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Lava Tree Tropic Inn
Lava Tree State Park #3, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Pahoa B&B and Inns
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Leuven, Belgium
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“Fantastic jungle relaxation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We spent one week in Lava Tree Tropic Inn last December. The house and its beautiful garden offer uncomparable retreat in the middle of a tropical forest, right next to the Lava Tree State Monument. The scents, sounds and views are awesome. Irene is the most helpful host and she provides a lot of tips and stories about the Island. Breakfasts on the terrace are a great way to start the day - you cannot have anything better than fruit fresh from the garden and everyday a different dish. Rooms are spacious and have large balconies. The bathrooms are shared between two rooms. The location is great for visiting the Puna coast and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, but going to the Kona coast or north to Kohala is also within 2 hours. There are a few interesting restaurants in Pahoa, 10 minutes by car (especially the Thai and Hawaiian Kaleos). In summary, wonderful place, perfect for relaxing holidays!

Room Tip: All good, you'll get the coqui sound anyway:)
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  • Stayed December 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Houston, Texas
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The rooms are nice and clean, and the grounds are beautiful. The host also provides excellent breakfasts, and she is very helpful in planning trips to sights in the area. The location is convenient to visit the Volcano National Park as well as the nearby lava fields. The property is adjacent to Lava Tree State Park.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 January 13, 2014 via mobile

Irene was a lovely and welcoming host to her home. The accommodation was clean and well looked after, as were we. It's a spectacular location in the state park and breakfast on the terrace every morning was picturesque and very tasty(and enough to keep you going for hours, just don't expect it to be quick). Plenty of wildlife in the area which we feel added to the experience. Please be aware it can be hard to find on your first go, especially if it's in the dark. Also the track to the house is a bit bumpy (and is a track) so go steady!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Volcano is far from here but you can cover Hilo and other southern areas from here. The place is very good and the breakfast is all natural and entirely local. It was nice meeting others during breakfast as well. The turn into the road for the inn is a little hard to spot and road is unpaved so it's hard to find at night, but we got used to it after the first time.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed in the place for 3 nights and it really was one of the highlights of my 2 weeks stay in Hawaii. Not going to elaborate on the accommodation, food and in-keeper, plenty was written on that already. Overall this was very good.

However if you want to experience the lush Hawaiian rain Forrest with all its wonders, this is the place. And a morning stroll, just before breakfast in the Lava tree park next to the property, you will never forget that. The ambiance of that place is amazing. And those gardens with all the tropical fruits, you can imagine. And you get it for breakfast, all natural :))

If I ever come back to Hawaii, this would be a must for revisit.

I wish you a strong health Irene to maintain the property at least two more decades!

Room Tip: If you got sleep problems, take ear plugs for the frogs, they can be a nuisance for some. But that i...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

After staying in a hotel in Hilo on our last trip to the Big Island, I wasn't really looking forward to going. Staying at this wonderful B & B made all the difference! We were able to truly experience the Island more fully and enjoyed it so much more. Irene is a wonderful hostess and has the attitude my home is your home or as we say at home, mi casa es su casa. The house is a spacious, comfortable eclectic with a little Hawaii flair and a little old country flair as well. The breakfast on the veranda was great with fresh pineapple, mango, papaya, avocados, and orange juice fresh from her garden along with other delightful treats. I hung out at the house while hubby was working and enjoyed the peace and quiet and beauty of the tropical rainforest. Neighbors dropped by and everyone was extra friendly. Got up one morning to go to the geothermal pool *(The Hot Pond) on the beach just minutes a way and next time I go, I will swim everyday, it was wonderful. Uncle Robert's Nighttime Farmer's Market was a short drive, a great party and great food, also on the beach. Mostly locals go to these places but they make you feel so welcome! I would recommend this location and experience to anyone wanting to feel like the Island is their home! Lots of places to eat nearby. The restaurant voted best of that side of the island is minutes away too and it was fantastic. Kaleo I believe it was called. Like someone says, the road is rugged to get there but that part of the road is not long. If you want to feel like an insider instead of a tourist, do this. You'll love it.

Room Tip: This home was built by an airline pilot with 5 children and each had a room. There is a suite with...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The Lava Tree B&B isn't easy to find and the track in is quite rough but once there its easy going comfort. It is in a beautiful part of the Island close to wonderful sights and activities. Irene is engaged and very helpful. We loved the open screened windows in Hawaii and the balmy tropical night air is alive with frog song, which to us it was delightful and with rain on the metal roof, we slept wonderfully. Maybe it is a country specific thing, but on B&B standards from our part of the world, breakfast was pretty simple here. But it was way more basic at other B&Bs and hotels. So Irene's was definitely the best we experienced other than a top priced resort which was OTT. We enjoyed Irene's Lava Tree Tropic Inn, her enthusiasm, advice and help and the lovely quiet and beauty of the area will stay with her again if we can.

Room Tip: Rooms are all different and I suspect all lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lava Tree State Park #3, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Lava Tree Tropic Inn in has a wrap-around lanai (verandah) with three separate sitting areas where you can enjoy your morning coffee, relax with a good book, or just sit and take pleasure in the view. ... more   less 
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