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“A wonderful stay at the Royal Kahana” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Kahana
Ranked #12 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Ontario
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful stay at the Royal Kahana”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2007

My wife and I visited Maui for our 5th anniversary from September 25 to October 5, 2007. After reading a large number of reviews, we chose to stay at the Royal Kahana, and we weren't disappointed at all!

We stayed in Condo 1215, a beautiful one-bedroom ocean-view. The condo was equipped with a full kitchen (as well as appliances and utensils) along with a washer, dryer and dishwasher. It is located in Kahana (just a few minutes North of Lahaina on the west side of Maui). The room was comfortable and clean and unless a "Privacy" sign was on the door, the cleaning staff would clean and re-stock the condo every day (including doing the dishes!). The resort also has a pool and beach towels are provided by the resort (so you can change them daily for fresh ones!) Also, to alleviate some other concerns I read in reviews, we didn't see any bugs (with the exception of a dead cricket on the lanai), but we did catch a small lizard in our room on our last night there! (small meaning not as big as a penny).

The staff was always polite and courteous and there was always someone available at the main desk in the lobby. Also, there is an Expedia travel office at the resort if you need to book activities. Most of the prices they quoted were quite a bit cheaper than what I saw anywhere online, so you might want to check them out! The Expedia reps were really helpful and even provided a short introduction to the island and it's activities during our first day so we wouldn't miss a thing!

The view from the lanai was incredible! Being an ocean-view, the left side of the view was of neighboring resorts, but on the right side we had a great view of the ocean and distant islands. The beach at the condo isn't really anything special unless you have small kids who want to play in the quiet waters. I would recommend travelling a few minutes North to the best beach we discovered in the area... the D.T. Fleming beach park! The waves here are pretty big (great for boogie boarding) and the beach is quite large. There is also ample parking and facilities available (both of which are hard to find at many of the beaches around Lahaina). Another beach I would recommend is the LONG stretch of Ka'anapali Beach (including Black Rock- a great snorkeling spot). The waves here aren't very intense, so if you just prefer swimming out, this is probably the beach for you.

The weather in Kahana is a little on the breezy side, but we found that if you didn't like the weather in one place, a 5 minute drive in either direction brings a drastic change! Lahaina is HOT with very little breeze to speak of.

It was a great anniversary trip for us, and we really enjoyed our stay at the Royal Kahana!

Stayed September 2007
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Minnesota
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2007

We just returned from a week at the Royal Kahana. Overall the property was clean and the service was excellent. I expressed to Bill, the on duty manager, that my only disappointment was that the truly ocean front units were two bedrooms. It is their belief that if you walk into a unit and can see the ocean out the patio door, then it is ocean front. We were lucky to be on the 12th floor north side which had a nice ocean view but no direct sun so the unit stayed cool. The condo complex next door was empty due to beach and interior renovations with minimal noise. There was ample parking out side as well as under the building and tennis courts. This was owners week and the only time the pool area and cabana were closed was Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2007

This was our first vacation in Maui and after a lot of research we decided on the Royal Kahana to call home for a week. The drive from the airport is close to an hour depending on the traffic but its a nice drive once you get away from the airport area.

Our room was on the 8th floor with a view of the ocean which was nice. The room itself was big and had everything you needed for the stay. Our only complaint, and it depends which condo unit you rent, is that the carpets were filthy. We were told by the front door staff that they had been scheduled to be cleaned prior to our arrival but they had not been done yet and they were going to be done the following day. So the next day by the time we got back from a day of exploring the carpets had been cleaned. It helped marginally, but they really were in need of getting new flooring.

The Hotel had a nice size pool which was never to capacity surprisingly because the beach was pretty small to be lounging around at. It is also pretty rocky entering the water so be careful. It is not what you call a playing beach but when you are on maui there are plenty of good beaches within a few minutes drive.

We did the road to Hana, the volcano, snorkelling all over the island, the luau in Lahaina, visited the Kihei and Kaanapali areas and golfed at 3 different courses. All these excursions were worth the time. There really is so much to do that the week went by too quickly. As far as the golf went, the more the course charge does not mean they are any better. Try some of the cheaper courses inland and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Overall, the Royal Kahana is a nice place to call home when you are in Maui. Its an easy road trip to anywhere on the Isand and if you like it a little more laid back then this side of the Island is for you.

Stayed August 2006
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Seneca Falls, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2007

We stayed in an oceanfront room (1008) for 2 weeks in August. The room was very well maintained and was updated. The view was amazing! The staff was always very friendly too. The beach outfront is not too bad and we went swimming there often. It is also close enough to other beaches and to shopping but maintains a quieter atmosphere. We had such a fantastic time here and would definately stay again. I highly recommend our room!

Also during our stay we went to the Royal Lahaina Luau and went snorkeling at Molokini a few times. Theses are must do's on your trip!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Califonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2007

I stayed in this resort for 6 days. Room was neat and clean and so the Bathroom. Kitchen was a big help as it saved alot of money. Beach was clean and pool area was well maitained. Its a nice deal for people who have a limited budget.

Stayed September 2007
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Los Angeles
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66 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2007

Our first "big" family vacation (and the first time our kids were on an airplane) was made whole by a week at this very enjoyable establishment.

The view from your living room will knock you on your backside, and if you are looking for an extended stay in one location, you cannot beat having a kitchen and a washer/dryer in the room.

Furthermore, you cannot beat the location. Lahaina is ten minutes out, shopping and restaurants are within walking distance, and a grocery store is less than five minutes away.

Also, we enjoyed the great beaches within ten minutes drive (Napili, Honolua Bay). And a nice, small family beach immediately outside the hotel, with little-kid friendly surf (ankle-high for grown-ups).

Highly recommended. Clean, comfortable, and as family friendly as they come.

  • Liked — Location, Convenience
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in a studio. We arrived at 1.30 - totally exhausted but no rooms were ready so we literally slept in the foyer. My husbands snoring was so loud we were in a room by 2pm - check in is 3pm.

The rooms were old - but ok. We were on the 12th floor and woke up sweating to find out the air con wasn't working. When we tried to turn it on the hole room short circited and we had no lights or power. We called down stairs and it was fixed in 10 minuties and we had no problems at all after that.

Its a lot cheaper than other places we looked out and lets face it you are not in the room that much so we would stay again. But it is a fair drive to Lahina and about 1 hour from the airport so if you don't want to drive or love the action look around for something else.

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Royal Kahana
Address: 4365 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9298
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Kahana 4*
Number of rooms: 235
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make yourself at home in Kahana. This beachfront community is the calm cousin to West Maui's high-profile destinations of Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua Resort. You won't find the typical string of Maui hotels, dazzling storefronts, and streams of shoppers and diners - although that's only a few minutes away if the mood strikes. Breathe in the breeze that sweeps across the ocean view from your high-rise lanai. Marvel at humpback whales slapping and rolling so close to shore! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Outrigger Royal Kahana Hotel Lahaina
Outrigger Hotel Lahaina
Outrigger Hotel Royal Kahana
Outrigger Lahaina
Lahaina Outrigger
Outrigger Royal Kahana Resort
Royal Kahana Maui/Lahaina

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