Volcano House

Big Island, Hawaii

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 1139 reviews

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.  

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 1139 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location!

Feb 22, 2019 JARPHX Phoenix, Arizona

We had a crater rim view room and appreciated that, even with the fog and rain. The front desk folk were gracious and very helpful. Mimosas at the front desk and cookies left on our bed upon arrival are a nice touch, as well as cookies at the front desk in the evening. Maid service was generally fine, but I do wish we had known that we needed to… Read more
We had a crater rim view room and appreciated that, even with the fog and rain. The front desk folk were gracious and very helpful. Mimosas at the front desk and cookies left on our bed upon arrival are a nice touch, as well as cookies at the front desk in the evening. Maid service was generally fine, but I do wish we had known that we needed to wash our glasses and empty the melted ice from the bucket. I must say that although the bed was comfortable, these were some of the firmest pillows I have ever experienced. The bathroom is indeed small, but it has been nicely updated and workable for two people. National park lodges are always a unique experience, and this was no different. We would definitely stay here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spontaneous overnight stay

Feb 22, 2019 Jin40 Canada

My husband and I were on a Hawaiian vacation staying in Kona but while we were driving around the island we stopped in the park to see how it had changed since the last time we were there before all the volcanic activity last year .We walked the trails that were open and had a late lunch . During lunch we began our discussions on staying there… Read more
My husband and I were on a Hawaiian vacation staying in Kona but while we were driving around the island we stopped in the park to see how it had changed since the last time we were there before all the volcanic activity last year .We walked the trails that were open and had a late lunch . During lunch we began our discussions on staying there one night and decided why not check if they had space that night . The front desk attendant was very helpful and friendly and we decided to stay . They gave us sparkling wine while checking in , offered warm cookies later and we had an awesome view of the rim of the crater from our room. Plus they gave us the necessary toiletries for our stay including a charging cord for our phone . Tho they don’t have TVs in the room there are shops to browse in and two very good dining options . The longest burning fire in the lounge is a cosy touch and we appreciated the history book provided in the room . We would definitely stay again in the future. The only thing missing was a hot tub to warm up in the evening as it cools off quite a bit there as night falls . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Whole Group dinner with a great view of the volcano

Feb 18, 2019 jacksbat3 Morristown, New Jersey

We were a large group of almost twenty adults. One of the group had gotten the reservation and they had a lovely table set for the whole group. The food was well prepared and they allowed us to split the checks so it worked for everyone. The service was polite and the food was good. Lots of choices. And of course the view was wonderful. After… Read more
We were a large group of almost twenty adults. One of the group had gotten the reservation and they had a lovely table set for the whole group. The food was well prepared and they allowed us to split the checks so it worked for everyone. The service was polite and the food was good. Lots of choices. And of course the view was wonderful. After dark we could not see anything because during our visit - the volcano was calm. Still enjoyable and I would recommend. Not cheap, but lots of choices. Read less
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Feb 12, 2019 captainkt Honolulu, Hawaii

Old Fashoined hotel with a killer view!! Free Coffee, great brunch. The Hale Maumau crater is no longer ‘glowing’ red but the recent landscape changes are fasinating, post 2018 eruption. The Volcano House (hotel) is very safe, no worries about the lava, in fact there is no hot lava anywhere on the island right now. But you can drive to the new… Read more
Old Fashoined hotel with a killer view!! Free Coffee, great brunch. The Hale Maumau crater is no longer ‘glowing’ red but the recent landscape changes are fasinating, post 2018 eruption. The Volcano House (hotel) is very safe, no worries about the lava, in fact there is no hot lava anywhere on the island right now. But you can drive to the new Black Sand Beach at Issac Hale, and people are surfing there! You can take scenic drive to Pu’ulani Bakery. Hike Kupuna trail. If you’re stay in the hotel, be sure to take the 4:00 Pm guided walk with ranger provided for free. We tipped $10 because it was a very informative tour. Be sure to see the morning mist in the crater at sunrise. it gives the illusion of a smoking volcano. Read less
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Feb 3, 2019 scwoll Portland, Oregon

My partner and I were 1 of 3 groups in here. The food was hit and miss. My partner and I split the lobster/crab cakes and the Kalau pork pizza. The cakes were great, but the pizza was basically a frozen pizza except for the toppings. The drinks were very good. I had one of the best mai tais I’ve had on the big island so far. There was a live opera… Read more
My partner and I were 1 of 3 groups in here. The food was hit and miss. My partner and I split the lobster/crab cakes and the Kalau pork pizza. The cakes were great, but the pizza was basically a frozen pizza except for the toppings. The drinks were very good. I had one of the best mai tais I’ve had on the big island so far. There was a live opera singer which was very nice. I would say this isn’t a bad place to stop in after hiking all day in the national park. Read less