My family and I (four adults) spent the week of January 10th at the Aston. I was nervous about the room we would stay in due to the reviews and limited pictures on their website. But rest assured when we walked into our room, we found a very up to date and spacious suite. We stayed in room 148 which is a garden suite so I chose the ground floor; I love waking up in the morning and opening the veranda doors to the lush scenery while having breakfast or lounging around. This room is also tucked away on the grounds so people aren't constantly walking right outside. The birds sang & chattered to greet you each morning, but you can barely hear them with the glass doors shut.
You enter the suite from the parking lot side, at the opposite end is a wall of sliding glass so you have a beautiful view of the grounds and meandering creek. Most of these units are owned by other people who rent them out or something like that, so the decor is up to the owner (I think). Either way, I asked for an updated room and we got one. The kitchen came complete with dishes, dish washer, microwave, coffee pot, an island and a washer & dryer. The bedroom had a very comfortable King size bed and the living room had a comfortable pull out. Only one bathroom though.
The lobby and the grounds immediately made you feel like you were in Hawaii! I had Afternoon Tea at the Ritz while there and have to say, their lobby and grounds are not nearly as sunny and beautiful (although much larger) and there is no beach either.
Upon check-in we also received a $100 credit to the restaurant which has very good breakfast items. We ate breakfast once and lunch once. The pools and hot tubs (two of each) are both completly renovated and the glass wall separating the pool from the ocean helped keep the breezes down which was nice as you emerged from the nicely heated pool (not very warm, but comfortable).
The staff at Aston was very friendly and not once did I see any bugs. There were plenty of lawn chairs at the pools, on the expansive lawn and the beach. You do have to rent the shaded ones though. I recommend bringing beach shoes since much of the coastline can be rocky whether it be Maui or Oahu.
There is a shopping center within walking distance of the hotel complete with Subway, grocery and an internet cafe. The hotel does offer interent at $10/24 hr. We did not use it. Parking was $9 a day. Aston is 5 - 10 min drive from Lahaina which is very convenient for many restaurants and lots of souvenir shopping. There is a large free lot at the end of the strip, about half a block east of the big banyan tree. Time limit 3hrs, but we always found a space. I bought groceries once at the market in Lahaina and it was so expensive, especially fresh fruit! $13 for 3 lb of grapes! Lunch meat, cheese and bread were decent so we had a few economical lunches and snacks for our long road trips to Hana and the Botanical Gardens.
We ate at the following: ROY'S - very noisy, good food, ran out of stuff; KIMO'S -decent food, lovely view; BUBBA GUMP - like any other chain, right on the Beach, MAUI TACOS - must have, tucked away, TEA AT THE RITZ - must do if you enjoy Tea, it was superb, generous and delicous. Held in the Library overlooking the tiered pools and ocean. If you want to eat at Cheese Burger in Paradise, get there early early early. The Old Lahaina Luau is a must, reserve your seating as soon as you know you are coming so you get close to the stage although not seat is really bad the way they have it set up. Food is better than most Luau's but the show and location are the BEST! There are also some nice hospitality surprises when you arrive. And don't wait in line at the bar, your server can get you all of your drinks.
My family and I strolled the grounds many times and even spotted the whales swimming around and breaching on several occasions. I still recommend a whale watch tour so you get up close and personal, they can be pretty cheap at $20 (winter months only). Everyone was friendly, onsite outdoor massage & salon, free hula lessons and luau shops on the premises, and across the street were convenient, pools clean, grounds immaculate... I can't think of one thing I can complain about it. Loved it and would gladly return, especially to room 148! Enjoy your trip... ALOHA :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located beachfront on Kaanapali Beach, this magnificent condominium resort combines spacious, well-appointed suites with hotel-caliber services. Enjoy the beauty of expanse ocean views and direct access to the beach. Amenities include complete kitchens, WiFi, onsite cultural programs, an activities desk for off-site arrangements, and a year-round kids program, Camp Kaanapali. This self-contained property boasts 2 swimming pools, a beachfront restaurant and bar, fitness center and spa featuring an indoor/outdoor massage service. All of these great amenities and services combined with an exceptional guest service staff make for an unforgettable vacation and the experience of true Aloha Spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Hotel Lahaina
- Aston Hotel Kaanapali Shores
- Kaanapali Shores Maui
- Aston Kaanapali Shores Condos
- Maui Aston Kaanapali Shores Condominiums
- Maui Resortquest Kaanapali Shores
- Kaanapali Shores Hotel
- Resortquest Kaanapali Shores Maui
- Kaanapali Shores Resort
- Aston Kaanapali Shores Maui/Lahaina