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Volcano Forest Inn

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

After driving from Kailua Kona and viewing the National Park, we decided to spend the night and drive home the next day. We booked the VFI during lunch and found the place later in the day. The entrance drive is obscure and proceeds through a jungle! But we were greeted by One the dog who was thrilled to see us, and by the cleaning woman who showed us our room and even provided new toothbrushes and toothpaste. Volcano is tiny so we were grateful for her thoughtfulness. Our room (#4) was large and clean although clearly in process of fixing up. Breakfast was plentiful but if you are a modest eater, I recommend telling the hostess Tray! (We had a lovely meal at Thai Thai, a restaurant down the road. ) Do try this B&B! It’s a little gem hidden deep in the jungle!

Let me begin by saying we are not the kind of people who normally complain. However our experience at Volcano Forest Inn left much to be desired. First, and on the good side, our room was spacious and comfortable. That was about it however. When we arrived in the evening we walked into a dark and seemingly empty building. There was no note, no instructions on where our room was, nor any information on how to contact management. After calling out and looking for someone from management for 15 minutes, we sat down and called both the contact number for the Inn and then who we had rented our room through. All to avail. Over an hour later, well after dark, the ‘Interim manager’ showed up and let us in. We had the room rented for 4 days. The regular manager never showed up. Our room was never cleaned nor our bed made, nor was extra toilet paper or clean towels provided at any time during our stay. On day 2 the internet and TV service went out and was never repaired (it was fine in town). Breakfast, when it was offered, was sporadic and of poor quality (for instance there was no milk provided for our cold cereal breakfast one morning). The ‘interim’ manager was mostly unavailable and pretty standoffish. Frankly she seemed hassled about even being there, and was fundamentally unhelpful. No information was provided about the national park or area recreation opportunities. We really did feel somewhat like unwelcome outcasts. This was all pretty disappointing and frankly pretty odd all in all. - TJ

We stayed here for one night when we drove down from Hawi to visit Volcanoes National Park. We were pleasantly surprised with how spacious and nice our room was and the king size bed was so comfortable. There isn’t a lot to do after dark in the area so we spent the evening at the inn. The staff was friendly and informative. It was great to have such a short drive to the National Park the next day.

The Volcano Forest Inn is a quiet hideaway in Volcano town. Large spacious rooms, deck, all amenities, delicious breakfast and wonderful staff. A short drive to the park, it was the perfect location for our trip to Kilauea. Highly recommended!

Stayed here last October. We were looking for a place close to Volcanoes National Park for a night, and this fit the bill. The room we got was large, and seemed clean (but I found a bug next to my pillow right before we left the next day). The room ambiance was more on the spartan side and not decorated for comfort, so we didn't exactly feel at home. You really felt that you were about to sleep in a stranger's guestroom. It can be tricky to find the entrance if you don't know the place you are looking for. We didn't avail of the free breakfast that came with the booking. It's a secluded guesthouse, surrounded by trees and greenery, so it can be a bit claustrophobic to some.

Our room was very nice. There was only one other room rented at the time, so it was very quiet and restful. Breakfast was delicious. The caretakers were very helpful with information: local eateries, places to visit, etc.

Here are the pros: Secluded, beautiful tree ferns surrounding the place, Room #4 (can't speak to any other rooms is spacious) and a decent breakfast if you want to eat what they are serving. Here are the cons: The room was so musty smelling, it triggered my allergies and asthma. The mattress had to be from last century. Hand soap in the bathroom is in a bottle of Dawn (I have a picture to prove this) and the towels look to be from the same time as the the mattress. We thought at least it would be very quiet but instead there was some electrical noise that lasted for about 30 seconds at least once an hour. Trying to locate the entrance is a real trick. Poorly marked and instructions to find it poor as well.

We stayed overnight at this great B&B located only 1 mile from the Volcano National Park. VFI is clean, quiet and close to the volcano - offering nice accommodation to allow us the make the most of our short stay. Upon arrival, Dan greeted me and showed me to the room (big one with beautiful vegetation all around). He turned on the heater to make sure we would come back to a nice warm room after exploring the volcano in the rain. We were able stayed at night to see the red glow of the volcano without having to drive back to Kona (1.5 hrs. away) in the dark and rain. Then we were able to wake up at 6:30 am the next morning to enjoy the crater and steam vents pretty much to ourselves since most tourists and tour bus arrive at 8:00 pm. We were able to make it back to the VFI for the breakfast of fluffy pancake, taro toast and orange wedges. Dan was very gracious to whip it up for us so we could leave the volcanos with a full belly. I would definitely stay here again.

The location is great. They serve a hearty breakfast for you to start your day. It was a comfortable stay in a rather large room. We had all the amenities that we needed. The owners were very efficient at cleaning up after all the other guests which can be a full time job as everyone uses the kitchen and dining room at their leisure.

Thank goodness it was for just one night. Room was adequate but kitchen & dinning are was dirty and cluttered with trash. Took us two drive-bys and a turn-around to find it since the since was only facing one way. Driveway needed to be graded (dirt/gravel). It was full of potholes and the heavy rain made it treacherous.

19-4034 Old Volcano Road Volcano HI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Haw...
  • Free local cuisine breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Int...
  • Free parking

Volcano Forest Inn is a short stroll from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Cooper Center. This 4-room, 3.5-star bed & breakfast has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking.


Free local cuisine breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


A TV comes with cable channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Other standard amenities include a lanai, a refrigerator, and a ceiling fan. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Guests of Volcano Forest Inn enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and express check-in. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Friendly staff can provide front-desk service during limited hours, and also offer advice about sightseeing. This bed & breakfast also has express check-out.

Room options

Room (Honeycreeper)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room (Rainforest)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room (Botanical)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 199 reviews