It's hard to add to the glowing reviews that brought me here in the first place, but I will try. This is a beautiful cabin in a quiet setting surrounded by tropical greenery. As everyone has mentioned, it is spotlessly clean. The decor is lovely, highlighted by beautiful traditional Hawaiian crafts. The kitchen is generously stocked with excellent coffee, delicious bread and jam, cereal, juice, milk, eggs, and fruit. The living room is well stocked with tour books and information about the park as well as local dining. The King bed is good and the electric blanket kept us toasty warm on a cool night. After watching the fascinating video of the history of the eruptions of the local volcano, we slept really well. (The lava isn't flowing anywhere near the cabin!)
What makes this place most memorable, though, is the wonderful hospitality of Barry and Jim. They are extremely warm and welcoming, and we got lots of good advice about how to make the most of our trip, including where to hike and where to eat. (The Kiawe Kitchen is excellent.)
An unexpected treat was the opportunity to raid their warehouse and buy some of the really nice crafts and postcards and other souvenirs that are stocked there. Jim is an amazing photographer, and I bought some of his postcards of flowing lava that are just spectacular. Jim and Barry are totally low-key about having this stuff available for purchase (at very reasonable prices), and if I hadn't admired the turtle potholder and told Barry that I wished I could take it home, I wouldn't have known that I could buy one of my own. That's why I'm sharing this information on TripAdvisor. A special treat for those lucky enough to stay in this special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A secluded, private cabin in the forest at the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Close to the National Park entrance. Perfect for couples and families with small children. Full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and great room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crater Rim Cabin Hotel Volcano
- Crater Rim Cabin Volcano, Hawaii