows up barking that would be Heena (she alerts Bonnie if gets arrive, she is very friendly).

We stayed in Olapa 2, which has its own bathroom right outside the room. All doors lock & have keys. Olapa 1 is adjacent & had two twin bed & a bathroom in its room. Olapa 3 was on the other side of the main living area, it was the nicest of the 3 rooms in the house, w/king? bed and bathroom in the room. Our room had a queen bed w/nice high TC sheets, and a thick quality memory foam topper (cushy); we had a TV and racks for our luggage. The separate bath was just fine, w/tub & shower & yes door can be locked. Bonnie provided a oil radiator heater in our room and a vortex space heater in the bathroom, Other reviewers indicated that it could feel chilly & damp if you leave windows open and get back from the park later, so we closed windows before we went for the evening park & volcano-glow viewing at Jagger museum (no flowing lava this trip). When we got back we put on the space heaters and that quickly took out the damp feeling (it is a rain forest folks). Our first night , thankfully after the park visit, it poored like a monsoon and we could see the palms and rain right out of our windows. The Olapa house has a full kitchen fridge, microwave and stove w/plates, cups and flatware although you are supposed to clean up after yourself if you use these. We stored leftovers from a few places. A basket of microwave popcorn packets sat on the counter for use by all visitors. A couple from australia was staying there and we traded tips. Breakfast and snacks were available 24/7 in a separate stand-alone pavillion on the property a short walk away. In the same building was a maintained hot tub (we ran out of time and never used, but did check it out). Juice, milk, cereals, bread, sweetbreads (cinnamen bread), papaya, pineapple (fruit grown on site), peanut butter, butter, jams cream cheese, were all available. Several tables & chairs to accommodate all the guests as well. There is not sit down cooked breakfast here. This was fine with us - and we were not stuck to a schedule. The property is vert quirky/eclectic. The owners acquired it as land in the 70's and have built the farm and buildings in stages over the years. It was an experience in itself and like staying in a botanical garden. The farm has ducks and mini cows called Dexters, so if you hear mooo-ing, that's why. It is about 15 min drive to the Volcano Park. Several restaurants are nearby. We were still chowing on leftovers from Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea, so did not try anything local except Lemongrass in Keahou off route 11 (decent pad thai, big big bowls of soup, ok fair, very reasonable price). We really liked the Volcano Guest House and would stay here again. We stayed two nights in Olapa2. We moved to Arnotts Lodge (servicable but spartan) in Hilo for the Mauna Kea Summit adventure tour on night 3, only because it gets back to Hilo at 9pm and we did not want to drive an hour back to Volcano area in the dark and possible rain (November is beginning of the rainy season & it's dark by 6pm),

Room Tip: Olapa3 has Bathroom in the room if you require en-suite; Olapa 2 BR is just outside the room but was...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

The accommodations are excellent as are the innkeepers. If you want to be fawned over at the Sheraton this is not the place or park for you. If you want a clean safe and fascinating cottage in a rain forest setting then it is awesome. The innkeepers are available but they run a farm etc and its nice to be on one's own. When asked they provide splendid suggestions for meals and evenput us on to a local hula troop, better than any tourist trap show. People who come to trek the forest and volcanoes shouldn't need to be coddled and this is nice for independent people. The inn location is great for a morning run, photo the plants, 10 min from the town of Volcano and the park. I would be happy to have had a few more days to stay at this place and explore the park more, 2 days were not enough.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

This is a strange property - several cottages spread around what is essentially a large jungle garden. The cottages are old but have lots of character - beds with loads of enormous pillows and cushions, home made throws etc. The jungle is practically on top of you - massive flowers, leaves and trees growing lushly everywhere. Small kitchenette in our cottage (Twin 1) but enough to cook. Fridge was a bit small but OK. The family are sometimes hard to track down but very friendly, and provide a free breakfast in a communal room - either have it there or go and help yourself to fresh fruit, cereal, bagels etc. Lovely! There is also a brilliant hot tub there open at all time - just help yourself. This was just wonderful after 8-hour treks in Volcanoes National Park (just up the road). It feels like an expedition every time you come back, driving the car down an incredibly narrow driveway through the overhanging vegetation - don't go out at night without a torch! The only downside here is that it is so damp - the area not the cottages. The humidity is really high, so things take ages to dry. However, they have a washer and drier you can use, so it's not too much of a problem. Definitely not a place to go if you want squeaky clean anonymous hotel rooms, but we had enormous fun here.

Room Tip: There is one cottage close to reception which must be noisy to stay in as all the cars coming in hav...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

I wish that I had done proper research and stayed here two years ago when I stayed at the Volcano House! (Which has since been closed, I learned.) I would definitely recommend the Volcano Guest House to anyone spending a couple or so nights in the area. I was in Twin Two which was quite comfortable, with one notable exception--there really wasn't a comfortable place to read (or write postcards) with an adequate amount of light. I loved being in the rain forest with the giant ferns and the trees all around--the glass walls (inside-out feeling as someone described such windows) made it seem as though one is actually a part of the forest! I was most impressed with the efficiency of the solar water heating system (and its booster). Bonnie and Alan are very nice innkeepers, and I was sorry that I didn't run into them more. I did not take breakfast there because I need a more substantial breakfast when I plan to spend the day either hiking or driving. There are two or three places in town where one can get breakfast (and also dinner). There are also a couple of grocery stores; I found my microwave dinner in one of them. Just to be clear--I definitely would recommend Volcano Guest House to friends and relatives.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

We stayed several nights in 'Olapa. The bedrooms and main living area was spacious. The breakfast lanai featured fresh fruits (papaya, bananas, pineapple), baked goods, cereal and beverages. We especially appreciated their commitment toward sustainability. They are only 10-15 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, too.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

I had the opportunity to stay at the Volcano Guest House after a long day in the forest with my two kids. We stayed in the TWIN II house and it was just perfect for the three of us. A quaint and comfy spot that was just what we needed. My eleven year old son absolutely LOVED it! from the bucolic setting to the hospitable inn keepers. Would love to come back again!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 11-3733 Ala Ohia Street, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Volcano
Price Range: £87 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Volcano Guest House is 12 acres of high-altitude tropical rainforest and farm, with three cottages, two apartments, and two big houses that rent whole or by the bedroom. Ten minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, perfectly placed eco-accommodations to enjoy the wonders of an active volcano, and the native environments in this International Biosphere Reserve. Line-dried linens, solar-assisted hot water, free breakfast/snacks 24/7. ... more   less 
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