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Reviewed May 27, 2010

We stayed in the Bamboo Cottage for three days after spending a week in Maui and it was the perfect way to wind down after a busy week of tourist events. Falling asleep to the sound of crickets every night was gloreous. It is the perfect place to stay and relax as you visit the Volcano National Park which is only a short drive away.

The fact that you are completely secluded in the rainforest with your own outdoor soaking tub and no other guests to give you a hassle makes it perfect for a romantic get away.

Every morning our hosts brought us fresh pastries, coffee, milk and fresh fruit and even went out of their way and gave us a great introduction to the area, where to go, what to see and best routes to take. They even gave us a list of massage therapists in the area. Great place and would recommend it highly for anyone for any sort of trip, romantic, family (our cottage had one room and a futon) or adventure seekers looking to hike the park and stay nearby.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank ajewel16
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

This is a superb place for a quiet getaway under the shadow of Kilauea. We stayed in the Bamboo cottage, a spacious one-bedroom Japanese-inspired cottage nestled in a bamboo grove complete with private ofuro (Japanese soaking) tub and small kitchen. Every detail, every furnishing was chosen with such careful attention...the place was an aesthetic treat as well as a secluded, very peaceful place of respite. Service was professional and completely non-intrusive. And the place is located within a few minutes of Volcanoes National Park, a stupendous thing to have in your back yard.

We stayed at two other places on the Big Island, both on the sunny/touristy west side, and in the end felt that we would not return were it not for the Volcano Rainforest Retreat. To begin our trip at this beautiful, quiet, secluded, unique place and then jump headlong into the kitschy crassness of Ali'i Drive was a shock to the system - but then, the volcano is a hard act to follow.

Unhesitatingly recommend this stupendous place!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank zenpicker
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

We stayed in the guest cottage which was actually the owners original property and it still felt like your own holiday home in the rainforest. It was a lovely place to stay and very close to volcano. It was cosy but you never really felt secluded as there where the other properties about. The surrounding rainforest was lush and it was a great experience.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank YoungLondoner
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

The only reason I'm giving this property an average review instead of poor is because I saw the inside of a nicer cottage than ours on the property before we left.

We stayed here one night while visiting the volcano. Normally you must book 2 or more nights but we lucked out and he had availability for one night. The location is great if your visiting the volcano and the property is very private and lush.

We were greeted by the owner and given a tour of the property. Our cottage had a private driveway and access to a hot tub on the property. We didn't know our room didn't have any heat until we arrived. We stayed in the Guest Cottage. It was originally the owner's home until he built a circular type cabin on the property to live in. There was a wood burning stove that we used for heat all night. That was difficult because we spent most of the night sitting in front of it for heat and tending the fire. There were logs in a basket when we first arrived but we ended up going outside on the side of the cottage and used ALL of the "storage logs” to keep the room warm from 6:45pm-11:30pm. The bed was upstairs and there was a ladder to the room. The shower was inside (other cottages have outdoor showers) but it was FREEZING in the bathroom most of the night and early in the morning. There was a gas heater but the owner told us not to run it too long because it would "smell". I was so cold I ended up running it all night and didn't smell a thing. I wondered if he was worried about the electric bill more than our comfort. There were no television stations but the room had a TV that you could play DVDs on. They have a few DVDs to choose from in the room. Believe me, you will end up watching at least one of them because there is nothing much else to do. The room could use a deep cleaning and the linens could smell cleaner. The soaps in the pumps were watered down tremendously in the bathroom and kitchen. The breakfast provided was a bagel, muffin, papaya, 2 bananas and raw eggs in the fridge to make. I didn't feel like cooking in the kitchen provided so we didn't use any of it. It wasn't much of a breakfast. We ended up eating out. The hot tub was an above ground style. It was a nice amenity but I didn't feel like showering in a freezing bathroom, so I didn't use it. I don't think this cottage was worth the price. I just kept thinking it was so high because this was the "best of the best" of the volcano town.

I didn't have a great sleep here and was ready to leave as soon as we brushed our teeth and got dressed. While speaking to the owner at check out, he showed us another cottage on the property. The guest had just vacated. We were shocked at how much different it was from ours. It was the newest cabin built. The new cottage was clean, bright and spacious. It was then we realized, that we either had the worst room on the property or it was because we only booked for one night. We were so glad we only booked one night. We were happy to leave in the morning and go back to the heated part of the island.

Pros: Location was amazing, the property was unique and small, easy access from the car to the room, private driveway.

Cons: Room was freezing, no heating system, dirty coffee maker, no television stations and lousy breakfast.

I would only stay here again if we could stay in the newest cottage on the property and that is why I would recommend this hotel to a friend or family member.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

Unfortunately, we never made it to Rainforest Lodge. My wife suffered an ankle injury and we were unable to make the trip. We tried to reschedule for a later date but the policy for refunds is that there isn't one, unless they can rent the unit to someone else. Be aware of this policy before you book. Things happen that are out of one's control but the policy was not flexible. Just keep this in mind before you book.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank COJimmy
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