Pleasant and Accommodating
My wife and I stayed here for a night while venturing near the Hilo side of the island. We were looking for a quiet, reserved area away from the hubbub of the city. I had initially intended to find a private residence, rather than a room. You can imagine my surprise when I pulled into the carport to see porch lights on and sandals near the main entryway. This was my mistake not looking closely at reviews to determine this was a fully-furnished room (w/ kitchenette and full bathroom) as part of the owner's house. This also came second to the weather that had been dumping down rain continuously even when we arrived. Despite the weather and other associated problems, our stay here turned out better than I anticipated. I want to extend a special thank you to Jim for working hard to be accommodating despite occurring problems. While we were out to dinner at the local Thai restaurant (less than 5-10 min. drive from the residence, and wonderful food!) the power went out at the restaurant. I had wondered if it was a local outage or if maybe also had affected our residence. Within a few minutes of the outage at the restaurant, I was notified by Jim via email on my phone that he had experienced power outage at the residence, and that he had provided a flashlight, lamp, and bottled water near our entrance for us. He additionally offered to make arrangements for us to stay at another rental location given the current conditions in Volcano Village, but we decided to go ahead and brave the evening. Despite the weather complications, our stay turned out fairly well. To comment on the room, the room is accessible from the carport with a keycode access provided by the owner the day you arrive. After you've removed your shoes and walk in through the door, there's a short entryway and then the kitchenette is off to your left (w/ snacks/candies provided) and the king bed is to your right, the headrest against the wall nearest the entryway, the bed facing the (newer) flat-screen TV. There is a small stair-set leading to a sliding door that is closed to provide privacy between the owner's residence and the room; I would've preferred a locked hinged door, but to note there was minimal to no noise or disruption that we encountered during our stay. The bathroom is just beyond the stair-set and includes an upright shower. The room includes large windows than span two walls (w/ dark curtains) that would enable viewing the jungle, but we had closed due to the rain.
The Inn at Kimalia -One Mile from National Park