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The Kula Lodge
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

Just for background, we stayed 6 nights at the Pineapple Inn Maui and decided to come to Upcountry for some hiking. All of our first choices were booked, so we took the room (booked two weeks in advance) at the Kula Lodge. Our chalet was one of two in a building located near the highway and adjacent to the parking lots. Basically it was surrounded by pavement on three sides. Check it was easy, just get the key at the restaurant. The room had a main bedroom, loft for sleeping (if you like spiders) and a tiny bathroom with the closet open inside the bathroom. There was a standup shower. The balcony faced the parking lot and the side of the restaurant.

The room was shaby, and old. The rugs warn. The draperies saw better days. The bathroom was the worse I have seen in many times traveling. The sink was literally 3 feet or lower from the ground. The shower and surround was caked with mold in every direction. The noise from the road was not the problem, but all the cars pulling in and out of the place. This occurred till about midnight and started up again about 6 AM.

The restaurant was fair. We had breakfast (a lot of food, just ok) and lunch (pretty good hamburger). Dinner we heard was bland and expensive, so we skipped this and couldn't comment directly.

If you had to be close the the park, I would recommend only one night here (we stayed two). There are so many inn's a little further north so book early unlike us.

Overall very disappointing - the rooms need total makeover. The price is not low enough to justify the dated, and worn rooms. But at no price should you shower with mold out of control. You feel like the accommodations are an after-thought there - which they may be as there are only 5 rooms anyhow.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2006

This is a great place to spend the night before going to Haleakala National Park. The location is great for going to the park. The staff at the lodge and restaurant were courteous and extremely helpful. We had one of the best dinners ever at the restaurant with a fantastic view looking down the mountain at Maui.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2006

On our way down from Haleakala my wife and I stopped here for a respte and early dinner. The place is really great, and a welcome relaxing spot after our hiuke in the crater.
The dining interior is all very attractive wood. Any artisan would enjoy it. The view is great. with giant avocado trees to the left, lots of exotic flora all around. They have a shop that sells neat plants to take home for gifts (palmeria, hibiscus, etc), plus a shop with lots of high end foods, jewelry, etc.
The hosts were all very friendly and helpful. And we had delicious dinners.
Not cheap but worth the price for a Maui visit.

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed May 10, 2006

We never stayed at the hotel so I can't comment on it. We did eat an early dinner after Halealaka. Overall a good (above average) dinner, with above average prices. One whole side of the restaurant is windows with a spectacular view, however, it was facing West and the setting sun was so intense I actually wore my sunglasses! Really, you' think they'd have tinted windows. However, the view and food and atmosphere made for a very nice dinner. I would return if we could find it, its not very well marked and we just happened to stumble into it when trying to turn around. Overall a good experience., would recommend.

Stayed: June 2004
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Reviewed April 26, 2006

A warning to you. If you want all those nice little amenities that you'll find in Grand Wailea or even some of those nicer hotels in Kihei or Kapalua, then don't stay here. The restaurant is also a bit on the expensive side. This place is for people looking to "get away from it all" including the TV.

That said, this place has a very charming rustic feel, which is exactly what we were looking for (it was our honeymoon). It was very very romantic especially with the fireplace.
It has a wonderful view, especially if you're in one of the Ocean chalets, and the staff was very nice.

Since I am an amateur photographer, it made a great place to make photo trips into the very picturesque Kula countryside. Also, it's location as one of the closest hotels to Haleakala National Park made it very convenient, especially if you don't want to wake up 4 hours before the sunrise to make it up to the peak. And that's just to find a parking spot.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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