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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Whaler is fantastic. We stayed in one bedroom, two bath premium unit, one stack back from the ocean, on the sunny side of Tower 1 (facing the courtyard). The view was spectacular, whales visible at various times of the day. We often ate or snacked on the Lanai, but of course walked the beach to the nearby restaurants as well. We were quite pleased at the variety of restaurants nearby, and the close proximity of the quaint town of Lahaina. We even hiked from the Whaler to the far end of Front street for a great burger and root beer floats, but decided to learn the local bus system and hopped a quick ride back to "home". The staff is top notch, and made us feel completely welcome and one of the "ohana". Great snorkeling right on the beach, or a very short hike along the beach to Black Rock. We will be back, and stay at the Whaler, booking through Aston. No reason to look any further!

Room Tip: Views from courtyard rooms are good no matter the floor; "outer" rooms may be better on higher floors, to clear the foliage and neighboring buildings for a better view. One stack back from ocean front may very well be the sweet spot for view, sounds of the surf, and value.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Me Ka Aloha Pumehana (Warm Aloha) –
Thank you of taking your time to share your experience with us. Our team loves to read about the fun and enjoyment that both Maui and The Whaler provides. You will always be a part of our ohana.

Malama Pono (Take Care)

Hal

Hal Nordblom
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Just spent 4 nights at the Whaler for the first time- Loved it! Room was clean, huge, had a washer and dryer and a fully stocked kitchen. The view from the lanai was spectacular - must have seen 30 whales from our balcony. Pool was ok, a bit crowded but why bother with the pool when the beach is steps away. Short stroll down the beach to black rock- good snorkeling and fun to jump off. There is no restaurant on sight but you have many options to the south in whalers Village. Try Maui Fish and Pasta for breakfast. Great place, good value.

Room Tip: Corner suites have wrap around deck
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Aloha Kakou,
Fantastic! Thank you for letting us know about your stay. Your suggestions are great. We hope you come back soon because a four night stay is not long enough.
A hui hou,
Hal Nordblom
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Whaler is a very well-kept property located right in the center of Ka'anapali Beach right next to the charming Whaler Village. While it is in a great location, it also feels quite private. The units seem well-designed and quite spacious. Our unit was a corner 1 bedroom, 2 bath with wonderful views in several directions. I believe all units are privately owned and can be rented from various rental companies as well as from Aston, who operates the front desk. The two towers seem to date from the 70's, but are in good shape.

The adjacent Whaler Village has excellent dining and shopping choices. The beach in front of the Whaler is very nice and the private pool area, while not large, is very pleasant.

My one complaint is the shortage of parking. Every evening by 8:00 PM or so all parking places in the garage are occupied and the only remaining parking option is the employee parking lot at the far edge of the property. This seems to be an original design flaw, since the management has already taken over some of the tennis court space for additional parking.

Room Tip: Try to obtain a unit on the fourth floor or higher if on the outer sides of the buildings. That way you can see the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Aloha,
Our great experience is at the heart of our operation. Your comments are very helpful. I have to agree with the parking situation. In fact, the property is actively working on solutions to this challenge. Stay tuned as more parking is likely in the long term. Meanwhile, we hope this does not deter you from visiting us again soon.
Mahalo
Hal

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went back to Maui for our 9th visit! The third time at the Whaler. We love this resort. It feels like home. From our 1bd ocean view balacony over looking Ka'anapali Beach, we would have breakfast every day. We hang out at the pool or walk to one of the many dining options at Whalers Village. We love watching the Whales from our Lanai. The resort has large units with full kitchens! We love this place and will keep returning!

Room Tip: Ask for a inside oceanview over looking the resort to the ocean! Best view ever!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Aloha,
Some of our favorite things are noted in your review. Yes it feels like home. The beach, breakfast on lanai, pool and walking time and of course whales which makes the Whaler one of the premier condo hotels in Hawaii.
Mahalo
Hal

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here for a friend's wedding and had a wonderful time. When the front desk found out it was our first time in Hawaii they upgraded us to a gorgeous ocean view room. The staff was very helpful and friendly throughout. The location is great, we went snorkeling at Black Rock almost every morning and there were lots of great restaurants around. Just a short drive into Lahaina and if we go again we might try to rent bikes for the week so we could bike into Lahaina. Loved the walking path out front of the hotels to walk up and down the beach, check out the other hotels and restaurants. Definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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