The historic Volcano House hotel on Hawaii Island has officially reopened following a closure that included $4 million in retrofitting and safety upgrades by the National Park Service and an additional $3 million in renovations and refurbishments by concessioners/owners, Ortega Family Enterprises.
The newly unveiled property is the only hotel located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park within view of the spectacular glow of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater.
The restored Volcano House is Hawaii's oldest hotel dating back to 1846. The current building was built in 1941 and today features 33 historic guest rooms, The Rim restaurant, Uncle George's Lounge and two gift shops.
The newly refurbished guest rooms are tastefully appointed with vintage-inspired Hawaiian fabric and furnishings, and offer a host of modern amenities including complimentary WiFi access. Many guest rooms feature views of the Kilauea volcano. Rates start at $285 per night.
For a more rustic, outdoor experience, visitors can opt to stay at the property's Namakanipaio Campgrounds. Located three miles from the hotel, the unique campsite is nestled amidst a eucalyptus grove 4,000 feet above sea level and includes ten refurbished one-room wooden camper cabins.
Ideal for travelers seeking a camping experience without setting up a tent, the cabins sleep up to four people and feature a full bed and twin bunk beds, bed linens and towels and an electric light (no electric outlets). Each cabin has an outside fire pit and barbecue grill. Nearby is a newly refurbished community bathroom with hot showers and toilets. Camper cabins are $80 per night.
Clients of both the hotel and cabins can dine at The Rim restaurant, which overlooks the rim of Kilauea caldera and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Creative island cuisine highlights the best of Hawaii Island's bounty through seasonal specials; at least 95 percent of the restaurant's protein, fruit and vegetables are sourced from local ranchers, farmers and suppliers.
Uncle George's Lounge, named for George Lycurgus who served as a manager at the hotel for nearly 45 years, is a perfect spot for a late afternoon cocktail when guests can often see a fiery orange glow from the molten lava on the crater rim as the sun sets.
Deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and hospitality, the hotel offers inspiring cultural events and programs, as well as two gift shops that showcase a collection of native Hawaiian art, jewelry and crafts made by local artisans.