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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Clemson, South Carolina
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“A Superb Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

The Whaler is a very well-kept property located right in the center of Ka'anapali Beach right next to the charming Whaler Village. While it is in a great location, it also feels quite private. The units seem well-designed and quite spacious. Our unit was a corner 1 bedroom, 2 bath with wonderful views in several directions. I believe all units are privately owned and can be rented from various rental companies as well as from Aston, who operates the front desk. The two towers seem to date from the 70's, but are in good shape.

The adjacent Whaler Village has excellent dining and shopping choices. The beach in front of the Whaler is very nice and the private pool area, while not large, is very pleasant.

My one complaint is the shortage of parking. Every evening by 8:00 PM or so all parking places in the garage are occupied and the only remaining parking option is the employee parking lot at the far edge of the property. This seems to be an original design flaw, since the management has already taken over some of the tennis court space for additional parking.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Aloha,
Our great experience is at the heart of our operation. Your comments are very helpful. I have to agree with the parking situation. In fact, the property is actively working on solutions to this challenge. Stay tuned as more parking is likely in the long term. Meanwhile, we hope this does not deter you from visiting us again soon.
Mahalo
Hal

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We went back to Maui for our 9th visit! The third time at the Whaler. We love this resort. It feels like home. From our 1bd ocean view balacony over looking Ka'anapali Beach, we would have breakfast every day. We hang out at the pool or walk to one of the many dining options at Whalers Village. We love watching the Whales from our Lanai. The resort has large units with full kitchens! We love this place and will keep returning!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Aloha,
Some of our favorite things are noted in your review. Yes it feels like home. The beach, breakfast on lanai, pool and walking time and of course whales which makes the Whaler one of the premier condo hotels in Hawaii.
Mahalo
Hal

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed here for a friend's wedding and had a wonderful time. When the front desk found out it was our first time in Hawaii they upgraded us to a gorgeous ocean view room. The staff was very helpful and friendly throughout. The location is great, we went snorkeling at Black Rock almost every morning and there were lots of great restaurants around. Just a short drive into Lahaina and if we go again we might try to rent bikes for the week so we could bike into Lahaina. Loved the walking path out front of the hotels to walk up and down the beach, check out the other hotels and restaurants. Definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

We booked through Aston and could only reserve a 1 bedroom, 2 bath for our family. Upon arriving we asked if any 2 bedrooms had become available. Several had. We were able to walk through each and compare. All were nicely appointed, just a matter of location. We upgraded to a courtside oceanview on the 7th floor of Tower 2. What a pleasure to stay in. Views of Ka'anapali Beach and the mountainside. Huge bedrooms, fully supplied & updated kitchen, daily housekeeping, spacious wraparound lanai to watch sunrises & sunsets. The grounds are well kept. A landscaper was maintaining the large koi pond almost every morning we were there. Pool is small compared to nearby hotels but the beach is only steps away. We shopped for groceries at Safeway just down the road and ate at restaurants in the Whaler's Village next to the Aston. The Village gets loud & lively with music echoing through the evening. Tower 2 is far enough away we weren't bothered by it. During the day our condo area was quiet and low-key. We had the good fortune of a week of lovely weather after a cloudy & rainy during stay in Oahu. Highly recommend the Whaler for beach, location and quality.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Hal N, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Aloha nui,
When you reserve a room with Aston, one of the best features is flexibility. Everyone seems to have a favorite location within the two towers. We appreciate your great review as you summed up the property well: great beach, perfect location and quality units.
Come back soon for another memorable visit.
Mahalo
Hal

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

We attended a family wedding in Maui after visiting 6 other places if which other familiy members stayed at by far the Whaler was the nicest. My sister paid 50% more than we did for a unit that was a total dump. The whaler is very modern and classy

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013 via mobile

Wow, what an awesome condo! We have two couples staying in unit #1152; absolutely gorgeous!! This is a two bedroom, two bathroom condo with a fully equipped open kitchen, dining-room and living-room. It is an oceanfront condo which wraps around with a mountain view also, and looks toward Black Rock. It has sliding doors to the wrap around lanai from all rooms; the dining-room, two from the living-room, and one from each bedroom. The lanai has two small tables, with 8 chairs, 2 stools, and two lounge chairs. There are also beach chairs and boogie boards on the deck for use by the occupants. The unit has a washer and dryer in the master bathroom, which has come in handy. We have enjoyed watching whales right from the lanai throughout every day. We also had a school of dolphins playing right in front where we were able to get pictures. Words just do not describe the true beauty of this place. This is our fourth trip to Maui, staying at the Westin, the Sheraton and Royal Laihaina the past three times, but any future trip we will definitely request this unit. To us it is much more beautiful than any we have stayed in, and all were ocean view or oceanfront. The Whaler has two buildings, I believe all units are individually owned and rented out; I found ours via VRBO. There is a pool and hot tub, as well as a concierge on site, an exercise room, and you are directly on Kaanapali Beach. We girls had massages at their spa, which is an Aveda spa. It is a small intimate spa on the bottom floor of building 2. The therapists we had were absolutely wonderful. It was recommended that we use the Hyatt's Spa, but decided to try the one here, and we're glad we did. We all highly recommend staying at the Whaler (based on the condo we have), and also using their spa facilities.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Recently stayed in a studio unit at The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach. While paying for an *ocean view* unit, in reality the view was of a tiny -- and I mean TINY -- slip of ocean. Located on the north side of the north building, the unit's lanai opened to a small expanse of grass, while down toward the beach were located stainless steel barbecue grills. To see the ocean, I had to literally walk outside off the lanai and onto the grass and then turn to face the ocean. Definitely felt that what I paid was not as advertised. The unit itself was nicely furnished, with a comfortable bed and spacious bathroom. The kitchen was well-appointed. An odd little room off the kitchen contained opened cans of paint, beach chairs and various odds and ends. I should have returned to the front desk and complained, but our stay was brief so we just made the best of it.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1910
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. Please be advised of these changes to the daily resort fee at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2017. - Any new reservations booked for travel April 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017, will be subject to a resort fee of $17.00 plus tax per day. - Any new reservations booked for travel June 1, 2017 and beyond, will be subject to a resort fee of $20.00 plus tax per day. - Any reservations booked prior to April 1, 2017 will be honored at the existing resort fee of $16.00 plus tax per day. ... more   less 
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