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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Aomori, Japan
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“very nice digs!”
Reviewed July 10, 2005

My family of four spent two nights at the Whaler on June 30-July 1, having booked the room through Costco travel. Our 2 BR/2 BA condo (#623) was lovely and very well furnished. The beach directly in front of the hotel was calm and inviting, more so than the Whaler's surprisingly small pool, and the snorkeling at nearby Black Rock was wonderful. My family really appreciated the large lanai (outside deck) of the condo, which we enjoyed for the ocean and mountain views at dinner. The Whaler makes available five gas grills on the lawn for cook-outs. Like many other follks (and all the "regulars" whom we met), we stopped at the Costco at the first traffic light outside the Kahalui airport to stock up on groceries before heading out to Kaanapali. The condo's full-sized kitchen is more than sufficient to store whatever you pick up. If you're looking for a mellow beach holiday on Maui's sunny west coast, and don't mind not having "resort trappings" like poolside bars and the like, the Whaler is a comfortable choice.

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Reviewed July 8, 2005

I selected a room at this property from Vacation-Maui based upon comments from another traveler who wrote a review on their stay at the Whaler for TripAdvisor. I found Vacation-Maui offered lower rates than some other internet sites and they showed pictures of the rooms under their management. Based on the pictures from their web site, I selected room 759 which was outstanding. The owners of that property have a guest book and one of the comments was from family who rented out quite a few rooms at this condo. They indicated that room 759 was by far and away the best of any of the units they had an opportunity to see. This property is conventiently situated on the beach next to the Whaler shopping complex, which has some very nice restrants. It's also across the street from several golf courses and very convient to the town of Lahina, which offers a lot of nightly entertainment. I also liked the gas grills located on the property just off the beach. The swimming pool isn't fancy like some of the nearby resorts, but why go to the pool when the you're ocean front? And the trade between this property and resorts is that the rooms at this condo are huge and they have kitchens. FYI- I booked a bunch of entertainment through Tombarefoot and was extremely happy with the arrangements they made for me and my wife.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed June 22, 2005

We stayed at the Whaler from May 27-June 3 and the condo was excellent. The decor was slightly dated but who cares about that?!
It was VERY well equipped with DVD player, tv in bedroom and lounge, huge Lanai and we had chocolate macadamias, pineapple and sparkling wine in the fridge for our honeymoon (everyone gets the pineapple). It was spotlessly clean and just steps to the gorgeous beach.
However, we are used to travelling to the Caribbean eg Grenada, Cuba, Mexico (not Cancun though!) and probably wouldn't go back to Maui. It is a beautiful island but it's expensive. We like to go out to eat fairly late eg 8pm and the restaurants at Whalers Village would be really busy from 5pm and having to book restaurants while on holiday takes a little spontaneity away from the evenings. Not a big hassle though admittedly.
One morning we had Omelettes for breakfast at Rusty Harpoon whcih were fine but with coffees cost us $30!
We then went to Safeway in lahaina to buy breakfast stuff, beer, water and some steaks (there are several gas bbqs/grills at The Whaler) and saved alot of money this way.
Also if you are used to all-inclusive resorts, bear in mind that to hire a cabana (or 2 loungers and an umbrella) on the beach from The Whaler costs about $25 a day (plus you get the hard sell from the beach concierge to buy their sunglasses and suntan lotions which, by the way, stink!). That, on top of $7 per day parking adds over $200 to your vacation.
We booked through expedia holidays who failed to mention that check-in isn't until 4pm at The Whaler. The receptionist was really unfriendly about it too until her colleague came on shift and "found" us a condo that was ready at 2pm!
Check-out is 11am and there is a shower room near the spa/salon, gym. Don't use it! It's was so dirty, there were no towels, it's co-ed but you can lock yourself in and I couldn't get out quickly enough. That was the only part of The Whaler that was in that condition but it was the final experience before going to the airport which is a shame.
Back to the positives!
One major plus for me was the food on the island. I ate fish, sushi or seafood most nights and it was exceptional. Definitely the best fish I've ever had. To eat in Leilanis at Whalers Village would cost between $60 and $130 depending on drinks , appetizers etc.
I had amazing tuna at Pacific'O in Lahaina but the service was a little standoffish for a fairly expensive place.
My Husband does not eat fish or seafood (except shrimp) and his options at restaurants (especially Pacific'O) were limited. Something to bear in mind. Yes there is a Ruth's Chris steakhouse but somehow eating steak, to me, isn't synonomous with a beach holiday! That's just me though!
If you are going to a Luau, book Old Lahaina Luau well before your trip. It was wonderful and the only authentic Luau. It was cultural, historical plus there was a decent buffet and unlimited drinks from the bar. Well worth the money. You get there by shuttle bus from Whalers Village (and walk through the Lahaina Cannery Mall) if you don't want to drive.
To conclude, if you want a home from home, Maui is in the US and I guess that's why it's so popular. There is a rich Hawaiian culture to explore and alot of sightseeing to do but if you like to eat out (and eat well) pack a thick wallet!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed June 7, 2005

Stayed at the Whaler from May27 - June 3. The staff was very courteous and friendly. The room was great, a bit outdated but not much of a concern since very little time was spent in the room. The room was clean and room service did an excellent job of cleaning each day, including cleaning up the kitchen which was sometimes left a bit messy by me. The pool was OK, not on the scale of the Hyatt's or the Sheraton's but nice enough, again very little time was spent at the pool so not much of a problem. My only complaints were that underground parking was full after 8pm so we were always parking outside after a late night out. Also, some kind of internet access would be nice, even going to the lobby to use it would have been fine.

The close access to an incredible section of beach, awesome snorkelling at Black Rock nearby and the nearby restaurants were a plus. The garden area and koi pond were very well kept and I often saw staff working on the ground at 4 or 5am in the morning keeping the place looking clean.

Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed June 4, 2005

My husband and two children just returned from our 8 night stay(May 24-June 1, 2005) in Maui at the Whaler. I searched for at least two months for just the perfect place. I looked at rooms, location, size of lani, etc. The Whaler was the perfect choice. The staff at the front desk welcomed us with a big smile and a friendly Aloha. When we walked into our room our mouths dropped. We stayed in room 957 facing Whalers Village. We were one balcony over from a front facing room. Our view was picture perfect. Our room was recently updated and just beautiful. We were even surprised with a washer/dryer in one of the bathrooms. Not all units have this but ours did and it was a great luxury. Maid service came daily to change sheets and leave fresh towels. She even loaded our dishwasher! When we did meet her, she was so friendly.

We loved the view of the mountains to one side and the beach to the other. Whalers village was just below us and the smells coming from the restaurants were just heavenly.

Out of all of the other resorts we saw, Whalers had the biggest lani with the absolute best views. No other place that we saw even came close the size and view. 10 stars on this!

The beach was never too crowded and a close enough walk to Black Rock if you wanted to snorkel and see more fish than in front of the resort but, far enough away to be out of the crowd.

The walkway in front of the resorts along the beach was so nice. Everyone seemed to gather the most around Whalers Village so you felt like you were close to the action without being bothered. Everyplace we went along the walkway was sooo clean and perfect. In fact, all of Maui was like this.

If you are going to Maui for the first time we recommend a West Maui Hike and tour, Hal. Crater, Maui Tropical Plantation, Snuba, Luau's and maybe a shorter ride to Hana than we took. It took us 12 hours with 4 to 5 short stops along the way. We were so tired by the time we got to seven pool we didn't even see it. But, everything we did see was beautiful.

We also recommend Connie Mortensen at Expedia (Hawaii Activity World) for all your excursion needs. Her number is ----. She is great!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed June 1, 2005

We were a little nervous deciding on The Whaler for our time in Maui since it was a condo and all the units were different. We were getting married in Maui and spending our honeymoon there and we wanted to have a really positive experience. The Whaler did not disappoint! We chose unit 1151 (11th floor), one bedroom two bath oceanfront, a corner unit with a wrap around lanai. It was a little pricey, but it was so worth it! We were there from May 16 - 23. We just loved sitting on our lanai and watching the beachgoers and the sunsets! The Whaler sits in front of a great beach, not far from Black Rock for snorkeling, and next door to Whalers Village for shopping and wonderful food at the nearby restaurants. The unit was remodeled with a very up to date kitchen, granite countertops, new cabinets and appliances, quiet air conditioning unit, and very clean. There was a pineapple in our fridge to welcome us when we arrived. The kitchen was fully equipped and we did a lot of our own cooking for breakfast and lunch and a couple dinners, which saved us money (got groceries at Safeway in Lahaina). The unit was very clean, did not see even a single bug inside the unit. We never had trouble finding a place to park inside the garage, and always close to the elevator. The front desk was wonderful answering our questions and accepting packages for us when we were out and letting us know. They even delivered our wedding cake to our unit when it arrived and we were out. We booked the unit through Karen Kondo at Monte D. Fitts Realty. She was great to work with and everything went smoothly. We highly recommend this unit and the Whaler, and we would stay there again!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed May 28, 2005

Just returned from a week at "The Whaler" in Tower 2, Studio, floor 10 Ocean View. We were pleasently surprised with the size and cleanliness of the Studio. The king size bed was extremely comfortable and the furniture and carpeting was in very good condition.

The only slight downside was the quality of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and kitchen stove, they were very clean and in good working condition, however, it was time for an upgrade (minor concern).

The underground parking at $7/day filled up every evening around 8:00 p.m. but there is an overflow lot close by at the Tennis courts that worked out just fine.

We loved our stay with the terrific views, serenity and sound of the ocean every night to sleep by......... We would not hesitate in returning to the Whaler!

Regards,
Peter & Teresa

  • Stayed May 2005
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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 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family 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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