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Kilauea Lodge
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Oceanside, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Cozy lodgings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2006

We stayed here for 2 nights on our honeymoon. We used this as our base camp for exploring the east side of the island, including Hilo and Volcano National Park. A very comfortable place to stay, we had a cheery wood-burning fire place and a comfy bed - and we made good use of the hot tub after hiking in the park. The lodge serves a complimentary breakfast and its restaurant is open for dinner - both were quite good - not the best meals we had on the island, but all well above average. Though dinner reservations were strongly recommended, we made them during the dinner hours, upon return to the lodge, and had no problems - we just went to our room to relax until it was time to eat. Pros: Great location, cute cats (outside), fireplace, hot tub, attached high quality but somewhat pricey restaurant. Nice common room that we didn't really use, but admired. Cons: We couldn't get the light on in the hot tub area, and one night we couldn't get the fire to catch - the whole place was pretty damp that day, and that may not have helped. This was my wife's favorite stop on our honeymoon.

  • Liked — Great location, climate, atmosphere
  • Disliked — Path to hot tub should not be done in bare feet
  • Tips/Secrets — Good base to explore the east side of the island, not just Volcano National Park
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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Irvine, CA
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75 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2006

We stayed for 1 night in Tutu's Place, a wonderful little cottage a few blocks from the main lodge. It was perfect for me, my wife, and 3 small kids. The house was very clean and roomy, with beautiful old time touches like wall paneling and stained glass windows. Very relaxing. It was a perfect base for exploring the National Park. Men, impress your wives with this place.

  • Liked — Tucked in a quiet wooded neighborhood. A truly unique Hawaiian experience.
  • Tips/Secrets — Do yourself a big favor and spend at least 2 nights.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta
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39 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2006

We spent a week on the Big Island in mid-August. We stayed in Kona at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay (another review), and drove to the other side of the island for a couple of days and stayed one night at Kilauea Lodge.

First the hotel. We checked into after our drive from Kona and several hours at the park. The staff was extremely helpful at check in and everything was ready for us when we arrived. They asked if we needed flashlights or a cooler for viewing lava that evening or dinner reservations if we were staying in. We chose the lava viewing.

We booked the honeymoon suite and the room was excellent. A king size bed, fireplace, private lanai, large bathroom. Nice touches were the water cooler and towel warmer. Since we were tired from our day trip went spent some time in the hot tub, and it was wonderful. The water was nice and warm and the surroundings were beautiful. It was warm during our week in Hawaii, but really cools off nicely in Volcano Village and has the feel of spring in the mornings. We slept well, but it was almost too quiet and peaceful to sllep soundly (I guess I'm used to noise). Breakfast was excellent my wife and I both opted for the french toast...all three flavors tasted good to me.

Second a little about the park and the Hilo/Puna sights. A block from the hotel is the Kilauea General store where we picked up some food and drinks for our trip back to the park. This was our second trip to the park (the first time was a quick day trip), so we did some of the normal stuff plus some additional adventures. We hiked from the Volcano House on the Halema'uma'u Trail to the Byron Ledge Trail, to the Kilauea Iki Trail, and to the Crater Rim trail back to Volcano House. It was a interesting hike, but very long (probably around 8 miles). You get to see the Kilauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater up close, but it is a tough hike. If we had to do over again we would start the Halema'uma'u Trail from the Overlook and hiked through Kilauea Crater and saved a couple of miles. Other nice hikes are the Devastation Trail, Petroglyphs Trail and the Thurston Lava tube. We visited the lava in the evening and hiked out to the first observation point and the view was incredible with the lava flowing into the ocean. We thought about the second observation point, but that was another 2 miles in the dark and we decided to not make the walk (many did). If you do some hiking then bring lots of water because it is very hot, sunscreen, and flashlights if you want to see the lava up close. The park rangers have a telescope setup so you can view the lava like you were right next to it near the first observation point. One thing we did that we decided wasn't worth the time was driving Hilana Pali Road...a 18 mile round trip drive on a windy one lane road to get to an overlook. The overlook was okay, but not worth the investment in time.

This is getting long so I'll wrap it up with some other things we saw in Hilo and Puna. In Hilo we ran out of time and missed the Tsunami Museum and the Macedemia Nut factory, but did visit Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls, Waiiale Falls and Akaka Falls (a short drive from Hilo). All of the waterfalls were beautiful and worth the drive. We drove 130 to 132 to 137 and back of 130 in the Puna area. We stopped at Lava Tree State Park (interesting but lots of mosquitos), Mackenzie Park, Kahena Black Sand Beach and the New Kaimu Black Sand Beach. Our favorite was the Kaima black sand beach. It is where the road was cutoff by the lava and there is a parking lot. You hike 15 - 20 minutes over the lava (walk towards the palm trees) and are rewarded with the best black sand beach we visited. The surf rolls in hard and the colors are impossible to capture with a camera. The only drawback is not being able to stay longer and the hike back across the lava to your car.

Thankd for reading and I hope you decide to stay at Kilauea Lodge.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — I liked it all
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank dgtray
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liverpool, england
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19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2006

We stayed at this bed and breakfast in August 2006 for 2 nights. We were exploring volcano national park. This b+b is 5 mins drive from the parks enterance. The rooms were vey spacious and well equiped. There was no television but we did not mind, we sat in the hot tub instead! Breakfast was superb and the staff are extreemly helpful. I would recommend this place to everyone wanting to get away from big hotels and relax.

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Eastern Connecticut
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59 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2006

The Lodge was a welcome respite after our stay at a mega resort on Waikiki. Felt like we were transported back East to a cozy Vermont B&B except that Kilauea Lodge is in the middle of a rain forest. Our upstairs Hale Aloha room was very comfortable and cheery with a lovely quilted bedspread. The heated towel warmer was a nice touch as it can get chilly even in July. The shower was a bit cramped. There was a common room downstairs with a TV. We saw some kids playing cards and a board game which I assume were provided. The hotel provides complimentary flashlights for hiking to the lava at night and umbrellas.

The full breakfast included in the room rate was quite good. We had blueberry pancakes (fluffy & delicious) and French toast made with 3 different types of sweetbread (yummy.) My only complaint is that breakfast is not served early enough (I think they start at 7:30 am) if you want to get out really really early for hiking. Dinner was also very good with some unusual offerings. There is a very relaxing & soothing atmosphere about the place. No TV in our room.

I don't usually like public hot tubs but this one was very clean and we had it all to ourselves. Just be sure to wear flip-flops as the paths to the outdoor hot tub are crushed lava rock.

The location is very convenient to Volcano National Park. Even though you are only about 5 minutes away, don't let the weather fool you. On the days we were there it was a light rain at the Lodge but just cloudy at the Park. Although fine for any traveler, I think this hotel would be most appreciated by someone who wants to get away from it all. We stayed only one night but I would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Relaxed atmosphere, food
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank 4evertravlin
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Woodbridge, VA
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2006

We stayed at the lodge for 2 nights, Jul 5th & 6th. We loved Kilauea Lodge. It is very convenient to Volcanoes National Park entrance (about 1 mile). The room was very comforatable and the breakfast that was included was more than enough to start the day.

Everyone at the Lodge, that we dealt with, was very nice and helpful.. I would not hesitate to stay there again or to recommend the lodge to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Mtavish
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2006

I really enjoyed the Kilauea Lodge. We stayed in the "Cottage", which was charming, well decorated, and had nice touches like a gas fireplace and towel warmers. It is cool and rains a lot at Volcano, so the large umbrella that hangs outside the door was appreciated. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the surrounding area. The lodge is very close to Volcano National Park, and is convenient if you want to hike to see the volcano erupting after dark (which is unique experience!)

Dinner at the restaurant was excellent. It is expensive, but the atmosphere, service and food were all good. Even the wine list exceeded my expectations.

Breakfast is included with the room, and was also excellent. We had Hawaiian sweetbread French toast.

Prior to coming to the Kilauea Lodge, we had stayed at a huge oceanfront resort hotel. For comparison, I would not like to stay at the resort hotel again, but I most definitely would like to stay at the Kilauea Lodge.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank VA_traveler17
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Property: Kilauea Lodge
Address: 19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kilauea Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kilauea Lodge is located in the quiet village of Volcano a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Park, home of Hawaii's active volcano Kilauea, offers miles of scenic overlook and trails. Romantic rooms and cottage are available with private bath, towel warmers, central heat and some with fireplaces. The off property homes have full kitchens, gas fireplace, TVs and phones. Full breakfast is included. Hot tub and Wi-Fi available on property. ... more   less 
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