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Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Ranked #13 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time we've stayed at this hotel. It is directly on Kaanapali beach which is beautiful and is within a 5 minute walk to Whalers Village (shopping and restaurants). The hotel is approximately a 40 minute drive from the airport. They have a parking garage which was an additional $10 per day ($12 for valet).

The rooms are slightly dated but nice and clean with a comfortable bed. Our room also had a coffee machine, safe and small fridge which was nice for keeping drinks or food cold.

If you are visiting during the humpback whale season, definitely check out the Trilogy whale watching tour offered at the hotel. It was a great experience!

Overall a nice and friendly place to stay. The dated rooms are keeping this from a better rating.

Will be back again!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Sitting right in the middle of one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui this older property bills itself as the most authentic Hawaiian hotel on the island; and I have no reason to doubt it. An extremely friendly staff that seems more like family has involved themselves in activities that “give back” to the community, the island heritage, and individual local families. We stayed 6 nights in an ocean/sunset view room on the sixth floor of the new building. If you were much below the fifth floor a lot of the ocean would have been blocked by the extensive mature landscaping. For us it was like staring down on a lovely garden complex with a pool, tiki bar, and a giant checkerboard in the lawn. The view over the palm trees and the beach at sunset was indeed gorgeous. Our room was adequately sized with two comfortable beds, a wonderful balcony, key lock safe, coffee maker, and refrigerator. All utilities worked as expected, however it took a couple of hours to get our room’s A/C down to my meat locker requirements. Thankfully the staff didn’t adjust my settings in our absence, a practice I’ve battled at other properties, and we were comfortable after that first afternoon. Wireless internet, at an additional cost, was supposedly available at the tiki bar and those rooms with line of sight however it didn’t work on my wife’s android type tablets. When we couldn’t connect it didn’t appear on our bill.
Our end of Feb stay coincided with the high time for whale watching and they were literally jumping and playing in the bay right in view of the beach. Our $1,965 “best of the beach” package included a compact rental car picked up at the airport from Budget, valet parking, the excellent and extensive daily breakfast buffet, two beach towels to take home, a six pack sized beach cooler bag, two small bottles of water a day, lunch for two one day at the tiki bar, a $20 off certificate for dinner at their restaurant, and a choice of 3 day s of either snorkel gear for two or 3 days of twin cabanas or beach loungers & umbrellas set up wherever you wanted on the sand. Having brought scuba & snorkel gear we chose the lounges & umbrella and spent three wonderful afternoons with me baking in the sun and my wife happily shaded and watching the bay with her binoculars for the close ups of the whale action.
The onsite watersports operator, Trilogy, drove one of their catamarans right up to the beach three times a day and took whale watchers and sunset cruisers off on their adventures. We charged one trip to the room and enjoyed some up close interaction with a mother and calf as well as splashes and leaps within viewing distance throughout the bay. Just a ten minute stroll down the golden sand beach is the dive and snorkel site, Blackrock, where we enjoyed watching young daredevils leaping off the iconic rock into the sea as well as the numerous colorful endemic fish swimming around the shallow shore entry dive site.
We had a ball on Maui and met several folks who reserve an ocean front room, a year ahead, to spend a month or two having cocktails and watching whales in the bay from the balcony. Sounds like a good retirement to me.

Room Tip: they say all the "ocean front" rooms are booked up months in advance I recommend a 5th or...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank mrtravelingpat
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel was a great place to stay for our 6 day visit to Maui. The beach side location was beautiful - awesome sunsets, a variety of water sports, & 2 miles of beach. There is plenty to do. I would caution if you are looking for an "adult only" location this is not for you. We enjoyed plenty of restaurants & shopping within walking distance. Lahaina is a short drive away and loaded with more options. Take advantage of Trilogy for your water sports located beach side in front of the hotel. Truly enjoyed the staff and culture do the KBH. Will definitely plan to come back. Mahalo!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Anne R
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

An authentic Hawaiian experience with local entertainment every evening and a superb location right on the beach, right were the whale watching tours leave from ( the best thing to do in Hawaii).
Rooms were very spacious although bathrooms slightly outdated, we had the misfortune to be by the lifts which were very noisy.
You can walk along the path at the beach to other hotels/restaurants and the Whalers village shopping complex. This hotel is excellent value for money but don't expect 5 star.

Room Tip: Away from the lifts
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Bigbruv4
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

The room was clean! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I found the restaurant to be expensive, so we left the hotel for meals. The room was comfortable and we got great sleep on the bed each night. My husband and I both enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The grounds were beautiful! The best part of this hotel was the beach front. We really loved the beach in front of the hotel and we spent most evening walking up and down to blackrock. The nightly hula and entertainment was relaxing and enjoyable. While the lobby is very dated, it felt like true Hawaii! I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a King -- also has a twin in the room for kids.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank redraideralum
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

We booked this place about 2 months out from our stay, and found the deal we were given to be great value - it included breakfast for all 8 nights as well as some other vouchers for water etc. Upon arrival we found the hotel to be ok in appearance, however it is quite a bit older than what we expected. The rooms are adequate and the people are pretty friendly. They also have washing machines and dryers in the buildings for guest use which was really helpful. The pool area is ok, and the beach is fairly nice. The breakfast was so poor it was not funny though. I must admit that we can be food snobs sometimes, but even basic things like scrambled eggs were really bad. The buffet food must sit there for quite a while, and while there is a lot of choice all of it is pretty much in edible. I was resigned to granola and toast every day for this reason. You are also required to tip for service at breakfast - all they do is bring you a hot drink, clear your plates and give you the bill. You get up and get all of your own food - I am not sure why you need to pay for this service? Also, we found upon check out that they charge $1.50 per day to use the safe in the room. It is a key lock safe fixed to the wall. I would have thought this was part of the room rate and no different to using the TV, lights and water. Do they not want their guests belongings to be safe and avoid issues of theft when the rooms are clean? Pretty poor in my view. I am not saying that this place is bad, but it is very average. In our travels around the island we came across a number of areas and hotels that were better than our hotel. We did love Maui though and would definitely come back, but would probably stay over in Wailea or Kehei next time.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Steph M
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Just spent a week at the hotel. The room was very nice, clean and well maintained. Bought the breakfast package, it was just OK, in fact if I were to complain about anything it would be the food, just OK. Everyone we dealt with was friendly, polite, and helpful. The location was great, easy walk to Whaler's Village or quick drive into Lahaina. The weather was not the greatest, but you can't blame that on the hotel. In all it was a very nice stay and if we go back to Maui we will stay again.

Room Tip: 5th floor of Kauai wing had great views of beach, pool and mountains.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ron W
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Address: 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1987
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Lahaina
#12 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#14 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: $208 - $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
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