Our family stayed at the Forest House. The location is beautiful and private, set in a lush rainforest just a few minutes from the Volcano National Park visitor's center. Volcano Village, the small town where the house was located, was very sparse and food/groceries were very limited, but if you want to visit the volcano, it's worth it to be so close. The 2-bedroom house has VERY dated furnishings and appliances. And, in addition to a musty/stale smell in much of the home, there were cobwebs around every window. The size and layout of the house is great for a family--large open spaces, an open kitchen and large dining table. However, there's no central a/c or heat, so to circulate the air and make the temperature more comfortable, you have to either open all the windows in the afternoon to cool the house or use space heaters or a wood-burning stove to heat the rooms. We did appreciate and make use of the washer and dryer in the house, and the shower heads were brand new with great water pressure. The manager is difficult to reach through the office number, but she was easier to reach with her cell. Because there were some clothes hanging in the closets, books on the shelves, and food in the refrigerator, we think this house has owners that visit somewhat often. We had mixed opinions about this house, but recognize that there are other houses available to rent with this property. I wouldn't recommend this specific house unless they did some updating and more thorough cleaning, but the overall location was beautiful and great for visiting the volcano. On a related note, be sure to pack clothes for cooler weather because the elevation here is about 4000 ft and it's very cool in the mornings and evenings.
- Also Known As:
- Kilauea Volcano Cottages Hotel Volcano
- Kilauea Volcano Cottages Hawaii