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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

My husband and I found the Inn to be peaceful. Not for families! We listened to the water fall and coqui frogs at night. The breakfast in the morning was as good as any and served with enthusiasm and love! The town of Hilo is cool, many great eateries and shops. We found the location excellent to visit Akaka Falls, the Botanical Gardens, and the Kilauea Volcano. The Inn is truly off the beaten path and I would definitly recommend it and hopefully I will be a guest there again!

Room Tip: We stayed in Harmony House which had a carport. It made unloading our car in the rain much nicer. We were in the Jasmine room which is on the first floor. I would not want to carry a suitcase to the second floor.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Upon arriving at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls, we could hear the huge waterfall in the distance. The grounds were beautiful and lush with green plants and we enjoyed hiking the two trails: one to the Bamboo garden and the other to the Waterfall. Eli was very friendly and Lexi made us an awesome Hawaiiana breakfast, macadamia pancakes included!
We enjoyed the view from the patio of our room and kept the window open at night to hear the roaring of the waterfall. We also took a swim in the pond, which was cold, but well worth the adventure. Great value for the money, we would definately stay again next time we visit Hilo.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Greg Y
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Do not come here if you are expecting a hotel stay with a front desk, room service, a television and a mini bar, you will be disappointed. Do come here is you want an artfully decorated, peaceful, rural and incredibly friendly b&b. This little gem is about 15 minutes outside of Hilo via some 1 lane roads through macademia trees and coffee plantations. Drive slowly there is usually wildlife (we saw a wild boar with her little piglets!). The place itself is down a private road with welcoming Buddha statues. There are 3 "houses". We stayed in the 3rd called "the residence", with a small lanai, but there is also a small Pagoda house with TV and another guest house. The sound of the falls is the only disturbance in this green sanctuary. Hilo is very rainy so the surroundings are lush and very green. The guest houses are off the grid run and each is uniquely decorated. The breakfast is served between 8-9 with coffee served a bit earlier. It's a great chance to socialize with other guests or the incredibly friendly staff. The food was excellent! The coffee was 100% Kona (it makes a difference!). I would suggest trying the waffles but have also been told the omelettes are excellent. All together a great stay, a great value and a great place to rest.

Room Tip: Rooms are listed on an outdoor board by the 3rd house with your name on it. Keys will be in the door.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Where else can you stay in the world where you have your own private waterfall? We enjoyed our night at the Inn and seeing the waterfall was very interesting. Len is growing several varieties of bamboo on the property and it was interesting to learn about some of them. Although the Inn is isolated from nearby civilization, we didn't mind the 8 mile drive into Hilo to have dinner at the Seaside restaurant. Then came the big surprise, breakfast! One of the best B&B breakfasts we have had.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank James B
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

We felt like there were both ups and downs to The Inn. It is a gorgeous property, with lovely hiking trails. The waterfall is soothing and so is the bamboo garden; if you get the chance, hike down to both. You can swim in the natural pool under the falls. We stayed in the Lilioukalani room, which had a partial view of the fall from the deck and we had no complaints about the room, except that it felt kind of like a dorm. To get to it, we had to walk down a wooden hallway (barefoot, since the owners ask that you take your shoes off inside) and the doors separating the rooms from the hallway are extremely thin. Otherwise, the room was quaint, comfortable, and just an overall nice place to stay. I would say the location is terrible though; if you are someone who is looking to get away from everything and spend some quiet time alone or with family and friends, this is the place for you. However, if you are trying to do sightseeing, or get hungry in the middle of the night, be prepared for a drive into town (15-20 minutes each way, which does not seem like a lot, but gets tiring after awhile, plus the roads are really bad). Breakfast is ok, the younger girls that work here (I think one was the owners' daughter) are really nice. Breakfast is okay, you eat with all the other guests on the lanai outside the Ohana room, where you have a gorgeous view of the falls, but the food is just so-so. The atmosphere at The Inn is really laid back, however, the owners were not particularly friendly and kind of gave off the vibe that they were tired of guests (understandable because they live here and CAN'T get away; but come on...don't run an inn if you don't want to see the guests). Overall, I was happy I stayed here, but probably won't come back.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank NotAlexis
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