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Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Ranked #20 of 30 Hotels in Lahaina
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“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Been there on three different trip and live it more each time. Staff is great and it is close to Whalers Village and the best beach with a golf coarse across the street. Plus, a few minutes away from Lahaina. What more do you need?

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Just returned from an 8 night stay at the Ka"anapali Beach Hotel. We spent the week before Christmas so it was pretty busy time. Our last stay in Hawaii was two years ago and again at Christmas time. We stayed in the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki which is a huge resort and far more impersonal.

I really like the much smaller resort although the Ka'anapali is not really that small. The Village is just that big. My family also thought the beach here was much better than Waikiki as well. We stayed in "garden view" connecting rooms on the 5th floor of the Kanai Bldg (appears to be the newer of the buildings but still on the mature side). The grounds are spotless (I mean tree leaves are raked up by 8:00 AM "every" morning, walks swept and washed, etc.). Even the parking garage and outdoor stairwells leading to the garage are squeaky clean.

The rooms were equally clean and well appointed. The rooms were not huge but perfectly comfortable with ample storage. The most dated element (and minor complaint now-a-days) was the older CRT TV's with limited cable programing (about 30 or so channels with a number of those being associated with the resort, local entertainment etc.) and the cable internet. I mean who doesn't have wireless service anymore. Come on....most Super 8's have that.

Our room also had an ocean view on par with those at the village where we paid extra for them. It was nice leaving the large patio doors open and listening to the surf and music they had every night (the taller building next to us reflected the music).

The staff was extremely friendly with plenty of aloha all day every day. We did, however, eat most of out meals in the Whaler's Village a few hundred yards down the beach or in Lahania Town (which is a nice place to wander around and just hang out in). Naturally we drove the Hana Road (not for the faint at heart or poor drivers). It's a great trip and worth extra research time for maximum rewards (schedule a whole day with early departure).

Travel hint: To save some money (quite a bit actually) do not rent your car at the airport. Avis, Dollar, and Budget have facilities at the north end of Ka'anpali Beach (about a one mile easy walk via the beach trail from the hotel). The rates are almost 1/3 to 1/2 what the airport rates are. Even calculating in the airport shuttle we still saved money.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This hotel prides itself as 'the most Hawaiian hotel" on the hotel strip along Kaanapali Beach. This I agree...although to my own tastes I discovered may not be the best thing.

While the location is prime and the rooms are clean, I discovered I preferred a more modern looking hotel. The interiors of the hotel common areas and the guest rooms are dated...something out of the 1970's. Albeit perhaps this is what the hotel is looking to achieve.

The view from my hotel room was a view of the parking lot. "You get what you paid for".

The saving grace of the hotel is the spacious courtyard and swimming pool area. There is a lot of green space to give the hotel guests ample space to lounge in the sun and not be cramped by other guests.

In terms of food, both the full service hotel restaurant and the quick service kiosk are quite pricey for what you get. I recommend walking to the Whalers Villiage next door and partake in the restaurants there along with the specials they have.

In terms of value, the hotel is average. Next time I am going more modern.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We really felt lucky to have been at this hotel when attending an event in the area. The grounds are really generous and simply laid out. The rooms are very tastefully furnished (and I have a degree in Architecture, so I have strong opinions on interiors). We got the cheapest room and still could catch a view of the ocean from the deck. The way the buildings lay out it looks as though most rooms will.

The arrival breakfast really does provide some very good tips on how to deal with Maui sensibly. There were many, many traditional touches including a lei ceremony, local games on the grounds, and artwork that educates the visitors about the history and culture. All the other hotels seemed very corporate and unattached to their location. It also helped that we used their on site charter company for a whale watch and saw 4 whales breaching over and over (my friend was doing whale tones, so it really may have been us).

They also have a deli/market on the property which is a welcome alternative to being gouged at all the restaurants on Kaanapali Beach. The foods not great at the market, but at least you can buy something small to eat under $5.

Having been here and having seen the other hotels in the area, I would only go back to this one.

Room Tip: Don't know that there are any really bad views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Spent 4 nights here in March 2012, and was frankly a bit disappointed. So many great reviews, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Yes, they give you a nice lei, and staff is friendly enough, but we had to request a change of room because of all the construction next door, and our new room was ground floor in an older, rather run down wing. Found the restaurant rather pricey and mundane. Most of the time we ate away from the hotel, at Whaler's Wharf. Also brought in supplies from the ABC store there.

It didn't help that it poured with rain a lot of the time we were there, and we were told not to go in the sea, due to dangerous currents. Very busy area, too. The trail along the beach would have been nice, if there were fewer of us using it! As it was, we had to constantly weave in and out of joggers, strollers, inline skaters, etc. Guess that's the price you pay for popularity, but give me a quieter, less popular place anytime.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Warner Robins, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This was our 4th stay in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. As always the staff was friendly and courteous, rooms and facilities were neat and clean, and hotel is in a great location on Kaanapali Beach! Look forward to my next visit!

Room Tip: During Dec 2012 the Molola'i Wing's ocean front rooms were undergoing renovation. If you st...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We just spent 8 nights at Kaanapali Beach Hotel and will return in the future. The location is ideal, between Whalers Village shops /restaurants and Black Rock for snorkeling, all connected by an oceanfront walkway. The beach here is beautiful and wide. The grounds are large, including spectacular, mature tropical gardens, numerous shady gazebos and lots of moveable chaise lounges. The pool is reasonably sized and was never crowded. There is Hawaiian music (not too loud) from the 3 hour nightly free shows. All in all, it has a very pleasing aesthetic. The employees are very friendly and helpful. Self-parking is convenient and just $9/day.
This is not a luxury resort. I’m guessing it was built in the 60’s but is extremely clean and well maintained. The rooms are just adequate but the views are delightful. The breakfast buffet is tasty but certainly not a lavish tropical spread. The poolside Tiki Bar makes a good drink and sandwiches/snacks from the Tiki Grill are okay. One caveat- smoking is allowed on the lanai of 4th and 6th floor rooms in the Kauai and Lanai buildings

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#14 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#15 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaanapali Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 432
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surround yourself with aloha on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches...at Hawaii's most Hawaiian hotel! Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Ka'anapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds. Award winning dining, shopping and recreation are on hand or close by. Here you'll discover the best in Hawaiian culture and family-style hospitality - truly aloha at its best! ... more   less 
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