I read the the April 5 review and could not help but respond. Here are some specifics of why my family had such a bad experience with the Mana Kai:
1) When we checked in the receptionist was HORRIBLY rude.
2) When we tried to get to our room the elevator was broken. The hallway carpets were disgustingly dirty and reeked (I mean REEKED) liked urine.
3) Our room was very, very dirty. The bedspread had a very large brown stain on it. We saw several cockroaches running in the room.
4) It was VERY noisy! No, it was not the sound of pounding waves that we heard. It was the sound of drunk teenagers running around in the parking lot. We complained to management and they took no action. All night long these tweakers kids yelled in the parking lot. It was scary!
5) The hotel was run down and in desperate need of a makeover!
6) Kihei IS a dirty town with NO charm. If your idea of a beautiful Hawaiian vacation is dirty beaches, lots of traffic, run down accommodations and lots and lots of strip malls than you may enjoy Kihei. However, Maui has so much more to offer. Kihei is known as a spot that budget conscious families stay. However, just because you don't have very much money it doesn't mean that you are stuck in Kihei. And, believe me, if you have money you are NOT staying in Kihei.
My husband and I spend 3 weeks in Maui. We stayed at 8 different hotels all around the island. We stayed at some very, very expensive hotels and some more budget concious hotels. I can say from honest experience that Kihei is the dirtiest town that we saw. We LOVED every other hotel that we stayed at. If you are looking for a good clean budget hotel on a beautiful beach than stay at the Mauian in Napali. This is a very cool funky hotel right on a beautiful clean beach. If you are looking for unique accommodations on a peaceful and private side of the island than try the Hamoa Bay Bungalows in Hana. This bungalow is like a 5 star tree house for a small price tag.
I have no ax to grind. Unlike some of the other reviewers who just stayed at the Mana Kai I saw many different hotels on all sides of the island and wanted to offer some informative advice to others before they book their trip. I can HONESTLY say that I did not like the Mana Kai or Kihei. At this price level you can stay at many other hotels that are much nicer. Please don't take this advice personally....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Keawapaku Beach, one of Maui’s most beautiful swimming beaches. The Mana Kai Maui, home of the on site rental management program, manages 48 two bedroom condominiums. The resort offers one and two bedroom beachfront condos with a private lanai that overlooked the southern end of the island and hotel style units. Daily maid service and pool towel exchange is included in the rate. Free parking, free WIFI, no resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mana Kai Maui Kihei
- Maui Mana Kai