Waimea Plantation Cottages vs Volcano House

Both hotels are rated very highly by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Volcano House scores marginally higher than Waimea Plantation Cottages. Volcano House ranks #36 in Hawaii with endorsements from 5 reviewers including Lonely Planet, Fodor's and The Telegraph.

Waimea Plantation Cottages
8 / 10
9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
From $216 /night
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Concierge
  • Laundy Room
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
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"That’s what you’ll find at this 30-acre oceanfront enclave of restored vintage cottages, spread among large lawns dotted with coconut palms, banyan trees, and tropical flowers." Full review
"Located about an hour from the Lihue Airport, this beachfront collection of vintage-themed cottages is a wonderful place to relax and renew your mind and soul."
DK Eyewitness
"Step back into old Hawai‘i at these wonderful seaside plantation cottages, set in a coconut grove at the gateway to Waimea Canyon."
"History buffs will adore these relocated and refurbished sugar-plantation cottages, which were originally built in the early 1900s." Full review
"Completely unlike any other hotel accommodation on Kauai, the upper-middle-range Waimea Plantation Cottages offers visitors a unique approach to the typical Hawaiian vacation." Full review
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Volcano House
8 / 10
Crater Rim Dr, PO Box 53, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
From $125 /night
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Parking
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"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." Full review
"Located about a 45-minute drive from the Hilo airport, this unique hotel (dating back to 1846) sits on the very edge of Kilauea Crater in the heart of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park."
"First built in 1846, Volcano House overlooks the Halema'uma'u Crater at the summit of active volcano Kilauea, boasting what's considered Hawaii's most unique hotel location." Full review
Lonely Planet
Top Choice
"With an unforgettable location perched on the rim of Kilauea Caldera, the reborn Volcano House has long enjoyed its unique status as the park's only hotel." Full review
The Telegraph
"Offers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to dine and sleep within view of the electric orange glow of Kilauea Volcano’s bubbling crater lake." Full review

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