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“Lovely decor and well maintained condo”
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Royal Kahana
Syracuse, Utah
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“Lovely decor and well maintained condo”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed in a 1 bedroom condo (613) with a beautiful view of the ocean. It was immaculate and very comfortable. We walked the beach below every morning, and enjoyed seeing whales in the distance as we ate breakfast on the terrace. All the comforts of home, and close to Lahaina, and Kapalani Beach. Loved hearing the constant lapping of the waves below. Friendly desk service. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Maui.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Royal Kahana room 1009 for 9 nights beginning January 31. The first couple of days were so windy and rainy we were wishing we were back in Kihei, our first stay in Maui two years earlier. However, the remaining days were much better. There is always a breeze in Kahana, and this is ok. I imaging during the summer months this is welcome. We had unobstructed views of the ocean, Moloka'i, and the rocky area below us where turtles hung out a lot. We could see signs of whales if not the actual whales nearly every time we looked out the lanai. One time, a couple hundred yards out, we saw a whale (or whales) breach eight times in a row! Wow! The room was large and roomy making it feel more like a home than a condo rental. Everything we expected was there. We could not get the dishwasher to work, but only needed it once, so not a big deal. Bed was comfortable as was the living room furniture. Washer and dryer is a must whenever we travel to the islands so this was good.

We did have an issue with the door lock and it had to be replaced. They were very quick to respond on our first full day there but had some issues. My wife ended up locked inside while I was locked outside with the maintenance crew. They had to take out the sliders in one window to break in and get the door open. This took over an hour. In the meantime I hung out downstairs. My wife called the front desk to let them know the door was open but they never informed me. The brackets on the window were damaged in the process and it was too late to fix it that day, so they taped cardboard over the window. They came early (9am) the next day and had everything fixed in less than an hour. I door worked fine the rest of the days. This was a rest afternoon for us anyway, so no harm done, but if we had had plans, it might have ruined things. Overall, it was not a big deal and we did appreciate having the door fixed.

We were concerned about the location as it is an hour from the airport (and therefore an hour to get started on the road to Hana), nearly an hour to Kihei, and other places we were familiar with. However, by the end as we were more comfortable with the area, we liked it a lot. Being just 15 minutes from Lahaina is great. You have everything the big resort area of Kaanapali without the crowds. The big grocery store is just 5 minutes away, and their is a small store across the street. Plenty of restaurants around as well. We did explore Napili much, but definitely will next time.

I would definitely recommend a higher floor, and numbers that end in 09 to 12 are the ocean front and best view rooms. 09 is more on the north side and did not get any sun, so we missed the actual sunsets and warmth. The lanai and room were usually pretty cool. I might try for a 12 room next time, but it might depend on the summer/winter time frame. I can imagine a better sunset in the summer from 10 without the heat a 12 might have, but the warmth and sunset might be better in a 12 in the winter months. The only noise (other than the wind the first two nights) was the sound of the beach. We ran into the couple in the room directly below us on a boat trip and they said they never heard a sound from us. We never heard anything from our neighbors as well.

Only real complaint - the parking spots are very narrow. We had a Chrysler 200 so not a large car, and often had to try twice to fit in. Often had two spaces taken by one inconsiderate person. One late night (got back about 10:30 after the Slack Key Show in Napili) and could find only one parking spot we could fit into. (I might also agree with many reviewers about the reception people being unfriendly, but we only interacted with them three times in nine days, so not a big deal. But they could be more friendly.)

At the beginning I thought I would never stay here again, but now that we are home, we think we definitely will. We like the room of a 1 bedroom and the overall location. Highly recommend. We booked through Costco (room and car) and it worked out well.

Room Tip: See review - rooms 9 through 12 and a high floor.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Junction City, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We just spent 5 nights at the Royal Kahana. We had a great time and a lot of it was due to a comfy bed. I was really pleased when we went to bed the first night and didn't wake up with my hips hurting (there is nothing worse than trying to sleep on a too hard bed). Our studio was very effiecent with a nice oceanview from our lanai. The only thing that would have made it better is if there was a resturant on the property (the poolside snack shack doesn't count).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights and could not have been more happy. We were in a 1 bedroom oceanfront condo on the 12th floor. We spent a lot of time on the lanai enjoying the views of the whales and sea turtles down below. The staff at the front desk was very nice. The pool area was small but plenty of chairs there were also chairs on the grass area facing the ocean which we spent time enjoying. There were 3 or 4 grills available for cooking. This is a condo not a hotel so be advised of that when you stay here. Maid service is 2 times a week if you stay more than a week which was fine with us. Also each condo is individually owned so they vary in decor. While we stayed there it did appear that several of the units were being updated. The one we stayed in was very nice. Many people I noticed in reviews were complaining of no view or the view of a burnt building. The only way to ensure a good view in Hawaii is to book an oceanfront room. Ocean view simply means you can view the ocean even if its just a sliver. Also be advised it is in a quieter area so if your younger and looking for a party hotel you may not enjoy this place. We however loved how quiet it was! There is no restraunt on site but the cabana next to the pool does serve a few dishes however the condos have everything you need to cook so do as we did stop by Costco or Walmart and bring your own food to cook. We did not use the amenities desk as we knew it was a time share publicity stint so we booked our own excursions. For great whale watching we recommend pacific whale foundation. They have a 30 person raft that was amazing. They also have larger boats as well. We very much enjoyed our stay here and can't wait to return next year!

Stayed January 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Loved our stay at the Royal Kahana. Condo was great. View was fantastic. Pool was good. Would recommend it. Only caution: beware of the so called "Activity Convenors" in the lobby. They are timeshare sales people. Their prices are over-inflated. Their so called presentation is a high pressure sales pitch. Not a presentation at all. So go, enjoy your stay but DO NO book activities with at the Activity Desk. Go to Lahaina and book with the individual activity provider directly. Trust me, you'll save yourself a lot of grief. Happy Vacationing!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bay Area
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed in a 2 bed 2.5 bath oceanfront condo at the Royal Kahana. It was spacious, had a wrap around lanai and you could NOT beat the view. Floor to ceiling windows with views of whales and turtles left and right.

The condo was stocked with everything we needed and the location was great. The beach is just steps away and it's a short drive from Kaanapali and Lahaina. We enjoyed it so much we're hoping to book again next year :)

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We were pleased with the Royal Kahana. We stayed in a studio and although it was small it was well laid out with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer. If we stayed here again we would only stay on the south side of the building as the north side does not get any sun and it was too cool to eat outside on our lanai. The pool area is fine and there were always chaises or chairs available. The gym is small and windowless and several pieces of equipment were not functioning. This is a condo resort so don't go expecting services you would receive at a hotel. We try to go to Maui yearly and we would consider staying here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on south side get sun and have better views than the north side.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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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 #9 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Kahana 3*
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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Outrigger Royal Kahana Hotel Lahaina
Outrigger Hotel Lahaina
Outrigger Hotel Royal Kahana
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Outrigger Royal Kahana Resort
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