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“Kamaole Nalu #601”

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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

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Kathy H
Gillette, Wyoming
1 review
“Nice building, not so nice condo”
Reviewed May 10, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Kamaole Nalu building is in a great location between two of the Kamaole beaches. The condo had a great ocean view from the balcony and a nice view of Haleakala if you turned around. We saw a lot of whales breaching from the balcony with binoculars on our first night.
The condo is right on Kihei road so was very noisy with traffic. We found the condo to be dirty, dingy, and in dire need of updating. The shower stall in the 2rd bedroom looks like it belongs in a 3rd world country. The condo is decorated and furnished in early K-Mart. The 2nd bedroom door does not stay shut so you have to block it with a suitcase or something.
At least the owners could spring for some ice cube trays that aren't cracked and broken if they aren't going to hook up the ice maker.
All around disappointed in the condition of the condo. We looked at a couple other condos in the building after we got there and they were very nice. I would suggest if you are staying at Kamaole Nalu you pay a little extra for a nicer unit away from the street. Wish we had chosen a different unit this one was a dump.
And have to agree with another reviewer the parking spaces are extremely small we had difficulty parking the car we had.

Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
May 22, 2015
Thank you for leaving your review. We will most definitely will investigate that door for repair and make sure that there are adequate ice cube trays. Please remember that we are just a phone call away to help with any items such as these if we are fortunate enough to have you as our guest.

Billy Dirksen
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Kirk H
Denver, Colorado
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“Run-down dump”
Reviewed May 8, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My 50-something lady friend and I stayed here with her 60-something sister for 2 weeks. The photos for this place must have been taken 30 years ago. Although all but the lana'i screen door (which doesn't latch and blows open in the wind) and many of the window screens (which don't fit properly in the windows) are functional, the entire place--from ceilings to floors--was so filthy when we arrived we were compelled to clean it before moving in and seriously considered paying for another place to stay before staying one night in this dump. The master bedroom ceiling and ceiling fan was coated with dust, the window curtains were filthy, the indoor/outdoor carpeting hasn't been steam cleaned in years, tiny gnats (no doubt allowed in by the poorly fitting screens) and other bugs are everywhere in the bathrooms and kitchen, and the mattresses have bedbugs. The spare bathroom is even dirtier and more run down than the other rooms, and the shower curtain should have been burned as a hazardous waste 10 years ago. The comforters are so stained and filthy, we stripped them from the beds before even considering trying to sleep in the beds. Street noise is especially bad in this unit--just forget about sleeping past 4:20 a.m. or before 1:30 a.m. during the weekends. All of the parking spaces are EXTREMELY narrow. The bottom line: you couldn't pay us to stay in this overpriced dump again. Mahalo.

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Liked least: Bugs and filth
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Management Response
May 15, 2015
Aloha and thank you for leaving a review and we are passing along your comments to the homeowner. We are saddened to hear of your experience regarding the cleaning and appreciate that you reported it immediately. It’s unfortunate that our repeated attempts to contact you during your stay to coordinate and address these issues were not fruitful. The carpets were cleaned one guest prior to your arrival and the rest of the unit was cleaned by our in house housekeeping team and inspected by one of our greeters the day of your arrival. We feel that this is a fantastic value for a two bedroom two bath oceanfront in prime south Kihei and hope to have the opportunity to meet your expectations another time.
Billy Dirksen
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gingermom...
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Fantastic location/average condo unit. Overall great value for your money.”
Reviewed April 16, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We spent 9 nights in Kamaole Nalu #601 at the end of March with our 2 young kids (ages 2 & 6). The condo complex itself is very well situated between Kamaole 1 & 2 beaches which have great sand & surf to play in. It was so nice to be on the ocean side of South Kihei Road so you never needed to cross the road to get to the beach. We usually took the little path down to Kam 2 each morning. Although we didn't use them, there were a couple of beach chairs & small cooler available in the unit. The pool at the complex was small but never very busy. Our main complaint was that it was a very deep pool for its size which made it less user friendly for our kids & those of us who are weaker swimmers.

Although much of the advertising for this unit says "partial ocean view", there was nothing "partial" about it! The view from the lanai was fantastic & you could easily see the ocean from the master bedroom & kitchen. We loved watching the snorkeling boats out at Molokini & were even able to watch the whales while making breakfast one day! The view is worth the money paid.

As for unit #601 itself, it was well equipped with everything we needed and it was clean upon arrival. The unit itself could use updating - the carpet was worn & stained, the tub surrounds needed replacing, some of the light fixtures showed their age. However, it was all functional. The fan in the 2nd bedroom wasn't working when we arrived but there was a note left for us by maintenance advising that they were just waiting on a part to repair it & they did the next day. The TV seen in the pictures has been replaced with a flat screen for those who are TV buffs. The beds were quite comfy although outside noise posed a problem when it came to sleeping. This is the end unit located closest to South Kihei Rd so there is a lot of noise from passing vehicles at all times of the day & night in the bedrooms. The slat style windows allow a nice breeze to flow through but do little to block out the sound. We had to sleep with the windows closed. I would strongly recommend ear plugs for light sleepers! The slat style windows also made me rather nervous with my young kids up on the 6th floor although we managed to keep them away from the windows (just a caution to other travelers with little ones).

As an aside, the condo complex itself has VERY small parking stalls so if you're driving a large vehicle, this could be a challenge for you. There are a few larger stalls on the left when you enter the lot which are highly sought after or if need be, you could park across the road in the public parking at the strip mall.

Overall, we would definitely recommend #601 if your needs are basic: a place to eat & sleep (but bring ear plugs for sleeping). Although not as fancy as some of the updated units at Kamaole Nalu, the condo itself had everything we needed & wanted, including a fantastic view & great access to beach & shopping. Comparing the rental cost of this unit with others that we had considered renting elsewhere, this was great value for our money. We were very pleased & would stay here again.

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Liked best: Location; view from the condo
Liked least: Noise from busy road nearby
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 8, 2015
A BIG MAHALO for your review and we are happy that you found the condominium to be a good value for your Maui vacation. We agree with you that the view and location are top notch! I hope that you will visit us again soon.
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Reviewed August 23, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

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Management Response
Aug 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Unfortunately, the condominium association for the resort does not allow air conditioning units as of now. While I can assure you that the condominium was cleaned and inspected before your arrival, there are some items that we hope to have updated that the Maui red dirt has stained such as the shower floor. We too were surprised to have the issue with the door while we greeted you at the condo and are happy that it was quickly repaired.
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Reviewed July 8, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Management Response
Jul 24, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the condominium. We will be sure to confirm that the step stool is still in the closet and if not we will provide one. Additionally, we will further inspect your comments and pass them on to the homeowner for review.
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Seattle
Reviewed April 30, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Management Response
Apr 30, 2014
Thank you for choosing your vacation with Ali'i Resorts. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us despite the unpredictable street noise. We would like to remind you of our "First Choice" booking status and returnee discounts. Mahalo from all of us here Ali'i Resorts
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Wisconsin
Reviewed November 27, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Management Response
Nov 27, 2013
Thank you for choosing your vacation with Ali'i Resorts. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us! We would like to remind you of our "First Choice" booking status, returnee discounts and an “Aloha Welcome Gift” for your next stay!

- Mahalo from all of us here at Ali'i Resorts
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