We stayed at Outrigger Maui El Dorado after being recommended by friends who had stayed there a few years ago. We had never stayed in a managed condo property before, so didn't know exactly what to expect.
We stayed in Unit J-105. This unit is a one bedroom garden (golf course) view. The kitchen was nicely equipped, which came in handy as we made 2 dinners and some breakfasts/lunches during our stay to save some $$. The unit also had an apartment sized washer and dryer, which we also made use of (must provide your own laundry soap, of course).
The unit is good sized for a family of 3 (including teen age son).
Other advantages - you can "spread out" more than you can in a hotel room.
This unit had a nice view of the golf course - I think some other units may have a more direct view of the ocean. Some may not have a good view of anything, however.
This unit is not near the front of the property, which is on a busy highway (route 30), so this unit was fairly quiet.
Disadvantages - you are not "right on" the beach - it's a short walk (5-10 minutes from this unit). There is a "cabana" down at the beach for Outrigger guests where you can borrow beach towels and beach chairs for the day. Apparently, you need to get there early in the day, because midday we were returning our towels, and hoping to exchange them for fresh towels, and that wasn't possible - they were out of towels for the day.
This unit had a very loud fan in the bathroom, and the shower curtain liner appeared to need cleaning, or needs to be replaced. This unit needs new carpet, at least in the bedroom, if not throughout - the carpet had some stains on it. The A/C in this unit was just adequate; not especially cool. Some of the furnishings appeared dated, as well.
I had read something in the "review and comments" book in the unit stating that someone (sometime back - not currently) had been changed from another unit that they said was unsatisfactory to this unit that they said was a "better" unit. So, if this is one of the better units on property, I would make sure you are really happy with your unit when you check in. I would have said this would be one of the older units...but I guess not.
General comments: You may have to follow up with housekeeping to get your service. We didn't know about that, and assumed our unit would be cleaned about halfway through our stay. It was not. So, on the 4th day of our 5 day stay, I asked housekeeping for fresh towels. By then it was the end of the day, so they said they'd come the next day to clean the unit (including changing the sheets). So, we had fresh sheets for one day, which seemed silly, but it was the principal. Knowing what I know now, I would have called the morning of day 3 to make sure that our room would be cleaned that day.
One day we sent our son up to the activities desk to ask about a snorkeling trip - they didn't seem to have any particular recommendations or discounts for that, and he said they didn't seem to be especially helpful, either.
Also, a pet peeve. We arrived at the resort at about noon or shortly thereafter. We were informed that our room wouldn't be ready until 3 pm, as stated in our reservation confirmation. And, also, that the current guests had not yet checked out (I think the listed check out time is noon, and it was past that time.) While I understand this policy, we basically had a carload of luggage, etc. that we had to drive around with for 3 hours. I checked back around 2:15, and was still told the room wouldn't be ready until 3 pm. Again, I understand. I guess I'm just more used to hotels with extra rooms, where if your "assigned" room isn't ready upon your arrival, sometimes they can put you in a different room, instead, if they have any available.
I think this is a good option if you are trying to save some money on your Hawaiian vacation. It's also a good option if you have kids, and are planning to spend a lot of time at the beach, I think. We never made it to the pools. And, we were using this location as our base for sightseeing around Maui; we didn't spend more than about a day at the beach here. It is also within walking distance of some of the nice hotels on the beach in K'anapaali. For example, I walked down to the Westin resort one day and went to the Heavenly Spa there, which was wonderful!
I don't think this is the best choice if you are on your honeymoon, or if you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion in Hawaii. It's not really "romantic". It's fine for "older" couples, and may be fine for families with kids (although I don't know if there's enough excitement here for families with teenagers...). It would also probably be good for multiple families vacationing together.
Overall, I would describe it as 'adequate' for our needs on this trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the fairways at Kaanapali Beach Resort, Outrigger® Maui EldoradoSM situates you in easy walking distance to beach activities, championship Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, and Whaler’s Village shops, restaurants and nightlife. These low-rise Maui condo rentals are well regarded among vacationers for roomy comfort with 1-bedroom suites up to 1,200 square feet! The relaxed garden setting is informal and inviting. The house golf cart shuttles guests to the exclusive beach cabana at north Kaanapali Beach. And enjoy more of west Maui exploring art galleries and souvenir shops in historic Lahaina Town, and discovering outdoor adventure at Kapalua Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Maui Eldorado Hotel Lahaina
- Outrigger Hotel Lahaina
- Outrigger Hotel Maui Eldorado
- Outrigger Lahaina
- Outrigger Maui Eldorado Lahaina
- Lahaina Outrigger
- Maui El Dorado