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Mahana Unit 308

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Mahana Unit 308

Has anyone stayed in Mahana 308 lately? All the reviews are old.

Thank you

ON, Canada
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1. Re: Mahana Unit 308

I haven't stayed in this unit, but there's one recent review on VRBO (the only review there), and one from March 2011 in the Tripadvisor reviews. It looks nice but two things that would make me think twice about this unit is the bed (based on the photo) and not having a dining table on the lanai. We've stayed at the Mahana twice and have a third stay coming up ... one of the things we love about it are the views and eating most of our meals on the lanai. It would be a bit awkward with the table shown in the photo. According to a review in '09 on TA, it sounds like the updates were done then.

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Along with Susan,my wife & I are devoted fans of Mahana; even to the point of altering travel dates to secure our favored unit.

Last year, in an effort to assist in-laws visiting Maui at the same time we were there, we investigated 308, but went elsewhere for the following readsons:

1) The views from many Mahana one bedrooms, with wall-to-wall/floor-to-ceiling living area windows, can be spectacular...however, you do need to watch for views that are largely obstructed by palm trees; 308 in is the 75+% category (However, view from the lanai appears much better).

2) I absolutely accept that every owner has the right to establish rental terms; likewise, renters are entitled to determine what they deem acceptable. A "$400 non-refundable deposit" is at odds with the customary practice of full, or with 10% handling fee, refunds when cancellations are made X (usually two) months in advance of scheduled arrival date.

3) Having become acquainted with the (wonderful) owners of our "second home", we pay by check, but our first-time rentals are always via credit card (unless having the benefit of a reliable referral). The Dispute of Charge feature of cards is the cheapest "satisfactory performance insurance" you'll find...the owner of 308 requires payment by check.

4) The cleaning fee is listed as $150. We've found $75-100 to be typical.

Here is the VRBO listing for our favorite Mahana condo (note the 2% fee for credit card; more than offset by absence of a cleaning fee): http://www.vrbo.com/174845 (our review is dated 2/10/11 - 4/14/11...which reminds me I'm overdue for 2012!). Two pages of additional photos: www.vrbo.com/global/siteFrame.aspx…

Here is the VRBO listing for the Mahana condo our in-laws rented. I don't believe they accept credit cards, but the owners were highly recommended by friends. http://www.vrbo.com/155073

Don't know know your travel dates, but might not want to wait too long; many Mahana units book months (many) in advance.

Edited: 19 April 2012, 16:42
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Beaches ... good that you picked up on the $400 non refundable deposit ... I hadn't looked at the owners website, so I missed this. Agree that this is not the customary practice.

Owners should all be offering the option of payment by credit card now that VRBO provides this service: …homeaway.com/articles/…

I've had owners pass the credit card fee along to me (which I'm OK with) and other owners who have absorbed it.

Re the unit that your in-laws rented; our daughter and son in law rented a unit (#818) from them as well ... and the owner was great to work with.

We're going to try a unit on the 3rd floor next time (#307) ... have stayed on the 6th and 12th previously. #307 doesn't appear to have as many palm trees obstructing the view as #308 does.

Edited: 19 April 2012, 17:49
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That's cool about VRBO centralizing credit card transactions Susan; thanks.

307 looks very nice; we stayed for years in a 12 floor unit until it sold and the new owners defined "reasonable rent" way beyond our means. The views higher-up are spectacular, but we feel more "in-touch' with the ocean on lower floors and enjoy being able to whale watch from as far away as the kitchen.

287 loooong days to go for us ( http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html ); hopefully much sooner for you!

P.S. Don't know if you ever engage in dreaming, but looks as though someone picked up a (relatively speaking) bargain:

( www.mauirealestate.net/GetSearch.php… )

Guess a sign of the times, but hard to believe a Mahana condo would ever reach the point of Short Sale

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We were on the 12th floor last time and I'm looking forward to being closer to the ocean, and using the stairs instead of the elevator on our visit next year. I'm too far out for a countdown clock - next March/April - but I've booked a long trip (24 days between the BI and Maui) to make the wait worthwhile :)

Yes ... someone is getting a nice deal on that unit...lucky them! ... but a bit of refurbishing and decorating work to bring it into the 21st century.

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