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.
- Also Known As:
- The Artist Cottage At Volcano Garden Arts Hotel Volcano
- The Artist Cottage At Volcano Garden Arts Hawaii