We stayed in their "Pele's Plantation" unit. The location is good, being close to the Volcanoes National Park. It has a functioning kitchen and a hot tub. The positive points end there.
The coffee machine uses a special filter, and there is no grinder in the kitchen--we ended up buying packets of coffee from the Volcano Vacation Homes office, and it was pretty awful coffee ("no less than 10% Kona coffee" the packets bragged--meaning they were 90% crap). There was a huge rear-projection TV in the main room, dating from somewhere around 1995 (on the other hand, you hopefully don't come here to watch television). The beds were a bit hard, but bearable. There were no vent fans in the restrooms. The kitchen had only the basics--no blenders, no salt or pepper or other basics that one does not take on a trip. Plan to eat out in the limited number of restaurants nearby.
But worst of all, the place smells terribly of mold or mildew. I recognize that, being in a rain forest, there is a great deal of water about. Still, the water should stay outside the house, not inside the house. They should install a dehumidifier and go over the place thoroughly with some water and bleach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within native Hapu'u tree ferns and Ohia trees, these delightful havens offer the luxury and privacy you seek. Each vacation home is masterfully designed with an elegant decor and comfortable furnishings ("Hawaiian Plantation" to "French Country"). Our vacation homes are strategically located within Volcano Village; as close as possible to the entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park! Attention to detail, direct phone line, cable TV, stereo system, full kitchen, living space, and dining space. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Volcano Vacation Homes (Chalet Kilauea Collection) Hawaii