My wife and I stayed at the Maui Lu for our honeymoon, and I have to say.... We absolutely loved it! We stayed in the oceanfront building 400, room 404. No other resort in all of Maui has a building as close to the ocean as this one is! We kept the windows open all the time and fell asleep and woke up to the sound of the ocean. We decided to stay on the bottom floor instead of the top and we are very glad we did. All we had to do was open the sliding glass door, walk about 20 feet, and jump in the ocean! I got up every morning to go for a swim in the private cove we had. Hardly anyone ever there, warm, clear water with a small coral garden about 100 yards out and still only about 4 feet of water! The cove also had a freshwater shower which came in real handy. If you want somthing alittle bigger to play on than the cove, there is a huge stretch of beach about 100 feet to the right of the cove. There was also a long grassy area covered with palm trees right outside our glass door which helped make sunsets amazing.
From our room we had views of the harbor across the bay, the island of Lanai, and Molokini Crater. Our room was very clean when we got there and remained clean everyday as it was visited by room service who provided new glasses, towels, and vacumed daily. We also received a complimentery bottle of champange and bottles of water upon arriving at the hotel. The hotel is located on the far west side of Kihei, which in our opinion is the best town on the island ( yes we visited almost all of them and they are all very nice but Kihei is the best ). The hotel is secluded, but just a short drive away from shopping, restaurants, and some of the most amazing beaches we have ever seen.
We visited the rest of the hotel one day, and even though we didnt go into the rooms, the grounds were very beautiful. Green grass, plants and palm trees everywhere you looked. The buildings are old looking on the outside but thats the point of the hotel.... To give you that old school Polynesian feel. We went swimming in the pool which is very large with sloping sides which made getting out kinda difficult. The pool was cold but refreshing since it was hot out.
The parking lot on the oceanfront side was small and difficult to manuver, but there is an overflow lot right across the street. The lot also had a garden hose which allowed me to wash our jeep after the road to Hana. Our room also had a small refrigerator which was a good place to store groceries for the week we were there. The top shelf of the fridge was a freezer which we kept ice trays in. Next to the Fridge was a small safe which we stored valuables when we went out. There is also a small cable T.V. on the dresser which gave you access to many channels. A small gecko would come out at night and say hi. Watching him was very entertaining.
We read all of the bad reviews prior to our trip and are so glad that we paid them no heed. We appreciated their concerns, but honestly, in the building we statyed in, they were completely unfounded. One women pointed out that part of the hotel is boarded up, and yes, one building off to the side is boarded up and no longer functioning..... but so what! Is anyone staying in that building? No! Anyways I cannot speak for the cleanliness or bugs or whatever in the other buildings because we did not see the inside of them, but trust me, I can guarantee if you stay in the 400 building you will not be dissapointed in any way, shape, or form. If you're looking for a huge, 10 story resort with a bunch of pools, tennis courts, saunas, and all the charm of a busy shopping mall, then this place is not for you. But if you want absoulute peace and quiet, away from all the hustle and bustle of town, then this hotel is defenitely for you.
Anyways, hope this helps you in deciding where to stay. We are coming back to Maui for our 1 year anniversary and we will definetely be staying at the Aston Maui Lu again. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me anytime at email@example.com.
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