My wife and I have stayed at the Mauna Lani Terrace H303 for a total of 54 days the past 5 years. We stayed 18 days in May 2007, 2009, and just got back last week. The Condo is ALL that it is cracked up to be. It is immaculate, well kept, up to date and very well maintained.
We first visited Hawaii ( the 4 major islands in 2002) and stayed 4 days at the Mauna Lani Hotel.
As all the reviewers have mentioned it is a very special area, tranquil,lots of history and very well located.
We knew if we ever came back we would choose the Big Island. In 2007 we stayed at the Mauna Lani Point Condo. It was very nice also, but a bit further walking distance from the fantastic snorkeling lagoon that is so close to H303 Mauna Lani Terrace.
My wife and I are very picky travelers, and we want to know EXACTLY what room or condo number we will be spending 18 days in.
The Mauna Lani Point and terrace can NOT guarantee you which one you will receive till you get there. There is a big difference, concerning ocean views, updated ones etc.
Dealing with Dave directly at H303 you know EXACTLY what you are geting and there are no unhappy surprises.
H303 is simply the best of the best. You can go to their web site and get the particulars.
For anyone, staying more than 3 days, it is a no brainer that there is much more value in a 2bdr. 2.5 bath condo with over 1500sq.feet. It is cheaper than the small ocean view Mauna Lani Hotel.
That being said, If you have a large family or 2 or more families, renting a house is obviously a better alternative, but you will be hard pressesd to find such a spectacular location.
While staying in H303 the past years we have had the opportunity to see other condos on the property. Some are kept up almost as nice, but most our handeled by a management company that will NOT guarantee you that condo till you arrive.
That is not acceptable to us.
Dave is easy to deal with, is very timely answering emails and questions, and , has a very generous cancellation policy, unlike some of the owners of such condos.
Now, the one and only negative thing about the Mauna Lani Terrace complex AND Hotel, is that for the past 2 years they have been having Very loud bands on a weekly basis (company parties, weddings) that play music (ZZ Top, motown etc at 130 decibels past 10:00 at night. Now, I am a fisherman, and I get up at 4:00am to go fishing, so a good night sleep is very imptortant. Some times we like to keep the windows open and the airconditionoing off at night to hear the ocean, trees, and listen to the fish jump out of the fishing ponds. But when these bands play, the doors can be closed, with the air conditioner on and the glass still rattles. I have complained a total of 5 times the past 2 years to the hotel. They are apologetic, but do nothing to stop the bands.
Will I stay here again. Because of the loss of tranquility, the answer for us is no.
We have found a house nearby away from the commotion.
But for those who are not as picky as us, you may want to give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mauna Lani Terrace is the only beachfront condominium site in the Mauna Lani Resort. The Terrace is within walking distance to the private Beach Club, the Mauna Lani Spa, the Sports & Fitness Club and various restaurants and resort attractions. The check-in office is located on-site open 7 days a week with staff to personally greet you when you arrive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mauna Lani Terrace Condominiums Hotel Waimea