I'm on my third one-week stay at this hotel. I come to Kahului for business and have tried many of the hotels on Maui. I've stayed here in Spring, Summer, and Fall in 2013.
This hotel is clean and modern looking. It is quiet, but not silent. Unless you're on the top floor you'll hear every step of the people above you. One side of the hotel has more road noise than the other. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are spotless and the housekeeping is consistent. The rooms are comfortable with quality bedding, effective climate control systems, and good water pressure and temperature. Normally at airport hotels I avoid the top floor because they have the loudest air traffic, but the Kahului airport doesn’t have air traffic at night so it is less of a concern here.
It’s definitely not a resort. It has a small pool area, and it is miles away from the beach. The grounds are landscaped but won’t leave you thinking you’re at a Hawaii getaway. The hotel is nestled between the airport and Kahului between two busy roads. Though not a resort, paying almost $10 for a single beer and a cookie at the front desk certainly makes you feel like you are buying something at the Four Seasons. You won’t want to eat here unless you don’t have a car or are otherwise stranded though you can walk across the street to Costco and grab a slice of pizza, or a salad, or sandwich or something for a few dollars.
I stay here primarily because it is less expensive than vacation hotels in the area and because they don’t charge a “resort fee” which is hard to invoice for business travel. They do charge $10/night parking which considering everywhere else in the area is free and there are thousands of free parking spots across the street at Costco, the Marriott cash grab in this respect is a little ridiculous. The free wi-fi almost makes up for it but it’s almost like they are saying, “we can’t get you on an immoral resort fee, so we’ll get you on the parking instead muhuhahahahahaha.” The hotel isn’t a business hotel in that it doesn’t have any of the perks most business hotels have like club rooms for frequent stays, complimentary breakfasts, business services, etc.
This property is nicer than many airport hotels, and with the free airport shuttle probably defines the it as an airport hotel, though a nicer one than most.
The first time I stayed here, I was placed in a tiny room on the airport end of the hotel which is next to a business that stores construction junk and runs noisy machinery during the day. I wasn’t impressed and I only came back because the hotel I was normally staying at jacked their rates above the allowed per diem rate right before my trip. On my second trip I paid slightly more for a larger room which was much nicer and had a nice view of the pool and lawn with Costco beyond. But also a nice peek of the mountains. The rate also included breakfast. The third trip I got the same style room but it’s on the other side so it has a view of the parking lot and a busy road with loud traffic. So if you get a chance to request, ask for a top floor room on the “Costco side” for the most amount of quiet and better view.
I haven’t found the perfect “business hotel” in Kahului yet, but until I do I will probably be coming back here. But while I do, I'll also keep looking. The reasons that tipped the scales in Marriott's favor during this trip was that it has a mini fridge and free coffee and wi-fi in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sit back and relax on the shores of paradise right off the runway when you stay at Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport. Located in Kahului, the commercial air hub of Maui Airport, our hotel in Maui is just 4 miles from Wailuku, putting you in the center of everywhere you need to be. With Upcountry Maui, Paia and the many pristine beaches of the island close by, you'll spend less time commuting and more time enjoying a productive business trip or vacation. Soak up the sun in style at our sparkling outdoor pool or relax under one of our cabanas. After a long day, wind down in our spacious guest rooms, complete with modern decor, free Wi-Fi and luxury bedding. When it's time to head back to reality, our Kahului hotel is just over a mile from Kahului Airport (OGG) and offers a complimentary airport shuttle between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Whether traveling on business or leisure, Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport Hotel has everything you need to feel at home. ... more less
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