Reopened in 2013 after extensive infrastructure and safety renovations, this historic two-story wooden inn is rather modest for its price, especially compared with Yosemite’s Ahwahnee and the grand lodges of other national parks. Still, its location on the very rim of the Kilauea Caldera is nothing short of spectacular—to wake up to that view is very special indeed. Rooms are on the small and plain side and the vintage bathrooms downright tiny, so explore your surroundings during the day and then enjoy dinner and drinks at the Rim ★★★ or Uncle George’s Lounge downstairs, before falling into the comfy beds. Note: Only the crater-view rooms ($218–$347) justify the expense. The hotel also manages 10 recently restored cabins and 16 campsites in the park.
- Jeanne Cooper