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“Good Stay at the Whaler Condominiums” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Lahaina
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Lisle, IL
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“Good Stay at the Whaler Condominiums”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

Our family of four stayed at The Whaler for spring break in 2014. We had a one bedroom, two bath unit. There was a king size bed in the bedroom, and a pullout couch in the living area of the condo. There was a full kitchen in the condo, which was great for making occasional meals to help save money vs. going out to eat. We bought some groceries at the Safeway in Lahaina and having a full size refrigerator came in handy (note; bring our Safeway savers card on your trip to save some significant money there). The condo (474) was located on the 4th floor in Tower II (the south tower closer to Whalers Village) and looked out over the courtyard area between the two towers. Our unit was furthest away from the ocean, but the view from our lanai was still great, providing views of the ocean and the mountains.

On the plus side:
1. The buildings, while a little older, were recently renovated on the outside, and everything was in very good shape. Our unit itself was in good shape, the kitchen and bathrooms were recently renovated.
2. Having two bathrooms, which were identical, was great for a family of four. No fighting over one bathroom.
3. Very nice kitchen facility.
4. The king size bed in the bedroom was comfortable.
5. The air conditioning system worked well for sleeping at night.
6. There was not much noise coming from any of the other units, generally very quiet.
7. The pool, hot tub, and other outside areas were very nice.
8. The lanai was very large, and since we had an end unit, wrapped around the outside of the building. Very nice to sit out there and eat breakfast or just read a book.
9. Two televisions in the unit, although we didn't watch them much (hey, you're in Hawaii).
10. Two tennis courts, with complementary rackets and balls available at the front desk. Courts were in nice shape and had a fence between them to cut down on chasing balls all over.
11. Daily maid service. As a condo, you normally don't get this service, but since this rental was handled by Aston, this was provided and it was always nice to come back to a clean condo.
12. Service: Everyone we ran into from the Aston was nice and helpful. We had an issue with one of the TVs working, and someone came up in five minutes and fixed the problem quickly and with a great attitude.

On the downside:
1. The kids weren't thrilled to have to sleep on the sleeper sofa. One ended up sleeping on the couch (without the bed pulled out) and the other slept on the floor on some foam pads we ended up buying. They didn't complain too much (hey, you're in Hawaii).
2. The parking lot under the buildings filled up quickly at night. During the day you can find parking, but at night it would get full. There were a couple of other outdoor parking lots about a 3-5 minute walk away from the building, not a big deal.

The plusses definitely outweighed the minuses and we had so much more room to spread out and relax vs. a hotel. We booked the Whaler as part of an American Airlines package, and as such this seemed to save a significant amount of money vs. booking direct with Aston.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

This was our third trip to the Whaler and as always our accommodations were perfect! Friendly staff, the Koi pond,
Whale watching on the lanai was a highlight this trip. Location could not be better just perfect!
Love everything about it! Mahalo!

Stayed March 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Just got back yesterday from my 23rd trip to Maui, and I fell very fortunate for that. Hawaii is a magical place, most of the hotels and resorts try to create their own magic that isn't Hawaiian, but their take on it. The Whaler is Hawaiian, I think it's 80% owned, and 20% rental hotel units. The best units are owned by either Interval owners or full ownership. Both rent out the units, and having stayed here multiple times Tower 2, facing the pool/gardens/coy ponds, and black rock is the best spot to be.

They put in new grills this year, the grills work a little better, but don't have a thermostat so you have to work a little harder to get your meat cooked just right.

This is one of the few locations in all of Maui where you can do and experience just about everything and you won't need a car! If you have done the road to Hana and Haleakalā, skip the car. Inexpensive bus to both the Cannery Mall (Safeway grocery store), and downtown Lahaina. You can walk to everything else you will need to do. Snorkeling at Black Rock is amazing, two years in a row of seeing lots of Sea Turtles, and I always see lots of great Hawaiian reef fish. Good shopping next door at the Whalers Village, plenty of restaurants up and down the beach, golf across the street, and easy to get to Lahaina by bus for all of the other things you may want to do. Sunsets are amazing from this location, and you can easily ride the bus to town center.

When I have stayed at other locations, they aren't relaxing, to many new people that have never been to Hawaii, to pretentious, to caught up in trying to show off, or be something they aren't. I'd visit LA or New York if that was what I wanted in a vacation. I want to relax, and the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is the best place to do that. Family friendly, nice pool, and great beach location.

Only negative is that I contacted the unit owner I was in this year about renting the same unit for next year, and it's booked up already.

Best time to visit: Last two weeks of March (The rainy season has just ended, and the Whales are still around).

Room Tip: Tower II facing Black Rock, it's worth the extra $$$$ if you are going to be in your unit much o...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mspreh
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

As a long time owner of a month at The Whaler (40 years), I hate that Aston has inserted their name and have marketed my favourite place in the world as a 'hotel'.

That being said, The Whaler is one of the most gorgeous and spectacular locations in the world.

Upgrades have been awesome and the buildings are in tip top shape.

P.S. You're welcome Aston. My condo fees helped pay for it all. Never got a thank you card and you certainly treat us time-share owners as more of a nuisance these days. Tried to rent a few weeks out this year and you were less than helpful. Actually, worse. Wouldn't even try.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Wayne P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Stayed at The Whaler for eight days and we were very happy with our stay. Our "oceanview" was more "treeview" so we asked to be moved and we were. It took one night but they moved us to a higher floor with a better ocean view. The kitchen had everything we needed and the hotel was very accessible for everything. We enjoyed the road to Hana, a trip down to Makena, up to Kapalui beach, shows and restaurants in Lahaina, dinner at Mama's Fish House (not cheap but excellent food!), shopping at Whaler Village next door, walking the beachfront walk, and lots of local beaches etc. We had a great week and found the service to be very good. The people at the front desk were helpful.

Room Tip: Try to get a room above the sixth floor for better views.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

This is our second time staying at the Whaler, this time we are facing the Whaler Mall, and no the noise from the Mall is NOT loud I have no idea what the previous reviewer was hearing, we are on the third floor in the middle of the complex so noise would be loud if it was made, we can hear the fans or cooling system from the Whaler Mall but it is so faint the is is not even an issue.
Our room is awesome, our housekeeper has been great! The room has everything we need, bed is comfy.
We love it here! Thank you to all would work hard to make sure our vacation was worry free :)

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

My wife and I took our first trip to Hawaii and decided to stay in Maui. A friend went with family members last year and recommended the Whaler. I booked through Costco travel and got a great deal. The check-in process went smoothly and quickly - we were tired from the long plane ride. As a big fan of Hotel Impossible, I gave the room a typical "Anthony" once over! The top if the fridge, tv and art work were clean - no dust! The room was immaculate with high quality linens. Even the lanai was extremely clean.

The kitchenette contained everything that we needed - full size stove, fridge and dishwasher, plates, glass and plastic drinking glasses, etc. the dishwasher was run several times while the room was cleaned.

It was windy, but the pool was watched over and leaves were removed shortly after falling. We also saw the pool tested regularly.

The ocean was right past the pool, and the hotel location was adjacent to Whalers Village, which houses shops, a convenience store, excellent restaurants and fast food. Suggest making reservations.

Only negative - parking garage is too small. A lot was a short walk from the hotel.

Room Tip: We booked a premium ocean view room in Tower 2 and the view was excellent!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1910
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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