January 1, 2014
What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. Watching fireworks over the harbor in Kahului! They went on and on and on. We watched for a half an hour from the Maui Seaside Hotel until 12:15am. Given it was around 4am from where we’re from I didn’t feel too bad about going to bed even though the fireworks seemed to continue for another half hour.
The Maui Seaside Hotel is wonderful. Retro is the word that comes to mind. The beds are small but firm, everything is older style but works and is clean. Both my wife and I thought as we checked in last night, “This feels like we are checking into Dexter’s house.” Neither said it aloud until the next morning. The other memory is the guy who steals the money from a drug cartel and is hiding out in a motel. It ends badly for him.
Maui Seaside bills itself as a hotel run by Hawaiians for the last 50 years - authentic for sure. The pool is small, but clean and cool. The grass is immaculate and the sound of the ocean waves is memorizing. There is a small fridge and coffee maker with actually decent coffee. Nice little sitting area outside your room, an adult quiet area closer to the beach and away from the pools. The breakfast is exactly what you’d expect. We chose the bacon and eggs and toast and one with the Portuguese sausage instead of bacon. Delicious! Time to switch to the healthy options from now on, though.
Six minutes from the airport and when you wake up you are “in” Maui. The hotels nearer the airport could be in any city in Canada or the US.
The people are so friendly but unobtrusive. I’d want to work here. All-in-all highly recommended if you are clear about what you are looking for. Would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover paradise at the Maui Seaside Hotel where extreme play and relaxation combine to create the ideal Hawaiian vacation on the beautiful island of Maui. Windsurf at Hookipa Beach, hike in Iao State Park, golf at Maui Lani, and explore local villages. Our oceanfront Kahului, Maui hotel offers affordable lodging with easy access to adventure and local culture! Rich Experience, Great Price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maui Seaside Kahului
- Hotel Maui Seaside
- Maui Seaside Hotel Kahului