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Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel

310 N Market St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-1159
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#2 of 10 Specialty lodging in Wailuku
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The hostel caters to backpackers, travelers and surfers wanting to get the best out of Maui,and the best value for their money. Your stay comes with a friendly atmosphere, camaraderie, and friendships that last a lifetime. We offer more free amenities than any other hostel in Hawaii, probably the world. We offer FREE TOURS of MAUI EVERY DAY!: 12-Mile Haleakala Volcano Hike, The Road to Hana, Iao Valley Rainforest Hike, Whale Watching (seasonal), Snorkel with Turtles, Historic Lahaina and Paia Towns, Beaches, Beaches, Beaches!Large Tropical Garden with 7-Person Jacuzzi, Large Shared Kitchen, Free Wi-Fi, Free Internet Computer, Free pancake breakfast, Free keg parties every Friday night! "BACKPACKERS SHOULD HEAD TO BANANA BUNGALOW" - Frommer's 2011, "LIVELY AND COSMOPOLITAN HOSTEL" - Fodor's 2011.
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Kelsey S wrote a review Feb 2020
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The verdict: If you don't have much hostel experience, and you come to Maui with no firm plans, simply wanting to drink, party, sleep in, and maybe go on a tour...then this hostel will suit your needs well. Alternatively, if you are an experienced adventurer who has certain expectations of a hostel, and you want a hostel that serves as a refuge where you can easily park and access common areas at any time of day, then this hostel is probably not for you. I am the latter type, so please take my review from that perspective. To be clear, my low rating isn't because I don't get how a hostel works. This is no-frills. You need to bring your own towel. There is no AC. That's all totally expected for a hostel. It's clean enough, and the staff was nice. They aren't overly friendly (I honestly think most of them are there to party themselves) but they greet you when you intercom them, and they give you a mini tour upon arrival. There were no issues with my reservation. The location is fine. A bus stops nearby for those who don't rent cars. A few restaurants and a coffee shop are within walking distance as well. But there is a lot that can be improved. Parking is a nightmare, and the "free parking" they tout consists of three gravel spots and minimal street parking. There is a large public lot a few blocks away that they don't tell you about, but I found that to be a better alternative. One of the nastiest surprises was discovering that they lock the common room and kitchen after hours. I've never been to a hostel where this was the case. So if you want to grab something from the fridge or make breakfast before 8am, then you're out of luck. (But you can't keep food in your rooms either, because they have an ant problem.) So if you're used to hostels operating a certain way, you may also be in for this surprise. Lastly, it is most definitely a party hostel--you can expect to fall asleep to loud dance music and beer games that last until midnight. But hey, maybe that's your thing. Like I said, it's the right hostel for a certain type of person. Just not me. Overall, it wasn't the worst hostel in the world. But it was certainly towards the bottom of my list. Note that I didn't do any of the tours (which seem like nice offerings), and I didn't partake in the breakfast (which looked to be a bowl of batter to make your own pancakes), so I can't comment on those amenities.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Stephanie Falcone wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York115 contributions22 helpful votes
My friend and I got the room for two instead of sharing rooms with other people. Upon our arrival we went to the front desk to check in. They provide towels but there is a charge of $5 that they refund you when you return the towel. I wouldn’t suggest going in February as it rained a lot and some of the tours had to be cancelled due to the weather. But the tours I did get to go on were great! The tours are FREE but please be sure to tips your guide. The room was clean and had a fan. The only suggestion would to bring a blanket because it did get cold at night. There are two bathrooms upstairs…so if they are both occupied you either have to wait or go downstairs. The rugs were always wet so bring a pair of sandals with you in the shower. Also, bring your own toiletries. The hostel is near good coffee shops and food. There is also a kitchen you just have to bring your own groceries and clean after yourself but you are able to use. There is always a party every night with drinks. The hot tub was always full but hey it’s a great way to make friends and for a hostel the hot tub was not that dirty. I would come back during another month just so I can take advantage of the tours. FYI…do not lose your key…they charge you a fee.
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Date of stay: February 2019
dennis g wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights total; 2 on arrival on Maui and our last night on Maui. The Bungalow is centrally located in Maui and near to good coffee shops, food trucks, and shopping centers. The hostel was clean and well attended. While the hostel caters to young adults we felt very welcome and engaged in numerous conversations with other guests. As with any lodging, get to know the neighborhood quickly by asking staff about places to avoid and easiest routes to all the locales you want to visit. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to take one of the free tours offered daily for guests but we heard great comments from those who did participate. Tours are free with tips supporting the guides.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: We stayed in a private room which was across the hall from the shared bathroom. Our room was...
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cdwijayarathna wrote a review Aug 2019
Canberra, Australia50 contributions8 helpful votes
Banana Bungalow is a cheap place to stay in the rather expensive Maui. Facilities are okay, and it runs free tours everyday that you can join, which is a unique feature. Staff is friendly and you can enjoy your vacation with a new friend that you will join here. It has a good kitchen, but restaurants are also available in close vicinity.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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sierraweiss wrote a review Aug 2019
94 contributions10 helpful votes
This is the absolute best place to stay in Maui if you’re in your twenties or thirties!!!!! It’s so much fun and everyone here is amazing, there are FREE tours every day that go somewhere different (road to Hana, beaches, hikes, etc) and there’s happy hours and free pancakes. The rooms are pretty spacious and everything is VERY clean. The people are so friendly and welcoming that work here and there’s a full kitchen so you can cook if you want to, hang out areas and it’s just a really cute vibe. Walking distance to a few places to eat or drink too! They have private bathrooms as well with a toilet and a shower if you don’t want to use the communal one which is really nice being a girl
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Date of stay: August 2019
$56 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Mystery Maui Escape Room (0.2 miles), The Historic IAO Theater (0.2 miles), and Mamamakole Falls (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sam Sato's, Tasty Crust Restaurant, and Wailuku Coffee Company.
Does Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ka'ahumanu Congregational Church (0.4 miles), Haleki‘i-Pihana State Monument (1.5 miles), and Chee Kung Tong Society Building (0.2 miles).