"The Maile Penthouse can make you forget the rest of the world. Atop one of the midcentury Gold Coast towers fringing the foot of Diamond Head, the Maile feels suspended between sea and sky. The lights of Waikiki sparkle outside one glass wall, while the green flanks of Diamond Head's iconic pyramid fill the other.
The apartment is efficiently laid out, with a comfortable bed facing a mirrored wall. There was a large flatscreen television, but I never felt the need to turn it on, preferring to spend evenings watching the sailing catamarans sweep past paddlers returning to the Outrigger Canoe Club next door. Likewise the air conditioning - I'm sure it works but the opportunity to sleep instead with trade winds carrying the sound of surf through the shutters was too appealing.
Jan has thoughtfully provided almost everything you need, from Wi-fi to washcloths. There are dishes, utensils, a coffeemaker, a hair-dryer, iron, bath and beach towels, and cleaning supplies. The refrigerator was stocked with drinks and snacks.
It's a short walk to central Waikiki's shops and restaurants, but I enjoyed many happy hours lounging on the lawn. Occasionally I'd slip into my flipflops to walk a few steps along the seawall and climb down the steel ladder into the warm surf.
The Maile's building, the Diamond Head Beach Hotel, is small and quiet, with a mix of rental condos and owner-occupied units. Every resident I met was friendly, helpful and pleasant. Living in paradise makes people happy.
It's not necessary to have a car on Oahu, as Uber, taxis and the excellent public bus system will get you almost anywhere on the island. The bus stops just a few steps from the Maile's building.
Jan was helpful and readily accessible. She provided all the information I needed in advance of the trip and quickly answered any questions I had while I was there.
I will absolutely return, the sooner the better."
Guest: Kathryn S.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: August 21, 2016