This historic two-story wooden inn is extremely 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. Now that the crater-view rooms have risen to $335 and higher, this is a real splurge (note that ohia lehua trees may partially block the views). The hotel also manages 10 refurbished cabins and 16 campsites with rental tents inside the park.
- Jeanne Cooper