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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Unit was clean, updated with a great view of the beach. The one downfall was we were on the restaurant side and the smell of the grease and BBQ was a little overwhelming at times. Sitting on our lanai drinking our wine in the evening was great and the view of the sunset was always spectacular. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was our 5th trip to Maui and our 4th stay at The Whaler. You just cannot beat the location and we like to do a lot of our own cooking with so much fresh fish and produce available on the island so having the condo with a fully equipped kitchen is a must. We had always stayed in a one bedroom unit before but this time decided to try a studio condo. It was fine except that the kitchen was quite a bit smaller than in the one bedroom unit so it was almost an impossibility for 2 of us to be in it at the same time and the lanai was about 1/2 the size of the one bedroom unit as well. We enjoy spending a lot of time out on the lanai as well as we saw more whales from there than we did on the actual whale watching trip that we took. On our last stay at The Whaler, I complained that the bed was the most uncomfortable one that I had ever had. This time we had one of the most comfortable beds we have had. This was extremely important as my husband suffers from back problems and we almost considered staying elsewhere this time because of the uncomfortable bed last time. We were in Tower 2 on the 8th floor this time and the view was spectacular! One other downside was that we were just above Whaler's Village and during the day there was a bit of noise that came from there with delivery trucks and the large air conditioning unit (although I found that more of a "background noise") I would definitely stay at The Whaler again!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Size of kitchen and lanai
  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Aloha,

Wow as a top contributor I can rest assure our reviewer knows their information. We love repeat guests so thank you for staying with us again. A studio compared to one bedroom is a good topic and honestly for the price the larger unit in my opinion is worth the little extra. As for the bed, we take our guest feedback seriously and our response was to always make it right and improve it too. Last the noise next door is something we are working on with our neighbors so we appreciate your patience while we resolve.

Mahalo,
Hal

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Brandon, Canada
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed at Aston at the whaler from January 26th - February 4th suite 418 in the North tower.We had garden and ocean view. The studio suite was updated and modern and nicely laid out which made it quite spacious. We could sit on the balcony and see the whales. Whalers village was a 2 minute walk and there were restaurants and shops right close to us. The pool was lovely and we could sit there and see the ocean from the pool. We would certainly stay at Aston at the Whaler again. We had absolutely no complaints.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed here 5 nights in April 2014 while getting married in Maui. Our studio premium room was perfect for two. Unit 362 in tower two had been updated and overlooks the garden with a great ocean view. The grounds are beautifully maintained and you are steps from the beach and pool. A bonus feature is the Whaler shopping mall adjacent to the hotel with 3 nice ocean view restaurants that we enjoyed. Ka'anapali beach is beautiful - soft sand and calm gorgeous blue water. Like only issue with this hotel is that we paid $12 a day for parking only to find they sell more spaces than they have. We returned from our wedding and found a sign that parking was full and you were to park down a hill in employee parking and HIKE back (in wedding clothes in the rain). No valet parking and no spot even though we were charged for it. No apology and no refund. Then on our last day upon returning from breakfast next door at 830am, we were locked out - were told that management turns off all room keys at 7am on your check out day even though check out is several hours later. So aside from an apparently idiot manager with poor judgement, it was a good stay. I'd say great stay but for the oversold parking. Carol from St Louis.

Room Tip: Tower two courtyard higher up.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

This was a relaxing trip, and kind of a late honeymoon. It was right on the beach, but far enough away from everything that it was quiet and relaxing. We slept with the balcony door open to the sound of the waves crashing. The room was clean, fairly spacious, and had a great kitchen area. There is a shopping area nearby with restaurant options, and it's a short drive to downtown Lahaina. I would highly recommend it for a quiet, relaxing trip.

Room Tip: High room facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

If you're not trying to impress your mate or friends this might be the perfect hideout. It's rated three stars, probably correct. The room maintained and cleaned well. The decor a bit dated. Nice size room. Full kitchen. Nice staff. LOCATION !

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We visited April 5, stayed in a one bedroom, two bath unit on the 11th floor. The room was really nicely appointed, beautifully decorated, and had all the amenities we wanted and needed, plus a great view of the beach and black rock. It was quiet, unlike the larger hotels. It doesn't have all the amenities like multiple pools and restaurants, but it is right smack on the best beach around. The staff and management were all extremely friendly. This was my second stay in the last six months, and I'm heading back to the Whaler in June. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Property: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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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 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Spa 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. Please be advised of these changes to the daily resort fee at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2017. - Any new reservations booked for travel April 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017, will be subject to a resort fee of $17.00 plus tax per day. - Any new reservations booked for travel June 1, 2017 and beyond, will be subject to a resort fee of $20.00 plus tax per day. - Any reservations booked prior to April 1, 2017 will be honored at the existing resort fee of $16.00 plus tax per day. ... more   less 
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