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.
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We loved the comfort, space, the walk-in showerX2, heater/cooler (never seen so many electrical useful supplies), the colourful atmospheric fireplace and all the Extras that made our stay so very beautiful, comfortable and always memorable.
The place is very quiet, which is so important to us, we had the huge room with a view to the ponds with beautiful golden fish and we didn't want to leave any more.
Even the huge kingsize bed was so very comfortable that we didn't want to get up in the morning.
They have a Jacuzzi 24/7 and a Thai Tuktuk Truck nearby with very yummy food.
I can highly recommend this place (much better that Lokahi Lodge) and we will be back for sure. Mahalo
Simple room with shared bath. Clean and well stocked. Communal kitchen and dining room for guest use. Lovely setting. Staff were very nice and helpful. I actually left my lights on all night long on my car and when I got ready to leave my battery was dead. I called the front desk and they sent their maintenance man over with jumper cables to help me. That is real service. I appreciated their care and concern and genuine friendly manner. Would highly recommend the property and the owners and staff.
Wow, now THAT was a jungle experience! After days in rushy Waikiki, Chalet Kilauea was calming us down reeeally quick. You live in between a forest with wildlife and jungle sounds. Very cool accommodation either, furnished in jungle style that made us immediately feel comfortable. Although staying here right besides Kilauea during his May 2018 eruption, we did not noticr any impact on daily life expect from Volcano village being much less crowded.
We stayed 3 nights at the chalet. The room and bathroom were very spacious and clean. WiFi was really fast. There are a drip coffee maker, a fridge and a microwave in the room as well as plates and cutlery. But a few restaurants are pretty close, too, so not really in need of those.
The chalet is very close to the Volcanoes NP and about 40minutes from Hilo and 30minutes from the black sands beach.
The staff at reception was ok but not super friendly or attentive.
Stone work in the room was amazing. Dehumidifier kept it dry, as you are in a rain forest. Largest bathroom and shower I've ever seen in a hotel. Great, romantic setting and room. Feels totally private and hidden in the lush garden setting.