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Maui Eldorado
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   2661 Keka'a Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Orinda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We just got back from staying 8 days at the Outrigger Maui Eldorado (the week before Thanksgiving). My family, along with 2 others, stayed here (all of us our first time). We booked through Outrigger instead of the individual owners, mainly because we all wanted to try and get condos close to each other. Turns out that didn't help as we were spread out anyway. To be fair, they did say they would do their best but couldn't guarantee.

Before I break down the pros and cons, I do want to point out what others have said in that each condo is individually owned and furnished. Between the 3 condos we had (2x 2-bedroom and 1x 1-bedroom), they were _vastly_ different from each other. Ironically, I was the one who organized the whole trip and ended up with the most outdated. Our unit was all carpet with tile in the entryway and kitchen while the other 2 were all hard wood (Pergo, probably).

Pros:
- very reasonable prices. We paid $239/night for a 2-bedroom "garden view". Not bad for a ~1800sq/ft place with full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and dining table

- Walking distance to the beach. While you're not right on the beach, it's between a 5-10 minute walk (depending on which building you're in)

- Lots of grassy areas. This was nice for the little ones to run around in while the parents watched from the private lanai

- Helpful staff. The staff was very courteous and checkin/checkout was a breeze. In our 8 days there, they came twice to empty trash, replenish towels, and do a quick sweep.

- Very nice location. This is a general statement about Kaanapali. Absolutely beautiful beaches and only 10 minutes north of Lahaina and 10 minutes south of Kapalua.

Cons:
- 5-10 minute walk to the beach. I know I listed this as a pro however we were very jealous of the people staying at the big restorts who were right on the beach. You get what you pay for though.

- Cabana towels aren't available till 9:30am. Since we came from the west coast, our clocks were off and we were up and at'em ready to go to the beach at 8:00am. We ended up having to use some of our bath towels for the beach.

- Almost all parking is in a garage that's very, very low. Do NOT rent a large SUV if you're going to park here (we learned the hard way)

- Bugs in the kitchen! When we first arrived, there was a pretty big cockroach chilling in the cabinet under the sink. Not a good start. That was the last one we saw however (also, the day we left, the entire complex was being treated by Terminix).

- Sandpaper for toilet paper. Do yourself a favor and pick up some soft stuff at Safeway -- you'll thank me later.

Room Tip: Building J is the closest to the beach, but also furthest from parking.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Aloha Chris K:

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay with us.

All of our units are indeed individually owned and they are all very different from each other. Please let us know if you are not happy with your particular condo and we will do everything we can to find another unit for you.

We appreciate hearing that you found the Outrigger Maui Eldorado to be a good value; our pricing is generally lower than the oceanfront properties so there is a bit of walk to the beach, but we do have our beachfront cabana on the relatively uncrowded North Kaanapali Beach.

Large SUVs will fit on the upper level of the garage and we also have two open parking lots. But, yes, parts of the garage are very low.

Our regular pest control program does take care of most problems. Please let us know if you see something that needs our attention and we will be happy to take care of it for you.

Thank you for staying with us. We look forward to seeing you all on your next visit to Maui.

A Hui Hou,

Bill Rees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I did a lot of research on condos in Maui, and I'm glad that I choose Maui Elderado. The condo we stayed at was close to the pool and was very clean. We had no issues with our room at all. We had a partial view of the ocean which we enjoyed every morning with our coffee.
The pool area was clean and very quiet. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with many different flowers on your way to the pool and ocean.
We had Willie and Jeffery take us to the cabana several times during our stay, they are a couple of great guys who gave us lots of info about the island.
We couldn't have asked for more! The staff were friendly and helpful. Should we ever get a chance again to travel to Maui, we would deffinately stay here again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Aloha northerntravelers_11:

Thank you for staying with us. Your kind words about your visit and our employees are very much appreciated; I've passed along your comments to the bellman supervisor.

Thank you for posting a review of your stay. We hope to see you again soon.

A Hui Hou,

Bill Rees
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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed for 7 nights at the Maui Eldorado and had a great time! We wanted somewhere where we could cook our own food and make our own drinks, and the condo was perfect for us. We were in probably the smallest room type but still had tons of space, a comfortable bed, a full kitchen and a nice private balcony where we ate almost every day. The small two-story buildings were definitely preferable to the big box hotels on either side of us. Quick walk down to the beach (which was never over-crowded) and to shops and other beaches. Walkable to Lahaina (though slightly treacherous through the construction) but the bus is also cheap ($2) and fun.
I would highly recommend the Eldorado to couples or families -- great way to save money on food and not feel quite so much like a tourist.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Aloha Andrea U:

Thank you for staying with us and for posting a review. It sounds like the Outrigger Maui Eldorado was a good place for your vacation; I was pleased to read that you enjoyed having your own kitchen and that you liked our more residential feeling.

Thank you again for your visit. We hope to see you again soon.

A Hui Hou,

Bill Rees
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband and I just spent a week here, before departing for 12 days in Waikiki. The idea for this part of the holiday was R&R and after much research on Trip Advisor, chose the Eldorado. The main criteria were a place where we could self cater, proximity to shops and/or transport, as we had no car and of course, cost. The Eldorado was by far the cheapest, especially with our seniors rate.
Our unit, E208, was a studio, but absolutely huge. It was modern in furnishings and decor, and the kitchen and bathroom were lovely. We overlooked the pool, which was a nice outlook.
The pools and cabana were never crowded, and sometimes I had the pool to myself. We were able to walk to Whalers Village, although it was a bit of an uphill climb back. We only used the free shuttle once. We also caught the bus into Lahaina, where grocery shopping is cheaper.
We didn't mind limited housekeeping, especially if it keeps costs down. Any extra toiletries, washing liquid, whatever, was available at the front desk, just for the asking.
We picked up a number of meals from CJs Deli, in the Fairway shops, so we didn't have to cook much. All were delicious. We didn't eat out at all, as we were saving our money for shopping in Honolulu - much cheaper than Australia.
We are very happy with the choice we made in the Eldorado, as it met our needs perfectly. Any staff with whom we had contact were helpful and pleasant, and the lovely lady in the shop even picked up some tomatoes for us one day, and said she'd be happy to get whatever we needed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Aloha dragonlady2411:

Thank you for posting a review of your stay. It's great to read that our self-catering concept worked well for your visit with us.

Our large units and relatively low density means that, especially during quieter times of the year, the Outrigger Maui Eldorado is great place to relax and be on your own.

We hope to see you again the next time you visit Maui.

A Hui Hou,

Bill Rees
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed in room K211, November 2nd through November 7th. The view is amazing. The ocean, the well manicured lawn and golf course. The walk to the Cabana from the room is about 15 minutes...even though it is visible and close, you cannot walk across the golf course, or directly on the cart path. You have to take a winding path, which loops you around the golf course, and back to the Cabana. The Cabana is nice.

It seems that most of Maui is very spread out, so it is very important to have a car to get around. Whaler's Village is only a couple of miles away, with restaurants and shopping...but, nothing else is very close by.

This complex is primarily inhabited by Seniors of retirement age...at least at this time of year. As such, it is very quiet. However, not very hip or happening. But, everyone seems nice.

As others have stated, we had little nats/flies in our room...which seems to be common in Hawaii. Otherwise the room was clean.

But, the room is very VERY dated....think Golden Girls t.v. show circa 1989. Palm tree fabric couch, with cushions that are very flat and used...bamboo type framed furniture, plastic flowers. There is a flat screen t.v. However, it is not HD quality...of course, who watches t.v. when you have such a view out the window. The room is huge by Hawaii standards. It has a small washer/dryer...full sized fridge and stove/oven and a microwave. The kitchen is fully equipped to make meals. However, with the nats on the counter...we were hesitant to prepare food or use the utensils provided.

Some pictures show granite countertops...but, this room has not had such upgrades. It seems to me the individual owner could invest a few thousand on counters/hardware/furniture, aesthetics and possibly charge more for the room. But, for some reason no such investment has been made.

We had to pay $1.56 per day to use the in-room safe. $7.00 per day was the charge to park..even though there is plenty of ample parking. And, the little convenience store is very expensive...primarily because you are so secluded from others here...they kinda gouge you on the price...and, the fact that you nearly have to drive a car...

All in all the experience was good...and, I would definitely stay here again...this time knowing what to expect. But, if you are expecting luxurious accomodations, this is not the place for you.

The room is large. It has a beautiful view, and it is primarily clean, (minus the nats/flies).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Aloha jvmaddux:

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay with us. It's great to read that you liked our location and the view from your condo.

All of our condos are individually owned and decorated. If you're not happy with a particular unit, please let us know and we'll do everything we can to find another condo for you. I will be sure to pass along your comments to that particular unit's owner.

You'll be happy to know that our unusual invasion of gnats is now past with the return of the tradewinds and slightly cooler temperatures.

I'm pleased to read that you would stay here again. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Maui.

A Hui Hou,

BIll Rees
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was my first visit back to Maui after living there 30 years ago. (Yes, it has changed.) The location was perfect! I love snorkeling at Black Rock and swimming at the surrounding beaches. It was a 5-minute walk to Black Rock and the beach cabanas. A couple of more minutes and I was at the Sheraton pool bar, an excellent place for Mai Tais and a reasonably priced lunch. The setting on the Kaanapli golf course was beautiful. The view towards the hills, walking back from the beach, was gorgeous.

We stayed in building H, and it was very quiet. The most noise we heard was from the funny birds in the morning. The parking was very convenient. We had a partial ocean view, and it was great. Everything was clean and in good condition. The beds were comfortable. And there was plenty of drawer and closet space - and hangers!

The staff was friendly enough. They didn't ooze aloha, but they were fine. I'm a pretty independent traveler, so don't need many services. House cleaning every 3rd day worked perfectly for me. They gave us plenty of towels to last.

I will definitely stay here again, and I'll probably ask for the same room. I'm not giving the number because I don't want it to book up!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Aloha misskitty11:

Thank you for posting a review of your stay with us. And thank you, too, for including the great photos!

We're happy to read that you found our property, location and your specific condo to be perfect for your return to Maui and that our housekeeping service met your needs.

We hope you won't wait another 30 years to come back to see us! Please request room XXXX (your secret is safe with us!) and we'll do our best to get that condo for you.

A Hui Hou,

Bill Rees
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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is exactly what I'm looking for when we travel to Hawaii. It is just so relaxing and low-key quintessential old school Maui. I have been coming here almost every year for the past 13 years and have always been greeted so warmly by the lovely people at the Eldorado. It's great for families, couples, friends--we've even attended a wedding here! Our favorite rooms have been E-204 (a one bedroom with an amazing view from the lanai) and A-111 (a two bedroom for when we are with larger groups--a stunning room!)
We will be back!--Mahalo!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bill R, General Manager at Maui Eldorado, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Aloha Katsumu:

Thank you for posting a review of your stay with us. I very much appreciate your comments about your experience and it is great to read that our atmosphere is exactly what you're looking for when you are here on Maui. Thank you also for your kind words about my staff.

We appreciate your many times returning to the Outrigger Maui Eldorado - thank you for your continued support.

A Hui Hou,

BIll Rees
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Address: 2661 Keka'a Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#13 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#20 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Maui Eldorado 3*
Number of rooms: 204
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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