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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

My husband and I stayed in Unit#1151 that we rented from the owners through VRBO (#95778). Mike and Elaine are very easy to deal with and will answer any questions you have. The condo is located on the 11th floor with a wrap around lanai that has a view that my husband and I consider the most beautiful we've ever seen. This was our second time staying in this condo and whenever we visit Maui again, we will never stay anywhere else. On this visit we split up our trip and stayed 3 nights on South Maui at the Marriott in Wailea and 4 nights at The Whaler. While enjoying our stay in Wailea, we liked the Kaanapali area much better. We also decided that staying in this particular condo makes the vacation for us. The Whaler is in a great location close to restaurants and we love the beachwalk. You can walk to one of several luaus, not having to worry about drinking and driving. The Hula Grill and Leilani's (great Hula Pie!) are great places to eat. Sit outside to eat, it's much cheaper than their inside restaurants. No need to pay a lot for a restaurant with a sunset view, we just sit on our lanai and watch it! Maui (and this condo) is our most favorite place in the world. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2009

When my husband and I were planning our honeymoon, we just knew that we wanted to go back to the Whaler (this would be his fourth time, my second). It has a wonderful location, situated in the middle of Kaanapali beach making easy access to everything by foot. Check in was simple, and considering we didn't want to pay the extra for our balcony to face the beach we still had a killer view of the sand and surf. The room came equipped with a refrigerator, stove, coffee pot, dishes, utensils, etc. The only thing it was lacking was a washer and dryer (but we were so close to the laundry facilities it didn't matter). The unit is within spitting distance of the elevator, but you never hear it or the foot traffic in the halls. In fact, the only way we knew that there were people around us was that one night we could faintly smell some popcorn in someone elses microwave.
So why not room 414? Quite frankly, the bed was terrible. It was a king size bed, and the mattress was hard as a rock. I've slept on my share of hard mattresses (I spent six years on a futon) but this took the cake. My husband is not a late sleeper, but he would toss and turn so much at night he wouldn't get a good nights' sleep and would wake up around 9 or 10. We both complained of back, neck and shoulder soreness. We never felt fully rested in the morning, so it was hard to want and go see and do the things we had planned.
Other than the bed, we had good service from the staff. The room was always clean -- although like always we had to ask for washcloths towards the end. We were pleased to find that there was high speed internet so we could send photos of our adventures to friends and family back home. Overall a VERY enjoyable experience, and of course we will be back again.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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AstonGM, General Manager, Aston Hotels & Resorts at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2010

Mahalo for choosing The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach and sending your contribution. We appreciate your rating and overall report of a very enjoyable vacation experience. Please be assured that we are addressing your concern with the quality of the bedding, and in fact are working to have that upgraded very quickly. We look forward to wecoming you back in the future.

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Reviewed 11 December 2009

My husband and I go to Maui every year for the last 13 years and ALWAYS stay on Kaanapali Beach Walk. We've stayed at Marriott (before they were sucker timeshares), Kaanapali Beach Hotel and The Whaler. The last 5 years we've stayed at The Whaler exclusively because of the great location and the fact that they are condo's so when you are staying a couple of weeks having a kitchen and bbq helps with cost. The Whaler costs a bit more than other places past Black Rock but so worth it. We stayed in unit 965 for 11 nights, the room was clean and pretty. Some reviewers complain about overlooking Whalers Village but we specifically choose to stay in Tower Two which overlooks Whaler's Village because you don't have another tower of condo's looking down onto you and we enjoy sitting on the lanai and listening to the night sounds and the entertainment from The Hula Grill. We will never stay anywhere else on Maui.

And for the silly people who write reviews like "they only clean once a week".....you are renting a "CONDO" from an actual person who owns the unit. If you want nightly maid service, stay in a hotel or negotiate it directly with the owner or management company. You can get housekeeping as often as you would like. Rookies.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2009

I am writing this as I am sitting on the lanai of the condo. Renting a condo over the internet is often a “Thrill of victory or agony of defeat” proposition. Whaler unit 863 is definitely a thrill of victory. We went to Maui to look for a studio unit in Whalers to purchase. We looked at 9 other studio units and none were anywhere near comparable to 863. The interior has at least $75,000 in upgrades including obvious professional designer input. The unit was spotlessly clean and very well equipped from the kitchen to the other amenities including folding beach chairs and beach coolers for guest use. The lanai even has raised chairs and a table so you are enjoying the view OVER the railing and not looking through the bars like you are in prison. Very few other units in the Whaler have this, and just goes to show the thought that the owners have put into the unit.

Lest I be thought an owners “Stoolie” I do have one or two points, admittedly minor. Being on the south side of Whalers II the air conditioning units for the shopping village are nearby providing a mildly irritating hum when sitting on the lanai. With the doors closed however, this noise is never heard. My wife also thought a small portable fan and a magnifying make up mirror would be nice. Maybe also a backgammon set, deck of cards or a few DVD's for those rainy days.

We own 4 vacation rental properties including on Kauai and know a well run operation when we see it. If you are looking for an affordable Whaler studio that is meticulously cared for, stop looking. Go to the owner’s calendar and, if they’re open, book it.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 November 2009

We stayed in unit 315 from 11/10-11/17, and I don't think we could have picked a better place for the money. We rented by the owner, through vbro.com, and got a better rate for an ocean view room than staying anywhere around there. Unit 315 is facing south, in Tower 1, with beautiful views of the newly constructed courtyard, and a great view of the ocean. This side had no construction noise at all-just the sound of the waves all the time. This is a studio, but it was like having a hotel room with a full kitchen. The room, I could tell, was highly upgraded compared to some of the others I had peaked at (nice cabinets, stainless steel, granite, tile in shower was really nice). The pics on their website are very accurate. The Whaler is a condo, so it is also a very quiet place-didn't hear alot of partying going on. If you enjoy cooking and like to BBQ, this is a great place too. We also ate out a few times at the Hula Grill, next door, which was very good - but can be expensive especially with drinks. Shopping at the Whaler's Village is a lot of fun, also next door. If you're planning on buying your food, there is a Safeway near the Cannery Mall, not too far away. There is also a Costco and Walmart, near the airport, in case you want to get things before you get to the hotel. The Walmart, though, doesn't carry meat items though. The Whaler reserved 2 excursions for us - snorkeling and a tour to the road to Hana. Both were a lot of fun. I recommend a tour to Hana, rather than driving it yourself, because the driver would have to constantly keep his/her eye on the road, rather than enjoying the scenery. There's lots of sharp turns and one lane roads, as well as unpaved road that cause a lot of flat tires. On our last day, we had to check out by 11:00 a.m., but the staff at the Whaler offerred to hold our bags until later that evening, as our flight left at 10:30 at night. That day, we spent it in downtown Lahaina, lots of souvenier and T-shirt shops, but fun. We also went to a late afternoon movie there. Surprisingly, the prices of the movies were cheaper than home. Overall, I would highly recommend the Whaler, especially to couples, and families with kids, who plan to relax and have a quiet vacation. This is not a place for singles or those who plan to be partying every night. Also, no smoking on the premises at all.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2009

We stayed at the Whaler in late Aug / early September. The rented the condo through VRBO.com. The condo was recently remodeled and absolutely beautiful. The owner has done a great job. The location of the property is perfect. The grounds are very nice. They have occasional gathesings with free snacks and drinks by the pool. Our condo was overlooking the Whalers Village. Every buisiness in the Whalers Village has air conditioners that run pretty much non stop. About 7:00 am you also have delivery trucks beeping as they back up and noisy trash trucks about twice a week. Sometimes the guys working down in the Whales Village are dropping wooden pallets on the asphalt. You can pretty much forget a quite afternoon on the Lanai listening to the waves. So my advice... Whalers is a great plce to stay but DO NOT get a condo overlooking the Whalers Village.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

We stayed at the Whaler for 7 nights in a studio condo that we rented from VRBO in October. After a quick glitz during check in {due to bad communication with the condo owner} we had a wonderful week at the Whaler. It was great being next to Whalers Village and 3 great resturants. The Whaler was clean and the reno of the grounds and pool are beautiful! We loved being able to have a quick breakfast on our lania and then spend the rest of the day on the beach. It was great being able to walk to Black Rock, too. Condo #465 was clean and nicely furnished. We will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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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 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: £232 - £415 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3*
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. - On June 1, 2017, Daily Amenity Fee increases to $20. This applies to ALL reservations staying through these dates, regardless of when they booked the reservation. ... more   less 
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