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“Recharge the batteries” 4 of 5 stars
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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Lahaina
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“Recharge the batteries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

I can't say enough about our amazing stay at The Whaler. My first impression as we drove up to the lobby was, "Wow" this is paradise!" The gardens and grounds are filled with colorful local vegatation and a beautiful koi pond. (Great photo op!) The hotel/ condos were built in the mid 70's but they have done a good job updating without compromising
the aesthetics. We stayed in tower one room 316. The room was very clean and quiet with a very comfy king size bed. Although I was not planning on cooking much, the updated kitchen had all the amenities needed to cook a full Thanksgiving meal! We had a garden view from the lanai that wasn't too bad. We got a warm breeze and could see the blue sparkling ocean and hear the chirping birds daily.

The pool area was small and well maintained, but we spent most of our time on the beach, which was just steps away.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. There is a kiosk near the beach that rents out umbrellas and chairs, but the hotel has them for free. Snorkeling was fun right outside the hotel but a quick walk down to BlackRock was a better place to see lots of sea life including some huge sea turtles!The sunsets were Marvy!

Keep in mind that the property is smaller than some of the surrounding hotels, which gives it a residential quality. That was a plus for us! We will definitely be back and highly recommend The Whaler for a relaxing retreat where you can recharge your batteries!









Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Aloha,
Your review of The Whaler is incredible…we Thank You! There are two points I would like to expand on for everyone. First, “recharging ones battery” is a phrase we hear frequently. Yes – Maui, Kaanapali and the Whaler does refresh vitality. Second, is your comment about a residential quality. One should recognize that when you stay with Aston at the Whaler, you are meant to feel like you are living here. This adds to our guest experience in ways that a hotel room cannot. We hope to see you back soon.

A Hui Hou…(Until we meet again)

Hal

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

My fourteen year old daughter and I spent last week at the Aston Whaler. We had a studio with a balcony in Tower Two. We had a great view and the location was so convenient t to the shops and restaurants at the Whaler next door. We booked our trip through an amazing travel agent: Kay at www.mauikay.com. The room was clean and well cared for, the concierge staff were wonderful and it could not have been a more perfect vacation. All of the hotel employees were warm, friendly and very helpful. We did the sunset ride at Ironwood Ranch, went ziplining and had an amazing meal at the Lahina Grill..

Room Tip: Tower 2 is a bit noisy. Choose another tower for a more quiet room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Aloha,

We are honored to read your review because a perfect vacation means so much in life’s memories. As guest service professionals we pursue perfection knowing that every moment represents an opportunity to embrace our guests with our Aloha hospitality spirit. Please visit again soon!

Mahalo
Hal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Our experience at 'The Whaler' was just too good! We booked an ocean view room and it was totally worth it. There was a lovely balcony with a nice view of the ocean (even though it's not ocean front and rather from the side of the building the view was still amazing). The condition of the property itself was really nice - the bed, kitchen equipments, bathroom, etc. On our usual holidays, we always eat out in restaurants but we liked the property so much that we ended up cooking at home a couple of times and staying in for b'fast/dinners on the balcony or even watching movies. They have free dvd rentals that came in handy.

The property is RIGHT on the Kaanapali beach so you don't have to do any walking to get there. The beach in front is clean and amazing. Also, it's right next to the Whaler Village which is a shopping/food area so that was very convenient as well. The Whaler Village is also a bus stop for a bus going into town (Lahaina) so that was really easy for us, since we didn't have a car rental as we don't drive.

All in all, excellent location and property. The staff were very nice and helpful as well.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Aloha,
Thank you for such a great review. Our property has come a long way in the last several years. Specifically, The Whaler has had upwards of 35 million in renovations to bring the towers back to prime condition. The living space is incredible and the location unmatched. If you have not been here before…please come visit and to those who know us like family…please come home soon.

Mahalo
Hal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

My wife, I and two children (tweens) stayed at The Whaler last week 7/13 – 7/20 in unit 607, Tower 1. We had an amazing ocean view as well as view of the mountains. The unit is a 1 Bedroom 2 Bath, full kitchen, was fully upgraded, new appliances, clean and accommodated us perfectly. The kids slept on a pull out sofa bed and my wife and I had the bedroom with the king size bed. We loved the easy access to the beach as the elevator system was fast and the short stroll to the beach (5 minutes from out the door to the sand). We enjoyed the underground parking convenience although at night it fills up quick in which case you’ll be parking by the tennis courts or entry. That only happened a couple times. The service at the The Whaler was excellent. House keeping was efficient, we had an issue with the Jacuzzi bath tube that maintenance quickly tended too, every person in the resort was sincere and professional. We very much liked the convenience of having the Whaler Village next store with its 3 restaurants (we liked Maui Fish & Pasta best), Maui Dive Shop, Parasailing, shopping and most important to me an ABC store minutes away. Although we did not use the BBQ, I liked the idea that they provided them. We passed on the swimming pool because the ocean water is far to beautiful but it did seem rather small. I like the fact they had an activity booth next to the pool which was very accommodating to us. Something my wife liked a lot was the beach in front of The Whaler was the least crowed of the entire stretch. I think its because its away from the public access points. Overall I am recommending The Whaler to everyone and will be staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Aloha Nui,
Your fantastic review is very genuine. I am certain other guests will value the information you provided and perhaps visualize themselves enjoying the beachfront BBQ’s and Kaanapali’s amazing beach. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to your return.

Mahalo
Hal

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We started our Hawaiian vacation with 5 nights on Maui before heading to Kauai. We stayed at The Whaler from 7-3 to 7-8. I rented our room through VRBO and we stayed in 1056. We had an amazing ocean view and also a beautiful view of the mountains. We had 3 of us in a one-bedroom and had more than enough room. The unit comes with a full kitchen. The unit itself is kind of dated with very old cabinetry. The bed was very comfortable though. And the owner keeps two very nice roll-away beds in the closet which my daughter used instead of the sofa bed. Our friends came over for dinner one night and wished they had stayed there instead of the Sheraton. The resort itself is older and dated. The lobby looks straight out of the 1970s. The grounds were pretty with the koi pond. The pool looked okay, but we never used it preferring to swim at the beach. There was only one very small Jacuzzi that always had a bunch of kids so we didn't use that either. We did use the BBQ grills one night. The proximity to Whaler's Village was a plus as there are 3 restaurants and some nice shopping. I would stay here again since we prefer condos to hotels, just know that it's not really a "resort."

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful place to recharge - every aspect of our stay there was fabulous. The condo was almost too beautiful as staying in was such a joy it slowed us getting out onto the gorgeous beach. Close but not too close to town with great shops right next door.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Aloha Nui,

Thank you for your review of our rental program, unit and location. Your comments give us assurance that our goals are within reach. We are here to serve and recharge everyone in both body and spirit.

Mahalo

Hal

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My wife and I were there for our first Maui vacation to renew our vows, and I wanted a truly amazing resort to cap off the experience. The Whaler proved to do just that. Room # 951 sits on the ninth floor and has two balconys with one facing south where you can see the wonderful shops which you can shop, with a few restaurants for a good meal without driving. And the other faces west with an awe inspiring views of Lania island and Moloka`i island. If you happen to be in the room at sunset, it`s also absolutely beautiful. There`s plenty of activities you can do from the beachfront below such as snorkeling on the catamarans which load/unload right there on the sand in front. There`s para-sailing too or you can just watch from your awesome balcony as you enjoy breakfast or lunch..as the room comes with all the comforts of home including stove, dishes, dishwasher(with soap) coffee maker(with cream & sugar) Frig. This room also comes with two separate bathrooms (which I liked) and the room sleeps 4.(two in the bed/two on pull out sofa)
The pool there is nice as well with a hot tub, and a nice tree there to chill out after a blistering day in the sun, if you`re lucky enough to get one of those chairs. The garden area between the two towers is truly beautiful with a small wooden bridge perfect for photos with huge Coy fish under you. My only gripe, was that the mattress was very firm, and just felt kind of cheap. For such an excellent room, they should put a nice pillowtop mattress in there. But even with that, if I stay there again... I`ll ask for room #951

Room Tip: Corner suites are large and sunny along the beachfront.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Aloha,

I am so happy to read and share your review. First time to Maui to renew vows is a perfect way to celebrate life and love. Your review is very informative. We will take the comment about the mattress into consideration. Please come back soon so we can share paradise.

Mahalo

Hal

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Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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