We stayed in the Hapu`u Bungalow for 2 nights while visiting Volcano Park.
Our check in was very quick and we were given a map and information regarding which restaurants were still open (as it was already 7:30pm when we got there) which was much appreciated.
From the main office, we drove right around the corner to the Hapu`u Bungalow. I noticed that the bungalow did have a slight propane smell and it didn't go away for the length of our stay.
I immediately had to check out the unique lava rock shower and it was 'interesting'. It kinda looked like someone had put black tar type substance on one wall.
And then I realized that the shower had 2 walls of glass with just some frosted sections. No, we didn't see anyone lurking outside when we showered but I guess I'm just a bit more conservative. I also didn't use the Jacuzzi tub as the window behind that no covering or frosted glass.
And lest I forget the robes there -- waiting for us. Let's just say that you would have to offer me lots and lots of money to try it on. Both were very stained and yellow in places .. let me just say YUCK and move on.
Breakfasts were good/basic. There was bagels, toast, fresh fruit, cereal and then a 'goodie' (bread pudding). The gentleman who tended to the breakfast was very personable and we enjoyed chatting with him each morning,
There was free internet in the common room which we used.
Could I recommend this place-- that’s a difficult question. It's not a luxury experience but it was very different and interesting. We talked to some other folks who stayed in Volcano Park and their hotel was downright dreadful. There are not a lot of choices in Volcano, so I guess I would recommend this as an interesting experience.
I've attached some photos - some are with a fish eye lens.
PS -- My husband read this and his 2 cent is: Hey, we had a good time there. I thought it was better than what you just wrote. There was a propane smell? Never noticed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Kilauea Hotel is nestled in the heart of Volcano Village in a quiet, peaceful area. Chalet Kilauea Hotel is a small, boutique hotel offering custom showers and wet bars with microwaves, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and more. All units offer unique bathrooms with modern fixtures, cable TV, and natural artistic accents! Chalet Kilauea features a beautiful Koi fish pond, complimentary tea/coffee(3pm-5pm), free WIFI, and 24-hour hot tub in the Garden Gazebo. Daily housekeeping included. 1 minute from shops, restaurants, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Volcano (Chalet Kilauea Collection) Hotel Volcano
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