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“Do not miss this place!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Artist Cottage at Volcano Garden Arts
19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785   |  
Hotel amenities
Waianae, Hawaii
1 review
“Do not miss this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

My girlfriend and I spent a couple of nights over the long Valentine's Day weekend and found not only a very special place, but a place we will be coming back to. We weren't sure what to expect other than almost everyone agreeing about how wonderful the cottage experience was. We had read about the goat (Ernest, if you did not hear about him yet), the smallish size of the place, and the AMAZINGLY large bathroom. I was blown away when we got there. I could have stayed there for a month and never felt the need to leave.
The night's were chilly and being from leeward Oahu it was a wonderful change of pace for us. Working the heater was not a problem as some have mentioned before. Ira had provided clear and simple directions for it, as he did for just about anything else you could think of asking. It was very thoughtful and much appreciated. The entire design and detailing of the cottage and grounds left us with no choice but to relax and enjoy each others company. I hate to gush about things, but Ira, his staff, and the cottage deserve no less. If you ever have the chance you should absolutely stay here, the longer the better. The pictures don't focus on the cottage, more on things around the grounds. There are plenty of pics out there about the cottage already.
The town of Volcano was almost as amazing as the cottage. This is coming from the perspective of a person that loves a low key kind of place and has a very demanding sense of adventure. We met lots of characters and made a couple of friends over our short stay. Not a single bed or even mediocre experience to mention. Besides the actual cottage and its awesomeness I would fully recommend the Thai Restaurant just up the road. I felt like I was back in Phuket for a second when we walked in. The king's picture was up on the wall, the smells were so authentic, and for god's sake they even served Chang beer. The Thai Thai pork curry was the best I've had in a while and the service was excellent.
On a side note, for those of you from Pennsylvania, the KTA in Hilo actual has Lebanon bologna consistently on sale. Talk about a mind blower right there.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Oahu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

We stayed at the cottage over a long Valentine's day weekend and it was just what both of us needed to get away from the daily grind and recharge. Everything is so well-taken care of: directions/contact information (mailed beforehand!), yummy banana bread and fruits (beware of the kumquats...blecch), even a box of chocolates. Everything was well labeled and just so easy!

The cottage itself is phenomenal. The bathroom is everything everyone else says it is and more! The grounds are so relaxing to explore in the morning - there's a fabulous tree sanctuary area - and Ernie, our new friend, the goat, greeted us every morning. We loved it so much that we decided to stay in for our big Valentine's Day night, light up some candles, heat up some food and enjoy hot chocolate. We highly recommend it! (Also, the Thai place down the road is yummy!)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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middlebury, vt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2010

If you want to stay close to the Volano National Park and you want a unique living experience this is a great start. This really is a very, very small cabin, and very rustic with limited space. We brought our bags in an unloaded the clothes we needed for the 3 days we were there, and then took them back out to the car. Limited storage space for 3 day worth of food but we got by.The bathroom is really unique, and probably 1/4 of the size of the entire cabin. All this my sound like a negative, but it isn't unless you are the pampered type used the the lushness of condo rental living. I really enjoyed the place. You really have the place all to yourself. It is tucked back on the property of a local artist, Ira Ono, who has a wonderful gallery there. He is very friendly and accommodating. The gallery doesn't open until 10 and closes at 4, so you have all the grounds and gardens to yourself. There is a nice area to eat outside in the garden, and we had wonderful breakfasts daily. The evenings were a little cool for that. Ira provides plenty of fruit, sweet bread, cerial coffee and teas on arrival. Perfect place for a couple with the right mind set. Wrong for the mascara set.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Winona, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

Expectations exceeded! If we ever have it to do again, we will stay at the cottage. Perfect location for exploring Volcanoes National Park. Peaceful and regenerative.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2009

really enjoyed staying here. beautiful setting, great food, very quaint and cozy cottage. large ample do-it-yourself breakfast. would stay here again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

A 100 year old wooden cottage sensitively adapted to include all mod cons. The owner's attention to detail in provisioning and equipment is outstanding, and he and the other artists at the next-door studio couldn't have been more helpful - without being intrusive.

The gardens are beautiful, too.

I was booking blind, over the internet, and this cottage exceeded my expectations. I give it full marks in all categories, but of course, these need to viewed context - it's a cottage, not a Marriott!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auburn, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

This is wonderful Hawiian expierence. A rustic cottage built in 1908 located in a serene relaxing setting. However, the cottage has been updated and includes many necessities that you would think would come included. From breakfast goodies to the wireless internet and a huge shower, Ira Ono has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable! He and the staff are friendly and make you feel at home and are happy to answer any questions and make sure that you are well care of. The lunch that is available at the art gallery was wonderful. The surrounding grounds are a joy to wander in and about. If your looking for a unique experience and want to be close to the volcano this is the place for you. We really enjoyed ourselves!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Specialty lodging in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
The Artist Cottage At Volcano Garden Arts Hotel Volcano
The Artist Cottage At Volcano Garden Arts Hawaii

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