My wife and I stayed two nights at Kilauea in the middle of 2 weeks in the Islands. We visited Hawaii (the Big Island) specifically for Volcano Nat'l Park and we were not disappointed. With Kilauea, we were pleasently surprised.
Having just flown from a week at the Westin Ka'anapali Beach Resort on Maui, we were stunned to find FOUR STAR dining at reasonable prices at Kilauea - the owner, an Austrian, is also a chef and has a fantastic menu. The papaya half at breakfast is a great, unique start - to eggs, waffles, whatever - but the dinners are unbelievable. A compact, yet excellent and reasonably priced wine list accompanies the meal, if you are so inclined.
We stayed in the Cottage, a single structure with sitting room, bedroom and bath. Very nice, and probably worth the extra $20 or so over a standard room. We availed ourselves to the hot tub, which was good to relax in after a day's hiking around Volcano Nat'l Park. Not resort quality, but warm and clean. The water cooler in the room is a nice touch - you're staying at 4,000 feet, so you need to hydrate a lot, and it came in handy.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. A bit 'rules oriented' but nothing stuffy.
Volcano Village, where the lodge is located, is maybe a mile outside the park, but you're very convenient into the park. Definitely take the time to drive back into the park after dark, find a clear spot, and shut off the car and lights. Allow your eyes to adjust for 15 minutes or so, and gaze at the stars. Never seen so many. It's a hidden treasure of the park.
Volcano Village is also convenient to drive to the Black Sand beach on the South shore (perhaps 45 minutes or so toward Kona) - where we saw a sea turtle resting. It's a 45 minute drive the other way to Hilo, where we flew out of - and for two days (from when we left Kona to when we drove down to Hilo), we didn't see a single stop light. Now THAT's relaxing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilauea Lodge is located in the quiet village of Volcano a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Park, home of Hawaii's active volcano Kilauea, offers miles of scenic overlook and trails. Romantic rooms and cottage are available with private bath, towel warmers, central heat and some with fireplaces. The off property homes have full kitchens, gas fireplace, TVs and phones. Full breakfast is included. Hot tub and Wi-Fi available on property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kilauea Hotel Volcano
- Kilauea Lodge Volcano, Hawaii