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Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   45 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 (Formerly ResortQuest Maui Kaanapali Villas)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 30 Hotels in Lahaina
Edmonton, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“First Time Vacation in Hawaii”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed at the MKV for 7 nights. Intially we had a room on the 6th floor of the tower with an oceanview on a step out patio. The view was nice but the room was below what we expected. While the decor was somewhat outdated, that was the least of our concerns. It was grungy and dusty. The bed was uncomfortable. The doors, door knobs and light switches didn't look like they had been cleaned since the 70s. The carpet and ceiling had stains. The dust behind the bed and nightstands as well as in the bathroom was gross. Perhaps it has always just been surfaced cleaned. If this unit was cleaned better, given a fresh coat of paint and a new floor, it would be great. We asked if we could change rooms and were willing to pay for an upgrade. After some searching we were given the option to have a ground level room in the Dolphin building that had a full patio. This room was much better. We were really impressed the staff. Francis went out his way to find us a suite that we were happy with despite this being a very busy time for the resort. Our new room gave us quick access to the pool and to the beach. My only recommendation would be for cleaning staff to dust the door slats every now and then and to wipe down the doors in the bathroom areas within the suites. Also to ensure the bedding is clean. We found what looked like blood stains on the top sheet. After this was changed on our first night, our bed sheets were not changed during our stay and it would have been nice if they were changed at least once.

The MKV has a restaurant on site. We enjoyed the food and the views, especially at breakfast where there was nice views of the nearby islands and whales could be seen from the shore. The food and staff were also good. Pool and hot-tub was nice to have. Easy access to the beach which was not crowded and offered excellent snorkeling and had a booth for renting chairs, snorkel equipment, etc. There is also a beachwalk that connects all the properties in the Kaanapali resort area. A free shuttle bus was available that can take you to Whaler's Village for shopping and restaurants. Other amenities on the property includes the gym, which needs a good cleaning. Also there is a spa. There services there are good but the decor needs updating. It is a dark dank little room that is not very appealing.

Most of the people staying at MKV seem to be owners and at times it felt a bit cliquey. The average age of the people staying at MKV is quite a bit older than we expected but at least there was not a lot of partying or loud people. It was very quiet in the evening which we did not mind but if you are looking for night time activities or a more outgoing resort atmosphere, this is not the place to stay. There were lots of families with young children.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and if visiting the island again, would consider staying again at the Maui Kaanapali Villas.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wednesbury, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I stayed in the Kaanpapali Villas in Aug 2012 for 4 nights with 3 memebers of my family. We had a room with 2 queen beds. The room itself was fantastic, spotlessly clean and to a very high standard. The kitchen and bathroom areas were particularly good and although the bedroom/living area was not to my taste it was of a very good standard. The ameneties within the complex are very good, the pool/jacuzzi was very good as was the bar/restaurant located by the seafront/beach (the sunset view from down there is fantastic) the Wifi was a little over elaberate but more of an annoyance than being difficult. All of the staff we encountered were helpful and freindly.

The resort is ideally located to explore the local area and I also had the pleasure to snorkel from the beach adjacent to the hotel, which was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

All in a a great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I first stayed at Kaanapali Villas around 1995 and loved the location. Right on a spectacular beach.
This resort has plenty of amenities with a nice pool, oceanside licensed restaurant and beach rental shack.

We had a unit in the Dolphin building on the 2nd floor. Loved the pool and ocean view location and I recall the unit had a remote control for the drapes and the stereo, which we thought was pretty cool.

Recently, my husband and I stayed in unit 285 which is right across from the unit I stayed at in the Dolphin.
We actually liked this exposure better as you didn't have blistering hot afternoon sun on the lanai.
The unit is a studio and has had recent upgrades to kitchen and bathroom. The unit is fully furnished and has all the kitchen appliances and utensils that one would need.

I would highly recommend Kaanapali Villas to anyone looking for accommodation in this side of Maui. We noticed that the grounds were very clean and tidy.Very convenient to all the shopping, etc. on this side of the island. Having the restaurant on site was very handy. They also had a small convenience store off the lobby. One late afternoon they were offering free mai tai's and popcorn off the lobby.

Jacqui Swan and Dan Knoblauch,
Beachfront at Vesuvius
Salt Spring Island, BC
Canada

Room Tip: I like rooms that overlook the pool or ocean.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We loved the Kaanapali Villas. We were on the second floor of the bungalow buildings and overlooked the quiet pool. Our studio suite was just perfect....full kitchen with everything we needed. Lovely huge lanai allowed us to sit out every morning and evening and enjoy the birds. Beach is very close and we walked it daily. Perhaps not as new and flashy as some of the condos that surround the area, but very clean and adequate. Rooms seemed to be updated although I believe they are individually owned so maybe the upgrades depend upon the owners preferences. I would suggest it to anyone. There were 2 pools...one that was larger and seemed to attract the families and then the other that was much quieter and very peaceful to lay by and soak up the rays! The Villas are close to grocery shopping and the main highway. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: The buildings farthest from the beach and the 'main' pool will be quietest. We loved the 2...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband and I wanted to get away for Thanksgiving vacation and had never been to Maui, let alone Hawaii so we weren't sure what island to pick, let alone where and after much research we are glad we picked Kaanapali area. Our travel style varies but in general we are use to nice modern accommodations with a mellow vibe but try to stay budget friendly with outdoor activities near, especially snorkeling - this place fit that bill perfectly. So Maui Kaanapali Resort Villas were a good choice for us. Our room was modest/clean/nice with a fridge/tub/bath/flatscreen&cable/closets/two lanais and we booked directly through the condo owner on vrbo.com. It wasn't high end but we loved that owners kept beach chairs/boogieboards/coolers and other beach necessities in the condo for its guests :) The room and resort itself is a bit outdated but not disgusting in the least.We were disappointed that the Castaway Cafe/bar was closed for most of our vacation- I really enjoyed their happy hour drinks- yummy Lava flow! :) The pool was smaller than other resorts but really cute/fun with its waterfall bridge and there was a second pool area that was a nice too.
Location wise this place IS great! I think it was about an hour from airport (traffic can be a bit annoying) and although the area can be a bit windy, it wasn't bothersome. The atmosphere here was mellow, guests were friendly and not really annoying or big partying bothers, so thats nice when you need some R&R. The beach was lovely and the resort is right next door to the Westin Villas(which seemed really lovely), they share a driveway/road entrance. There is a nice boardwalk to walk up and down the shoreline between resorts. Blackrock beach was a bit of a nightmare and Im glad we didn't pick to stay at the Sheraton because it was just insanely busy and I did not enjoy the snorkeling around there because there are a 1000 people smashing into you and you have to watch for people jumping on you! Also I wasn't too keen on the whole whaler's village area, which seemed like a giant shopping mall rather than a resort complex at the beach.
Favorite bits about Maui Kaanapali Villas: We loved just walking out to the beach in front of our condo or down the beach in front of the Westin, much less crowded than blackrock and the snorkeling was fantastic! There is a reef area that you can explore close to shore or far out and you will be sure to see lots of corals, schools of fish, turtles, etc. Further north we really enjoyed Duke's restaurant and the HONUA KAI RESORT & SPA, would maybe look into staying there next time if we go back to Kaanapali area. There is excellent surfing up in that area around Honolua bay.

Wailea area of Maui was more of what I thought the island would be like. Its where all the high end resorts area but they are high up on a bluff, so you don't have quick/easy access to the ocean. Also the spots to snorkel are limited down there although you are close to Turtletown.

All and all I would stay here again because I think its a good deal in a great area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eagle Point
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

MKV Unit 188 is the perfect location, charming decor, very clean, it is everything a Hawaiian vacation spot should be. Beautiful sandy beach, manicured grounds, friendly staff, near the lovely pool, and with beautiful sunsets. Easy walk along the boardwalk to Whalers Village and great restaurants. the Castaway Restaurant on site right on the beach was delicious with great service. Whale watching, snorkeling and golf, all near by, It was a wonderful January week, all we had hoped for. We will be back for sure and will request unit 188 again.

Room Tip: Unit 188 is the perfect location
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Southport, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

After almost 24 hours of flying, the arrival at this resort was like a balm. The welcoming staff, the comfort of the room and the peaceful and paradisiacal surroundings were a reassurance that all the effort to get to Hawaii was well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 45 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 (Formerly ResortQuest Maui Kaanapali Villas)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#11 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#20 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This may be Kaanapali's finest beachfront setting. Resting amid 11 acres of exotic tropical gardens in the heart of the Kaanapali Resort area, the resort has an on-site water activity center, two newly-renovated pool areas and a free shuttle to Kaanapali Resort area shopping and activities. The poolside cafe features island cuisine accompanied by an expansive wine list. ... more   less 
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