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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hotel Hilo
- The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hilo, Hawaii