Volcano House

Big Island, Hawaii

The hotel

It’s not often you get to sleep near the rim of a volcano. In fact, this is the only hotel in the whole of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Dating as far back as 1846, Volcano House was moved to the lip of Kilauea Caldera when it was rebuilt almost a century later. Whether from fascination or fear, it’s hard to tear your eyes from the arresting views of the ever-fizzing Halema’uma’u Crater but, if you do, this historic hotel rewards you with authentic local experiences, like seeing the nearby Thurston Lava Tube or visiting Hawaii Volcano Observatory. Part of Hawaii’s very storied history, and deep-rooted in its community, Volcano House features native artisans’ work in its gift shop, and sources 95% of the meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables locally for its spectacular restaurant, The Rim.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the Island of Hawaii, right at the summit of Kilauea Caldera, inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hotel is surrounded by scenic trails for hiking and biking. It’s a short walk along Crater Rim Drive to Kilauea Visitor Center.

Hotel information

33 rooms. All rooms have a heater, fan, and WiFi. Standard Rooms are newly renovated historic room with rainforest views, are 256 sq ft and have 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Volcano Crater View Guest Rooms are also renovated historic rooms 260 sq ft, and have unparalleled views of Kilauea Crater, and 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

The Rim (creative island cuisine, overlooks the caldera’s rim and Halema’uma’u Crater, breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Uncle George’s Lounge (appetisers and cocktails, live weekend evening entertainment, TV for big games). Snack bar. Great Room (lounge with fireplace). Complimentary WiFi. Cruiser bicycles (limited availability, 8:00am-5:00pm). Guided walking tours* (daily). Use of iPads. Board and card games. Library (with guide books, cultural history, and children’s bedtime stories). Cultural events and demonstrations. Gift shop (with native Hawaiian art, jewellery and crafts). Complimentary self-parking available.

*Denotes local charge

Please note: National Park entrance fees apply (payable locally and subject to change): $20 per vehicle, $10 for pedestrians or bicyclists (seven-day permit), collectible at time of park entrance.  

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Enjoy dinner at sunset!!

Apr 13, 2019 Mary L Las Vegas, Nevada

My husband and I had a great meal at the Volcano House. I had ono wrapped in thinly sliced pineapple and he had steak and lobster. Beth was super kind and an excellent server. Top a great meal off with a fantastic view of the steam vents with rays of the setting sun beaming down...fantastic! A very memorable evening. My only suggestion to the… Read more
My husband and I had a great meal at the Volcano House. I had ono wrapped in thinly sliced pineapple and he had steak and lobster. Beth was super kind and an excellent server. Top a great meal off with a fantastic view of the steam vents with rays of the setting sun beaming down...fantastic! A very memorable evening. My only suggestion to the restaurant would be to have a little quiet music in the background. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Met every expectation

Apr 2, 2019 myhrse11 Toms River, New Jersey

We haven’t been to Volcano National Park since in 15 years and decided to return and really wanted to stay at Volcano House. It met every expectation. Rooms were very quaint and comfortable. Staff where extremely friendly. When we got to the hotel late at night they offered to keep someone there to make us a pizza before bed. The only thing I… Read more
We haven’t been to Volcano National Park since in 15 years and decided to return and really wanted to stay at Volcano House. It met every expectation. Rooms were very quaint and comfortable. Staff where extremely friendly. When we got to the hotel late at night they offered to keep someone there to make us a pizza before bed. The only thing I think would be a concern is the lack of an elevator for some and the lack of fans in the room. It does get stuffy. The view was awesome even without any glow from the volcano. We’re definitely going back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating If u Come for the view but lower your expectations for the meal. Then it is a good choice.

Mar 31, 2019 plau678

View is great but meal is average. There are not many other choices of restaurants either. We ordered fish and chips and pulled pork box. Fish was over cooked, (dry), pulled pork was a bit too salty but all acceptable. View is great if u can get a table by the window. Average lunch plate is $15 to $20.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon dining at its best

Mar 29, 2019 AlaskaPedicab Juneau, Alaska

Ahi Poke nachos were delightful. I had a veggie bowl and my wife had ono. Many restaurants serve a veggie bowl just to give the few vegetarians who might come in something to gnosh on. These veggies were grilled and cooked by someone who was proud of them and appreciative of their deliciousness. The ono was cooked perfectly. They also had five… Read more
Ahi Poke nachos were delightful. I had a veggie bowl and my wife had ono. Many restaurants serve a veggie bowl just to give the few vegetarians who might come in something to gnosh on. These veggies were grilled and cooked by someone who was proud of them and appreciative of their deliciousness. The ono was cooked perfectly. They also had five local beers on tap. Just yummy! They take reservations and always seem packed. Travis was our server and he made the meal fun. He gets five stars just for himself! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Had wanted to stay here for over forty years

Mar 28, 2019 G8523SUpeterp Honolulu, Hawaii

Growing up in a Hawaii, our family went to The Big Island every year. We always visited the Kilauea crater. I had longed to one day stay at The Volcano House, perched on the side of the crater. Finally went, as a 60th birthday present to myself. Was not disappointed. Views are stellar. Madame Pele in her glory. The accommodations here are… Read more
Growing up in a Hawaii, our family went to The Big Island every year. We always visited the Kilauea crater. I had longed to one day stay at The Volcano House, perched on the side of the crater. Finally went, as a 60th birthday present to myself. Was not disappointed. Views are stellar. Madame Pele in her glory. The accommodations here are good, good enough for basics, as the main reason to be here is the volcano. However, the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff is on a par with much more expensive properties. The restaurant serves very good food, especially when you consider they are part of a National Park. Read less