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“Beautiful landscaping” 3 of 5 stars
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Maui Lu Resort
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   575 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Kihei
Maine
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful landscaping”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

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?

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

When rating this resort, it's between a 3 and a 4... between average and very good. Back in the day when Kihei had the only post office on the island, the Aston Maui Lu was there, and apparently not much has changed. The spacious grounds are lovely and well-manicured. The 'old-fashioned' pool, is cement (gotta make a reference to the Beverly Hillbillies 'cement pond') and located in a central area, surrounded with lawn, hibiscus and palm trees.

The resort itself is on S. Kihei Road, the main drag, a few miles from downtown and across the street from a long stretch of sandy beach. We were charged a $10 fee upon check in (not mentioned in my reservation) apparently for wi-fi, pool towels, playstation and DVD discs, and perhaps to pay for all the chocolate covered macadamia nuts (offered in the lobby) my husband ate.

The room itself had new carpet and paint, and old Pegge Hopper prints and an older bathroom. Although all was clean, it is definitely dated.

It's location makes it an easy trip to Wailea, back to Kahului, or around the island to Hana.

Most of the guests seemed to be honeymooners, and they enjoyed picnics on the grounds and the quiet atmosphere of the lush area. Should we come to this part of the island again and wanted a great value, we'd stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Red Deer, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Okay - it is not 5 star but it does fit into 3+ for most things. We were a little wary when we read some of the previous commentary but I think some people are just a little too picky.

Our room was clean, had new carpet. It was 414 with a separate bedroom and livingroom kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. Yes the furniture is showing wear and tear but nothing that effects ones stay. The pull out couch could use a new matress, do not expect to sleep comfortably on it. The bed was acceptable but then again we all have our own beds we are used to. I travel many days of the year and stay in all types of rooms and have had worse beds in better premium named accomodation.

The beach is a small cove protected by rock. It is clean. Just to the north and south within easy walking distance is miles of good sandy beach. A plus was to watch the whales from the shore and the balcony of our room every day. The hotel beach was used by people who do not understand or know about tides and wave action. We saw beach chairs and tables washed away, even though people were closer to them than us. We also saw unsupervised young children <5yoa playing on the beach and in the surf. They could have easily been caught and washed away.

Like any hotel there are those inconsiderate guests who wish to party into the wee hours of the morning and seem to get louder when you ask them to call it a night. In todays world it seems to be all about them rather than other people.

The parking on the ocean side is tight and often full even if you arrive back early in the evening. The extra parking across the highway is not well lite and be very careful when crossing this road at any time of the day. It is a busy highway and not all drivers pay attention to pedestrians even though you are in a marked crosswalk.

The front desk staff and concierge were helpful. We arrived on December 30th with no real plans and knowledge where to eat. The check in clerk recommeded an excellent restuarant and for the 31st a celebration of fireworks at a park a few miles down the road. Both well recommended and received. The concierge is very knowledgable and helpful. The prices offered match or sometimes beat the ones offered at the street. Just make sure you ask the right questions. We went on one trip and it was not quite what we "thought" we were looking for but still enjoyed for the most part.

If you have a kitchen you will have to ask for steak knives, dish soap, cloths and towels. It is easily supplied by the housekeeping staff.

The barbques are located behind the church on the main part of the property. A small walk across from the ocean view rooms but not unreasonable. You must sign out the equipment to cook with but they are clean and easy to use.

The room door security could use some upgrading. They only have the door handle and a chain system.

The bedroom has a 36" (?) flat screen television and the LR had an older 30" TV. Both worked well. We did not use the DVD in the room or the movie access in the lobby.

You will need transportation to reach anything, however we did walk each morning for a coffee about 1.5 miles. Just down the road is a NOAA research station that is open to the public for free. Very interesting info on the whales and sea turtles.

I have stayed in much worse and much better, but overall I think we got good value and in a crunch would stay there again.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I can't help but notice that the hotel keeps responding to the below reviews in a condescending way... How about apologize for the complaints the guests have.... Not repeatedly tell them they need a car rental.

Ironically I've stayed here and liked it, it was simple enough for me but Its not some luxurious resort... It has everything you need in Maui. A beach, a bed, and a drink.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had stayed here a few years in a row and were satisfied with the location and service. Unfortunately the service had declined. They are not very accommodating any more. We will look at other options for our next visit to this beautiful island.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I had nothing but problems with Aston. I will never stay at one again. Jacquelyn was nice, as was the concierge, but the guy at the evening desk was barely friendly. I did get a nice room overlooking the beach, but I still would have rather been somewhere else.
Also, the hotel was about 4 miles out of town, if proximity matters. Plan on renting a car because I rarely saw a bus.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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KiheiPauls, Manager at Maui Lu Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Expectations are everything! I agree with this review - Front Desk Clerk nice, Activities Desk Staff nice, Evening Clerk barely nice, nice room, room overlooking beach, Kihei is actually 1.2 miles away to Post Office, you should rent a car. Sounds like this is a good review. Expectations are everything!!
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Virginia, USA
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Aston Maui Lu. My wife and I love Kihei town because of its quaintness. If you want a little USA then stay up in Kaanapali, but Kihei town is more like a small California beach town. The Maui Lu is an old plantation on the North end of South Kihei Road, giving it easy access to Lahaina, the airport, and to the harbor. We had an ocean front room which opened right out on to a little grassy area right in front of the beach. We had a beautiful, peaceful view of the West CoSt of the Island, and of Lanai and Molokai in the distance.

The Maui Lu is quaint and rustic in a good sense. If you are not looking for all the amenities (buffet, room service, etc) of a big resort, or all the cost or all the crowds, and you do not mind staying in an older property which is clean and well kept up besides showing some signs of age, then this is the place for you. Basically, if you are low maintenance and don't want to spend a lot of time sitting around your hotel, stay at the Maui Lu.

The staff at the Maui Lu is very friendly and helpful. The concierge booked us a nice snorkeling trip to Molokini. The pool on the property is very nice.

A great experience, we will go back many times.

Room Tip: Ocean front or ocean view rooms in the 400's are our favorites.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Maui Lu Resort

Address: 575 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Kihei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Maui Lu Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 120
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

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