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Maui Banyan Vacation Club
Ranked #22 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Kihei
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

The problem is the walls are so thin you can hear EVERYTHING (yes, everything) from the unit next door, 304-B. And that includes conversational tones, not shouting. Very creepy. This is a so-called efficiency unit and like a condo rental there's no cleaning or linen service, which was OK with me. They generously supplied beach chairs etc. but the unit lacked basic elements such as cups and spoons. There's no actual kitchen.To use the microwave you had to unplug the fridge. And the outlet didn't work properly so although it was plugged in, the fridge defrosted before I noticed the problem. The negatives were tempered by its excellent proximity to the beach. From reading other reviews there's a lot a variation in quality at the Banyan, so renter beware.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

We have stayed up in Kaanapali a few times and wanted to try out Kihei. The Maui Banyan is excellent, close to beaches, restaurants and services. H210 was recently renovated with an excellent kitchen, laundry, king bed. The location is very quiet at night and we could sleep with the patio doors open and enoy the Maui breeze. We never used the air conditioner. Also lots of room to park. We went ro the beaches more than use the pool but the pools was and BBQ were great as well. I would recommend this location over the north part of Kihei.

Room Tip: I think the G and H buidlings would be the best choice but all the buildings would be fine.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

Maui Banyon Condos are in a prime location across the street from Kam2 beach which is excellent for swimming & snorkelling. Also short walking distance to convenience stores and a nice selection of restaurants, including Bistro 808 and Fred's Mexican Cafe. The condo units have a nice layout, small but efficient with a reasonable size balcony. They need some TLC. Cabinet doors are somewhat grimy and need some fresh paint; mildew on tile around tub, and air conditioner unit is rusty and an eye sore on the balcony. These condos have potential if the management cleans them up. In addition, the exterior hallways & doors are badly in need of a fresh coat of paint. On the positive side, the landscaping and vegetation on the property are lovely.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We traded a week from our usual place on the west side of the island because we wanted to learn about Kihei. We had no idea that we were taking a step way down with regards to lodging. For starters, the shower stall wasn't on its' tracks, the bed is so uncomfortable and the air conditioner is actually placed so that it blows air on our heads when we are trying to sleep.
I went to the front desk to ask about laundry facilities as we will be here for a week. After finding out what our unit number was, the clerk told me "for you, you have to go two miles down the road."
She said it very kindly, but come on!
This place is SO TINY that we hardly have room to put away our suitcases.
Another six nights. That's how much longer we are here. It is very uncomfortable.

Room Tip: I have no tip
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Fabulous Place, stayed in building P. Close to our beach, 5 minute walk! FRED's just around the corner for morning coffee, lunch or dinner! Clean, spacious double suite that we shared with another couple. Had a fully equiped kitchen, housekeeping weekly, laundry in a closet with laundry soap to start the 1st load!! One working pool with hottub. FreeWiFi. I would stay here again, if I came back!! Loved Kihei too!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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drenzi, Manager at Maui Banyan Vacation Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2012

Your informative review shows why it’s easy to have a “Blast at the Banyan.” Between our spacious units stocked with amenities and our proximity to the beach, we have everything you need to have a great time on Maui. Thank you for sharing your comments. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We spent two wonderful weeks at the Maui Banyan condos. Our unit, Q-201, had plenty of space and amenities for two people. We each had a bedroom and bath. The kitchen was supplied with dishes and cookware and had a nice dining area. Washer in this unit needed replacing,as well as broken stove burner. Location was perfect for beach activities, walking, shopping, and eating. It was only short distances to get most places for activities, scheduled by our concierge. The grounds were well kept, flowers and trees everywhere. Lack of handicap parking was a major problem,: had to park on 3rd garage floor.) Staff was very pleasant ad helpful. Suggestion: have beach chairs available in each unit.

Room Tip: Side in back, not next to pool was quiet. Nice breezes blow in units.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

First time in Maui Banyans, and took a bit of a gamble on this apartment as it had no reviews since it had recently been purchased and renovated, but we are very glad we did.

The apartment is a 2 bedroom, looking out onto the gardens rather than the car park (incidentally its nice to have a covered car park at MB rather than your car be parked in the roasting sun).
Each bedroom is quite separate either side of the large lounge and indeed one bedroom can be "locked off" to provide a separate studio apartment, so it was very handy from a POV of privacy and noise. I believe the lounge sofa also becomes a bed which would be suitable if you had children as well though we never tried that out.

The apartment has absolutely everything you'd want (though the boogie boards and beach chairs (Tommy Bahama no less) were somewhat hidden under the beds which luckily we found just before a shopping trip to Costco to buy some ! That includes 3 TV sets, a large computer, free wifi (and wired broadband), free phone calls (USA and Canada) , a fully equipped kitchen, all linen and towels (including beach towels), and a welcome pack of coffee and nuts and similar when you arrive.

The owner Jamie Lawrence lives on the island so that was very handy, we had to call him a couple of times for trivial stuff ("can you recommend a dentist" for example which he could) and he came over once to look at the Mac computer which was playing up, he was very helpful. One afternoon we went down to Stellas Blues Bar to see him singing, he is very good !

The apartment is just as good as the pictures (look on VRBO) and is also very handy for the top pool at MB, close enough to walk in perhaps 30 seconds but far enough away not to be disturbed by noise. Whilst we were there they were part way through renovating the pools so they should both be pristine now.

One other handy thing about the apartment was the key code on entry, no need to fiddle with physical keys, carry them to the beach or leave in car, and you could set your own code.

Lastly the security/cleaning deposit was returned promptly after we left and I suppose its worth adding that the whole admin/rental procedure was very easy,we paid by credit card (small surcharge) which is easier for me being overseas but Ia lso like the assurance it gives.

Would definitely stay again and I recommend both this apartment and also Banyans itself, which is well situated for a bit of incidental shopping and a few restaurants, Kam II & III beaches are walkable in a few minutes, and it is only about 15 minutes walk or less from the Boat Ramp - handy if you are a scuba diver and don't want to monopolise the car or have someone give you a lift at an unearthly time in the morning.

Can't think of anything else to add but feel free to pm me if you have questions.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank joeintheuk
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drenzi, Manager at Maui Banyan Vacation Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2012

Aloha, and thank you for visiting Maui Banyan. Your generous and comprehensive review is much appreciated. We are glad you found our accommodations to your liking and hope you will consider us again. Mahalo!

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Additional Information about Maui Banyan Vacation Club

Address: 2575 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8697 (Formerly Maui Banyan Condos)
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Kihei
Price Range: £146 - £398 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maui Banyan Vacation Club 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Banyan, across from Kamaole Beach Park, has beautiful one bedroom condos at affordable rates. Tennis courts, two pools, spa, walk to shops and restaurants. All condos fully equipped, clean and nicely remodeled. ... more   less 
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