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“Excellent Volcano Experience...even during a government shutdown”
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Crater Rim Cabin
Ranked #5 of 31 Volcano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Volcano Experience...even during a government shutdown”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

As you would expect from the other reviews, our 2 night stay at the Crater Rim Cabin was fantastic and Barry and Jim are wonderful hosts.

We had the unfortunate timing of going to Volcano during the government shutdown and so we couldn’t enter the actual park. Barry was very helpful giving us tips for other things to do and letting me run my potential itineraries by him to get his feedback. The cabin is also stocked with maps and guides if you want to plan while you’re there.

The cabin itself – It is meticulously maintained and the surrounding grounds are gorgeous. Barry even personally asked us if we had any ideas of ways he could make the cabin even better (we had none). The cabin is next door to the owner’s house but there is plenty of privacy between the two. They have a phone with an intercom to buzz them if needed. We did use this once and they were extremely accessible to help with any questions. The cabin has so much character. They do provide Internet but not cable, but I’m not sure how much you would be expecting to spend time watching TV in the cabin.
The area – Volcano is very small but has some great eating options. We ate at Thai Thai our first night which was awesome and pretty affordable compared to other Hawaii restaurants. And we ate at Café Ono for lunch the other day which was also delicious (vegetarian).

Activities – Since we didn’t get to go into Volcano or do the chain of Craters Road we spent our time going to other places around the island. On our way to Volcano from Kona we stopped at a coffee farm for a tour and tasting, went to the green sand beach (the hike is about an hour from the parking lot but there are 4 wheel drive vehicles there offering a ride) and the black sand beach where there are sea turtles. The following day we drove up to Akaka falls, then down the coast to Kapalana to view the lava fields. There was no active visible lava when we went to Hawaii but the black lava fields I found to be incredible. On your way up from Kalapana you can drive on a road out to the point where the lava crosses the road. There are many signs telling you it’s the end but you can continue until you see the guards. The guard all the way at the end actually has a house on the lava field and was very informative about how the lava took out the area and the rebuilding process. On our way back we stopped in Pahoa and went to Kaleo’s for dinner. I think that was the best meal we had on our 10 days on the Big Island and Maui.

Is there enough to do? I know on their website, Jim and Barry make an “immodest” statement about guests often wanting to stay more than 2 nights. We were almost lucky that the park was closed because we had two packed days without Volcano and there was still more we wanted to do outside of the park, not to mention all the Volcano activities we would have wanted to do inside the park.
I know this is a long review but I hope it’s been helpful.

Thank you Barry and Jim for an amazing visit to Volcano (even while the park was closed)!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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CraterRimCabin, Owner at Crater Rim Cabin, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
You guys!! Thank you so much for this wonderful review.

When we learned that the National Park would be closed for some of our guests visits, we were very concerned that they would be disappointed. So we worked out options for all that they could still do, using Crater Rim Cabin as their home base.

It worked! A good time was had by all even during the Park closure.

We have the greatest guests!!!
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed at the crater rim cabin from 8 - 10 of October 2013. Although we had the unfortunate timing of our visit aligning with the federal government shutdown which meant that all the parks were closed we still enjoyed our stay in Volcano thanks to Barry and Jim. They were very helpful and extremely good hosts. The Crater Rim Cabin was so cozy which made for a very relaxing stay. The cabin was surrounded by beautiful gardens and we woke up each morning to the sounds of the local wildlife which incredible. Would highly recommend that a stay at the Crater Rim Cabin is a must for anyone visiting the area!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

From the bedroom of this very nice cabin, you can see the glow of the volcano. Very cool. If you're a runner, you will find a truly glorious run from the cabin over to the park and around the crater rim. Stunning really. And the cabin itself is idyllic - beautifully landscaped, and a kitchen that is fully stocked for whatever type of breakfast you might like, complete with home made jam and fresh fruit. Fresh flowers are really nice a nice touch, too. The landscaping is lovely as well. Barry and Jim have done a wonderful job renovating the cabin, and they are wonderful hosts. I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a beautiful little cabin on the Big Island of Hawaii. The guys who run the place have a gift for making people feel right at home. Jim and Barry are the best hosts in the world. They really care about maintaining a spectacular place to stay. I don't think that anyone puts as much love and attention into their place as these two guys.
Any question we had they were right there to give us attention. We had a nice time and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We spent two nights at the lovely Crater Rim Cabin on September 12 and 13, 2013. The location is perfect for exploring the area, the cabin is well equipped and comfortable, and the hosts Barry and Jim are friendly and helpful without intruding on your space. They were knowledgable of the area and gave us good advise as to what to see in the area in the limited time we had and also had good recommendations for restaurants. The cabin is airy and cheerful with a small kitchen, sunny living area with a large table as well as two comfy chairs and a futon, and large bedroom with a very comfortable king sized bed. Jim was a photographer for the USGS and has a stunning photo of the volcano on the wall in the living room as well as photos and postcards for sale in their small gift shop area. The kitchen is well stocked with coffee, eggs, bread, milk, cream, jam, oatmeal, etc. so it was a pleasure to make our breakfasts and enjoy the views of their well maintained yard as we ate. My only regret was that we only stayed two nights. There is so much to see and do in the area that we could have easily stayed a few more days. Be sure to check out their Tutu Nene line of souvenirs, which they sell to other stores throughout the islands.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed at Crater Rim Cabin for three nights (Aug. 18-22, 2013). The cabin is gorgeous. It is impeccably maintained and very comfortable. Jim and Barry, the kind and delightful innkeepers, thoughtfully stocked it to meet every need. We especially enjoyed the kitchen and having breakfasts "at home." The local honey and bananas were a treat. The location is ideal for exploring HVNP and other nearby attractions. We enjoyed the town of Volcano as well. All of the restaurants we tried were great and everyone we met was so warm and welcoming. This is a uniquely beautiful part of the world to visit. We highly recommend it and urge everyone to stay at the incredible Crater Rim Cabin.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Warm welcome and echo all of the positive comments.Love the flowers and that it feels like a home. Great location for exploring the park. Seeing the glow of the volcano which is only minutes away a great experience. Lots more adventures planned guided by the advice from our helpful hosts!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Crater Rim Cabin
Address: 23 Golf Links Road, Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718-0045
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A secluded, private cabin in the forest at the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Close to the National Park entrance. Perfect for couples and families with small children. Full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and great room. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Crater Rim Cabin Hotel Volcano
Crater Rim Cabin Volcano, Hawaii

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