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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
3.5 of 5 Inn   |   100 Kulaniapia Drive, P.O. Box 646, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721   |  
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Ranked #9 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Cannot recommend”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The drive in is an adventure and you would only want to accomplish it once a day. Upon arrival, you are on your own with the key in the door for you. Rather strange not to be greeted and given some basic info on the property. The room was nice enough and the breakfast was at least hot. They ask that you remove your shoes inside the property which I know is a Hawaiian custom but feels a bit odd around strangers. The waterfall is amazing though!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a great place. A little adventerous to find and get to, but well worth the effort. Don't recommend the initial trip in after dark, make sure it's still daylight. Very simple once you know the route, but can be intimidating the first time in if you happen to notice the private property signs. Once you're there, what a gem. The room was great, the view of the falls was awesome (we booked the King Kamehameha room) and the breakfast was simply outstanding. There's a path to the falls on the property that's an easy 5 minute walk that I highly recommend, the falls are incredible. Only had 1 night as we were circling the island in 3 days before we headed to Maui, but wished we had longer. Would definitely go back back if the opportunity ever presented itself.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

The Inn is located just 10min outside of Hilo in a remote rain forest garden right next to the Kulaniapia Falls which are spectacular. If the water level is low you can swim in the natural pool. Beautiful asian style rooms, good breakfast, easy check in and out. Amazing two night stay.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

It's a good drive into the hills behind Hilo. Narrow, windy road thru macadamia nut farms until you hear the roar of the falls. Very peaceful and tranquil stay. We are from Oahu and the get away was nice. Only the sound of the coqui frogs was a little annoying. But it was tolerable.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Kulaniapia falls Inn was just great all around. The road or drive to the Inn took you thru the old plantation. The room was very nice, clean, and the waterfalls just behind the room was beautiful.
We definitely stay her again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I found this place online with trip advisor. The only rooms available were at the end of our vacation. And having a flight out at 10 in the evening I decided to try it out.
Easy to book online. Not as easy to get to, but worth the drive up from Hilo, which takes you through groves of macadamia trees. Very pretty, but read the signs (as my wife noted) ignore google maps(which I did not!) otherwise you will be taken on a bit more of a country scenic drive.
You will eventually get there.
Very nice room: princess kaiulani, comfortable with a shower, and a small porch looking out to the orchard.
Excellent breakfast...macadamia nut waffles with eggs and fruit and great coffee. Chatter with other guests was entertaining.
Great story about how the site was built to view the waterfall, and if you are bold you can jump into the pond. Being off the grid was novel. The bamboo walk was good, bring your hiking shoes.
Excellent end to a great holiday. A bit of decompression after the princeville and Keahou nights.
We were close enough to get back and forth to Hilo and go up to visit the botanical gardens and the akaka falls.

Room Tip: We stayed in the residence, check out the other houses to see if they work for you. And no it does...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Inn. We began our vacation on the Big Island here, only for one night but could have easily stayed longer if we had planned our trip differently. The sound of the roaring waterfall was wonderful as well as a peek of an ocean view from our lower level bedroom. The two lovely ladies serving as the Inn Keepers were very sweet. There's many other details I could give but I'll let it be a surprise. Overall comfortable and enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

Address: 100 Kulaniapia Drive, P.O. Box 646, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming Inn offering 10 rooms or a private guest house. Three waterfalls and a botanical garden. ... more   less 
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