We found a great place to stay just outside Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.
1.) Homemade quilts on the beds.
The room had an additional special touch that was also a new experience for me: a towel warmer. Where have these been all my life!?! While I was slightly disappointed that the bathroom didn't have a soaker bathtub (my favourite travel treat of all), the warm, snuggly towels were a very nice touch.
2.) A old fashioned, resort style lounge.
3.) A rare historical pedigree.
A common room for socializing may not be everyone's cup of tea but I never saw anyone else using it whenever I walked past it and the room is shared among just a small group of rooms, making it unlikely that you'd run into anyone else there. But if privacy and quiet are of utmost importance to you, it would be wise to ask for a bedroom that's not immediately adjacent to this space.
Its unique history means the rooms are anything but cookie cutter in their design. The rooms have large windows, sometimes with high ceilings, and there are no standard square bedrooms. And this design works really well, as the rooms feel spacious and airy.
4.) An amazing location.
Volcanoes National Park is one of my favourite parks and it's one of the absolute best reasons to visit Hawaii's Big Island. There is fantastic hiking, wildlife viewing, pictographs, and, best of all, an active volcano! It's an incredible place to explore and Kilauea Lodge sits just a mile from the park gates, making it easy to head home to rest between adventures. And you'll definitely want to stay in the area overnight to experience the evening glow of the volcano's cauldron!
The village of Volcano is an interesting kind of place. It's built around receiving a lot of day trippers from the park and it was neat to experience it at night when most visitors have gone back to Hilo or Kona. We passed on eating at Kilauea Lodge, as the cuisine there is focused on upscale European dishes, and instead chose something that was a bit more economical to help offset the cost of other activities.
We grabbed dinner at the memorably named Thai Thai. We found the staff did a solid job of managing the busy restaurant and the food was similarly adept. It wasn't the best Thai food we've ever had, but it was far from the worst and in fact much better than we had hoped for, given the relatively remote location. The flavourful, creamy sauces were great on the cool, misty night and we appreciated the large potions. (Fun fact: you can order your food with different heat levels and brave Ryan requested his done at the hottest, or "Thai hot", increment. All the staff looked at him in awe! But it truly wasn't that hot at all. It you are accustomed to Thai food, or if you can handle 'hot' chicken wings, you can handle "Thai hot".)
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I was provided with a complimentary media visit at Kilauea Lodge and my visit to Hawaii was facilitated in part by Go Hawaii. All research, writing, and opinions are my own.