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18 Nalu Place, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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The Nalu Kai Lodge, Paia Hotel is In the heart of Paia town Charming boutique hotel Unique Hawaiiana atmosphere Affordable rates Oceanside - steps to the beach Simple, Spotless, & Comfortable rooms
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
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Public wifi
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Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Amazing place... It’s not a big resort with concierge or a beachfront but it was perfect for the vibes of Paia. Exceeded my expectations with bonus touches like access to laundry, borrowing left behind beach toys/chairs/mats and a cozy shared space. Location is AMAZING. Minutes to Ululani’s shaved ice, Paia Fish Market and seconds to a gelato shop or great coffee/dinner/breakfast at Paia Bay. Parking is not the easiest BUT they have a great map and directions to show you where and where not to park. We had no issues.
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Our experience as a couple was PERFECT! If you look for the REAL Maui experience, in a little town by amazing beaches, being relaxed and down to earth THIS IS THE PLACE!!! Great staff, Darcy, Patti and all the others are extremely kind, helpful and the aloha spirit is alive and well here! It’s very international as other tourists and that adds up. If ever back in Maui we will DEF BOOK THERE AGAIN! - It’s the perfect spot and I liked the lodge-like style: clean, simple and welcoming. — I am pretty shocked to read poor reviews as seriously nothing was bad or out of order. Charming little place with the center garden with the fall a huge plus: we felt like in our garden at home. Best atmosphere. I can only think whoever wrote bad review was looking for corporate style “Marriot like” hotels..... boring!!!! This is a unique bohemian place very much in the spirit of Maui, so if you look for fancy, boring, all the same hotels.....go to a Hilton. This is so much better than those corporates sad hotels. Thank you Nalu Kai Lodge staff!!!!
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Great space for couples, families or very good and close friends. The bathroom has only a curtain as divider so it’s better if you are close. The lodge is in an amazing location, next to everything one needs for a relaxing and chill vacation. We used the outdoor little garden with hammock, fountain a lot, it feels like being almost in a private garden of someone’s home. The ladies (owners? Or workers ?) who work there are super nice and helpful and the aloha spirit is well felt. Rooms are perfect to chill and store your luggage: you are in Hawaii do you need to stay lock inside a room a lot??? We came here to explore and go around, not to be inside an hotel !!! This fed almost like an air bnb - perfect for the bohemian aloha feel the whole town of Paia has. We are perfectly happy with location, way it’s set and built and people around us. We also chit chat in the common garden with few other customers, a plus on the experience. Meeting people from everywhere and getting extra tips on what to do where to visit.... we suggest this lodge if you are down to earth, like simple but fictional things, and want to really feel Maui. Otherwise maybe a hotel in Honolulu it’s better for you- it you want impersonal, cold and nothing original (corporate style) this is not the place for you! I would def come back here!!
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Massively overpriced "Boutique Doss House" This is billed in some places as a "boutique hotel", but doesn't meet that description in any way, shape or form. Yes, it's tiny to the point of being poky, but that's about it. Our room was absolutely miniscule - about 1-2ft around the bed, with no storage for cases. The toilet is not so much as "en suite" as "dans chambre", next to the head of the bed separated by a thin curtain. I have seen more decorous arrangements in prison cells. There is zero service. The "housekeeping service" happens only after your stay, presumably because they can't legally get away with not changing the linen before the next guests arrive. Nevertheless there's a long list of dos and don'ts on the bed when you arrive, to try and absolutely minimise any effort the staff might possibly have to make. When we arrived a woman sitting outside the office gave us our keys and showed us vaguely to the room, and then literally ran to avoid any further interaction. My wife asked someone who appeared to work there to try and sort out a problem with the bedding, but no-one ever got back to us. Otherwise we didn't see or speak to any other staff in the entirety of our stay. How you can aim to run a "hotel" if you don't actually want to deal with people? The descriptions claim that there is a garden where you can sit. This is also very small, and there's only one chair which can be positioned in the sun - all the others are under cover. Otherwise we had one hard chair by the door of the apartment. It turned out to be very noisy. We had only just arrived from the mainland, and before that the UK, so we could really have done with a decent night's sleep. However our night was interrupted by pillow problems from the odd bedding (who needs a heavy quilt in Hawaii?), what appeared to be a loud lecture in Dutch at about 1 am, and a literal cat fight at about 4am. This is only one stop short of a doss house, but they charge full price. They take full payment in advance, presumably so they can keep your money once you see what you're getting for it. In the end we wasted the payment for the second night of our stay and went 10 miles down the road to a proper hotel with full maid service, big rooms and a pool overlooking the sea. For the same price.
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We stayed here for 2 nights. We picked it for location and thought it wouldn't be that bad. So..location was good, perfect for a day trip to Haleakala and then leaving for Hana. Yet everything else was pretty bad. First you never see any innkeepers, you find your name on a white board and go to an unlocked room. When you leave, you just close the door. It might have improved our stay if we could have interacted with a person. Parking was tight and on an alley, there are not enough spots for all the rooms. The room was tiny; you could barely fit around bed and forget finding a place for your suitcase. The bathroom was behind a curtain, made me realize how nice doors are. The room was hot but the three windows were either open to let in the breeze and forget privacy or closed to let you get dressed. Not good. The walls were so thin that we heard the guy behind us coughing all night and knew exactly when the couple next door got up to do sunrise on Haleakala. The DJ one night and band the next night at the club right below you did stop at a reasonable hour, good thing as it was quite loud. If you just need a place to stay in Paia and aren't too particular, give this place a try. Otherwise skip it, too many thing to drive you crazy.
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PRICE RANGE
$154 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nalu kai hotel paia
LOCATION
United StatesHawaiiMauiPaia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nalu Kai Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Nalu Kai Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Ho'okipa Beach Park (0.2 miles), Hana Highway - Road to Hana (0.2 miles), and Pakaloha Bikinis (0.02 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nalu Kai Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Nalu Kai Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Nalu Kai Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nalu Kai Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flatbread Company, Mana Foods, and Paia Gelato Company.
Are there any historical sites close to Nalu Kai Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Haiku Mill (3.4 miles).