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“Nice hideout in the rainforest”

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Volcano Guest House
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

I totally agree with a review here that said that "you don't feel like a guest, for better and for worse". For better, because they leave you alone, no chit chat or socializing, which I like. For worse, because the place feels a little abandoned. When we left, there was noone around, so we just..left. The place is hidden in a lush rainforest, amazing, about 7 minutes to Volcano village, which is tiny. If you arrive at the Volcano Guest House in the evening, bring your own food, or you'll have to drive back to the village for dinner, and the options are very few. The house we stayed in was cosy, it reminded me of B&B in the U.K, with that rundown air, but the bed was comfortable, and as it was a bit humid and chilly , we turned on the radiator and we were really cosy at night. The breakfast lanai is nice, but the food was just cereal from the supermarket, orange juice or milk, and some bagles, the jam jar was empty, and there wasn't much choice. A bowl of boiled eggs which reappeared every day... On our last day the coffee was awful, we thought it might be from the previous day. So, to sum up, a nice hideout in the rainforest, you see the giant ferns on your window, very quiet and silent, but for the price you pay, you deserve a better, bigger breakfast, more in line with the "eco.natural" life style they try to foster.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Three generations of our family had the pleasure of staying in the Akala house this summer. We found it charming, private, quiet, and comfortable. Volcano Guest House is in a great location - just far enough from town to maintain that country feel, yet only a 5-minute drive to the several Volcano dining options. The owners were helpful and friendly. The house was clean and cozy, with great details - skylights allowing in natural light, and porthole windows to enjoy the lush landscaping. There were lots of extra blankets and pillows, and helpful extras like a baby gate for the stairs. Shampoo soap, paper towels, etc. were also provided, which helped us to feel at home. My kids loved the hot cocoa and popcorn provided in the kitchen, and we all enjoyed breakfasts on the lanai.
Being "locals" from the hot,dry west side of Hawaii Island, it was such a treat to be able to relax and enjoy the cool weather, rainforest feel, and of course Volcano National Park. We also appreciated the Kamaaina discount that allowed us to make the most of our "stay-cation". Free Wi-Fi, and the most delicious tap water on the island!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank April Q
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

My family stayed in the Olapa guest house (5 of us, so we had the whole cottage) and had a lovely time. Breakfast was nice, as was the dedicated lanai setting in which it was served; the grounds on which the cottages reside are lush and picturesque. Proximity to both Volcanoes Park and Hilo make it a great place to stay. Would definitely stay there again if visiting that part of the island.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Cory V
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

The cottage we stayed in was adjacent to the lanai. It was comfortable and efficient. We used the fridge for leftovers and the stove for tea. The lanai was the best part of the place. The continental breakfast of fresh papaya and macadamia nut bread with jam was a such a treat. The cottage was a bit mildew and cold at times. There was a dehumidifier and space heaters to help though. The place was very convenient to the Volcano park and to Hilo. We saw all the volcanoes, hiked the lava field to watch live lava at night and swam in the bay at Hilo. All in all it was an great stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Our family stayed at the guest house while visiting Volcano. We were trying to be "eco-tourists" and the Volcano Guest House is a model in being environmentally responsible. It was very convenient to the park entrance, breakfast was wonderful (a locally made coffee cake, fresh fruit, English muffins, bagels, jam, cereal, hard boiled eggs, freshly brewed coffee, tea, juice...) and having our own kitchen to bring take-out home to for a casual late supper was helpful, too. Just be sure to have the directions with you when you first check in - it is well hidden down narrow lanes!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We joined some friends and stayed in the "Twins," two units connected by a lanai. A perfect set-up. Each unit was nicely outfitted--easy to stay in and cook or bring left-overs home and enjoy at the outside table, looking at orchids and anthurium or a sky full of stars. We loved all the fragrant scents--lime trees and bananas and mystery plants that imparted a lovely spice.

Our hosts were friendly and informative, telling us about everything from their half-sized cows from Ireland to a special ground-cover with healing properties.

Excellent location, close to the Volcano National Park, Hilo, and South Point.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Our family stayed at the guest house while visiting Volcano. The house is about 5 minutes away from the entrance to Volcano. Upon check in there was no one to check you in. There's a bucket with your name and a set of keys. A map shows you where you'll be staying. At night, the place is quite peaceful since its basically in the fern jungle setting. The house that we rented was the Akaka. The house was spacious and clean. However, if you have little kids, be careful because there are stairs in the house. The house has pots and pans. The bedding was damp. There is a washer and dryer here. You have to clean after yourself (ie bring out the trash). On the night that we check in the light over the stairs was burnt out. When we went to the owner, he seemed bothered that I because I didn't know the exact size of the bulb. I told him that I could go back and get it. He said he didn't want me to come back every 15 minutes for a new bulb. I eventually picked a bulb that I figured would fit. Good thing it did. They do provide breakfast (cereal, toast, juice, fruit). Overall this is a good place to stay if you're looking for a bed and some peace and quiet. Definitely don't expect any type of service. Good or bad, depending on one's preference you will be left alone.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hawaiidreamer1
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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 22 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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