The Chalet Kilauea
What We Love
- A eco-friendly hotel on the rim of an active volcano, amid lush jungle foliageThe volcano upon which the hotel sits, hear Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – don’t worry; this part of it isn’t active
- The hotel’s eco-friendly features, allowing it to honor nature, as well as blend in with it
- The uniquely themed rooms, tucked within an actual rainforest
What To Know
- Guestrooms are individually decorated
- No on-site restaurant, but rooms have a kitchen, and there's a general store and a handful of restaurants in Volcano village (two miles away)
- Rent a car if you want to explore around the island; this hotel is relatively remote
Mesmerizing lava fields, gorgeous waterfalls and lush rainforests are just some of what you’ll find outside your front door at The Chalet Kilauea. Which isn’t surprising, since you’ll be staying not only within a remote stretch of unspoiled rainforest reserve, but on the rim of an actual, active volcano within one of Hawaii’s beautiful national parks. Not to fear, of course: You’re perfectly safe here. Lava only flows in remote parts of Kilauea Volcano, an immense natural wonder that makes up much of the terrain of Hawaii’s Big Island.
The Chalet however, is set on a different part of this beautiful destination, an hour away from black-sand beaches with crystal-clear waters, and with magnificent terrain of its own. 12-foot prehistoric Hapu’u tree ferns accent the grounds, which include upscale, individualized rooms, a garden gazebo and a koi pond. All of these features are 4,000 feet above sea level, far removed from urban life. So, just as the volcanic activity dies down far from here at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, it’s also quiet, peaceful respite – which is just as true to that iconic Aloha spirit.
Rooms at the hotel are spacious and individually decorated, with natural accents and floating zen flames. You’ll have a king bed and a view straight into the rainforest.
Amenities- Art bathroom with custom shower- Custom wet bar (coffee maker, sink, mini-fridge, microwave)- Cable TV- Heating- Stereo- Hair dryer- Alarm clock- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Daily housekeeping
The Chalet Kilauea is located 4,000 feet above sea level, in a cool and wet (but generally insect-free) rainforest environment on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island comprises more than 4,000 square miles (about 2.5 hours of travel from one side to the next). The closest beaches are in East Hawaii, with world-famous turtle refuges and black sand beaches approximately one hour away by car.
How to Get There
Our room was in Lokahi Lodge, which is a separate house that's closer to the park entrance from the main property. The room was large and had everything we needed with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker in the room. The property was super quiet and I know there were others in the house but it felt very private. I loved the wraparound lanai, it was awesome sitting out there looking at the lush landscaping. We liked being able to use the lanai door to come and go rather than the front entrance since we could leave our shoes right next to the door as well. The only reason for 4 stars is because the mattress was super firm, but I would happily stay here again.
This was our 2nd stay in Volcano and we booked Kilauea Hospitality Group again due to our very good experience the first time. And, we again were not disappointed.
There are 3 properties not very far from each other. This time we‘ve been in ‚The Bungalow‘, which was only some steps away from the reception. If you want privacy, just go there. The jungle was directly behind our place. The car could be parked right in front. The inside was very cozy and rustic with all you need apart from a place to cook. But a microwave was there. Anyway, not very many people will stay in Volcano for a long time. For us the 5 days we planned were just sufficient.
Things to see: Volcano N.P. (only a few minutes to go), Mauna Loa Access Road, Hilo (around 50min away).
If you want to see more check on Blue Hawaiian. They‘ll fly you with nice helicopters to the Kilauea area and some beautiful waterfalls.
Best restaurant for us: Thai Thai Bistro and Bar. The prices are pretty reasonable. If you want cheaper food, you need to go to Hilo.
Only around 2 minutes away you can find a grocery store where you can buy what you need (also frozen food for the microwave), though it‘s expensive. So, you better bring what you need from Hilo or Kona.
The price we paid per night was also reasonable so that we‘ll come back again next time!
This is a great place to stay for a night or two while visiting Volcano national park. It makes a nice change from staying in large resorts, and there’s no annoying resort fee or parking charge. Sitting in the hot tub one evening, which is on stilts and among the rainforest trees, was one of the highlights of our two weeks in Hawaii!