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Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   110 Kaanapali Shores Place, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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“An enjoyable and relaxing stay at the Aston Mahana.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is our fourth trip to Maui in the past two years and our fourth time staying at the Aston Mahana.

As in two prior trips, we chose a premium studio condominium booked directly through the Aston hotel chain's website. We prefer to book through Aston (as opposed to booking directly with a unit's owner) because they are on-site should any problems arise.

Given that each unit (within the two 12-storey towers on the property) is individually owned, the decor, furnishings, and kitchen appliances will differ from unit to unit.

We have always selected a premium (i.e., updated) unit during our stays and have not been disappointed thus far.

For this trip, our unit (#703) was well appointed with a comfortable bed, decent linens, and a small kitchen that met all of our needs with dishes, cutlery, and cooking utensils. There was a stove-top but no traditional oven. Instead, the microwave had convection-bake capabilities that worked just as well. We really appreciated having a dishwasher, washer, and dryer in the unit too.

For this trip, we stayed for 14 nights starting on April 28. We prefer an upper floor as that will usually get you the best views of the ocean.

As in prior stays, the grounds and pool area are kept immaculate. The Aston staff have always been friendly and helpful. We prefer late-in-the-day housekeeping (i.e., after 2:00 PM) and that was easily accommodated.

There is a $15 daily amenity fee but that is off-set with free parking, wi-fi, beach towels, DVD movie rentals, and an in-room safe.

There are several things that keep us coming back to this property:
- Consistently pleasant stays with friendly and helpful staff.
- Extraordinary ocean views. All of the units have ocean-front views. There are no "mountain" or garden views" when staying at the Mahana.
- Proximity to Kaanapali Beach. Just steps from the property is a pristine beach where you can walk bare foot for miles!
- Proximity (i.e., walking distance or very short drive) to the Times Supermarket in a small strip mall that includes a variety of affordable eating establishments.
- Quiet grounds. Many of the guests are in their 40s or older without noisy kids.

Other things to consider about staying at this property:
-The pool area doesn't resemble a theme park. This may be an issue with some families with children who prefer waterfalls and slides when they're in the water.
- There is no valet parking or bell-boys to haul your luggage to your room. Actually, we prefer it this way but others may not.
- There are not any spa services or restaurants on site. This has never mattered to us, but it may for others.
- Although there is no restaurant, there is a snack bar located next to the pool where you can get coffee drinks, hamburgers, hot-dogs, etc. We purchased food and drinks several times while we were at the pool and found it to be really good!

Bottom line: This is not the Four Seasons, or even a Westin or a Marriott. And quite frankly, I am glad it isn't because those types of places are not within my budget for a 14 night stay in Maui. All-in-all, the Aston Mahana has been a great place to stay for us and we have found no reason to look elsewhere while in Maui.

If we weren't travelling to France this upcoming September, we would have returned to the Mahana for another visit later this year. Nevertheless, if our travel plans next year include Maui, then we will be back!

Mahalo!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Aloha and mahalo for your in depth comments on your recent stay. We are honored that you have chosen the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali as your destination choice for all four visits to the beautiful island of Maui and are especially excited to hear that in addition to the spectacular oceanfront views provided from every unit here the main reason you come is the friendly and helpful service provided by the entire staff here.
It is always our goal to show the aloha spirit to everyone we encounter and exceed the expectations of all our guests from our 24 hour front desk staff who are there to check you in and our, answer questions and provide your complimentary pool/beach towels to our entire housekeeping staff who provide daily service to all of our unit and finally our maintenance staff who are also on-site in case to make sure everything is working properly.
I'm sure your detailed comments will help many future guests make their decision and we hope that they will become the same valuable repeat guests that you are.
Have fun in France and we look forward to hosting you again.

Mahalo, Brian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Our room 506 was excellent! The staff are friendly & helpful. The room has a king bed & sofa bed with a dining area, full kitchen, washer, dryer, reasonably sized bathroom. The balcony looked straight over the beach, a pity we were a little later for whale season, though afternoons watching the paddleboarders & waves crashing on the beach at sunset was lovely. The pool & spa are good, with disability access to both. The pool area has bbq's & tables if you wanted to eat in. The location is in the quieter end of Kaanapali & close to shops & supermarket. There is access to the beach boardwalk, Dukes is right next door for a meal or a drink or two, you can walk along the boardwalk all the way to Whalers Village. If you dont rent a car, the local bus is nearby & for $4 you can get an all day pass, single trips are $2. I recommend attending the briefing on the first morning where all the available tours are explained as well as some tips about the local area. Walking down to black rock at the Sheraton at sunset is a MUST, they have a cliff diving ceremony each night at sunset.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Aloha and mahalo for taking the time to write your comments here and for choosing to stay at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali. We're thrilled to see that you found our staff to have been both friendly and helpful.
Although you didn't see any whales this trip as we're right at the end of whale season which is December thru May generally, it's great to see you still loved the specatacular oceanfront views provided from every unit here of other marine life, rainbows and the beautiful sunsets appearing right in front of the backdrop of the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai.
As you also found out our second to none oceanfront location in on the quieter northern end of Kaanapali beach yet is convenient to many shopping and dining options. Should you not like to leave the property of course everyone of our studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units have fully equipped kitchens as well as washer/dryer for added convenience and at our pool/jacuzzi area there are complimentary gas grills.
We completely agree with you that we provide the perfect beachfront location and the entire staff here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali looks forward to welcoming you back with the Aloha Spirit and hope to again exceed all of your expectations.

Mahalo, Brian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

My stay at this particular Aston condo was the unthinkable! I had the time of my life! From night swimming to evacuating for a tsunami! That pretty much sums up my stay in just a few words!

But let me tell you more! We got to Maui later than scheduled. We err supposed to get there at 3:00 Maui time. However in Chicago Illinois we got bumped. Instead of going to San Fran. we had to go to LA which come to find out the tickets Chicago gave us were in valid. An with a family of 6 with 2 elders and 2 young children who'd been traveling at that point for about 15 hours we were done. An amazing young lady gave up her seat as well as her significant others so we could have the 2 other seats we needed! (If that girls reading this, thanks again! I actually think about how I want to help someone like that at some point in my life!) anyway aside from all tht we were supposed to get there at 3pm and since our condo had cooking appliances we wanted to cook in some night to save a little $ but we didn't have time once we checked in at 11 pm! However the next day we did a little exploring, swimming, shopping ect. and met back up at the hotel pool around 7:00 pm. from there we went grocery shopping! This is where the fun begins! The shelves were bare and there was a dude with 5 carts filled with bottles of water! We thought oh maybe Saturday nights is when the boat comes in with all the food?! But when we got back to our awesome condo we realized we forgot the room key card! So my mom went down to get one (thank god!) and my dad conversed with a condo owner who said and I quote "oh I see you've stocked up for the Tsunami!" Not two seconds later did my mom coming stoping up freaking out scared that there was a tsunami! But anyway the tsunami turned out to be nothing that effected us we just had to evacuate for a few hours! Great stay most helpful calming staff ever! Best hotel in Maui! Not to mention the salon who pierced my ears! Memories were made!

Stayed October 2012
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Aloha and mahalo for your comments on your stay last Fall. It sounds like you had an eventful time getting here and then experienced the tsunami warning while here. I remember that as I came down to the property and I agree that our entire staff here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali did a great job calming the guests and making sure all of their needs were taken care of during the warning.
Despite all of this we're gratified to hear that you had "the time of my life" and that you consider us to be the "best hotel in maui".
We very much hope you can return again soon to create even more fond memories.

Mahalo, Brian
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We booked our fabulous stay at Aston Mahana through Donna Bender who is an Aston Specialist. Everyone at the hotel was very nice! Our room was a simple studio, right on the ocean, very clean and quiet (although a little dated), and for my husband and I it was perfect! Loved having a kitchen to save money on dining out. Dinner on the lanai, fresh fish and veggies (from the nearby markets of course), while watching the sun set over Lanai and Molokai; priceless!
(We did not use the fitness room or restaurant.)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Aloha and mahalo to both you and Donna for recommending the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali. We are very happy to hear our entire staff was nice and that our housekeeping, who provides daily service, and on-site maintenance staff kept your unit clean and comfortable for your stay.
All of our units have fully equipped kitchens as well as washer/dryers for our guest's comfort and the pool/jacuzzi area has complimentary gas grills plus our second to none oceanfront location here at the northern end of Kaanapali beach is convenient to many shopping and dining options.
As you experienced, the views from all of our studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali are absolutely spectacular.

We hope you went home with many fond memories of your stay here and pictures of those beaufitul sunsets between Molokai and Lanai. We do hope we can host you again someday soon.

Mahalo, Brian
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this property for 5 nights in early March. As previous reviews have noted the views and proximity to the ocean cannot be beat. After a few days, we decided that the area right in front of our unit was the humpback whale expressway. I honestly cannot remember many times when there was not a whale visible passing in front of the Mahana. You could just sit on your lanai and see all the whale activity one can imagine, breaching, tail slapping, etc. That being said, IMO the whales are the only reason to stay here. We got a premium studio. It was fine but certainly not deluxe. The paint on the walls were chipping, the linens very cheap, and the maid service poor. Not that we needed it but it would be very difficult to actually cook meals with the items the kitchen was stocked with. The real problem that I see is that when we were leaving I asked how one could get a premium room that was in better condition. The problem appears to be that there are not set standards for condo owners, therefore when you select this property it is a crap shoot if you will get a nice unit or a less nice one. Also, the Mahana seems to attract a more senior population. Not sure this property would appeal to young people, especially honeymooners. Bottom line is if your top priority is watching whales, I would say to stay here.But if it is not whale season, or if you bore of watching whales after a few minutes, stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Aloha and thank you for taking the time to post your comments on your stay at the Mahana. It appears that you did not stay in one of the units in the Aston rental program here as we require all of our owners to meet the same high minimum standards with regards to their units and Aston provides consistent amenity and linen items in all our units and of course the full service of a 24 hour front desk for checking in/out, answering questions and providing complimentary pool towels as well as on-site daily housekeeping and maintenance for all of our units. There are 129 units in the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali rental program so we also can show our guests other units should they desire.
We are happy to hear that you got a great show with the humpback whales in town which is generally from December thru the early part of May however the views from every unit here year round are spectacular with other marine life, rainbows and beautiful sunsets daily setting right between the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai.
I would agree that our location is ideal on the quieter northern end of Kaanapali beach however our convenience to many shopping and dining options plus offering studio, one bedroom and two bedroom two bath units, all with fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers, make us perfect for any family grouping.

We do hope you'll return again soon and give the staff here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali the chance to show you the Aloha Spirit and exceed all of your expectations.

Mahalo, Brian
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Mahana is in a quiet part of Kaanapali, but very close to the a large supermarket/foodstore.
Yes the rooms are a bit dated, but everything was realy clean and all appliances worked perfectly.

It was realy great to sit on the balcony in the late afternoon and watch the sunset, not being overlooked by any of the other rooms or condos.

All staff we met were pleasant and friendly. The only thing it lacked was a restaurant. The pool is a bit small, but with the ocean 10 yards from the pool ...

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the top, the unobstructed views over the top of the trees was fantastic.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Aloha and mahalo for coming to visit us here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali all the way from the UK. We're thrilled to hear that you found our staff to be both pleasant and friendly as that is what we strive for every day.
We apologize if you found your unit to be a bit dated which is a surprise to us as we require every unit in the Aston rental program to meet very high standards but will continue to make sure all of our units exceed the expectations of every guest.
We completely agree that our location on the quieter northern end of Kaanapali beach provides a place to relax yet is conveniently located to many shopping and dining options. Our pool/jacuzzi area features complimentary gas grills and of course all of our clean and comfortable units have both fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers for our guests convenience.
We very much hope you can make the trip across the Atlantic again to see us in the near future.

Mahalo again for taking the time to provide your comments.

Brian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had an amazing trip to Maui. Our unit at the Aston Mahana couldn't have been better. When you walk in your door, It feels like you are going to walk in to the ocean as that is all you see through the floor to ceiling glass. The staff were nothing great, but they were friendly and helpful and addressed all of our needs. This is a managed property so it doesn't have the same service or amenities as a resort or hotel. We knew this going in and it was perfect for us. They upgraded our room and it was huge! Full kitchen, living room, dining area, bath, and a large master suite with closet and king size bed. The pool area is nice. Short walk to Dukes pub or Black Rock. Nothing but good things to say about this place. Awesome value!

Room Tip: Pay the extra bit of money for an upgraded\renovated room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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bmc11, General Manager at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Aloha and mahalo for choosing the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali and for taking the time to post your comments. We're excited to hear that you found our staff to be both friendly and helpful, it is always our goal to show the Aloha Spirit to all of our guests and exceed their expectations.
Yes, the view as you enter our lobby looking right over the pool/jacuzzi area is spectacular isn't it. This of course is the same view available from every unit here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali due to our second to none oceanfront location. Every unit here, whether studio, one bedroom or two bedroom has this same oceanfront view of various marinelife, rainbows and the beautiful sunsets appearing with a backdrop of the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai.
Every unit also features fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryer for our guest's comfort.

We very much hope you return again soon to experience the "gem" that we have here at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali.

Mahalo, Brian
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Address: 110 Kaanapali Shores Place, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston Mahana at Kaanapali 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the seclusion of this beachfront condominium resort where each custom-furnished oceanfront suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private lanai with panoramic views of the Pacific and Maui's magical sunsets. Nearby attractions include Lahaina Town and the Sugar Cane Train. At the Mahana, you can experience the tranquility of Maui. ... more   less 
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