Maui Lu is one of the older hotels in Kihei and has very extensive, well kept and lovely grounds.
There are several two- or three-story buildings, recently painted. The rooms are large and are equipped with coffee makers and refrigerators, but no hair dryers. The pool is shaped like a map of Maui, but it is always cold. (I have stayed there 3 or 4 times and each time found the pool cold.)
Most of the buildings are on the landward side of South Kihei Road and the rooms do not have ocean views, but the superior rooms are in three of the buildings which are across the road and front a pretty and private tiny sandy beach. One of these buildings faces directly over the ocean with marvelous views. The other two buildings are perpendicular to the shore and only about half of the rooms have good ocean views since some only look over to the next building and others have views obstructed by trees.
Most of the rooms have a lanai with a couple of patio chairs, but on our most recent visit we had a room in the 100 building on the landward side, on the ground floor. We had no patio doors, no patio/lanai, only a bare concrete area outside the door, and no patio chairs to sit on. The bedroom window looked out the back on to a service area, so we had to keep the drapes closed. Fortunately we were staying only one night, but had we spent a fortune getting to Maui for a 2-week vacation there we should have been hugely disappointed.
Maui Lu is one of the cheaper hotels on Maui, but this was partially offset by being charged a fee of $10 per night plus tax as an "activity fee" which entitled us to the use of the pool and a free newspaper. Hardly worth $10. Why are they not honest and just put up the price by $10?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Maui's best beachfront value. Guests can stroll Maui's oldest coconut grove on the hotel's 28 lush acres. This property's rustic feel and secluded beach coves (not to mention a pool in the shape of Maui) add up to a charming experience and a great vacation value. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Maui Lu Hotel Kihei
- Aston Maui Lu Resort
- Aston Kihei
- Aston Lu Maui
- Maui Lu Resort Kihei