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Where to Stay

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Where to Stay

We are traveling for the 1st time to the Big Island, for christmas, December 24 for 11 days. We have been to Maui and Oahu.

Our 16 yr old daughter will be bringing a friend with her, and we (they) cannot decide where to stay. We have been looking at the Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton Waikola, and have not ruled out the condo option, but it is at the very bottom of out list.

We travel very frequently and like the hotels, as we feel when you are on vacation, you are just that......no cooking, cleaning, etc... relaxing and enjoying the sites.

Basically the girls would like alittle bit of freedom, within reason, but someplace that would provide them with enough to keep them entertained.

The girls seem to think the Hilton seems rather large, the Marriott seems ideal, and the Sheraton seems like it's away from walking distance to shops, etc....

If we were to stay at the Marriott or Hilton, they would have to share a room with us, due to price.....but at the Sheraton or a condo, they could have there own room.........

Any information you could provide in helping us make our decision would be greatly appreciated.

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51. Re: Where to Stay

Thai food is delicious ... good advice there already.

There are three main places to have dinner in Volcano, four if you count Lava Rock Cafe (if it's open at night). Kilauea Lodge which is big bucks, Kiawe Kitchen which in my mind is overpriced for what it is, and Thai Thai which is also overpriced for Thai food.

The key word for Volcano dining being overpriced -- but Kilauea Lodge is special occasion material and very good if you like rabbit, duck, venison and such (which I don't). They have fish and chicken too.

But it is not overpriced if you factor in the cost of driving to Hilo or Pahoa and back in terms of gas. Volcano is small and isolated, and it has a captive consumer market at night with all the visitors sprinkled throughout the many B&B's. Make reservations or you may very well get turned away, been there, had it happen.

I see you are only there for one night, so if VNP is your main focus, it will be convenient for you. Also there are no nice hotels in Hilo. It is much better with B&B's, although it has B&B's that are along the inn model and not as communal as you might expect from B&B.

A few more classic Thai restaurant dishes that most first-timers enjoy:

pupus:

Satay, beef or chicken

Summer rolls

Green papaya salad

Coconut soup (this is amazing stuff), chicken or shrimp or tofu).

Pad Thai, as suggested, or fried rice.

I always order the curry, but I love curry.

Edited: 11:14 pm, September 28, 2011
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52. Re: Where to Stay

funny, we callem spring rolls here. delicious with the plum sauce too...mmm good!!!

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53. Re: Where to Stay

Thai Thai is frequently recommended here, but only because there is no other Thai restaurant within an hour driving distance from there. However, if you compare it to Thai restaurants in Kona (Lemongrass, Original Thai, Orchid Thai) or in Pahoa (Ming's) or in Hilo (Sombat's) than you will realize it is not just overpriced, the food is mediocre too.

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