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"Crater view" is deceptive
We paid extra for a crater view, but our room (#19) has a big tree in between us and the steaming/visually interesting part of the crater. I feel ripped off. The room is clean, and the staff are helpful. The locations is great.
Wow what a great view
TomD372 (Utica, Michigan)
Right accross from the visitors center is a hotel and resturant. The food is good but the view is incredible. Great drinks,good beer and great atmosphere. You can’t beat the view. We had a great servior who explain what it was like during the eruption. This is a great place for lunch or a beer after a day in the park.
charles s (London, United Kingdom)
My wife and I visited the National Park some time following the Kilauea late spring eruptions and the volcano had quietened down somewhat although hot steam was still pouring out of various areas showing signs of activity. Many of the trails had been lost and other trails were either closed or shortened for understandable safety reasons. The Volcano House Hotel is well worth a visit as it is perfectly located near the rim of the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, a pit crater located within the much larger summit of Kīlauea which doubled in size following the May eruptions. At the rear of the hotel, there is an outside viewing area and informative Rangers are there to provide their expertise to visitors.
Just reopened in October 2018 with a new different view
SCalif (Los Angeles, California)
I managed to snag a crater view room just after the hotel reopened. The staff must have gone all out to get the place on line. The restaurants opened while I was in house. So I got to enjoy the breakfast buffet each morning. Thanks to Daniel the “omelet man” for his conversations. Sadly the ever burning fireplace has chimney damage, so was not burning. Maybe someone took some coals and the tradition will be reborn! The rooms are nice and clean. Don’t expect TV, but the WiFi worked well and I was able to send out pictures of the new look to friends. The staff were to a person happy to be back at work with the public after a five month closing. I was disappointed that some of the nearby trails are closed for safety reasons, but did catch a beautiful rainbow at the end of Chain of Craters Road.
Cool place to see a live volcano
Joel C (Telluride, Colorado)
The Volcano House Hotel sits right on the rim of the steaming Kilauea volcano inside the national park. The staff if so friendly. Watching the sunset at dinner overlook the crater was sensational. Free bikes to explore and a wonderful buffet breakfast at a very fair price. Not to miss.