The 2-star Castle Waimea Country Lodge is located up country in beautiful Kamuela on the Big Island at about the 2,500 foot elevation. Sitting at the base of Mauna Kea, the views are stunning, especially when the dormant volcano has snow on its top during the winter months. This unique and quaint hotel is within walking distance of historic Waimea Town, dining, and recreation spots. The lodge is an older property with some dated furnishings, but the rooms are clean, the prices are great, the location is truly beautiful and the staff very friendly and helpful.
While the hotel does not have it’s own restaurant on-site, right next door is the popular Paniolo Country Inn Restaurant and Lounge and nearby is one of the most popular restaurants on the Big Island, Merriman’s. It is expensive, but it gets rave reviews from guests. Guests of the Castle Waimea Country Lodge have signing privileges at both restaurants. Another restaurant that gets rave reviews is Cafe Pesto, a great, reasonably priced Italian restaurant that not only specializes in pizza and pasta, but also fresh fish.
Other Lodge amenities include complimentary parking, in-room high speed internet access (fee), morning coffee serve daily in lobby and use of microwave in lobby. The hotel is within walking distance of historic Waimea Town and its art and antique galleries, shopping center, theater and grocery store. There are also golf courses nearby and the Mauna Kea Stables for those who love to ride. And this is the perfect place on the island to horseback ride, with it’s rolling hills and cooler weather.
The Parker Ranch Visitor’s Center is also nearby and a beach rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world’s most beautiful, Hapuna Beach is only a 15 minute drive away.