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“Terrific property and wonderful location”
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Kaanapali Alii
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I stayed here with two female friends for 10 days in February. The grounds are very nice; parking is free; the staff is incredibly nice and helpful -- I cannot say enough about them. They helped us accommodate an unplanned extra few days [snowstorm back home]. The BBQ area is terrific and a nice staff person helped us grill a flank steak to perfection. Nice young man carried our beach chairs out for us. The workout gym is beautiful [though we were too busy eating and drinking to enjoy it -- ha].

Each room is privately owned so the décor is at the whim of the tastes and budget of the owner. We stayed in two condos: the first one had extremely comfy and plentiful furniture for lounging around but the décor prompted several discussion a la "if this was MY condo, I would get rid of x and y and do such and so" [3 women!]. The second condo was the opposite -- very beautifully decorated but the furniture was not optimal for 3 people lounging around. But, both condos were just FINE -- just what we wanted: comfy, clean, livable.

Both condos had two bathrooms, stacked washer and dryer [yay!], a bedroom, and a bedroom-ish room with no door. The kitchen was nice -- had the standard supplies. Both condos were very clean. The veranda was nice -- table and 4 chairs. We had a mountain view which was lovely; we could see a wee bit of the ocean from the veranda.

Whaler's Village is a short walk away; Black Rock is a pleasant walk a bit further. I felt like the location was perfect. Lahaina is a short drive away.

I was happy!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

I want to say so many wonderful things about this property, because it really was an amazing week, but my experience was really marred by the issue with our room (see below). My advice is to get a property map when you make your reservation and get some understanding of what you see from where. Do your best to get a commitment or some notes in the system that guarantee you at least a room in a certain building or part of a building. The property itself is beautiful. We did not spend any time at all at the pool. We spent it all at the beach and rented beach cabanas. Worth the price to get enough shade to stay out all day. Guys at the pool shack were great. They have an awesome BBQ set up for everyone's use. We did grill one night and it was easy and delicious. A great alternative to eating out all the time. Generally things were slow if you had a request but it was eventually fulfilled. Check in area smelled severely of mildew. Concierge service was very helpful. Quality of the unit is dependent on the décor of the owner, so that is another area where you are unsure about what you will get. Our unit was very nice, but smelled of mildew which was a problem for me. Would I return? Not without more assurance about my room.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank Anne A
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

My family had been coming to the Kanapali Alli for 10+ years. No other condo on the island we would ever choose to stay. The condos are Very well taken care of and CLEAN. The staff is AWESOME! The front desk, house keeping, valet, pool guys and all other staff are super friendly! Highly recommend Kanapali Alli!

Stayed: March 2014
3  Thank Tim Z
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

Couldn't be any more wonderful. Lovely surroundings and fantastic friendly staff. The pictures are very accurate. Comfortable beds and a huge beautiful condo. The lanai is perfect. Kitchen fully equipped with everything. Beautifully located and views are wonderful. We can see whales breaching from here. A nice walk to black rock for great snorkelling. Restaurants and whalers village super close. Pool area great and barbecues are even ready to go when you get there. Feels like home but better. I would definitely come back again. I don't want to leave!!!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank Steve B
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We have been visiting Maui for years, and for us, there is no better place to stay. The condos are huge, and have everything from washing/drying machines to a full kitchen and dining room. Each condo also has a beautiful lanai to enjoy the views of paradise. The service and staff are excellent, and always very friendly and helpful. The Alii never fails to make us feel right at home.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was our first time at the Alii, but not our first time to Maui. The place wasn't cheap, but you pay for paradise ;)

The hotel/condo is BIG and I had my fears about the crowds - especially since the pools appear to be too small for the size of the place. We never had an issue with the pools though... there was always plenty of room in there for our 4 kids, and the pool deck, while busy, always had space for us to find chairs and spread out.

The outdoor eating area and barbecues were the best I've seen in Maui - really big and clean and such an awesome social setting to chat and meet other people. They were situated just next to the beach and turned out to be one of our favourite places to hang out at night.

Our unit (room 1101) was big and roomy with so much space - this unit was so nice to stay in.

The staff was always friendly and not overbearing, and the beach was awesome. The fact that there's no restaurant or bar on the property is a huge plus... it was always very relaxed, comfortable and less crazy than the other hotels on the boardwalk. A quick trip next door to the Westin and you can slip in their many pools (not endorsed, but so obviously easy) or grab a cocktail at their bar. The Alii even gives you coupons that will let you order drinks/food at the Westin but charge it to your room at the Alii.

The only thing that kept me from giving this the TripAdvisor 5 circles review was the usual "nickel and diming" that takes places with resort hotels - but that's just my personal beef. I chose this place because it have full kitchen units and laundry, but still had to endure the local phone call charges, rental charges for boogie boards etc. - this place would do well to drop the hotel facade and make this a bit more like every other condo rental model in Maui.

Overall, we loved this place and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank clayandle
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We splurged on a stay here for our 40th anniversary. Our elegant condo had plush furnishings and loads of space. We had an indoor dining table, another table outside on the lanai, and bar stools at the granite countertop. The kitchen was gorgeous, and we also had a washer & dryer. Housekeeping staff kept the place spotless - thank you so much, Maria!

There are also deluxe grilles located near the beach, and grill master Charlie does the grill clean-up and helps with any questions.

Service was consistently outstanding - and gracious - throughout the property.

Located on a lovely beach, and just off the paved Beachwalk for easy access to restaurants at Whalers Village.

Truly a dream vacation.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kaanapali Alii

Address: 50 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1990
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: $412 - $756 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaanapali Alii 3*
Number of rooms: 184
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Expansive one and two-bedroom condos range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet offering one of the finest accommodations on Maui. Each are individually decorated and furnished with all the amenities that you’d expect from a resort hotel. ... more   less 
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