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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Nov 14, 2019 josh_p01 Reno, Nevada

Had lunch here during our visit of the park. Based on previous reviews, we made sure we timed our visit to beat the lunch crowd. As a result, we were seated immediately in the middle of the dining room with a view of the crater. Based on recommendations of our server, we ordered a salad item and a fresh fish dish, which were really good. He was… Read more
Had lunch here during our visit of the park. Based on previous reviews, we made sure we timed our visit to beat the lunch crowd. As a result, we were seated immediately in the middle of the dining room with a view of the crater. Based on recommendations of our server, we ordered a salad item and a fresh fish dish, which were really good. He was also very attentive to us. There is a viewing area of the crater just right outside the restaurant along with two well stocked gift shops. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Interesting view and great food at their restaurant

Nov 11, 2019 LinlanLasVegas_NV Las Vegas, NV

The restaurant looks out over a huge crater. Surprisingly the fish and deserts were delicious. For those who are disabled or are not able to walk the trails this is a good relaxing place to view the crater. The wait staff were very nice.
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Nov 6, 2019 debbieBerkshire berkshire

Arrived to check in and only one lady at reception who was on the phone taking a booking after waiting over 10 minutes she put the call on hold and speedily checked us in, telling us we had a free drink but could we come back for it later. We were given no further information about the hotel as she had the caller on hold. The lady was very nice… Read more
Arrived to check in and only one lady at reception who was on the phone taking a booking after waiting over 10 minutes she put the call on hold and speedily checked us in, telling us we had a free drink but could we come back for it later. We were given no further information about the hotel as she had the caller on hold. The lady was very nice but she needed extra help. Asked someone from the restaurant to confirm my dinner reservation but they didn’t have it but there was table at 7:30 pm, we subsequently got 2 calls trying to get us to eat at 6 or 6:30. On going to the restaurant it was obvious they wanted to close early and that was why they wanted us to eat earlier. At just after 9pm the staff started to lock up the bar not even bothering to ask if we wanted another drink and a lady started to clean the windows. The bedroom was a decent size looking over the crater, although the settee was very worn. I personally didn’t like the fact there was an open window in the bathroom which opened into the hallway thankfully there was a blind on it. The lounge area was ok except for the fact that all the plastic on the chairs were peeling off and looked grubby. On check out the same as check in with the poor receptionist stuck on another call while we waited. At $375 on a room only basis it was extremely over priced, I know it is in an excellent position being the only hotel in the park but without any lava to see it is really only a tired old wooden building, over priced, under staffed on reception and in need of some TLC. I’m sorry I had to write these comments as I was so looking forward to this part of our 2 month trip. Read less
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Oct 30, 2019 Les M Cincinnati, Ohio

You gotta know before you go that Volcano House is not your standard Hawaiian resort. There are no luxury amenities here! So why does is rate 5 stars? Because it sits upon the rim of Kilauea! The location is everything here. Its the only hotel within the National Park. To stay elsewhere means you have the hassle of entering/exiting the NP… Read more
You gotta know before you go that Volcano House is not your standard Hawaiian resort. There are no luxury amenities here! So why does is rate 5 stars? Because it sits upon the rim of Kilauea! The location is everything here. Its the only hotel within the National Park. To stay elsewhere means you have the hassle of entering/exiting the NP each time you come and go. We visited in October of 2019 and there was no lava flowing in the park (or anywhere in Hawaii for that matter). Even though that would have been amazing to see, the property was still cool to see. From the hotel, you can walk to trails, the visitor center, etc. The rooms are Spartan by Hawaii standards. The rooms are small, the bathrooms are utilitarian, there's no tv. no ac, etc... The trade off is that your room overlooks the crater rim. Food at the Rim was good, not great. Same for drinks at Uncle George's lounge. The hotel has some public areas that are cool to hang out in. We liked sitting in the rockers by the fireplace. If you can live with the utilitarian accomodations at Volcano House, you will love it here! If you are looking for luxury - this is not the place for you. Read less
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Oct 29, 2019 Vulcan_God_of_War London, United Kingdom

This hotel is truly an undiscovered gem you have an amazing view of the crater and this hotel is friendly for the whole family And is also a great place to sit if you get caught in the rain you can just sit by the fire