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“Not a 2 bedroom ocean view suite!”
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Mana Kai Maui
Ranked #3 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

The 2 bedroom ocean view suite is actually 2 one bedroom units, one with an ocean view & one that is like a "studio" with a parking lot view. These could be rented separately. The entire property is set up this way. Our units were located at the east side of this property, room 515, right alongside the public gravel parking lot. We not only heard the ocean, but cars leaving the parking lot all nite long. There is a special relationship to car alarms in Hawaii it seems. Early in the morning you will be awakened by roosters - there are wild chickens that roam this property. Our daughter & son-in-law were stuck with the studio with microwave, tv, small refrig & full bath, which was adequate but noisy all night long with cars coming & going & NO ocean view as "led to believe". Our unit had a very decent kitchen & was basically equiped, but living area & bedroom was one large area, NO privacy, but our unit did have a very nice lanai & ocean view. Decor was nice. Important to know that the cleaning staff does a fine job of keeping your room clean & leaving nice fresh towels, but the "front desk" staff was not friendly or helpful. We think the security that patrols at nite sleeps because they don't check out the fights, and drag racing going on in the adjacent public lot - which guests might also have to use. You are only allowed one hotel parking space per reservation. Breaking into cars is a popular sport among some of the locals. Also, the front desk is not staffed until about 8am & closes at 8pm. If you arrive to check in late you could be inconvenienced. Bed was comfortable, the sofa bed not too bad. The property has a very nice pool & a spectacular spot on the beach, which is public. The hotel security did a pretty good job of patrolling & checking to keep out intruders. Unlike properties in Cancun, you do not have to claim your poolside chaise at dawn. This property had a restaurant & bar. Happy hour very fine $ wise, but our experience at the restaurant left us feeling fleeced...breakfast for 5 people was over $100, ordering basic breakfast food - i.e., the Fruit Platter, $15, was a halved frozen pineapple with about 1 cup of chopped fruit, mostly cantalope. It was impossible to eat the pineapple "dish". The macadamia nut pancakes were macadamia like, could you spare another nut? So I would never recommend this restaurant - you can get a wonderful meal just down the road at one of the fine Wailea Beach hotels for the same price. Despite the outside noise at night, the hotel was quiet during the day, clean & a nice family place. I would definately come back here again, but I'd make sure that my room was not near the public parking lot. The location is great, drive from the airport is about 30-40 minutes, (you would have a hard time w/o a car here), the town of Kihei was very nice - still fairly charming, not nearly like "the Dells" of Lahaina. Also, we were there for the "Tsunami" warning & this hotel totally failed to give us any information, just kicking us out & telling us to get in our cars & get to high ground. We spent one of our last precious nites in a compact car in an industrial parking lot along with thousands of others. One port-a-potty. No information. I think Maui needs to fine tune their evacuation plan since most of the population are tourists. There are 3 evacuation sites in Kihei & they were filled immediately. Had there been a real crisis, it would have been a horrible mess. No Red Cross anywhere to be seen or even local law enforcement making sure everything was ok. We were lucky to even find this spot, thanks to a local friend. It was a miserable scary nite with sirens going off & lack of information. Thankfully, the tsunami was minor.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

Location great. Pool and beach great. Hotel staff not very helpful. Rooms are not really two bedrooms, it is a TINY junior one bedroom with a separate bedroom facing the parking lot. Woke up everynight with screaming in the parking lot, tires screeching, and car music. Forget hearing ocean... Wasn't sure what the scoop is with security and we should have to call them at 3 am to report people fighting in the hotel parking lot, shouldn't they be patrolling? sprinklers go on at 2:30 am and also wakes everyone in the "bedroom" up. Plus tsunami evacuation plan was a joke. Hotel staff showed up door to door and told us the hotel was making us leave. They said we should consult the phone book for instructions. Try packing kids, loading a car, and figuring out where to go late at night. Asked other hotels in the area and turns out they all gave their residents specific instructions on what and where to go. This hotel is very disappointing.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed in Room 809 for a week, and all I can say is Wow!!!!. The view is spectacular, the living space is spacious, the kitchen is complete and the owners are wonderful people to work with. This is a privately owned condo within the Mana Kai Maui, and you will enjoy not only the condo but the entire facility. If you ever need place to vacation, this is it.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

Very disappointed. We had asked for a room for three of us, and expected in a hotel/condo to at least find a microwave and perhaps a chair in our room. We were stuck in a very small room with a window A/C unit, a big bed, but no place to even sit down. No dresser, no hanging space, a tiny tv, and the place felt like a small spare bedroom (I think it really was, for the real condo next door, attached to our room and sharing a common entryway!) My wife and son and I made it thru one night and then moved across the street to a nicer place --- more expensive, but worth it. Maui has become just too expensive for what it offers, but Kihei is clearly the best part of the island to stay in. Many many rental apartments/condos/hotel places all along the beach road, most of them right across the street from the several public beaches along Kihei. Check out the rental agencies for places to stay. Just be very careful about getting a “hotel” room at the Mana Kai as we found it woefully inadequate even for two people.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

Great place to stay! The other hotels were much pricier. We had a WONDERFUL service. A little noisy when you leave the windows open at night. Roosters and birds wake you up early.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

Stayed at Mana kai over the Thanksgiving holiday, the room was nice but dated. Staff was very friendly. The beach is just yards away. Great views from the ocean side units.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

Getting what you pay for is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does help to keep things in perspective. When we booked with the Mana Kai, we got such a deal on it our price was actually lower than the per night lowest price listed in ANY of the travel websites. It's clean, completely refurbished in the past couple of years, and above all other things already going for it, it was within 20' of the shoreline on a beautiful beach with fantastic snorkeling, whale watching and turtle spotting literally within steps of the lobby and pool area.
The negatives far outnumbered by the positives on this one, starting with the most accomodating desk clerk I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with by the name of Artis.
When we arrived I was a bit shell-shocked to find out there were no balconies on the hotel end units yet there were what appeared to be long since sealed off sliding doors. vented side windows more than made up for the air circulation combined with ceiling fans. As suggested in the title, i was disappointed with the lack of balconies at first but you learn to live with it when you realize you're only there to sleep anyway.
The attached restaurant, the Five Palms grill is very expensive and only average in quality but I would say that about almost every restaurant we went to in Kihei.
The hotel is located at the south end of town and is therefore a low traffic area and quite quiet, yet only minutes to the bustling markets on S.Kihei Rd. "Best deals in town" go to Peggy Sues for a great burger and milkshake and a step back in time. If you are fortunate enough to be there for the first Saturday of any month go and check out the hot rods on display at Cruise Night. On the way home stop at ABC store and pick up some top quality T-shirts at a bargain basement price ( $12 and under each!)
All in all it was a quiet and relaxing holiday that grew on us everyday. Artis gave us several options to correct the complaints but in the end we were okay with everything just the way it was!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mana Kai Maui

Address: 2960 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Price Range: $200 - $658 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mana Kai Maui 3.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on Keawapaku Beach, one of Maui’s most beautiful swimming beaches. The Mana Kai Maui, home of the on site rental management program, manages 48 two bedroom condominiums. The resort offers one and two bedroom beachfront condos with a private lanai that overlooked the southern end of the island and hotel style units. Daily maid service and pool towel exchange is included in the rate. Free parking, free WIFI, no resort fees. ... more   less 
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