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Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

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Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Flight: LAX to OGG

Hotel: 6 Nights @ Royal Lahaina Resort

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicholson09/

05/25/2011: Bumpy Flight, Outdated Cottages @ RLR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.

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1. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Aloha,

Mahalo for the report

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05/26/2011: (Gazebo Restaurant, Snorkel Bobs, Honolua Bay, Nakelele Blow Hole, Old Lahaina Town

We woke up at about 5 AM to get ready for breakfast @ the Gazebo Restaurant. I took the advice from a friend and arrived at the restaurant 30-45 minutes prior to opening. We got to the restaurant at about 6:15 AM and there was already 3 couples ahead of us. I had my girlfriend stand in line while i walked along to the beach to take some pictures. I made a phonecall to my brother to tell him what I thought of the island so far and what we had planned for the day. So as they were opening, we got seated towards the further end along the bushes, which was an excellent view of the ocean and it's surroundings. We ordered 1 plate to share because of our small appetites. We ordered hot chocolate, orange juice, macadamian nut pancakes and 2 eggs over easy with toast and potatoe. Once we consumed most of the food, we went down to the beach to take some pictures. When we finished, we went back to the hotel to change because I had snorkeling planned for the day. We got into our swimming trunks & bikini's and drove over to Snorkel Bobs in Lahaina to pick up some snorkel gear. We spent about $80 for the pair of fins, masks and snorkel for the week. This was also their "best" gear to be had, which was made of silicone.

So after we were all packed and ready to go, we looked up honolua bay on the ipad maps and proceeded to drive. When we arrived at the bay, it took about 30 minutes to get parking because it was packed. We picked up our things out of the car and walked down the jungle to the bay. We got a little educational story behind the bay and rules to follow by one of the locals whom i'm guessing lives on the property. I'm not gonna tell much about the bay but i'll have you guys read a thread i posted while i was in Mau'i of my near drowning incident.

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to be continued.

Edited: 20 June 2011, 08:25
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3. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

We stayed at the Royal Lahaina twice (once in 97 and last June) and have heard horrible stories about the cottages. Glad you were able to get out!

That's a bummer about the snorkeling experience. I am a super strong swimmer, (I've taken several lifeguarding classes and such) but still freak out sometimes when I get water in my snorkel! LOL! You just have to remember to just take it out of your mouth when theres water in it! Glad everything turned out ok! Looking forward to the rest of it!

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4. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Thanks for reporting on your first impressions of the island!

Readers: If you want to avoid our poster's experience with rundown lodgings, look at the aerial photos and read the reviews here: www.wizardpub.com They state that the cottages at this resort were scheduled for demolition until the economic downturn. They are to be replaced with villas...someday.

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5. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Thanks for the report, we just stayed 6 nights in Maui at Honua Kai, it's fun to read about other traveler's experiences on the island. Missing Maui! :)

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6. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Thanks for your great report. And good call on getting out of the RL cottages right away. It's really a disgrace that they still put people in those units and we warn about them all the time here in the forum. Glad you were able to score a nice room with a view in the tower.

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7. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Sorry about the bad experience at Royal Lahaina-I'd read about the cottages, and when we went in '09 we spent our last two nights (We stayed on other parts of the island the ist 12 days) in a tower room and loved it. too bad nothing has yet been done about the cottages....

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8. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Thanks everyone ! i'll continue the report as soon as i get home from work. I always heard that the cottages were old but i didn't expect it to be in bad of a shape that it was in. I ran a few searches on here about RL and i didn't see much information to justify changing the room prior to arrival. We HAD to change the room considering this was our first visit to Maui and to kick off that paradise feel. It's funny that everytime we saw someone get escorted in the golf cart, we knew exactly where they were headed. I told my girl sarcastically, " Ooooooh !! There in for a treat once they get to their room ! ". LOL

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9. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

We stayed in one of the cottages way back in 91. The one we had was in good shape, but had a window A/C unit that just couldn't keep up with the afternoon heat. We've watched them deteriorate over the years when we go by them while going to the Eldorado cabana. Shingles are almost all blown off, one of them had a tarp over the roof (I suppose) to keep the rain out. It's a shame they weren't kept up over the years.

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10. Re: Trip Report - 05/25-05/31

Thanks for the report. Love the detail!