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“Fantastic location, but accommodations just average”

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Kilauea Volcano Military Camp
Montgomery, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic location, but accommodations just average”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We were here 4 nights. You can't beat the location (!!!), just inside Volcanoes National Park. Everyone was very helpful and kind (front desk, workers at bowling alley, etc,). The "huts," as we called them, contained the basics (small fridge, coffee maker) and were relatively comfortable, but our unit was not very clean. There was also some sort of issue every day with the towels, which became rather annoying. We came back after a long day out to no towels, and/or missing towels every day. My husband kept going to the front desk to get more towels! The food at the dining hall and bowling alley were average. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Tip: Don't miss the bright green Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck in Volcano for a great meal (WAY better than the food at KMC), or treat yourself to a wonderful (and a bit expensive) meal at Volcano House.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

This facility is a U. S. Army military recreation facility so you must be qualified to stay there (active/retired military, DoD civilian, etc.) If you clear this hurdle I strongly recommend KMC. It was built in the 1920s so don't expect the latest in room technology. That being said, it has been very well maintained. Our one bedroom apartment was clean and comfortable, however there were no kitchen facilities. There was a small refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee pot, however, no sink, dishes, utensils, etc. The cottages may provide those. The landscaping was well maintained. There is a general store that has groceries and other things you would expect at such a facility. There is a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would call it a basic military chow hall so don't expect gourmet fare but it is good basic food and the price is right. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There a variety of tours offered both at the volcano and to other sights on the big island. The real strong point is its location inside the Hawaii Volcano National Park. Right across the road is the Kilauea caldera and many associated hiking trails. It is a unique place and well worth visiting. Being able to stay at such a nice place at a reasonable price just makes it that much better.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We stayed for five nights in a one bedroom cabin in February. The location can't be beat; you walk across the road and you are on the caldera rim trail, one mile to the left is the Visitors Center and one mile to the right is the Jaggar Museum. We spent one day walking the trail to both of these locations and learning more about volcanoes; it was great to stay right in the Volcano National Park. Two of the nights we got to see the glow from the crater; other nights it was too foggy. It was a fascinating experience.

However, the accommodations need improvement. Thankfully there was an extra set of sheets in the closet, so I used one of them as a slipcover for the sofa as I wouldn't have wanted to sit on it otherwise. There was also a foul smell, like the tile around the toilet had absorbed, well, you know, over a long period of time. We went to the store on site there and bought Pinesol so we could pour some on the tile and into the garbage cans to try to override the smell. The carpet was very dirty and stained. The formica around the sink was chipped. The tub was stained. Overall, in serious need of renovation. Thankfully the bedding was clean.

We ate at the cafeteria only twice, and didn't want to eat there any more. We bought milk and cereal to eat breakfast in the cabin. We were glad there was a store on site where we could buy food. We ate at the Volcano House right across the road from the Visitors Center a couple of times, and it was delicious, although pricey.

We had scheduled the three different tours to go on before we got there, but when we arrived we were told that one of them, the Circle Island tour, had been cancelled because one of their drivers wasn't available. This was very disappointing to us as we hadn't rented a car and were counting on the tours to see the things they offered. We were figuring we'd have to take the shuttle down to the airport one morning and rent a car and try to do the circle island tour on our own, but then they arranged an outside tour guy to do this tour for us, and two other couples also joined in, so we were glad they did this. The best tour guide we had was Jerry, who took us on the Hilo and Beyond tour; he was very informative and congenial. We would have liked to have him for all three tours.

I'm glad we experienced the KMC and took the tours for our first visit, but if we ever go back to the Big Island again, I would check into getting a good B&B in Volcano and rent a car and do our own touring.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

Not every one can stay here......you have to be active/retired military or associated with DOD. This is not a Hyatt or Westin......but you stay in quaint, clean cottages that do the job. We ended a 3 week trip to multiple islands here, to take in Volcano National Park, and what a perfect location. The observatory is only a mile or so away. We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage that included a living room, one bathroom and a small area with sink, microwave and coffee maker. Cable TV is included with all the channels you come to expect. There is a cafeteria style place to eat on sight with good simple food at a reasonable price. The Volcano House hotel is just down the street and offers places to eat as well. If you qualify for this place I would recommend it....
Staff was great as well....service with a smile!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Lecanto, Florida
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292 reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We came here with a group of veterans and were very pleased with the ease of check in. We had a one bedroom cottage and were pleasantly surprised. The cottage looked-aged from the outside, but once inside, we were pleasantly surprised. There was a flat screen tv in the front room, along with fireplace, microwave and small refrigerator, which was adequate for our needs. There is also a dining hall, bar, general store, fitness center and laundromat nearby. Staff was quite friendly, and took care of our needs. We were only a short distance from the crater rim and were quite impressed.
All in all it was a very good experience and well worth the money.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage with a family of 4 (two teens). The location and convenience of staying in the National Volcano Park for an affordable price are the best features of the KMC Lodge. The cottages were clean and there was plenty of room for 4 people. All of the staff were friendly and willing to help. Check in and check out were a breeze. The double beds are small and need to be replaced but that is the only negative thing about KMC. (Note: my teen sons are over 6'1" so one had the bed while the other slept on the sleeper sofa). The cottage has a small microwave and refrigerator. The bowling alley grill was opened until 9:30PM for those arriving late. We did not eat at the dining hall and we did not use the other facilities except the general store which was centrally located. The food at the bowling alley was just that- short order cook/bowling alley food- nothing to write home about but it was convenient, affordable and it filled us up after a late check in and traveling all day. The drive in to town to eat dinner or to go to the grocery store is about 25 minutes. Overall, we would stay again at KMC if we came back to the Volcano Park. Be sure to bring warm clothes. The weather was surprisingly cold!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Ottawa
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2014

We only had one night here but were very impressed by the accommodation. Definitely not a fancy resort but great location and much cheaper than the other options in the area
We had a little one bedroom cottage to ourselves with a living room with fireplace, (small) TV, bar fridge and bathroom. Near by was a canteen and cafeteria with reasonable prices. There was also a coin laundry available and LOTS of people seemed to be enjoying the bowling alley on the Saturday.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kilauea Volcano Military Camp
Address: Bldg 40 KMC, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kilauea Military Camp, a Pacific Lodging Recreation Lodging facility is for the Active, Retired Military along with DoD Civilians, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Sponsored Guests. Valid Military ID or Department of Defense ID and current Leave and Earnings Statement is required for check-in. ... more   less 
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