After more than three years, the dormant national park lodge on the Big Island has come back to life. Rustic, spartan cabins near Volcano House opened last fall with rates starting at $55 per night. The main lodge is in the midst of a “soft opening” while renovations are being completed, with rooms starting at $170 a night. The official opening is Saturday, after which rates on the deluxe crater-view rooms will jump to $350 per night. Volcano House will never be mistaken for the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite or El Tovar at the Grand Canyon, but it’s a major improvement over the tired old inn that closed in 2010. The lodge is managed by Aqua Hotels, which operates several properties around the state.
McClatchy News Service