We stayed in Lahaina for two nights. We picked the Aina Nalu because there weren't many hotels near downtown, and we could get a military rate ($129/night).
We weren't sure what to expect because of the renovations. One thing we didn't like was the apparently lack of elevators, so we had to haul our bags up one flight of stairs. We had a room that had been redone, and it was nice to have a kitchen with all the basic amenities (even plates and glasses, a coffee maker, toaster, etc), even though we didn't end up using much of it. We loved the overall decor, though I thought some of the features should've been better thought out. The room was pretty small, and the bed took up a lot of space, so it was awkward to figure out where to put our bags. Also, the bed was set up so we were at 90 degrees from the wall (lying parallel to it). This was difficult for watching TV, and our pillows kept coming out from under our heads.
We appreciated the new bathroom, but two things were inconvenient. The shower is open (no curtain or door), which would make it hard for families to stay there because of no privacy. Also, the vanity didn't have any counterspace, so there was nowhere to put our toiletries.
One of the things that really bothered us was all the outside noise at night. It sounded like it was coming from the parking lot, though it could've been a street or two over. While the hotel may not have been able to do anything about it, the bongo drum playing at 2am was pretty annoying. So staying one street off the main road had its pluses and minuses.
That said, we loved the location and being able to walk all over Lahaina. The town was fun and had plenty of affordable food options - it was great to be there at night. That alone made the Aina Nalu worth staying at. We peaked into some of the larger redone rooms on our hall, and the extra space (and maybe larger bathrooms) might be worth paying for. If we went there again, we'd probably upgrade. I'll give the hotel the benefit of the doubt that they've still got a way to go with the renovations, so we didn't see the finished project. As long as you realize it may not be the typical hotel room you're used to, you should be fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within a mile of the beach, this newly-renovated Maui resort is set in the heart of historic town of Laihana. Two-bedroom accommodations have 846 square feet of space that includes a full kitchen. Flat-screen TVs offer pay movies. Guests can take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and barbecue grills on site. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Aina Nalu Hotel Lahaina
- Outrigger Lahaina
- Outrigger Aina Nalu Resort
- Aina Nalu Resort
- Lahaina Outrigger
- Aina Nalu Maui/Lahaina