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“Glorious Retreat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Volcano Village Lodge

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Volcano Village Lodge
Ranked #2 of 31 Volcano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, OR
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132 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Glorious Retreat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2007

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.

Dining tips:
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.

  • Liked — Beautiful suites, thoughtful amenities, and wonderful service!
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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10 Thank kiwitravelerpdx
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Gilbert, AZ
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2007

Loved every minute of our stay here!! Fabulous accomodations, great food, amazing hospitality, and the heavenly bed and linens....what more can I say?? Two nights was not nearly enough. Extremely serene and relaxing. We will definitely go back again - though not nearly soon enough!!!!

  • Liked — Everything!!!
  • Disliked — Nothing!!!
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank klinch24
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Boston, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2007

We loved our stay at the VVL. Our only regret was that we didn't stay longer. Kay, our wonderful hostess, made us feel at home right away after showing us to our beautiful, high-end but eco-friendly lodge. Large windows gave the lodge an open airy feeling yet the surrounding wooded property provided ample privacy. Breakfast was provided beforehand which allowed flexibility if you don't mind that it isn't the traditional hot cooked fare. The lodge is immaculate we will certainly stay here again the next time we are vacationing on the Big Island.

Thank-you Kay,
TK&SI

  • Liked — Room and the Hostess
  • Disliked — Can't think of one
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank bh3traveler
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2007

We just got back from staying in the Haleakala cabin at Volcano Village. The cabin and hospitality were perfect! If you want R&R and to have the experience of being right next door to an active volcano, then go to Volcano Village Lodge. Kay certainly has poured her time, effort and passion into this upscale lodge. The fun "jungle" setting is an exciting contrast to the sunny side of the island. We recommend spending time in Volcano and get your energy out and then staying on the Kohala coast on the beach!

Stayed November 2007
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5 Thank BKOregon
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PALM HARBOR
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2007

Hard to say anything more than has already been said here. Basically, staying here is like having your own personal 5 star beautiful cabin/villa right in the middel of the rain forest. Kay the owner treats you first class the whole way. If you are the big resort type person (think Four Seasons) this probably isn't for you. But if you enjoy privacy without any sacrifices, this is your place. And so very close to Volcano National Park. Would stay here again and again and again. Perfection.

Stayed October 2007
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7 Thank alfa1023
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Issaquah, WA
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2007

This is a quiet slice of heaven. Very private, serene, and beautiful. We liked having a refuge after hiking around all day that we could use the wonderful hot tub or sit on our deck. Eating breakfast out there each morning by the big ferns and such was wonderful. We loved our round room.

After reading and hearing from friends horror stories of trying to find a decent place to stay in Volcano Village and not wanting to go to equally bad for places to stay in Hilo (and drive), we were thrilled to find this place - again, Tripadvisor has never steered us wrong! This is just about the same price or a touch more than others in the area -and you get such QUALITY and peacefulness. We've never stayed any place like it. You can't go wrong here.

A little more food in the morning would have been nice for the "main course" portion - all your food is provided the day before for you to serve yourself in the morning which was nice to eat in our robes and a time of our choosing on our deck all alone - but we needed a little more sustinance much before lunch - though what they did provide was yummy.

Other that - nothing but the best things to say about the place. You MUST eat at the Kilaeula Inn on Old Volacno Highway just around the corner from this lodge - it had awesome meals and such a great ambiance! Wild game cooked in delicious ways and great wines! It truly is one of the best meals on the Island! We ate there two nights in a row and then missed it when we moved on to Waimea and the Kohala Coast! If it was near where we lived we would definitely eat there a couple times a month - don't miss it (it's not for kids though - but a great romantic and gastronomical delight.

This B&B is so private and peaceful, it is perfect after tiring days when you just want to rest. Be sure to stay here!

  • Liked — The awesome room and privacy
  • Disliked — Wanted a little more for breakfast (which they may have provided, but we don't like to ask)
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank LDoonie
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Livermore, CA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2007

We chose the Volcano Village Lodge because we fell in love with the architecture and the rainforest environment as shown on their web site. We were especially drawn to the unit called Kilauea which had three walls with floor to ceiling windows opening into the rainforest.

The space turned out to be perfect for us plus there was a hot tub about 25 feet away. We appreciated the “Tree House”, the cottage nickname, even more when we settled in. It was just a beautiful environment and the attention to detail was obvious everywhere. It felt secluded and away from all our cares. At night there was the sound of crickets and the rain on the roof, a gas fireplace, popcorn and an excellent volcano DVD to watch. We woke up mornings with a choice of one of many great music CDs. For breakfast there was always something new in the refrigerator to warm up, prepared the day before so we could get up on our own schedule, a quiche or frittata or egg tortilla and a fresh strawberry papaya and bananas, yogurt, cereal, Kona coffee. Snacks and bottled water were provided for our day trips. There are many resources in the main lodge, computer, internet access, books and a phone.

Kay was a wonderful, warm and charming innkeeper. She had set out champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries for our arrival! (She knew it was our first wedding anniversary). Kay also set up an appointment for us for lomilomi massages in our cabin that were SO good we did it again before we left. And she advised us on restaurants and hiking / helicopter access to the volcano. Our stay is now a lovely memory and we hope to return soon.

  • Liked — Zen atmosphere
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank astrostar
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Property: Volcano Village Lodge
Address: 19-4183 Road E, 19-4183 Road E, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Volcano Village Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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