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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Aug 14, 2019 Lorraine R

Only stayed 1 night which ends up fairly expensive by the time you add park fees but well worthwhile. Rooms very small but nicely decorated. Had an absolutely wonderful dinner in the restaurant. They looked after our whims and fancies and we really enjoyed trying a bit of everything. We finished the night with a bottle of wine in the lounge by the… Read more
Only stayed 1 night which ends up fairly expensive by the time you add park fees but well worthwhile. Rooms very small but nicely decorated. Had an absolutely wonderful dinner in the restaurant. They looked after our whims and fancies and we really enjoyed trying a bit of everything. We finished the night with a bottle of wine in the lounge by the open fire Would recommend to anyone who likes to do something a bit different Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good food with an amazing view.

Aug 14, 2019 Wanda C Brooklyn, New York

While visiting Volcano National Park, we stopped to grab lunch. Volcano house had amazing food and the view was stellar. This restaurant is located inside a cute little inn. We had a nice meal there. They also have a nice little gift shop.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great View!!!!!!

Aug 5, 2019 gary c Carolina, Puerto Rico

We stopped in an walked through the Volcano House. It’s a restaurant/inn right on the edge of the Kilauea Caldera!!! The place inside was super with lots of breakfast food being served. The views from the restaurant and outside were to die for!!!! Beautiful building built in a beautiful spot in the Park. It’s right off the Chain of Craters… Read more
We stopped in an walked through the Volcano House. It’s a restaurant/inn right on the edge of the Kilauea Caldera!!! The place inside was super with lots of breakfast food being served. The views from the restaurant and outside were to die for!!!! Beautiful building built in a beautiful spot in the Park. It’s right off the Chain of Craters Road and very easy to get to. Once inside and even outside, you will never forget this place!!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simple but clean with great location

Aug 5, 2019 Christina S Greenville

We enjoyed staying at the rim of the volcano for a few days. The location is great with expansive views of the volcano. You can walk right out of the hotel onto several great trails and visit the park headquarters right accross the street. We would get coffe in the lobby each morning and sit and watch the steam coming off the volcano and making… Read more
We enjoyed staying at the rim of the volcano for a few days. The location is great with expansive views of the volcano. You can walk right out of the hotel onto several great trails and visit the park headquarters right accross the street. We would get coffe in the lobby each morning and sit and watch the steam coming off the volcano and making clouds. I do suggest paying more for one of the upgraded rooms and ask to not be right next to the reception area. We booked a basic room way ahead of time and it was very small and right next to the parking lot and the reception area. I requested to be moved and the receptionist said they would get back to me then when we were leaving said they had had a room available but were waiting for me to get back to them (?!). Also, young guy working at the gift shop was rude and unhelpful when we asked a question. Still, I would stay there again but in a better room. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wow. And not in a good way.

Aug 3, 2019 andym281 Sydney, Australia

Wow. What a waste of a great location. Dirty, threadbare and in serious need of a makeover. With big tv's "showing" some kind of text jukebox you could easily have teleported back to the 80's - although I'd hope it would have been smarter back then. The hole in the ground toilets in the park are cleaner than than the restrooms here - avoid!