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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Ranked #1 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful and very peaceful”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed in the Maile room, and as the other reviews have stated, the view of the waterfall from the balcony is like nothing we've ever experienced, it is absolutely incredible. The room was basic, but beautifully decorated, it was uncluttered, but yet had everything we needed including a tall wardrobe with drawers in the bottom half, a very comfortable chair and ottoman, an extremely comfortable queen size bed, where you can listen to the waterfall while you sleep, and a large tv on the wall. It was also one of the cleanest rooms I've ever stayed in. Other than the waterfall, we really did not hear any other noise, there were no rooms above, below or next to this one, which was wonderful, and the kitchen below was very quiet other than during breakfast.

There are beautiful walking trails, one of which goes down to the waterfall, so you get a spectacular, close up view. You can swim at the bottom, but we ran out of time and unfortunately, never were able to do this. The location is somewhat, but not too far out of the way, there is a narrow, winding road to get there, but it runs through endless rows of macadamia nut trees, so you can't beat the drive there, it's amazing.

Our inn keeper was a very sweet girl named Leah who made us the most incredible breakfast I think I've ever experienced. The coffee was from a farm you pass on the way there, OK Farms, and it's fantastic (you can order it online which I plan to do), then there is a spread of various fruits which changes each day, including pineapple, papaya, oranges, etc. There are bagels, various breads, and I can't even remember everything that was laid out. On top of that, Leah made any kind of eggs you wanted, or, my favorite, macadamia nut waffles!!!

The only negative for me personally was that the bathroom really did not have space for toiletries. Like the rest of the room, it was gorgeous, Italian marble shower, and immaculately clean, but there was only one tiny shelf above the sink to have anything. We used the window sill to keep some of our stuff, so we were able to make it work. Overall, the room is a bit on the small side, but there was enough space for the 2 of us, I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Maile room's balcony is closest to the waterfall and has no close neighbors, it is somewhat isol...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Recently happened to stay here and was amazed by the Scenic beauty surrounding this place. This is a cute place you would fall in love with. Affordable and very comfortable stay,great breakfast.You would hear the flow of waterfall all through the night along with a frog croaking:).

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Inn, in the Pikake room 2nd floor of harmony house, and we loved our time there. The grounds were the most beautiful place of all the places that we stayed on the Big Island. Nothing special about the room, clean, adequate size, comfortable bed, but the room had a beautiful view of the falls with a small balcony you could sit on an enjoy the scenery. Even in the middle of the night the falls were beautiful with the moon light. The harmony house had a charming eating area and internet, with Wi-Fi that was a bit spotty in the room but worked well on the one side of the bed.

My wife and I enjoyed our walks around the grounds, to the waterfall and later to the Bamboo garden; it was very romantic and gave you the feel of what you expect in Hawaii with the lush vegetation and beautiful scenery especially nice that you felt like it was there for only you. We didn’t have time to swim in the private water fall pond area but wanted to, it was picture perfect.
The drive to the Inn was longer than expected along a narrow winding road. The first time seemed like it took forever. You definitely feel like you are away in a romantic retreat in the Mountains. It takes about 12-15 minutes to get back into Hilo or main loop road. A few places you need to drive slowly because of windy roads and you wouldn’t want to hit someone coming your way.

It was a bit strange when we arrived no one to meet or talk with (we arrived around 5:00 pm). There were just signs and key in door. The signs and notes worked great and within no time we were relaxed enjoying the grounds. Next morning at breakfast we meet a great staff member who prepared Breakfast, served 8:00 to 9:00. Breakfast was great Macadamia nut waffles, eggs prepared the way you want them fruits, breads…. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The owners were away so we never saw them.

A great place for a romantic getaway. Not so great for easy access to Hilo.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We recently stayed one night here. Of all the places that we stayed on the Big Island, this was probably the highlight. We stayed in the Prince Kalaukaua room which did have a nice view of Hilo. The bed was very soft and comfortable. We were able to swim in the pond beneath the waterfall, which was a very memorable experience. It was very cold, and I was reluctant to get in at first, but how many people can say that they were able to swim in a private waterfall. So, I would recommend going for it! Watch the rocks, it is a little tricky to get in. Staff were friendly and very accommodating. Breakfast was more diverse than expected. Eggs prepared to your preference, Macadamia nut waffles, fruit, bread, etc. The Inn was very quiet, private and relaxing. We would definitely include this in our itinerary again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I recently spent two nights in the Maile room at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls. The view of the falls from our room was so dramatic that I jumped up and down when I first saw it! The room was basic, but comfortable. Breakfast was tasty, and the staff was so friendly and helpful with suggestions about our sight-seeing. The grounds are simply amazing--leave yourself plenty of time to explore the bamboo garden and the falls. The drive to the Inn is well-marked and winds through remote farmland, but is just minutes away from downtown Hilo. Make sure you follow the directions from the website, though, and not your GPS or Google! We talked to several other guests who found themselves lost in the middle of a field because of bad directions from other sources.

This is a one-of-a-kind Inn. I have no problem heartily recommending it. My husband and I are already planning our next visit!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms in Harmony House have great views of the Falls.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We spent three wonderful nights in this breath-taking Inn and would go there again in no time! Our room had an amazing view to the falls and it was quite soothing to hear the sound of the water at night. Bamboo garden is so tranquil and special that we enjoyed every second that we spent in it. The property is pretty big and although it took us some time to get there, the drive was amazing through all the macadamia nuts trees and beautiful scenery. Breakfast was wonderful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We never met the owners and there is no need for it, because we had everything we needed.
We would definitely go back! It made our experience of Hawaii even better and more amazing.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

A long winding road is rewarded with a beautiful setting and scrumptious breakfast. It is obvious that the owners have spent a lot of time and money to showcase a waterfall so that guests can view the waterfall from a cantilevered balcony and/or hike down to swim in its cool waters. Staying at the Inn is different than staying in a Waikiki hotel; it is an experience into the tropics with the convenience of the internet and well-tended hiking trails such as a loop-around easy trail that leads to the top of another waterfall and a bamboo garden. The Inn takes advantage of the waterfall's hydroelectric energy to reduce its carbon footprint but such use is hidden so as not to detract from the beauty of the falls. T

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Address: 100 Kulaniapia Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2361
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits among 22 lush, natural acres, surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. The Kulaniapia experience is like no other, just 15 minutes from town, but completely away. Whether you come for relaxation, adventure or both, nothing quite prepares you for how much you find of each. Those seeking adventure are invited to sign up with the Kulaniapia Adventures team for a guided, 120 foot rappel down our namesake waterfall. Accommodations are provided in several asian inspired buildings providing accommodations ranging from standard/waterfall view rooms and family suites, to fully detached cottages and a Pagoda Guest House with a full kitchen. Enjoy a wholesome, locally sourced breakfast and the big island’s best coffee, all while enjoying the view of our namesake falls each morning. ... more   less 
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