This review is simply to provide fellow traveler's a little more information regarding Claudia's Place than appears on Volcano Guest House's website.
Overall, VGH did well as a B&B for the area. The location was very convenient to the town (not walking distance though) and Volcano national park. The breakfast, while not prepared, certainly had enough options and was enjoyable. It's availability throughout the day was convenient. Fresh papaya and apple bananas were a nice local touch. The room itself was clean and the bed comfortable. If you desire any form of privacy, however, I would recommend one of the other cottages. The website floorplan shows what appears to be a cute two room place with a private bath and a porch shared with the main house. In reality, the porch is used as a lobby for the property and is where all other guests come to check-in, check-out, ask questions/directions and peruse the travel books available for use. The porch does not contain a table or chairs and cannot be used as a place to sit and relax. In addition, the location just off what functions as a lobby means you will hear people coming in/out starting at 6-7 AM when the owners start their daily routine. The walls are very thin so you'll be able to hear any conversations between the owners and other guests in the morning about checking out or things to do in the area. On our one night stay this meant being woken up throughout the moring. You should not expect to sleep in or have a quiet leisurely morning. The reverse is also true....most of your noise will be heard by anyone in the porch/lobby area (the bathroom shares a wall and window with the porch). I would have no problem recommending the VGH to other traveler's and hope the owner's update their website to make sure people have an idea what to expect.
I would ask the owners to consider removing the porch from the description or replacing it with common area.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Volcano Guest House Hawaii