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Royal Lahaina Resort
Ranked #18 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
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“Great location and value, would return”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed there for 5 nights around Christmas. We booked a partial ocean view room after reading the review here, and I'm glad we did. Upon check-in, they upgraded us to a full ocean view room on the 7th floor for free. The view up there is simply fantastic, and you can't get any closer to the ocean in the entire Lahaina resort complex.

The resort ground is beautiful, and you can walk on the long sandy beach forever. The location can't be beat, with great snorkeling spot at Black Rock (only 10 mins walk), or drive up a little north at the marine life preserve. The atmosphere is pretty laid back and purely Hawaiian, which is great. On-site restaurant offers good food at reasonable price, and there are many other choices nearby if you have a car. We did the Haleakala bike ride with Haleakala Bike Company, and morning snorkeling tour to Molokini/Turtle Town with PWF, both are highly recommended. Turtle town is great with colorful coral reef and lots of sea turtle and even a seal.

Only complaint is the beds are a bit small (double size), and paid wifi is spotty.

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West Babylon, New York
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We traveled to Maui for the first time and stayed at the Royal Lahaina for 10 days. We couldn't have been more pleased with the resort and the staff. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.We renewed our wedding vows and the coordinator Jen was simply the greatest. Whenever we had a question prior to our travel she got right back to us. We can't wait to return. Close to everything but far enough away to be peaceful.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oregon City, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were celebrating our daughters 18th birthday with her first trip to Hawaii, so we wanted it to be special for her. We picked the Royal Lahaina Resort because of the location and the value. Driving up to the resort was beautiful, the grounds are perfect and really gave us that welcome to Hawaii feel. The staff greated us with a very warm welcome and were very helpful. We chose to stay in the tower and booked a garden view room. Once we arrived for check in they upgraded us to a partial ocien view room on the sixth floor, facing south, for free. The room was very nice, with beautiful wood accents, nice furnishings, great decor, and the view was unbelievable. From our room we could see the beach and ocean, with the island of Lanai in the distance and the Maui mountains in the other direction with the tropical resort grounds in between, exactly what you want to wake up to every morning while in paradise! The resort restaurant/bar was perfect for sitting by the pool in the evening having a drink and listening to live music, very relaxing, and great for meeting other guests or chatting with the bartenders. And the flat bread pizza was increadible!! We went to the on site ice cream/coffee shop for a light breakfast of bagels and pastries most mornings and returned for a light lunch of sandwich's and fruit on a couple days. The grounds are beautiful, with two pools to lounge around or sit on the beach and swim in the ocean. The location of the resort is perfect, being on the paved beachwalk path that goes down past black rock. We walked the path everyday, often times stopping to snorkel at black rock and going to dinner or shopping at whalers village. One of the great moments for us, was when we drove to Lahaina for a day, upon returning to the resort, the gentleman at the entry/guard building smilled at us and said "welcome home" as we drove in. That was exactly how we felt and he made us feel so welcome and relaxed. We had planned to take our son to a different island when he turns 18, but after staying at the Royal Lahaina Resort, we have decided we will be coming back to this resort so that he can enjoy the same amazing experience that we did. Everything about it was what we wanted our Hawaiin vacation to be.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in a tower suite with our two teenage children. Nice room but small. Tight fit for four on two double sized beds which were uncomfortable. Pool and beach were wonderful. Lots of beach to walk on and great snorkeling 1/2 mile down the beach. Food was OK and pricey. We went to Front Street in Lahaina for breakfast and dinner everyday. Fun place to walk around and people watch. Wifi was $10 a day and was horrible. My husband had a hard time connecting most of the time for work purposes. Staff was not overly friendly.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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YvetteK2780, Manager at Royal Lahaina Resort, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Aloha and thank you for your candid feedback. We are happy you take the time to let us know how we can improve and we are currently trying to correct the issues you have brought to our attention. We do have a beautiful resort theat has 511 rooms. We are more then 85% full year round and sometimes makes it a little more difficult to continue our perventative maintenance program that we do through out the year. Our Wi- Fi is an open network that is handled by an outside company. There is a 1-800 number in the desk drawer that a guest can call (free of charge) and they speak to a pleasant tech that will help them connect right away . We are currently in the process of adding more than 20 new modems to help speed this process. I'm sure you would be pleasantly surprised on your next visit if you decide to let us regain your confidence in our wonderful property.
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Salisbury, CT
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Stayed 9 nights in a tower suite, facing the ocean and the West Maui Mountains. Able to catch sunrise over the mountains AND sunset over the island of Lanai from the corner wall of windows in the master bedroom. We turned off the ac and left the sliding doors open all day and night to the air and sound of the waves. The one-bedroom suite was fine for our family of 4 (2 teens, on a roll-away and a pull-out), with 2 lanais and 2 full baths--the master bath is huge, with a dressing area, and wonderful double raised sinks. The on-site restaurant was great for meals in the dining room, around the pool, or upstairs in our suite; the restaurant/bar staff very friendly and warm, the food thoughtfully prepared. Eventually we settled into buying light breakfast at the on-site coffee/ice cream shop (fruit & yog parfaits!). Loved the iced pineapple water in the lobby, which, like the rest of the RLR, is elegant, understated, comfortable. Beach Activities people were helpful with suggestions and could answer all kinds of questions about wildlife, recreation, even restaurants. Gift shop was full of great stuff, as well as handy for convenient groceries and drinks to buy for our in-room fridge. (POG!) Yes, parking was tight, but we found a spot every night, even when the hotel was full. Grounds were lovely. I can't think of a single hotel employee who was not friendly or helpful. I suspect this is not a hotel for those who appreciate glitz and glitter, as the RLR feels more like the old Hawaii; quiet, dignified, understated, and easy. We will return.

Room Tip: Corner ocean-facing suites in the tower are spectacular
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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FORT DODGE IOWA
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Wow Maui is really a paradise! My wife and I made our first trip to Maui this Christmas and stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Friends of ours who have made the trip to Hawaii three times recommended the hotel and even though they were not as bleak about the cottages as many reviewers are we elected to stay on the 5th floor of the towers in a room with a "partial ocean view". We had a great view of the ocean from our balcony and didn't miss the serious up charge for a room with a full west exposure. The room was well appointed, clean, and quiet. There is a nice small refrigerator and room safe included in the basic charge. We did find that most of Maui is "ala Carte". There is a $10 per day charge to park your rental car and an additional $5 daily fee for valet service. We loved the valet service. The attendants were great and had intimate knowledge of the local surroundings. We would have missed two wonderful mountain drives without their recommendations. Food and drink are pricy all over the island but we found the Restaurant and bar charges similar to those at places outside the resort. There is a gem of a place on site that is promoted as an ice cream parlor but is more a "Starbucks" that sells ice cream on the side. There you can purchase coffee, tea, breakfast rolls, and deli sandwiches at very reasonable prices. My wife and I like to eat at least one lighter meal a day and found this shops food excellent and reasonably priced. The beach in front of the hotel goes for miles in both directions and is truly beautiful. There was a daily charge for a "sand chair" (again the "ala carte" issue) so if we return I plan to stop at the Kmart near the airport and buy two folding chairs that I won't feel bad about leaving at the end of our stay. The hotel does provide a very adequate number of free lounge chairs but they are restricted to the lawn area off the beach itself. There are three activity centers on site and you can book any kind of day trip you are looking for at any one of them. We booked whale watching, a helicopter tour, and diving and snorkeling from the hotel and had no problems with any of the reservations or experiences. The trips were all great and lived up to the agent's descriptions. Another neat feature is the paved "beach walk" that runs from the hotel in both directions. There is a very nice retail area called "Whalers Village" that is an easy 15-minute walk from the hotel where you can find nice shops and some great restaurants. After dinner we jumped on the free trolley and rode it back to the hotel. We had a good experience at the Royal Lahaina and were able to give honest thanks to our friends for recommending it to us.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Stayed in the main building. Nice room although slightly outdated. Parking is a real problem Eventhogh you paid for parking you can find yourself driving around for a long while to locate a vacant spot. Evenings are the most difficult.
The staff is the most sour faced unsmiling bunch I ever encountered at hotels. Had problem with bedside lamp that took more than 24 hours to fix.
Breakfast was nice and varied.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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YvetteK2780, Manager at Royal Lahaina Resort, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Our Lahaina Kai Tower is a beautiful 12 story tower that was renovated in 2005. Furnishing are a beautiful dark wood and a very modern feel. We are located right on the Kaanapali beach. Whale season has arrived and our friends are seen daily. We do pride ourself on our associates and their ablility to make our guest feel like part of their ohana. The Aloha spirit is still alive at our resort :0)
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Property: Royal Lahaina Resort
Address: 2780 Kekaa Drive, Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1992
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 Business Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#15 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Lahaina Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
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