I stayed here for two nights before the cottage I was renting was ready. Check in was great, with very friendly smiling staff and good directions on the hotel and parking, restaurants, groceries and shopping close by. They had the most lovely ice water with cucumber, orange and lemon slices in the lobby. Very refreshing!
I had a very clean room with king sized bed. Has small view of harbor off to the right, and the pool area and some landscaping off to the left. The complex is very quiet at night. My room (211) was on the second floor (top) and there was nobody on either side of me. The room was a bit outdated, but very clean, with exceptionally clean linens, the bed was comfortable, the pillows were not. The room is decorated in probably the 70s style with historic Hawaiian prints. It does not have that strange old smoke smell that comes from hotels that used to allow smoking and doesn’t any longer, nor those heavy cleaners or perfumy “Febreeze” type sprays, they use to cover it up. I can actually smell the salt water and hear the ocean waves from the harbor with the window open. Quite pleasant.
It has one large window that slides open to allow the island breezes, and a ceiling fan to circulate them around the room. I didn’t want it open during the day or evening, in case people were walking by, but here in the middle of the night I have it wide open and can clearly hear the waves washing in. Very little car noise from the road that goes right by Kahului Mall and this hotel. It is quiet at night.
There is a smallish flat screen tv in a center with drawers for your clothing, a desk with a long strip of electrical outlets (very convenient for phone chargers, laptops, other electronics). Free, and strong wifi signal, with clear instructions how to log in. There is a hair dryer in one of the drawers that will go unnoticed if you don’t put your clothing in the drawers. I guess no room in the bathroom to hang it. The nightstands are very old, chipped and stained. But the lamps worked well and had an extra plug in to use.
The bathroom is very, very clean, with a large mirror, a shelf and countertop for your items. In the closet area are a tiny mini fridge, with a coffeemaker and supplies. The air conditioner is smallish but blows cool air into the room and worked just fine to acclimate me to the heat, which was uncomfortable to me off the plane, since it is 30 degrees higher than I’m used to from our spring weather in the Pacific Northwest. In the same area are several hangers for your clothing, and a luggage rack. I would suggest an improvement would be putting in a microwave (it would fit nicely on top of the entertainment center where tv is) because you can’t warm anything up and all hot meals usually end up with leftovers. I also found out that some rates include a free breakfast over at the connected restaurant, (Tante’s Island Cuisine, which used to be the Coconut grill), since this was not mentioned to me, I guess the good rate they gave me didn’t give me the option for free breakfast. I wandered into the restaurant around lunch one day but the prices and the strangeness of the person who came and sat on the chair next to me while I looked at the menu put me off enough to just leave and eat snacks in my room instead.
I was wilting, very very tired and felt very disoriented upon arrival. I just wanted to rest. Since I was able to check in right away, I closed up the room, turned on the air as cold as it would get since the room was very hot at first, and rested for an hour or so before hunger drove me out looking for something to eat. I wasn’t up to a restaurant that first day, so opted for fast food, never really an option for me on vacation as I very much like to eat local, but wasn’t up for anything more than a quick burger. Then a fast stop at Safeway to get yogurt and a bagel for morning and I was back in the room and asleep by 5:45 p.m. It always takes me a few days to get past the time difference and I was exhausted from the travel.
Very nice place to stay, and I’d gladly stay there again. I admit to being a bit afraid of the “iffy” street area and leaving my rental car in the parking lot, as it feels a bit like it could be broken into at any time, but my car was fine. The parking is pretty tight and gets premium as the sun goes down. You are paying $5 a night to compete with locals for space around the hotel.
The beach in front of the hotel was very nice, exceptionally clean and had a few shells that were pretty neat. There was a cruise ship at dock while I was there and it left the next evening with a loud horn announcing it backing up. That was fun and entertaining to watch. The light at both sunrise and sunset is unreal with gorgeous sunrises and eerie shaded west mountains that look out of focus but is actually just the light hitting them in ways I have never seen before.
All of the staff here are super friendly and I would definitely stay again if I needed a room before my condo was ready.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover paradise at the Maui Seaside Hotel where extreme play and relaxation combine to create the ideal Hawaiian vacation on the beautiful island of Maui. Windsurf at Hookipa Beach, hike in Iao State Park, golf at Maui Lani, and explore local villages. Our oceanfront Kahului, Maui hotel offers affordable lodging with easy access to adventure and local culture! Rich Experience, Great Price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maui Seaside Kahului
- Hotel Maui Seaside
- Maui Seaside Hotel Kahului