My wife and I spent 4 nights in this lovely, well kept cottage in a quiet, peaceful setting. The cottage is Ccmfortable, well equipped and has a large shower with a rainforest view. Short drive to the restaurants in Volcano and less than 10 minutes to the park. The owner (Dale) was very helpful in providing information on the area and guiding us on a short nature walk. Highly recommend as a great base to explore the area.
This was a cracking place to stay. The large cottage is beautifully designed and maintained, and is airy inside. It is made predominantly of wood, and this adds to the feel of being in the forest. Dale (the owner) had left fruit, milk, granola and coffee beans for us - we also met him briefly and it was obvious he wanted to make sure our visit was as good as he could make it. The windows are large and the foliage very close - so much you feel you can just reach out and touch it. Outside the property, the birds can always be heard (but are difficult to see!), and it is very close to the National Park - about a five minute drive. Suggest you bring any food you might want with you from larger settlements - a loaf, litre of orange and a piece of cheese were $22 from the local shop. It really is a great place to stay. And my kids want to go and stay there now, but only because of Dale's former profession! ...
We are a group of four adults, and we stayed at the Apapane Guesthouse Cottage and the Hikers Retreat for two nights. It was the perfect place to stay while exploring the Volcano National Park - a very short drive to the park, and a peaceful, secluded place to return to at the end of the day. Both cottages are beautiful, with big windows looking out at the lush grounds. The Apapane Guesthouse Cottage has a very well stocked kitchen, and Dale left fruit, granola, yoghurt and coffee for us to enjoy, which was a very nice treat! Dale was responsive and helpful, and everything about the stay went smoothly. We would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to friends. Thank you for a great stay!
Close to Hilo. Close to Volcano National Park. Very quiet area. Excellent rainforest. Limited choice of food venues but what were there we're very good.
We stayed three nights in the hiker's retreat. The location provided a great home base for exploring Volcano National Park. The bed was comfortable and the shower was a dream after a long hike.
The grounds provide the enchantment: The view from our bed was spectacular and the patio was the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee or a beer and just chill.
*In case of poor weather, there is a small TV and a selection of DVDs. One night, we got take out pizza and watched Groundhog Day.
We came to the ERC because our birding friends recommended it and our stay here wildly exceeded our expectations.
The cottage was comfortable with lots of light from big windows and skylights. The queen bed was firm and there was enough storage for all our clothing and belongings. The shower was luxurious.
The outdoors, as you'll probably hear about reading through all the five star reviews, is lush and private; we sat outside with a couple of beers and watched for Apapane and the elusive Hawaiian hawk.
An unexpected touch, something we haven't experienced at other rentals: milk and yogurt and local bananas, a large bag of Granola, enough coffee beans (and a grinder) for about 5 days, and a big rack of spices. In a cabinet we found olive oil, soy sauce, and a few other cooking helpers.
We like to cook (stocked up on supplies at the KTA market in Hilo) and the cottage's kitchen had an adequate supply of cooking utensils. That worked out well because some of the local restaurants were expensive and the others just okay (even the under-new-management Tuk Tuk Truck).
The hosts, Dale and Cindy, were more than helpful; Dale took us birding at the Bird Park and to an almost full day birding hike just off Saddle Road. I even learned about a new twist on an Old Fashioned (Dale will send you the recipe!). Way cool.
Being so close to Volcano National Park was a plus; even trekking into Hilo was a quick 30 minutes. The price per day was inexpensive; we definitely got our money's worth -- and we'd definitely stay here again.
Like many or most of the lodging in Volcano Village, this cottage was a few miles off the main road so it was a tranquil setting. The table and chairs outside of our door were a peaceful place to enjoy coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. The fact that it isn't in the park is no big deal because you'd want to drive around in the park anyway to get to sites or to hikes.