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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Right in the action on Kanapali Beach”
Reviewed 14 February 2011

We stayed in a studio with ocean view for the second time at the Whaler and found it even better this time after it was remodeled. The location was wonderful for us because we could walk anywhere we wanted or take the shuttle. We like being next to the Whaler Village shopping center for restaurants, happy hours and even picking up a few things at the ABC store. Some days we never drove our car at all, just a couple trips to Lahaina and Wailea. The condo was furnished attractively and the kitchen had everything we needed to eat most of our breakfasts, lunches and snacks. The balcony had a fantastic view. The staff was very nice to us also. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

I had a fourth floor studio condo with an ocean view which overlooked the central courtyard and Koi pond. The complex is right on the beach; a quiet and relaxing location. The room was comfortable having a small balcony with a chaise lounge, table and chairs. The pool was small but with a beach right there who needs it. Room was cleaned daily with fresh towels. Pleasant and efficient staff. Nice touch on arrival was a ready to eat fresh cored pineapple in the frig. Two minute walk to Whaler's Village shopping, with restaurants and an ABC Market (no supermarket). Five minute walk in the opposite direction to Black Rock Beach with sheltered swimming and snorkeling. Five to 10 minute drive to Lahaina. Extra charge for internet, but there is a computer and printer available free for Boarding Passes. Extra charge for parking.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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B.C. Canada
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

We spent one night at The Whaler because our hotel (the Maui Kaanapali Villas) had lost power and didn't expect to get it back until the next day.

We were in Room 160. It was clean but it is very dated.
The unit really, really needs a renovation. (only the tv was nice.)
The King Sized bed was hard as a rock.
There were items like dressers and such just stacked in the hallway inside the unit. Yuck!
The diswasher was out of order.
The ice machine in the fridge didn't work and wo when we called the front desk for ice they --very begrudgingly--brought us ice.
The coffee pot was missing.
Generally...Yucky.
The location is very nice as it has great surf and you're right on the ocean. Maybe other units are better.
Maybe because we were put up they used this awful unit...but here we are and I would not recommend this hotel on what we saw..????
the people watching is great at the Whaler.
There are restaurants (including fast food) within walking distance and also lots of the fancy hoity toity stores if you like that sorta stuff.
I hope that if you're going to this place that you don't get put in this unit.
(oh...and with these units...we learned this from where we stayed....only the cooking basics are supplied...no spices etc. and plastic wrap/foil etc you have to buy...Just so you know as you might want to throw some in your suitcase.) Aloha

Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 21 January 2011

The southwest facing oceanfront condos at the Whaler are incredible. They have huge L-shaped balconies that give a wide angle upfront view of the ocean and even a view east to West Maui mountain. I did not see any other Kaanapali accomodations with such an excellent view. All rooms on the south side of tower 1 and 2 get all day sun. Rooms on the north side get no sun at all. Oceanfront rooms are more expensive but totally worth it. Great whale watching from the balcony. Palm trees in front of the oceanfront units give much needed afternoon shade only if you are on the first 6 floors. Higher floors have wide open views but no shade at all. The desirable southwest facing oceanfront rooms end in numbers 01,03, 51 or 53. Northwest facing oceanfront rooms get only afternoon sun. The pool is new and nice but simple. It is kept at a very comfortable 85 degrees unlike the cold but beautiful pools at the Westin,Hyatt and Sheraton. Excellent nextdoor access to Restaurants and stores at Whaler village. Close to good snorkeling at Black Rock (Sheraton). The beach in front of the Whaler is nice and wide and all sand.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Mountain View, California
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

This year was wonderful. The condo was modern and had been upgraded and much nicer than our past units. We got a hell of a deal and as usual going down to the beach or walking over to the golf course is wonderful in the morning. The BBQ area is so much fun in the evening. Fun to walk next door to Hula Grill to make some new friends. What a party. Thanks for the upgrade this year. The pool is great. Good concierge.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

We had a FABULOUS time in #751. The location cannot be beat and the views are simply the best on the island. I highly recommend this unit if you are a couple or a small family. Great snorkeling, restaurants, a mall, golfing and of course a wonderful beach are all outside your doorstep. Stocked with everything you could possibly need, all you have to do is bring yourself. Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Tennessee
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Stayed 7 nights on mix of business and leisure. This is not a hotel, but a condo complex, two buildings on beach. Stayed in studio unit 863 rented through vrbo. The location is terrific, on the beach in area of various nice resorts, walking path, not too commercial, walking distance to snorkel black rock, gorgeous ocean, lanai and sunset views to the west, mountains to the east. The Whaler is a bit older, but going through various updating efforts with a location that cannot be beat. A $12 per night parking charge by the whaler property management was pretty irritating. Whaler village next door is convenient - we loved the Hula Grill for food, ambience and mellow live music; and not too noisy for units on the south side of south building as I initially feared. The unit 863 we rented had been totally renovated and was fantastic for a couple, more than enough space, high end amenities and decor, comfortable bed. Unit
owner was great to work with. We hated to leave and plan to go back.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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 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. - 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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