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The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

100 Kulaniapia Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2361
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#4 of 22 in Hilo
Travellers' Choice
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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.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Bobbi E wrote a review 8 May
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I am so thankful that we are able to experience this wonderful home and place! I was reading some of the bad reviews, and honestly, they must just be entitled brats. How are you going to go to a beautiful place and someone’s home and nit pick? Ridiculous! This place is a once in a lifetime experience and makes you feel like it’s a home away from home. I LOVE the two cats I saw and they were so friendly and let me pet them. I also really enjoyed every staff member I met. Again, this is one of the best experiences I have ever had and I highly recommend!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Christophe B, Other at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Responded 1 week ago
Bobbi, thank you so much for you kind words. The vast majority of our guests are lovely, just like you. Every once and a while, we get someone that probably should have stayed at the Hilton, and we hope they find what they are looking for. We are honored to share our home, and are so glad you appreciated all the hard work and love that goes into stewarding such a wonderful piece of the world. Mahalo!
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Jimmyb wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
The shower doesn’t drain so they leave you a squeegee and expect you to push the water into the drain. The unit was overall dirty and stunk horribly. There was mold all over the shower and walls. We had to leave after the 2nd night as we were both having headaches and sinus issues. They claim the mold is caused by the climate and refused a refund.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
npritsbaum wrote a review Apr 2022
Burlingame, California14 contributions14 helpful votes
The Inn is a wonderful place. The view of the waterfall from our deck was magical. It was very relaxing. We did the farm tour and cooking class with Logan and Taylor and had a great meal and learned a lot. Had a great time swimming in the waterfall pool. just a great place to visit.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Sashasmommy wrote a review Apr 2022
Monument, Colorado500 contributions182 helpful votes
We had a wonderful 3 nights at the Inn and wished we had at least one more. The setting is just so peaceful and gorgeous, with a nice walking path through the bamboo forest. You can swim, kayak or paddle board in the water at the bottom of the waterfall if it's at a safe level (you have to ask before you go in.) We were able to go in 1 out of the three days we were there. The staff is friendly and were great with my daughter who is a bit of a handful. There are resident dogs and cats that she LOVED petting, that alone made this one of her favorite things about our trip. Alice the cat did come right in our room through the balcony (we were warned by the owner to keep our doors closed since we have allergies, but I had the balcony door open while I was in the room.) I was able to help her out, though she was trying her best with me, purring and everything. Breakfast is not a gourmet affair, it's pretty simple but so nice to not have to leave and go find a place to eat and the view from the deck during breakfast can't be beat. Mosquitos were surprisingly not a big problem. I did get bit by 3 on a morning walk, but other than that, didn't encounter any. And mosquitos LOVE me, so 3 bites in 3 days is pretty darn good, given the lush growth and water in that area. I do wish they could build another section of deck and have some couches or something there so you can lounge there and enjoy the view of the waterfall. That would be the one change I wold make.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: The third bed in our room was pretty short, Fine for our 8 year old, but not sure if it would...
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Tkhuffaker wrote a review Apr 2022
21 contributions7 helpful votes
The setting of this inn is truly extraordinary. The water fall is gorgeous and the sound is wonderful. Our room was quite nice, but not special. The mold on the windows was a bit icky. The common areas could also use some cleaning and paint. Breakfast was fine for a day, but repetitive and not particularly well prepared. The problem, however is really a lack of professionalism from the management (which was invisible) and the staff. No one was out and out rude, but they were not friendly. When they served breakfast late, no apology. When they “forgot” to make coffee, there was no apology and no effort to remedy it. I don’t know the background, but it felt a bit like a former spiritual retreat of some kind, converted to an inn and all a bit gone to seed. On balance, it was nice for a day, three days was too long and I can’t recommend it for the price.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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US$150 - US$494 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
Which popular attractions are close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Nearby attractions include Lyman Museum (4.6 km), Big Island Candies (7.1 km), and Kaumana Caves Park (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Place, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon and Turtle.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (5.0 km).
Does The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.