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Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Ranked #30 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Wonderful location and upgrade ! we will return again...”
Reviewed January 17, 2011

Hello ! Aloha! I booked the Ocean Inn based on the reviews that I read here and thought well we will only be in the room to sleep. It is located on the grounds of the Royal so it will be ok. When we arrived, the front desk people were very kind but they messed up and did not have our room with two beds. We were with kids so we needed more than a queen. They quickly upgraded us to a Bungalow. I was so suprised. I loved it! Beach on one side , golf on the other. We arrived later so we were able to eat dinner at their on site restraurant ( moderately priced with open air dining and soft music with great ambiance ) and it was wonderful service and food. I reccomend the Macadamian Mahi Mahi. We toured the grounds and couldn't wait until the next day to play in the sun. But mother nature had another thing planned. Over the night it stormed and flooded and unfortunately we woke to a flooded bungalow. The front desk and the engineering kept appologising. It was not their fault at all. We felt like we brought the rain!!! So we left for the day and they instructed that we leave our bags as they would move us into the next avail unit after housekeeping was finished. They did. Another fantastic upgrade to a new tower unit on the top floor. What an amazing room. Although for space reasons and that we had kids, I would have prefered the bungalow style but the room was nice ( wish I had a little more privacy because it was romantic) - So all in all this "budget" priced hotel gets a A for the upgrades, an A+ for the beautiful grounds and location ( close to black rock for great snorkeling and a very nice part of west Maui I may add ) and another A for very kind staff : front desk , valet and Restaurant workers ..as well as housekeeping and engineering dept. They also get a A for holiday spirit and decor...Way to spend the Holidays in Maui! Mahalo

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

I got an amazing deal from Pleasant Holiday for $499 per person from LA to Maui with airfare and a 3 night stay at Kaanapali Ocean Inn. This hotel has exceeded my expectation. My room on the 3rd floor, 1610, has an ocean view; it is not ocean front but I can hear the surf and see the palm trees and ocean from the bed; it has a high slanted ceiling; the beds are comfortable. It has a coffee maker, a small fridge located in a "minibar" corner with it's own sink, which are amenities I did not expect. When I accidentally broke a knob off the coffee maker, I walked into the hallway to let the housekeeper know; in 10 minutes another coffee maker was delivered to my room....that's service for you.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

Being attached to the larger Royal Lahaina Resort, I was expecting lower quality accommodation for the price, especially considering that use of the Royal facilities is included. What I found was a large, clean and comfortable room with everything within easy walking distance. The location is great, with Whalers Village and good restaurants not far away. Very pleased with this hotel. Would return.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

We stayed at the Kaanapali Ocean Inn (really just a budget section of the Royal Lahaina) from 29 Dec 2010 to 6 Jan 2011. The resort is gorgeous and located on the beautiful Kannapali Beach (the section north of black rock).

We stayed in room 1600, a corner room on the third floor with a king sized bed. with our 2 year old son. This room was excellent in that it only received slight (actually pleasant) noise from the nearby luau (which is over at 8:30 anyway). We travelled with older relatives who had room 1511 (middle of second floor, double beds). The luau was incredibly loud from thier room, but again, it is short lived. Room 1600 was a little more attractively appointed in my opinion.

The rooms are indeed older and a bit dated but perfectly adequate. Bathrooms do not include tubs, only showers and tend to be damp. (Bathroom was poorly ventilated; there was some mildew stains/water damage. The maids cleaned it every day though.) The rooms were clean, no bugs or other nasties. On the downside, there were no microwaves in either room. We used the coffee maker to boil water for soupcups and had cereal and milk, bread, cheese etc in the fridge for occasional in room meals and managed just fine with our small child. The lanai's do not really have a view of much, just palm trees and some parking lot but were still a relaxing location to read or have a drink in the night time listening to the sounds of ocean waves and tropical birds. You can pay a bit more and get the ocean view in the same building. The wooden railing on the lanai is a bit rickety so take care with small children. The linens were clean and we slept well in the beds. There are stairs rather than elevators. A porter took care of moving our luggage and brought us to our building on a golf cart from the main building reception area. Service was very good and we felt that we were treated equally to those in the main hotel. Everything was close by and a easy walk.

The restaurent in the main hotel overlooking the pool was good (a bit pricey, like everything on Maui). Avoid the Castaway Cafe, also located on the resort. Equally high prices but medicore to lousy food and spotty service. Cheap and tasty food can be found at the Lahaina cannery mall food court, by the way. It doesn't look like much, but the Baille asian food stand serves awesome vietnamese Pho and other dishes.

The beach is excellent, good swimming, great sunbathing. Nice poolside atmosphere - quiet and relaxed by day with some hawaiian music playing at a low volume from the adjacent restaurent area. Beach towel use is free and we noticed they do occasionally pick up 'abandoned' beach towels to make the lounging chairs available to everyone. A hot tub and small pool is hidden up by the tennis courts (walk through the tennis building). It is open until 9 and rarely in use.

The guest makeup seemed to be about 70% couples, 30% families at the time we visited. I can't comment on the nightlife aspect but I'm sure there's plenty of that to be found in Lahaina. No problem to get drinks on the resort to sip by the pool.

A small market on the resort sells booze, snacks, diapers and other incidentals but its probably worth a trip to the Lahaina safeway to stock up on food etc when you arrive. Don't forget to pick up a few paper plates/bowls and a packet of plastic cutlery if you are planning on eating some meals in the room. There are also some on-resort shops selling a good selection of aloha clothing (not too overpriced) and souvineers. An ice cream parlour is also located on the resort. A nice treat for the whole family on a hot day.
A poolside stand sells floats, balls etc for kids to use in the pool (reasonably priced) plus a more expensive line of skin care products and sun glasses etc for the adults.

The Royal Lahaina Luau takes place on the property. The entrtainment sounded poor compared to the two others we have been to on Maui. Don't bother with it unless you get a really cheap deal.

Overall, for location and price this place can't be beat. All the benefits of a beautiful well located beachfront resort without the high price tag. The room is budget but clean and functional.

We've previously been to Maui and stayed at the Hotel Wailea, which was also a decent budget choice though not directly on the beach. The rooms at that hotel were proper suites with full bathroom and kitchen area. I'd suggest a rental car for any trip to Maui, especially if your hotel is not beachfront. There are so many incredible things to see and do on this amazing island. Aloha!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Marco Island, Florida
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

Positives - right on the beach, cheap, if you get on the 3rd floor on the Resort side you can see the Luaua show everything from your balcony
Negatives - Hit or Miss Cleaning, 3rd Floor roof leaked, maintenance non-existent, noone at the Resort cares if you have a room issue.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

Here's the basics: The Kaanapali Ocean Inn is not a stand-alone hotel. It's a 3-story motel-type building containing the cheap rooms, and part of the Royal Lahaina Resort complex. Apart from the cheap room, travelers staying at the Kaanapali Ocean Inn are treated no differently than any other Resort guest. There is no lobby or other facility in this building, just rooms. All check-in and other services are in the main lobby of the RLR tower.

The Kaanapali Ocean Inn building was built in the early 60s and basically nothing has been done to the facility since. And I do mean nothing. I'm pretty sure it's the same 1962 bathroom tile/fixtures, furniture, and hardware. When was the last time you stayed at a hotel that still used actual metal keys that you put on your key ring? They keys thing might scare some people from a safety standpoint, but remember that hotels and commercial buildings usually use key types that you can't just run to Home Depot and get a copy made. Probably they've changed the carpets and bedding/mattresses a few times over they years by necessity, but that's it.

They keep the rooms and hallways as clean as possible. As far as I could see, only the 2nd and 3rd floor rooms and possibly the 4 ground floor rooms facing the ocean are occupied by guests. The other ground floor rooms appear to be used as storage, and two of them serve as bathrooms for the nightly Luau. The best part about this place after the price is the proximity to the beach. So if you have small kids and plan on spending a lot of time at the beach, with frequent bathroom/diaper change trips back to the room, this is extremely convenient, and you won't feel bad about going back and forth because you're basically going direct beach-to-room and not having to go through a lobby or anything.

Rooms on the South side of the building will hear the nightly Luau goings on (over and quiet well before 9:00 PM, so not a huge annoyance). The ocean facing rooms have an awesome view, particulaly the 3rd floor. The North side rooms are the quietest. Some of the rooms (not all) have a sink and small refridgerator in the room.

One other tip: happy hour at the restaurant/bar by the main pool and the tiki bar by the other pool is 2:00 to 6:00 PM, mai-tais are $5.00, and if the tiki bar is closed for some reason, the main bar will put the drink in a plastic cup to go (to the pool, back to your room, or to the beach).

In summary, if you're going to Maui on a budget, this is the best place. If you plan to spend most of your time sight-seeing, relaxing on the beach, or other activities (and there are thousands), and you want to focus your time/money on enjoying yourself outside the hotel room, this is your place. Also, be assured that your room will be clean, and if you have a problem the resort staff will treat you well, and will do their best to address your issue as a resort guest (with no prejudice just because you're staying in the cheap part of the resort).

Also, if you're interested, and if they have space, they will offer you an upgrade to one of the cottages. Just ask when you check in. Sometimes the upgrade is free, sometimes it's an additional charge, but always less than what you would have paid by booking a cottage room to begin with.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Winchester, TN
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

We were at the Ocean Inn for 2 weeks, Dec 1-15th got an ocean front first floor room that was worn and outdated, asked and received another ocean front room on the 2nd floor which was much better and newer furnishings.
If possible get a ocean side room on the 2nd or 3rd floor, we were in room 1524, had a great view, on the side away from the lula, the lula gets a little old after a couple of nites, can go out front near the ocean and watch it for free.
Your are only about 50 ft from the ocean with a easy walk from your room.
The service was great, can use all the facilities of Royal Lahaina, has a great tennis facility, also a small hot tub near the tennis courts that is not used very often.
Food, CJ's Deli is real close to the Inn, has excellent food that is very reasonable.
The ocean view from our room was outstanding, went on an early morning whale watch with Pacific Whale Foundation from pier 3 at Lahina, saw about 6 humpback whales, put on a show, saw about 30 breaches and some trumpenting.
We booked through Pleasant Vacation's, sponsored by AAA Auto, for a mid size car, 14 days at Ocean Inn, and air fare from Nashville, TN to Kahauli Airport in Maui for less than 2800.00.
Don't expect the Ritz, the view is excellent, service is very good, has only a small refrigirator, no microwave, this was our 3rd trip to maui.
Randy & Faith Winchester, TN

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Address: 2780A Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1927
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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#15 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kaanapali Ocean Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 59
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