We stayed here because of the very reasonable price. The condo itself had everything we needed, including chairs to take to the beach. The location was close to the major grocery stores, as well as many restaurants. The building was kept clean by the staff. But I would not stay here again, only because it was too noisy!
The condos are located right on a busy road, with another fairly busy road going off at an angle on one of the sides. We actually got used to the road noise, the only time it really bothered us was at those times when we were trying to watch TV in the evenings.
The worst part of the noise comes later at night, when you're trying to sleep, and comes from the back of the condos, where the bedrooms are. The block is shaped in a relaxed "L" shape, with the crook of the "L" facing a lot of restaurants a couple of blocks away. This configuration acts like an "ear" that catches all the sound.
We found when others had visitors that left, they would stand in the parking lot and talk. Normally that would not be a problem, but sound was amplified because of the "L" shape. Then at 10 pm - 2 am every night, one of the nightclubs/bars/restaurants in the vicinity would start live music. The bass was just loud enough to reverberate through your head and stop you from sleeping. If you plan on partying that late every night, then this place will be ideal for you.
A word of caution. The beach across the way is great for beginning surfers, but somewhere in that bay, and it may be a block or so to the North, there is evidently treated waste water that is expelled out in the bay. Because of this there is more algae in the cove, you can see it and smell it. If you walk a little way along to Charlie Young Cove you won't have the same problem, and that's where the 3 beautiful Kamaole beaches start.
Next time I will be prepared to pay a little more for less noise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our retreat in paradise. We invite you to share our getaway in sunny, tropical southern Maui. Our newly-decorated condominiums have been furnished to provide you with every necessity to ensure your comfort. Whether your interests are golfing, snorkeling, kayaking, shopping or just pure escape, our ideally located condos will allow you to immerse yourself in all the beauty and splendor Maui has to offer without traveling long distances by car. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Island Surf Condominiums Hotel Kihei
- Island Surf Condominiums Maui/Kihei