I have stayed at this hotel four times in the last seven years. My husband's family has been coming here almost yearly since the 70's. (I think they keep coming here for old time's sake). The pros of this hotel are:
-The location (right in the middle of everything in Kaanapali. Five minute walk from Whaler Village)
-The beach is pretty uncrowded compared to the big resorts nearby, and it's nice clean sand.
-Very roomy condos. Nice sized kitchens and bedrooms. We have four small children and need all the space we can get. (We have stayed in a 2 BR each time)
-Very clean and everything in good working condition.
-Fully equipped kitchens are great. (one year we even made a full Thanksgiving dinner in ours!) Though you won't save as much money as you'd expect since groceries are so expensive. $8 for a box of Fruit Loops at the Lahaina Safeway! We brought boxes of cereal and baby formula in our suitcases last time to save $.
-Having a washer/dryer is a dream. Also means less clothes to bring on your trip. (Leaves more room for groceries! LOL!)
-The rooms need serious updating. They claim that most rooms have been recently renovated, but I've never managed to stay in one. On our last trip our family had three condos in different towers and they all looked like something out of a "Three's Company" episode.
-The pool is nice but nothing great. Compared to all the fancy pools at the nearby hotels, my kids were kind of let down. There is a nice little kiddie pool for the very youngest guests. Small pool area also means the "5 a.m. beach chair scramble". Not enough chairs to go around!
-No restaurants on site. Either you have to cook in your room or walk somewhere else to eat. Kind of a drag when you're in the pool and just want a quick bite. The Marriott next door delivers, but it takes forever.
-Nothing fancy about this place. No artwork, no gorgeous landscaping, not even a real lobby! Call me petty, but when I pay this much money I want something special! Especially when the nearby hotels are so fantastic. If the condos were cheaper it would be worth it , but for this price they don't seem like a good value. The Alii is not gross or run down, just nothing great.
If you have your heart set on staying in Kaanapali (though most of our friends stay in Kihei and really like it.) and want the space and convenience of a condo, you can try the Kaanapali Alii. There are lots of comments from people who've stayed in nice units, so you may want to try requesting one of those, if you can find out the #.
Unless my in-laws are paying, I won't be staying here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kaanapali Alii Hotel Lahaina
- Kaanapali Alii Maui/Lahaina