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The Artist Cottage

11-3956 Nahelenani Street , Volcano, HI 96785 USA (Show map)
20 Reviews
$185 - $195
per night

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The Artist Cottage is a perfect getaway nestled among the Big Island's native Ohia trees and lush Hapu'u ferns, only minutes from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Mauna Loa where magic begins and the sky never ends. This charming vacation cottage features the art of Bonnie Layton, a local environmental painter whose studio and gallery are right across the street. Samples of her beautiful work can be found on every wall of the Artist Cottage, adding to the warmth and charm of this special place. You will fall peacefully to sleep as the rainforest embraces you and awaken refreshed to the sweet songs of our indigenous birds. Relax and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast of local fruits, cereal, tea or fresh Kona coffee. Lounge on the lanai or journey out to see the sights. Discover the absolutely unsurpassed beauty and stunning geographical contrasts this wonderful island has to offer.

Rooms & Rates

Cottage Rental

700 sq. ft. Cottage rental all for you! 1 Bedroom with Queen bed! Private bathroom with shower and bath! Sitting area with large futon couch! Large, private front Lanai! TV / CD / DVD / Radio... Telephone, Outdoor Grill, 4 Garden Chairs ~ Hammock, Off Street Parking FULL kicthen including: Coffee Maker, Coffee Grinder, Microwave, Toaster, Refrigerator/Freezer, 4 Burner Stove & Oven , Cooking Utensils! Washer / Dryer Alarm Clock, Hair Dryer Soaps & Shampoos! Rate is quoted for 2 guests, each additional guest up to 4 guest is 20.00 per extra guest above the age of 8yrs old.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen


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  • Guest room4.6
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.4

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Just Like Home

5 on May 26, 2014

We simply loved our stay - the Cottage was roomy - neat - clean - and well stocked. Bob and Bonnie were great and freely provided information and suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Highly recommend staying at "The Artist Cottage"


4.8 on February 21, 2014

Nice place. Liked having our own little house. It was equipped with everything you could want. Fully stocked refrigerator, all the needed kitchen utensils, comfortable bed, and located in a very quiet neighborhood. Slept with the windows open and didn't wake up once due to noise. Inn keepers were very friendly and available if we needed them. Definitely would stay here again.

Cozy cottage

4.2 on January 25, 2013

Nice cozy place. It was just like your home away from home. Bonnie and Bob were great! The kitchen had everything we needed. The fridge and pantry were well stocked. The fresh fruit was awesome.

Great place to explore Hilo

5 on November 15, 2012

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the location very much. Bob and Bonnie are great. We had last minute problems with our original travel dates and they gave us full credit on re-booking for later dates. No one else did that... Overall, a very convenient place to explore Hilo, Volcano and surroundings. Easy access. Easy to find. Quiet and private location. Best for singles or couples. Four adults will be crowded. As noted by one reviewer, the cottage is full of nick-knacks and such. That gives it a more personal feel but does border on cluttered. Definitely well stocked so don't shop until after you check in. Another reviewer said "no heat" but we had heat. Didn't really need it, but it was there. The cottage is 3500 ft above sea level and in the rain forest meaning it is damp and mornings are quite cool. My wife is sensitive to mold, but we had no problems in that sense. Bring a pair of long pants and a long-sleeve shirt and you'll be fine. Rain coats available at the cottage.

Like home, only better!

5 on August 25, 2012

The cottage is absolutely wonderful! My husband surprised me by booking it for our honeymoon and i couldnt be happier with his choice. I was so excited to be staying at such a charming place. The details that Bonnie and Bob cover make you feel so special too! Our names were written with a welcome note on the door, fresh towels when we came home from exploring the island (even little shells out on the towels too!), a full fridge for breakfast, and snacks ready to go! The cottage had everything and we couldnt have dreamed up more for a place to stay. If/when we go back to the big island we cant wait to stay there again!

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Location Type

Rainforest, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mountains, Tropical, Village


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Hilo Airport take Hwy. 11 toward Volcano Village. Just past the 25 mile marker make the first left on Nahelenani Street. The cottage is the third residence on the left. Look for the American flag flying from the pole in front of the cottage. It is an easy drive through some of the most lush landscapes on the Big Island.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village, Star Gazing, Mauna Kea Observatory Center, Hilo Town, Volcano Golf & Country Club, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Cottage

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Telephone, Washer/dryer , coffee maker, toaster, bottled water, cooking utensils, coffee grinder, outdoor firepit

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Star Gazing, Nature Walks, Park Ranger Programs, Scenic Drives, Artist Studios, Cultural Center and Events, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit due upon booking reservation.
  • Cancellations: Must cancel 60 days in advance of booking to receive a full refund.No refund if you cancel within 30 days of arrival date.



Bob & Bonnie

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Gardening & Injoying Meeting New People from Around The World !

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self serve

  • Time Served: Self Serve
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area


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11-3956 Nahelenani Street , Volcano, HI 96785 USA (Show map)

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