Diamond Head Bed & Breakfast is nestled at the southern end of Honolulu, and majestic Diamond Head Crater is in full view from the property. Once home to a family of seven, this sprawling, two-story residence now serves as a bed and breakfast and provides guests with a window into life in Honolulu.
The plantation home architecture offers a feel of old Hawaii, with a spacious layout and windows that take advantage of breezes from the trade winds. (There's no air conditioning in the home.)
Diamond Head Crater — Photo courtesy of Eric Tessmer
The decor offers an air of classic island style, with contemporary, Hawaiian and Japanese art, antiques and furniture placed in the rooms. Three suites are available for guests, and each one has a private bath, TV, mini fridge and outdoor lanai (a porch).
The rooms are airy, with big glass doors that slide open to wide lanais shaded by huge tropical trees. The scents of mock orange, Tahitian gardenia, puakenikeni and Singapore plumeria make their way into the rooms when these flowers are in bloom. All rooms have a two-night minimum requirement and cost $160 per night.
Like many classic bed and breakfasts, Diamond Head Bed & Breakfast has a rich, family-oriented history to it. Owner Joanne moved from Oregon to her husband's home in Hawaii around 60 years ago. After 20 years living on an outer island, they returned to Oahu and settled into this home 44 years ago. It wasn't until her five children had grown and moved away that Joanne decided to offer her home up as a bed and breakfast. In 1986, she opened her doors to guests.
Princess Ruth's Suite is located on the second floor of the house. A historic koa bed that is larger than a king-size and once belonged to Princess Ruth looks out onto the lanai. This suite also has a sitting area and beautiful views of Diamond Head.
The Makai Suite is also on the second floor of the house. It has two antique, four-poster koa beds (a queen and a double). The view from the lanai looks across the garden and over the treetops at the night lights of Waikiki skyline.
Grampa's Apartment is a 500-square-foot apartment with a bedroom, bath, living room and deck. It has a queen-size bed and a view across the garden and up into a very large monkey pod tree that spreads its branches over the yard.
Full breakfast is served family-style from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Most of the house is non-smoking. Smoking is allowed outside on the lanais.
Daily maid service is not provided, but fresh towels are.
Guests may see a gecko in the house.
Credit cards are not accepted, but cash or checks are.
A deposit equal to one night's stay is required at the time of reservation. The deposit may be returned within two weeks.
Check-in time is after 3 p.m., but guests can drop bags off earlier. Check-out is at 11 a.m.
Children are welcome.
For more information, visit Diamond Head Bed & Breakfast's website.