We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights at the end of June,3 nights in a garden cottage and 2 nights in an Ocean View cottage. The cottages we the same internally, just the view and location different.
The hotel is 50 years old and it feels it, but the cottages are large and clean and the location on Ka'napali Beach is outstanding. We didn't see the interior of the hotel rooms to compare, but it was really convenient to step out of the cottage and be only a short walk to the beach. Some of the cottages have already been renovated and they are still working on others. We did request one of those, but wasn't lucky enough to get one. Again, we didn't see inside one to compare.
The beach is sensational, lovely to walk along and swim in. This side of Ka'napali Beach is much quieter than the beach on the other side of the point, outside the Sheraton and beyond.
The restaurant / bar is good, although there is only the one servicing the entire hotel. Happy Hour all afternoon with reasonably priced beer at $4 and Mai Tai's for $5. The food is good, all very large serves and quite tasty, but the service here was a bit hit and miss.
The gift shop on site is very reasonably priced and stocks a limited variety of snacks, soft drinks and alcohol, plus all of the usual souvenirs.
There is a free shuttle several times each hour from morning to night that will take you to the Whalers Village shopping area. This area is generally quite busy, but there is a good variety of shops and beach-front restaurants to visit there plus a larger ABC store to stock up on the necessities.
There is also a shuttle that will take you to the Outlets of Maui ($2 each way). It departs once per hour during the day until 10pm. Even if you are not interested in going to shop at the outlets (which were great value), you should take this shuttle as it drops you off right next to Old Lahaina Town. This is a lovely old town which is well worth exploring with lots of cute little shops, galleries and restaurants along Front St to visit.
Lastly, book an afternoon flight out of Maui if possible. Ka'anapali is 45 min from the airport.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the Royal Lahaina.
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