Flight: LAX to OGG
Hotel: 6 Nights @ Royal Lahaina Resort
05/25/2011: Bumpy Flight, Outdated Cottages @ RLR
Woke up at about 5 AM to get ready and to pack up for our 6 night stay in Maui. Got a call from my brother saying he was going to be here at 6 AM to drop us off at the airport for our 8:45 AM flight. We arrived at LAX at about 7 AM, with plenty of time to spare for check in and the long security check line. Fast forward to the actual flight, which was smooth up until we approached Molokai. We experienced STRONG winds as we were decending to a lower elevation. The plane was dipping and gaining elevation fast which caused my stomach to feel a little uneasy. Everyone on board the plane lifted their shade and peeked outside to see what was going on. So as the plane was flying over its first island (little did i know it was Molokai at the time), I thought to myself, "wooooooow !!! Mau'i is soooo lush GREEN !!". Then i noticed we passed it and hovered over another island which was Lana'i, then i thought "Wait ? Dont tell me this is Mau'i !?? Why is it so desert looking !?!? ". LOL. Then we passed up that island and a sigh of relief came to mind. As we passed Lanai, we hovered over another desert looking island which i knew had to be Maui.
Once we arrived at the airport after a rough landing, it took about 20 minutes to get our bags. When we got our bags, we went straight for the Alamo desk to sign some documents for the reservation we had for a mid size vehicle. The lady at the desk instructed us to take the free alamo shuttle to the car rental place. As we arrived at alamo car rental, I was pretty happy that I signed the documents at the airport because the line was VERY long. The thing i like about Alamo is that you get a choice of what you want to drive based on the car class you choose. The cars are not pre chosen for you. When we got to the lot that had the cars, there were a few people ahead of us that took a few of the cars that we didn't like. So when it was our turn, we saw a ford fusion and immediately jumped on it. Once we packed our things in the car we immediately headed to our hotel. We were aware of the 20-25 mile drive from the airport to Royal Lahaina Resort, thanks to the help of the iPad sitting on my lap, we didn't get lost.
So as we arrived at Royal Lahaina Resort, we proceeded to check in but the front desk said our room wasn't ready until another 2 hours (3PM). They let us leave our luggage at the main lobby so that we can get some food to eat because we didn't consume much during the 6 hour flight other than pretzels and soft drinks. So as we were walking, searching for a place to eat, we decided to explore the property on the way to China Bowl. As we walked through the cottages, there were a few rooms that were open and i told myself, "i hope they dont put us in there" . So fast forward, we arrived at China Bowl and ordered a mongolian beef plate and a kung pao chicken plate. Both meals came with flower soup which was the best of the course. The main plates were a little too drenched in soy sauce (salty). All in all it was OK but its definately a place that i wouldn't go back to. So as we finished we went back to the resort to see if the room was ready. Mind you it's still not 3PM. So we took our long walk back to the resort and the lady tells us the room is ready. We got the keys and signed the documents and had one of the nice front lobby guys drive us to our room in his golf cart. When we arrived to the room I was already preparing myself for the worse from what i saw earlier. I put the key in the keyhole, turned it, unlocked it and opened the door and my heart just sank. After the guy brought our luggage in and left, I couldn't believe i spent so much money on this room just to be disappointed. I was expecting to be in a tower with a clean room not a run down dirty Motel 6 type of room. I'm not picky at all but i thought it was ridiculous that the rooms had torn up wall papers, refridgerator in the bathroom, carpets dirty and torn and the bed was just dirty looking. I asked my girlfriend if she wanted to stay here, she said no and i agreed so i immediately dialed the front desk to get a room change. I asked her if all the rooms are outdated like this, she said all the cottages on the floor are like that. I said "WOW, so what do you have thats in the tower ?". She said she has a few rooms for $50 extra per night. I had no choice so I took her up on her offer. I checked out 2 rooms, the first room was on the 12th floor facing Whalers village direction and the other was on the 7th floor facing the other direction (towards Dukes). I thought the 12th floor had the better view as you can see the hills on the left and an ocean view on the right. I went back down stairs and redid a few documents and took her offer on the 12th floor. These rooms are soooooooooo much better than the cottage. If i ever come to RLR again, i'm definately making sure i select the tower from the start. So we went back to the cottage and picked up our luggage and brought it up the tower to unpack.
After unpacking we changed our clothes and headed straight for the beach. We dipped in the water for a good hour then sat on the sand to admire the pretty views. Next, we got cleaned up and called it a night because we were exhausted.