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“Tropical retreat”

Review of Kipuka Cottage

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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Volcano, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Brad H
Spokane
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tropical retreat”
Reviewed 15 May 2018 for a stay in May 2018

This retreat lived up to our expectations. Very close to the National Park entrance and a quick drive to Hilo. Secluded and private and very minimalistic. We wanted to be free from technology and just relax. That was easily accomplished here. They do have WiFi for looking up places to visit or eat. The bed was comfortable and the ammenities were rustic but comfortable. If you love a mountain/tropical getaway I can’t think of a better place. Highly recommend.

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Management Response
16 May 2018
Aloha and mahalo, Brad. We're so glad you loved Kipuka Cottage. Hope to have you with us again one day.

Bill
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Olivia_on...
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Like in a cozy alpine chalet”
Reviewed 28 January 2018 for a stay in January 2018
1
person found this review helpful

Our family of three (two adults, a four year old daughter) stayed at Kipuka Cottage for two days. We fell instantly in love with it and felt at home. As there was pouring rain in Volcano, the cozy and well-equipped house felt even cozier. We were happy to find pre-dried wood to burn in the fireplace (wood directly from outside would have been too wet). And we were happy to find additional heaters as well as additional blankets for the beds, as it was quite cool and damp during our stay.
Also, we loved the location of Kipuka Cottage: Hidden in the beautiful rainforest, but still close to Volcanoes National Park (a few minutes‘ drive).
The only „minus“ during our stay was the pouring rain, but that’s definitely not Kipuka Cottage‘s fault.

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Management Response
28 Jan 2018
Aloha Olivia,

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We are certainly happy you enjoyed our cozy cottage. Our door is always open to you and your family.

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time),
Bill
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susa195
Aschheim, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Cottage in the middle of the Rainforest”
Reviewed 26 December 2017 for a stay in November 2017

Stayed here for three nights and loved this Cottage!
Absolutely quite neighbourhood. Cosy atmosphere, nicely decorated, spacious, clean and excellently equipped cottage. Large windows on either side make you feel as if you are in the middle of the trees.The bedroom located on the upper floor with windows all around was our favourite spot. (felt like sleeping in the trees!!!)
Kitchen is large, with everything you could possibly need. Beautyful pottery in kitchen. Bathroom also has huge windows with views of rainforest.
Very nice to have the music-collection available - grateful made use of the stereo set. Also a large selection of (travel)books available.
The heater in the cottage was essential, as temperatures were very cool during our stay. Once a fire was lit, it was cosy and warm in the house.

Here are a few cons: wood for heater was quite damp, wich made it difficult to light a fire (took hours to start a decent fire). Due to the excessive rainfalls during our stay, the climate within the cottage was a little bit damp.
Almost all cupboards and wardrobes in the house are full of things (coats, blankets, duvets, cushions, pillows and so on) which makes it difficult to find space for your own clothes. Nearly impossible to hang something into wardrobe.
But we had a wonderful time here and absolutely can recommend this cottage!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Dec 2017
Aloha S.

We're so glad you loved our little nest in the rainforest. Sorry it took so long to get a fire going in the wood stove. With recent heavy rains, we've started bringing more wood inside.

We hope to have you with us again one day!
A Hui Hou, (Until Next Time)
Bill
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ArneGeric...
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“Great lace to stay in the Volcano area”
Reviewed 27 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

This place is about a 10 minute drive from Volcano's National Park. It is a beautiful cottage tugged away in the woods with maximum privacy. The unit has everything you need and is very comfortable and cozy. The picture on the website are a fair representation of the cottage. The communication with the owner was excellent. We stayed with three people (2 adults and 1 teenager) and found the unit to be m ore than adequate. We can highly recommend the cottage for your stay.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Aug 2017
Aloha Arne,
We're happy you loved our little nest in the forest. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. Hope to have you with us again one day!
A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
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JefferyHo...
kailua kona
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful setting but the internet didn't work.”
Reviewed 25 August 2016 for a stay in June 2016
1
person found this review helpful

The house was great and it was in a beautiful setting surrounded by hapu fern trees and luscious jungle. It was great having the wood burning stove and the kitchen was well equipped. We were disappointed that the internet didn't work because we were going to veg out with some Netflix on my tablet but we read books instead which was ok. The place felt nice and secluded and cozy. I really liked it.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Aug 2016
Aloha Jeffrey,
We're happy you enjoyed Kipuka and our little patch of rainforest. So sorry about the Internet problem. We got a new router and all is working well now.
Hope you can come back one day,
Bill
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fourdarli...
Oakville, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fabulous stay”
Reviewed 23 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This cottage is an oasis near Volcano National Park. We spent 3 nights in June before moving on to Kona for 4 nights. This is a perfect location to explore VNP.

We felt like we were secluded in our own private tropical forest!

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Management Response
24 Jun 2016
Aloha Fourdarlings,

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) for taking the time to share your experience at Kipuka Cottage. We're happy you enjoyed our little patch of rainforest near the park. Hope to have you stay with us again one day!
A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
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Don P
Olympia, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding Visit”
Reviewed 20 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Knowledgable host. Knows the area. Clean neat and remote.

A very unique stay and and interesting setup.

We enjoyed our visit .

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Management Response
21 Apr 2016
Thanks for the nice review, Don, but I don't recognize your name as one of our guests in March. Did you get us mixed up with another cottage? Or perhaps the reservation was under another name?
Bill Harby
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