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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Delightful Hawaiian Cottage Style Oceanfront Studio Apartment

8 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Honolulu Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

“The Cottage” is a sunny, charming 'Hawaiiana-style' unit ocean view studio condominium on one of the upper floors of the Diamond Head Beach Hotel and Residences on the Gold Coast of Waikiki. Lovingly furnished by its Owner, its a 'home-away-from-home' for those guests seeking an alternative to a standard hotel room.

The Cottage sleeps 2 comfortably on its queen-size bed… & up to 4 (in a pinch) with its pullout sofa (queen size as well) and is creatively arranged with distinct seating and sleeping areas. The bathroom is fully outfitted with towels & toiletries for use during your stay.

While The Cottage is a studio apartment (and does not have a kitchen) it does have a breakfast nook with a small fridge, coffeemaker, etc ... so quick meals can be easily prepared ... but note that there is no oven or kitchen sink. It is fully stocked with glasses, dishes and utensils.

A picture window on the east provides a dramatic Diamond Head view, while the north & west-facing lanai provides both ocean, mountain and park views, and is furnished with a Pier One dining set & sectional sofa. The lanai is a terrific spot to enjoy the trade winds, watch the sunrise over Diamond Head, or rainbows over stunning Ko'olau Mountain Range:)

The Property & Neighborhood ....

The Diamond Head Beach Hotel is a boutique, secured oceanfront condo-hotel, situated in the center of the Gold Coast of Diamond Head and providing a front reception area .... oceanfront lawn and patios and on-site laundry. The Gold Coast neighborhood of Diamond Head is a 'walking' neighborhood, so no need for a car - walk or take advantage of the local public transportation. Abundant recreation, shopping, bathing, dining and entertainment options are only steps away.

Note about Parking: Metered parking spaces are abundant in front of the building, fronting and circling Kapiolani Park. Meters are 50-cts/hr. and operate from 10 am.-6pm. (free overnight).

Keywords: Ocean view, Waikiki, Renovated, Charming, Views, Studio, Diamond Head.

FREE WIFI and Local Phonecalls for our Guests!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About The Owner

I am a longtime visitor and part-time resident of Oahu. Business, vacation, friends keep pulling me back. Its been terrific to have this hide-a-way apartment as my 'home away from home' while visiting Honolulu, and I am happy to be able to share it with other VRBO guests!

The Owner purchased this condo in 2007

Why The Owner chose Honolulu

Years ago I stumbled upon a VRBO listing for this charming little studio, and I became been a frequent repeat guest of the prior owner of this apartment, and loved it so much that when it came on the market, I purchased it myself in 2007!

What makes this condo unique

I enjoy every hour of the day spent at 'The Cottage'. The birdsong awakens you ... enjoying a fresh-brewed cup of kona coffee on the lanai watching the sunrise over Diamond Head... then a day spent lazing at the ocean's edge, or possibly a swim at nearby San Souci beach, visiting the Honolulu Zoo or the Aquarium, just a short stroll from the condo. Later, a leisurely walk into Waikiki for shopping and meeting friends for dinner!

Your day can be as active and fun-packed, or as quiet and relaxing as you choose, its the PERFECT vacation spot!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Michelle - just want to take a minute to say thank you for such a sweet time! We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Everything was so easy and comfortable. The decor was adorable, the location terrific and your hospitality outstanding! Thank you again.
Dec 2015
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Reviews

4.4
based on 8 traveler reviews

Delightful Hawaiian Cottage Style Oceanfront Studio Apartment
average rating of 4.375 based on 11 reviews
United States
2

If you want the quieter end of Waikiki...

  • 2 of 5

Location: quiet end of Waikiki which was great. Can walk around Kapiolani Park, to the zoo, to Waikiki for people-watching and shopping, to a nice breakfast or bar at the Kaimana Beach Hotel.

Parking: On-street parking was somewhat inconvenient, especially if it's a Saturday or Sunday when all the local beach-goers park, mucho especially if it's the day of the Honolulu Marathon and street parking is closed off for at least 24 hours. 10 am - 6 pm is 25 cents/half hour; other times are free.

Beach access: It is a 'beach' property; but have to walk a block to go to Sans Souci if you're a beach person.

Unit: It's a place to sleep. Needs updating - dank, dark place; hole in door keyhole; lot of clutter in unit (e.g., 2 refrigerators, 2 coffee makers and a lot of unnecessary items which make the studio appear smaller) and on lanai. Sheets didn't feel clean, toilet leaked (which owner was aware of), faucet leaked, tiny red bugs all over the place. No kitchen sink. Wash kitchen items in bathroom sink.

Short term improvements: Put a wall clock in unit, have better pre-arrival instructions on accessing the unit, e.g., "use fob key to enter gated area," have written post-arrival instruction sheet in unit regarding access, key location in unit, wi-fi access, cleaning, trash receptacle, etc.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my! I am very sorry to learn that this guest was disappointed with her stay - I provided full information on check-in process and details on the apartment, but she seems to have not received or reviewed prior to arrival. Also, I did not hear from her after check-in, so was very surprised at her comments. I've been on VRBO since 2008 and never received this sort of feedback before, nor have the guest who've checked in since her departure had any of these complaints. But to confirm, we have the apartment thoroughly cleaned after each guest, and fresh linens and towels are always set out. The toilet leak has been repaired, and as for the "bugs" unsure what was seen, but it is the tropics (!) I try to describe the apartment accurately, it is my home-away-from home, so its furnished more than a hotel room, and there are many decorative items, books, kitchen and bath ware for my guests to enjoy - so I was disappointed to hear this guest found that to be a negative vs. positive - most visitors enjoy those added touches. Guests should always feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your stay at "The Cottage".
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4

lovely place to be

  • 4 of 5

we stayed in the cottage for 13 days. the apartement is located near waikibeach but in a quiet area. everything was ok and the owner was very helpful and friendly. sometimes we were a party of 3 people and that wasn't that comfortable. the apartment is perfect for 2 persons. we loved the view from the lanai. we would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Diamond head retreat

  • 5 of 5

Thanks again for a second wonderful stay. A comfortable alternative to a hotel home in the surroundings of a personally decorated home.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to have you return Amy, and look forward to hosting you again soon!
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5

Perfect Hawaii getaway

  • 5 of 5

I travel regularly to Hawaii and the Diamond Head Cottage is one of my favorite stays. My daughter and I just returned and the condo was a perfect retreat for our girl's trip. The owner responded quickly to all my questions and the welcome package included some great dining suggests. The decor was perfect as the studio was divide into a sleeping and relaxing area to appear larger. Beach chairs and towels were an added bonus. Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your lovely home! Will return soon

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay, and I look forward to hosting you again soon! Michelle S., Owner
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Flagstaff, AZ
5

Everything was perfect

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay and were very comfortable. I highly recommend this property to anyone wanting a perfectly situated retreat at the quiet end of Waikiki.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington State
5

Perfect get-away, in the middle of Everything!

  • 5 of 5

Before we even arrived at the property, the owner was so helpful! She answered every question I had, and made me feel like a welcomed guest. When we arrived, the rental was exactly as I pictured - so cute! and such a great location. Diamondhead and the beach is right outside the door!

We stayed for 9 days, and only rented a vehicle for 2 so that we could visit the North Shore. The rest of the time we walked everywhere or stayed in. We also snorkled right off the beach downstairs, and ordered delivery (thank goodness for Aloha2Go!). Our favorite restaurant ended up to be one the owner recommended - the South Shore Grill.

We would definately recommend this rental to everyone we know, and would return ourselves!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Diamond Head Condo Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$160
$1,100
$2,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 13.96%

All Reservations confirmed w Owner and billed through Paypal. Cancellation Policy: 100% refundable 60 days or more in advance; 50% refund 30 days in advance, thereafter non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Honolulu Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 7
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 342 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bathroom with Tub/Shower combination
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Pull-out Sofa
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Vintage furnishings and Hawaii'ana antiques, Owner's lending library, Beach and snorkel gear, fully stocked kitchenette, Fine linens, towels and bath toiletries provided.

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