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Aston at Papakea Resort
Ranked #26 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Were here for a wedding. Our room was great and had all kinds of stuff in it that I wouldn't have even thought of. We had a full kitchen and tons of stuff to use on the beach. It was super clean and we had great service. Wish the place had a beach but the beach is a short (very short) walk. Love the location as the grocery store, beaches, and everything else is very close. Only a 10 minute drive to Kaanapali its awesome and we are planning to go back. Our room will be hard to beat as it even had boogie boards and an ice chest in it. Loved it! Only bad thing was back bedroom was very hot, even with the air on high, but hey your in Maui, so no worries.....

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Start with the problem. Made a reservation over the phone for an ocean front unit, never got a confirmation.
Called and no one could find the reservation. Made another and paid for it. First person had said AC in bedroom and living room. King size bed. Confirmed this with the second person. Got here at 9:30 pm. Room had not been open in some time (musty smell), queen bed, no AC in bedroom. Cabinet doors falling off etc. Second floor, ocean front, great view. F202. Come to find out only two units in the whole complex have AC in the bedroom. Oh well.
The good. They moved us from that unit to a ground floor ocean front corner unit. L101. Recently remodeled. Granite counters and tile floors. King bed, still no AC in the bedroom. The unit is beautiful. Walk out on the lawn to the seawall. Turn left, walk about 20 paces to the beach in front of Kaanapali Shores.
This is a very nice, family friendly place. Two pools. Plenty of very well kept barbecues around the pools. All employees very friendly, although some of the maintenance and cleaning staff have very little english. A little surprising. The property and the unit are kept immaculate. It is one of the only condo complex's with privately owned units that includes daily cleaning
You can walk the beach all the way down to Black Rock, the Sheraton, if you want. Or even beyond down to southern Kaanapali on the walkway.
Even with the added "resor fees" for which we got nothing whatsoever, I felt it was a reasonable price.
Will undoubtedly come back here.
BTW. You do not have to book through Aston. Found some people here who had booked privately through VRBO.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank omotors
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We just returned from a wonderful vacation on Maui where we attended my son's wedding. Although the bride and groom and the bride's parents stayed at Lahaina hotels, we chose to stay at the Papakea since there were 4 of us and we wanted a little room to spread out. We booked through Maui Dreams Come True and were completely satisfied!
Unit K103 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit which has been completely remodeled. The kitchen and bathrooms were all granite - and CLEAN as can be. You walk right out from the patio to the pool and hottub which were both clean and nice.
We saved so much money by visiting the grocery store across the street to stock up on breakfast items, fruit, cocktails and lunch foods. The grills around the pool were very convenient to grill our lunch. Maui is expensive, so by saving on breakfast and lunch, we were able to go out every evening for nice dinners.
We had only one issue which was handled immediately - the iron in the unit was broken. I made a call to Maui Dreams Come True and within a few hours we had a new iron delivered.
I will definately be back to the Papakea and unit K103. The location, cleanliness and accomodations were all terrific!

Room Tip: We loved the ground floor unit which was directly in front of the pool. So nice to be so close to t...
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

I am currently staying here for a week on my honeymoon. The first shock I received was the "additional " charges I was to pay when we arrived. $15 a day for "incidentals" such as golf clubs and tennis rackets which we do not even play. An additional $26 a day for I don't know what, along with a $50 deposit. I protested but had no choice but to pay if I wanted a place to stay. The room itself was a shocker! Dirty carpet, molding missing from baseboards and an overall used and old apartment feel. I will NOT return to this establishment. Cannot even walk to "beach"; it's all barricaded off and unable to even touch water. I stayed in Maui 5 years ago and that is the reason I returned. The Maui Ocean Club was awesome and when I do return it will be at that resort. Very disappointed!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

We basically stayed here because it looked nice and was a lot cheaper than most other places. We weren't disappointed, our 2nd floor apartment overlooked the pool and the sea and the apartment was lovely and spacious and was well stocked.
There were shops nearby within a five minute walk and the beach about 100 metres away.
It was only a 20 dollar taxi fair into town and when we hired a car it was free parking at the hotel (unlike most others)
My only complaint was the air conditioning which was ancient and loud but still more than happy with everything, we would definitely stay again.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
5  Thank John T
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed in building K and were completely surprised when we opened the door to a clean but OLD not remodeled unit. We had seen so many of the newly remolded rooms on here and on VRBO so were sure we would get a great room. Not!!! The view and grounds were amazing. I'm not sure why so many great reviews on here. I feel the need to be as truthful as possible so you know what to expect. If you make sure to get the remodeled unit then all is great. Was very displeased with the older room.

Room Tip: Higher floors have great ocean view. And make sure at booking and when arriving that you have a new...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

L-205 We rented through VRBO and i am pretty sure that the condos vary greatly. It appears that they are independently owned and updates, quality and supplies depend on that owner. Ours was GREAT.

We awoke every morning looking up to a beautiful sky and waving palm trees, sometimes singing birds and of course sounds of the ocean, which was great for going to sleep to as well. Our unit was a 2 bedroom/2bath on the 2nd floor. Wonderful views, and although it is on the ocean our owner specifically told us that a swim-able beach was a short walk to the left (it really is a SHORT walk). Snorkeling is possible right in front of the building but I would recommend it for more experienced snorkelers with appropriate gear.

This unit was supplied to the roof. We went grocery shopping, to come back and find that we "doubled up" on a few things. Yes they even had mayo, ketchup and jelly in the fridge. Bathrooms had everything you needed and it appears that everyone that comes leaves something to replace something they used. It didnt stop at regular supplies either. There were boogie boards, snorkel gear, pool and sand toys ect. Kitchen had best amount of kitchen utensils/cookware as anywhere we have ever stayed (and that is a lot).

As far as the rest of the property, I had no idea that it had the "Aston" name on it. The are 2 pools, one heated, one not; a hot tub/jacuzzi at each and grills (really nice and clean..gas); beautiful grounds; and very helpful, friendly front office/main desk staff.

I would recommend a car. There are tons to do on Maui, even if you dont drive all they way across or around. Lahaina is about 10 or so minutes away for a wonderful luau and shopping. Hana Rd starting point is about 45 min away. Like to snorkel? There are tons of great snorkeling beaches in this area in 5 to 25 minutes away.

On the immediate road in front of the property is a grocery store(Times), it was actually cheaper than the store in Lahaina. There is a famers market on MWF from 7 to 11am to get fresh fruits, veggies and really good fresh bagels home made jellies and the like. On other days and later in the day the market is still there just inside and the people are very friendly and attentive. Walmart is about 25 min away. Between the three places you should be set, especially for a family of four like us.

Room Tip: L 205, great views and owners that care, worth what they charge!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Address: 3543 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9416 (Formerly ResortQuest at Papakea Resort)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: $188 - $478 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at Papakea Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 364
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A garden paradise on "The Magic Isle." This picturesque oceanfront resort is nestled amid 13 acres of lush tropical landscaping and expansive lawns bordered by flower-lined paths. The resort offers a variety of on-site amenities and activities - with restaurants, galleries and shops of Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach just moments away. Facilities Use and Cleaning Fee: A daily facilities use fee and a one-time housekeeping fee $89 (plus tax) will apply. Daily housekeeping is available for an additional fee. ... more   less 
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