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“Great place to stay....once.”
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Kilauea Lodge
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Reviewed 17 July 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Kilauea Lodge on our recent honeymoon in (surprise!) the honeymoon suite, #12.

The room itself was very cute and it felt like we were staying in a relative's guest room. We had a fireplace, but no tv or phone (which I don't necessarily consider a bad thing). The room had little extra touches, like wineglasses, firewood and kindling already set up in the fireplace and even an umbrella and flashlight.

The grounds were well-kept, but I agree with other posters who mentioned that the staff wasn't very attentive or helpful. We had made arrangements to arrive at 8 pm, but once we arrived, we found that we had to go through the restaurant to check in. The waitress/hotel clerk seemed almost put out that we were arriving so late, even though we'd informed the hotel that our flight didn't arrive in Hilo until 6:30 pm. We did note the MANY signs asking guests to watch out for the cat--at least they're animal people.

The good:
- The room itself was cute, clean, and had little personal touches.
- The grounds are beautiful and lush.
- Breakfast was good and complimentary
- We were literally 5 minutes from Volcanoes National Park, which was the whole reason for going to the east side of the Big Island.

The not-so-good:
- The staff. They weren't rude, but they weren't very attentive at check in or check out. It wasn't clear for us where to go to check in or check out.
- Volcano Village has absolutely NOTHING to do at night. There are a whopping 3 or 4 restaurants.
- The "curious cat" ended up sneaking into one of our fellow guest's rooms and wouldn't leave for 15-20 minutes. The cat was friendly enough, but some people might not want an unexpected visitor.

Overall, I'd stay here again if we were to revisit the area, but honestly, one visit to the volcano was enough for me.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2007

We spent two nights at the Kilauea Lodge in June of 2007. The first night we stayed at Tutu’s Place, which is a small house about half a mile away from the main lodge. If you are traveling with a family this is the best unit to rent. The kitchen is small but functional. The living room was comfortable and equipped with board games. The beds were comfortable. There is only one bathroom and it is small, but it was in good shape given how old the house is. The only thing I did not like about Tutu’s was the lighting; the place seemed dim even when all the lights were on. The cost of Tutu’s was $250.69 per night including tax.

The second night we stayed in one of the Hale Aloha rooms near the main lodge. It was a large room with a king size bed and a futon. They brought in floor cushions since we were a family of four. I do not recommend one of these rooms for a family of four unless you children are young – we felt cramped. However, it would have been very nice for just a couple. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom has been redone recently. This bathroom would work for someone in a wheelchair; it was very spacious and nicely tiled. There is a common room in the Hale Aloha Building that had sofas, a TV, games and a fireplace. We were in room #6 and had to walk outside in order to access this room, a minor inconvenience. However, if you can rent rooms #7 or #8 your room opens directly onto the common room. That would have been nicer as long as the folks using the common room were not being too loud. The cost of the Kehau (#6) room was $233.98 per night including tax.

The hot tub was a standard above the ground Jacuzzi. It is rather small; only two adults can fit comfortably in it at one time.

Breakfast is included with the room rate and the same options are offered everyday. You can get oatmeal if you order it the night before. Otherwise it is bacon and eggs, pancakes, or French toast. The food was good but not great. The best part about breakfast was the fresh papaya you could have instead of orange juice. It comes served with a fresh lime wedge. I have never liked papaya before, but with the lime juice it is really delicious.

If you are planning to visit Volcano National Park Kilauea Lodge is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2007

This is a very rustic lodge in the tiny "town" of Volcano. The lodge itself. I think the lodge itself is fine -- very rustic, quiet and surrounded with tropical plants. Breakfast is included but it's nothing special. I find the price (we paid something like $155 plus tax) quite expensive. Of course I understand you pay this price to gain proximity to the National Park -- it is about 3 miles from the park entrance.

However, I now question whether this was really worthwhile. At least when we were there the "hot spots" of volcano activities were not near the park entrance but in the southeast (near Kaimu at the end of highway 130). As such, you'd be better off staying in Hilo (of course, I understand volcano activities can be unpredictable, and at other times it may well be worth staying here). As to the town of Volcano, as other alluded to, there is absolutely nothing to do there.

I would give it a 3.5 stars, but lacking that, I give it a 4 star.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed 21 May 2007

Just got back from Hawaii, and will recommend some:
Rental: Alamo...do it on-line and SAVE! GET a AWD or 4-wheel, you won't regret it. Reserved a Chev Trailblazer, got upgraded to Chev Equinox...which was great for this trip! (Gas is 3.50+)
Fairwinds: Hula Kai snorkel adventure...neat!
Lava Roys Ocean Sunset Lava trip: WOW!!!! (search Lava roy on internet)...this is new for Hawaii, and is special.
Kilauea Lodge: NICE place to stay while on Hilo side and visiting the Volcano National park....food is awesome!!!!
Punalu'u Bake shop: OMG place and CLEAN restrooms.
Whats Shakin': on scenic route outside Hilo, fantastic ALL fruit smoothies!
Beaches: waste a LOT of gas finding the best beaches: Best we found -we like snorkeling-: For kids and adults- Kahaluu Beach park Kona...lifeguards, restrooms, and lots of turtles as well as beautiful fish!! Fantastic snack wagon-made great friends with the owners who helped us a lot! and Honaunau Bay - SUPER!! the Place of Refuge--shallow to deep water with ALL kinds of fish!!!! Better here for adults.
Snorkeling Equipment: No need to take with you...just adds weight to the luggage...rent or buy on the Island...nice place to buy is Kona Gear in the Kona International market...was cheaper then the gear we bought and took with us! and has great Rx masks.
We had two weeks and saw about everything...so if you have any questions, email me hjeffer846x@yahoo.com.
You can research everything I have mentioned on the net...which you MUST do!
Oh...BTW...if you don't get the Blue book of Hawaii...you have made a MAJOR mistake!!!

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2007

The Kilauea Lodge offers a very convenient location for those wanting to visit Volcano National Park. We stayed in the little private cottage and found it to be charming. The sitting area was very pretty, with stained glass windows, and had its own fireplace - great for the cool nights that are common on this side of the island. Our bedroom and bathroom were small but comfortable. Breakfast in the cozy lodge was great - we both had big mugs of hot chocolate that were perfect for taking the chill off the morning. Service was warm and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2005, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kilauea Lodge

Address: 19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Volcano
Price Range: ₹ 14,291 - ₹ 22,046 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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