We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A Pocket of "Real Hawai'i"” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Ranked #12 of 31 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Kula, Hawaii, United States
Level Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Pocket of "Real Hawai'i"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

Hardly noticed among the "super-resorts" on Maui is a charming, clean, affordable, and (most importantly to me) Hawaiian hotel. The Kā'anapali Beach Hotel has opted not to add the huge swimming pool with water slides, or faux waterfalls with a swim-up bar, which make the other resorts sort of blend together. Instead, you will find a refreshing whale-shaped pool in the middle of a huge grassy courtyard scattered with much needed shade trees and Hawaiian artifacts. The beach front is about the best on Maui, just a few steps from your room.

The real treasure of the hotel is its employees! Just sit in the lobby for a 20 minutes and you will feel like part of the family! I live just an hour drive from this hotel, but have made it a family tradition to spend a weekend there every November for the past 20 years. I will return next week, and of course indulge myself at the famous Sunday morning brunch!

Room Tip: Personally, i love the ground floor due to easy walk in and out to the pool, bar, and BEACH!
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank RandyB756
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,818 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1,861
    1,254
    407
    183
    113
See reviews for
940
1,942
89
29
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (921)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Melissa, Texas
Level Contributor
86 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

We returned from three weeks in our 50th state, and one of our most enjoyable portion was the stay at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. We were greeted warmly upon our arrival from Oahu, upgraded our room to a first-floor ocean view which really made our stay more enjoyable, and then we relaxed. The staff was friendly, the service good. Prices are higher throughout the Hawaiian Islands than on the mainland, but KBH was not out of line. Being on the beach, we took advantage of the beach walk that runs along the shoreline between the hotels, condos, and Whaler's Village. Extending almost 1 mile, we were able to leave our car parked and walk to most dinners, most shopping, and just for exercise. When we checked out, the staff give you a "going away" present of Kukui leis - and offer to add another nut when you come back to see them again. We would definitely do so.

Room Tip: If you get a ground floor room, the access to the pool and beach is closer, but you also need to kee...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Doerrway
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Katy, Texas
Level Contributor
31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for eight days/nights, and we loved it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. As some of the comments mentioned, it is an older hotel and not a swanky one, but its charming non-the-less. Its kept very clean and the landscape/gardens are constantly manicured. The beds are also comfy and the hospitality staff does an excellent job in their daily cleanings.

Tikki Bar and Grill - The Tikki bar is an excellent place to grab drinks. I’m not a guy who likes drinks with fruit in them, but the Mai Tai’s are awesome! The daytime bartender makes killer ones! I tried all the other “tourist drinks” like the lava flow and that was yummy too. For you party animals, the evening bartenders pour them on the light side (my opinion), so I would drink somewhere else or drink beer to get your money’s worth(ha-ha). The Tikki grill (next to bar) makes food to munch on while you drink or swim at the pool. The food at the grill was okay, but very convenient.

Hotel pool – It’s a nice pool that’s kept very clean. Plenty of chairs to lay in the sun in, or take a nap.

Hotel grounds – Like I mentioned above, the grounds are taken care of and are very lush. There were beach chairs strewn throughout the garden for people to nap or catch the sun rays. We usually grabbed a couple of chairs around 5:00 to watch the sun set while drinking a cocktail. Very relaxing!

This hotel is right on the beach and had the Trilogy shack right at the beach entrance. This was convenient as you could rent beach cabanas for $30 all day, snorkel gear, towels, book sunset or snorkel cruses. Check out my review on Trilogy for more details on the cruises and service.

Parking garage– they charge you $10 a day to park on the property. Other hotels do the same thing, so don’t be shocked.

I loved this Hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a value packaged hotel.

Mahalo!

Room Tip: Get a room on the first or second floor, as the building with the standard rooms didn't have an...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank RomanusRodrigo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Memphis, TN
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

I truly felt part of the "family" or Ohana at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Although I did not take advantage of all of the great (and free!) amenities offered by the hotel, I SO enjoyed the kindness and friendliness of the staff, and their willingness to help and even their courtesy. Sooo nice to be greeted each and every moment with a friendly "Alohaaa!" by EVERYONE. It didn't matter if it was a housekeeper, a groundsman, a front desk person, a waiter.... whoever it was, they were SUPER friendly. The rooms were kept immaculate by our housekeeper, "Nena" and the grounds on the property were constantly being manicured. I remember at sunset seeing petals from some of the trees scattered all over the lawn. By sunrise, the petals were gone and all you saw was pure green grass. The rooms were large and comfortable. The views from the 5th floor were AMAZING. The luau shows were very nice also. The Tiki Grill had GREAT food and drinks. And the BUFFET BREAKFAST was FANTASTIC!!!! Definitely worth it to add it to your package. Then as if it everything wasn't great, they gave us a farewell ceremony and gave us all the "nut" leis as a goodbye. Just awesome. All in all, I LOVE this hotel and would DEFINITELY come back again and again!!! Mahalo and a hui hou!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank esmeek
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bartlett, Illinois
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

We just returned from another wonderful stay at KBH (#15 or so I think). A couple we met at the Tiki Bar has been coming to KBH for 31 years! We love everything about the hotel, from their stunning grounds with the many beautiful flowering trees, the great beach just steps away, and the Tiki Bar and nightly free Hawaiian entertainment. Most of all, we love the great people at KBH. Most, if not all, are native Hawaiians and they are very warm and genuine people. When we arrived, one of the staff in the lobby recognized us, gave us a big hug and said "welcome home". The location of the hotel is a few steps away from the Black Rock, a very good snorkeling spot. You can rent some snorkel gear right at the hotel and walk down to Black Rock. No need to take an expensive excursion to see seat turtles, stingray and many beautiful fish. This is an older hotel, but very clean and comfortable. If you are looking for a "luxury" hotel with fancy pools with water slides and luxury amenities, this is not your place. But if you are looking for a clean, comfortable room and a great experience, stay at KBH and you won't be sorry.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank margyj60103
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Port Charlotte, Florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

We last stayed here 14 yrs ago, rooms have been updated, grounds are meticulously maintained, miles of walking paths. I would recommend at least a "partial ocean view" room, rooms on the backside have dismal views. Breakfast buffet option is a good deal.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Ross L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

We have stayed at Kaanapali Beach Hotel each of the past five years & hope to return in 2012. It is a great place for us as my wife uses a mobility scooter & the accessibility of the area is just super. The staff at the hotel are well trained hospitable genuine Hawaiians that make you feel welcome & want you to return. Even the housekeeping staff are great! This is the only hotel we have ever stayed at that the maid gave my wife a hug on the day we were leaving. The facility is not new, but it is well maintained & updated as needed. You can spend more & find more luxury, but you will not find a better value & a better staff on Maui.

Room Tip: Just ask - various priced room locations
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MJW1941
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Lahaina hotels
0.7 mi away
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
1.6 mi away
Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
0.1 mi away
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.8 mi away
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
#14 of 31 in Lahaina
4.0 of 5 bubbles 2,441 reviews
0.5 mi away
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
#16 of 31 in Lahaina
4.0 of 5 bubbles 3,827 reviews
0.3 mi away
Westin Maui Resort And Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Kaanapali Beach Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Property: Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Address: 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1987
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Lahaina
#8 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#12 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#14 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaanapali Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 432
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surround yourself with aloha on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches...At Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel! Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Ka'anapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds. Award winning dining, shopping and recreation are on hand or close by. Here you'll discover the best in Hawaiian culture and family-style hospitality - truly aloha at its best! ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity and Hotels.com so you can book your Kaanapali Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ka Anapali Beach Hotel
Hotel Ka Anapali Beach
Kaanapali Beach Hotel Maui/Lahaina

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing