Volcano Village Lodge deserves it’s reputation as the best place to stay in the Volcanoes National Park area (the park entrance is a five minute drive away). My partner and I stayed in the Mauna Loa suite (the largest and most expensive of the five suites at $245/night) for three nights and were enchanted with the rainforest setting, beautiful construction of the building, and thoughtful amenities.
Microwave with built in toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, wide screen LCD monitor and DVD player were all provided along with colorful square-shaped dinnerware, contemporary-design flatware, and large balloon wine glasses. The super king-sized bed (perhaps a California king) was extremely comfortable with luxury linens. Mauna Loa happens to have a second bedroom with a double bed, and we used this room as our “closet,” helping to keep the main room uncluttered. An upstairs open loft accessed by a ladder serves as a “meditation loft,” something which we didn't have the opportunity to use.
Each day the room was stocked with the makings of a full breakfast including fresh ground coffee (presumably Kona), cold cereal, instant oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, bread/pastry, and juice. A “hot” dish (breakfast burrito, quiche, etc.) was placed in the refrigerator for microwaving in the morning.
The “common” room at the lodge was stocked with books, CDs and DVDs. A hot tub is available for all guests. Wireless internet service is available in all the suites; but, I found the signal strength in Mauna Loa unpredictably and rapidly varied from nothing to full strength. Signal strength in the common room is consistently strong, and a desktop PC and printer are available for guests to use as well.
The lodge’s only disadvantage is that it is a bit remote from the “center” of Volcano Village, itself. At night the area is in total darkness (very few if any street lights) making a walk to dinner impossible. On the plus side, however, the stars and the Milky Way are as prominent as you will ever see!
Overall, we will definitely return to the Volcano Village Lodge. It’s a destination in it’s own right, and having Volcano National Park close by is an added benefit.
1) Kilauea Lodge in the “center” of Volcano Village is both an inn and restaurant. The restaurant is excellent and extremely popular requiring reservations every evening. The wine list is spectacular, and the menu is best described as German/Austrian with a touch of Italian. Anticipate $35-40/person with a glass of wine ande gratuity, but without dessert.
2) Kiawe Kitchen is an Italian-style restaurant a very short distance from the Kilauea Lodge. Smaller and more casual in style with an open kitchen, you can get pastas, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, and a small selection of main courses. The wine list is decent. A little less expensive than Kilauea Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heaven on Earth. Welcome to the paradox of fire and tranquility. We created the Hawaii Volcano Village Lodge for people who want more out of life than a whirlwind tour of the island. Located just a mile from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, our lodges and retreat are where you will wake up in peace and beauty. Stroll through the sacred rainforest and rest in your deluxe lodge with every comfort, including the plushest bedding, a fireplace, DVD, CD, private telephone, wireless connection, tropical breakfasts and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Volcano Village Hotel Volcano
- Volcano Village Lodge Hawaii