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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Jun 13, 2019 Jul D Scottsdale, Arizona

This hotel offers a restaurant that can be good, but not necessarily. The breakfast buffet was ok but limited. The dinner menu is so so, the lamb and chicken dishes were great, but found beef and stir fry to be less appealing and left most of it. But a great view out the windows with the meals. Great gift shops, lobby area offers seating in front… Read more
This hotel offers a restaurant that can be good, but not necessarily. The breakfast buffet was ok but limited. The dinner menu is so so, the lamb and chicken dishes were great, but found beef and stir fry to be less appealing and left most of it. But a great view out the windows with the meals. Great gift shops, lobby area offers seating in front of 2 fireplaces. The room itself was clean, minimal, but adequate. This old hotel has a-lot of charm. I would stay again because if its access to hiking trails and being the only hotel in Volcano. Read less
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Jun 11, 2019 Wanderlust34212 Sarasota, Florida

We have not stayed at the venue but ate there several times during our recent stay in the area. The view from the dining room into the crater is totally unique and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals there. Our favorite was the fish n chips which was perfectly done. The staff is warm and friendly and very appreciative of being back to work after last… Read more
We have not stayed at the venue but ate there several times during our recent stay in the area. The view from the dining room into the crater is totally unique and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals there. Our favorite was the fish n chips which was perfectly done. The staff is warm and friendly and very appreciative of being back to work after last year's closure of the park. Would totally recommend staying there if you can - and if you cannot, definitely make plans to have a meal there. One of our favorites in the Volcano area! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best choice of lodging!

Jun 11, 2019 MinM5030

Years ago, I heard of this hotel which perches on the edge of the Halema’uma’u Crater of the Kilauea Volcano and I swore I would stay there someday. Well, someday came, and the hotel exceeded my expectations. It is NOT a polished, 5-star hotel if that’s what you’re looking for but it IS a fine, old-style facility with a wonderful, welcoming staff,… Read more
Years ago, I heard of this hotel which perches on the edge of the Halema’uma’u Crater of the Kilauea Volcano and I swore I would stay there someday. Well, someday came, and the hotel exceeded my expectations. It is NOT a polished, 5-star hotel if that’s what you’re looking for but it IS a fine, old-style facility with a wonderful, welcoming staff, a very comfortable and site-appropriate accommodation with absolutely amazing views, and great restaurants. We chose a crater view room and it was well worth the extra charge! We woke up the first morning in time to watch the sunrise slowly creep over the crater, highlighting the many active steam vents. The staff is incredible and personable, taking time to converse with visitors about their personal stories during the recent eruption which added even more to our visit. It is also less than a 2-minute walk to the Hawaii Volcanoes NP Visitors Center and the hiking trails associated with it. Be sure to have a Guava Flow at the bar or restaurant! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great view of Kilauea's crater

Jun 9, 2019 tcampbell210 Allendale, New Jersey

Volcano House is a historic lodge in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau crater. When our cruise ship docked in Hilo, we took an excursion with Robert's Hawaii to the National Park. Our fist stop was to the visitor center. After looking at the displays there, we walked across the street to Volcano House. From the… Read more
Volcano House is a historic lodge in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau crater. When our cruise ship docked in Hilo, we took an excursion with Robert's Hawaii to the National Park. Our fist stop was to the visitor center. After looking at the displays there, we walked across the street to Volcano House. From the veranda in back of the hotel, we had our first glimpse of the massive crater. With the closure of the Jaggar museum after the 2018 eruption, this is probably one of the best views of the crater. Don't expect to see molten lava, though...the lava lake drained to the ocean in the 2018 eruption. There is still lots of steam and a pretty dramatic landscape. Read less
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Jun 6, 2019 kjb0419 Seattle, Washington

Right off the bat I want to let you know that you should not be expecting any sort of "modern" rooms. The rooms are older but my wife and I loved the charm! The rooms/bathrooms are pretty small but we don't spend much time in our rooms anyways, just needed somewhere to sleep. We originally had a 1st floor room but asked to be moved to the… Read more
Right off the bat I want to let you know that you should not be expecting any sort of "modern" rooms. The rooms are older but my wife and I loved the charm! The rooms/bathrooms are pretty small but we don't spend much time in our rooms anyways, just needed somewhere to sleep. We originally had a 1st floor room but asked to be moved to the second floor because people were constantly walking past our windows and we didn't want to risk our room getting broken into. There is no air conditioning (it's pretty cool at night) so we just kept the windows open while we were there (hence wanting to be on the second floor). Overall a great place to stay if you want to spend a couple days exploring the national park! Read less