This was a lovely stay, even on a rainy day, adds a sense of tranquility and mystique. The rooms are nicely furnished in Asian style (with furniture from China), and the housekeepers do a splendid job in keeping the place so spotless and orderly, I got really careful walking around in case I knock anything over. The breakfast is just marvelous! There's waffles, daily fruits, free range eggs, bagels, and other local produce, served in the dining room or the patio. Lea is such a darling and makes you feel so welcome.
I stayed in the Orchid room and while we can't see the waterfall, we can hear it. It's not too loud unless you are very sensitive. It gets pretty cold at night even without airconditioning.
If you arrive in the evening, you can find instructions on the notice board. Lenny the owner is quite a grumpy guy but his wife is very warm. The only bad thing about this place, as many reviewers have pointed out, is the drive in. It takes about 10min or more to drive the 5miles of dark road, some parts dirt and bumpy. There are parts that are so dark and narrow, you'll be startled when you see another car and have to swerve or reverse to let them pass. But once you have reached the property (especially on a cool morning after the rain), you will feel like you have arrived in heaven, with sweet chirping birds, soothing sound of the water, expansive greenery and awesome view of Hilo down below.
Given the limited choices Hilo has to offer, I think the Inn is the best option for a nice surrounding and super clean rooms with excellent breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits among 22 lush, natural acres, surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. The Kulaniapia experience is like no other, just 15 minutes from town, but completely away. Whether you come for relaxation, adventure or both, nothing quite prepares you for how much you find of each. Those seeking adventure are invited to sign up with the Kulaniapia Adventures team for a guided, 120 foot rappel down our namesake waterfall. Accommodations are provided in several asian inspired buildings providing accommodations ranging from standard/waterfall view rooms and family suites, to fully detached cottages and a Pagoda Guest House with a full kitchen. Enjoy a wholesome, locally sourced breakfast and the big island’s best coffee, all while enjoying the view of our namesake falls each morning. ... more less
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- The Inn At Kulaniapia Falls Hotel Hilo