My 18-yr old daughter and I stayed in unit #5 for four nights in mid-August, 2013. We paid $79.95US per night. The unit has a separate but doorless bedroom with a comfortable bed, which at age 65 I need, and a flimsy pull-out couch bed more acceptable for young, supple spines like hers. I asked her how she slept, and she had no complaints. The unit is indeed tired. It's in need of paint, there are nail holes in the walls, rust marks in the sinks, shower (especially the soap dish), and other signs of neglect. But, for the price, it is unreasonable to complain too much.
The unit has one small air conditioner, but aided by an overhead fan (there is also a floor fan which we didn't use), it was acceptably cool in the mornings and evenings when we were in. We could hear no traffic noise. The location is excellent. It's in walking distance of restaurants, just a short drive from Foodland grocery store (everybody gets the lower club price – everybody – just tell the cashier you want to be a member; there's no charge for membership), across the street from a small beach, and just a five minute walk to Kamaole Beach, maybe the best in South Maui.
As to the managers, I'm sorry the Canadian reviewer had such a bad experience because Patrick and Mrs (I didn't get her name) were polite and professional to us. After agreeing to rent us a remodeled unit several weeks in advance, and accepting one night's rent as deposit, Patrick emailed me five days before we were to arrive that – oops – he was overbooked and would we agree to stay in (tired old) #5. I emailed my displeasure firmly but in a civil way. He responded that, yes he had messed up and offered us a full refund of the deposit. That seemed to say he is a reasonable guy, so we stayed at Lihi Kai even though I found other nearby accommodations between those two emails.
So it's not the lap of luxury, but if you're going to Maui to enjoy the beaches, the waterfalls on the road to Hana, the views from atop Mt. Haleakala, the street life in Lahaina, and all the rest this wonderful island has to offer (and not stay indoors all day), then for the price, you almost surely can't do much better than Lihi Kai Cottages.
PS: If you engage Mrs in conversation, be prepared for a long one. Be prepared to walk backwards to your unit as she talks. And talks, and ...
- Also Known As:
- Lihi Kai Cottages Hotel Kihei
- Lihi Kai Cottages Maui/Kihei