Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head vs Waimea Plantation Cottages

Both Waimea Plantation Cottages and Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head are endorsed by professional travelers. On balance, Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head ranks slightly higher than Waimea Plantation Cottages. Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head comes in at 82 with recommendations from 10 publications including Travel + Leisure, Jetsetter and Lonely Planet.

Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
8 / 10
2885 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
From $179 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Laundry Service
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"Oahu roughly translates as “gathering place,” and with more residents and visitors than any other island in Hawaii, it makes good on that promise." Full review
Go to the beach early in the day and bring your mask and flippers for superb snorkeling.
"Formerly the W Waikiki, this scenic and stylish 50-room boutique hotel is about a block from the beach and a half-mile from Waikiki's crowds." Full review
Lonely Planet
"The former 'W' hotel has toned down its hip, cutting-edge design and ended up transformed into a classy, boutique-style destination hotel." Full review
DK Eyewitness
"This small luxury hotel at the foot of Diamond Head has light, airy rooms with Balinese furnishings."
Star Service
"Anchoring the south end of Waikiki (a five-minute stroll from the action), adjacent to tony Sans Souci Beach, this establishment is next to the more conservative but superior New Otani" Full review
Filtered views of the beach are the best you can ask for here, but it’s the Diamondhead vistas that get people’s attention.
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Waimea Plantation Cottages
8 / 10
9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
From $216 /night
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Concierge
  • Laundy Room
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
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"That’s what you’ll find at this 30-acre oceanfront enclave of restored vintage cottages, spread among large lawns dotted with coconut palms, banyan trees, and tropical flowers." Full review
"Located about an hour from the Lihue Airport, this beachfront collection of vintage-themed cottages is a wonderful place to relax and renew your mind and soul."
DK Eyewitness
"Step back into old Hawai‘i at these wonderful seaside plantation cottages, set in a coconut grove at the gateway to Waimea Canyon."
"History buffs will adore these relocated and refurbished sugar-plantation cottages, which were originally built in the early 1900s." Full review
"Completely unlike any other hotel accommodation on Kauai, the upper-middle-range Waimea Plantation Cottages offers visitors a unique approach to the typical Hawaiian vacation." Full review
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