by Terry Ward
Less than an hour from Hilo International Airport, the Chalet Kilauea is situated on the outskirts of the rainforest and Volcanoes National Park. Rooms feature double showerheads, two sinks, spacious bathrooms, kitchenettes, seating areas and comfortable king- and queen-sized beds. The grounds feature water fountains, sculptures and a koi pond. Guests can enjoy the 24-hour hot tub and complimentary tea and coffee.
Volcanoes National Park is just one mile from the hotel grounds. There are lava tours you can embark on and several landmarks and shops to visit.
Our Editor Loves
- Rainforest location
- Double showerhead showers
- Koi pond on the grounds
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
Our room was in Lokahi Lodge, which is a separate house that's closer to the park entrance from the main property. The room was large and had everything we needed with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker in the room. The property was super quiet and I know there were others in the house but it felt very private. I loved the wraparound lanai, it was awesome sitting out there looking at the lush landscaping. We liked being able to use the lanai door to come and go rather than the front entrance since we could leave our shoes right next to the door as well. The only reason for 4 stars is because the mattress was super firm, but I would happily stay here again.
This was our 2nd stay in Volcano and we booked Kilauea Hospitality Group again due to our very good experience the first time. And, we again were not disappointed.
There are 3 properties not very far from each other. This time we‘ve been in ‚The Bungalow‘, which was only some steps away from the reception. If you want privacy, just go there. The jungle was directly behind our place. The car could be parked right in front. The inside was very cozy and rustic with all you need apart from a place to cook. But a microwave was there. Anyway, not very many people will stay in Volcano for a long time. For us the 5 days we planned were just sufficient.
Things to see: Volcano N.P. (only a few minutes to go), Mauna Loa Access Road, Hilo (around 50min away).
If you want to see more check on Blue Hawaiian. They‘ll fly you with nice helicopters to the Kilauea area and some beautiful waterfalls.
Best restaurant for us: Thai Thai Bistro and Bar. The prices are pretty reasonable. If you want cheaper food, you need to go to Hilo.
Only around 2 minutes away you can find a grocery store where you can buy what you need (also frozen food for the microwave), though it‘s expensive. So, you better bring what you need from Hilo or Kona.
The price we paid per night was also reasonable so that we‘ll come back again next time!