We jumped at the opportunity to book a trip to Maui on the cheap. Thanks to an offer that dropped into our inbox from Groupon advertising a 5-night stay for $725 + 13.417% tax (paid directly to Royal Lahaina resort).
All in all it was about $155/night to stay right on Kaanapali Beach! Once you take into account all that was included: daily all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet (complete spread) at the Royal Lahaina (a short walk away), parking, the oceanfront room we had, the service personnel from the Royal Lahaina, and the free shuttle/trolley to Whaler's Village - the price of the package deal was very fair. This location's biggest pros are: Value, Service by Royal Lahaina resort personnel, and ease of access to Maui's world-renowned Kaanapali Beach.
Now, I took the time to read ALL the reviews on here.
And to summarize the cons - & how we saw it & a few of our own:
1. Older property from the 60's -- we think it added to the charm of the place though
2. Old air conditioning system that barely cools down 1/4 of the room
(ex. standing/oscillating fan included with the room) -- we didn't mind as much -- having the system refurbished on the cheap would be great, but we think its unlikely they'll make the investment
3. No ice-machine on the property for guests to access (ex. everyday I had to call to have ice delivered to the room) -- this would be a worthwhile investment, maybe install one on the ground floor near one of the staircases?
4. No microwaves in the room -- we shopped at the local Times Supermarket nearby, and wanted to save on lunch & dinner. No microwave meals then. :( -- this affordable investment should be considered.
5. No elevator on the property -- we didn't mind as much, the property only has 3 floors
6. Older tube television set -- LCDs would been nice -- this affordable investment should be considered.
7. Shower only, no tub, sliding door restroom (little privacy) -- yes, yes, and yes -- but we didn't mind, how much privacy does one need with hotel guests, really?
8. Bugs - we did find one small cockroach and hundreds of tiny tiny ants going after our sugary drinks...but we didn't mind...that's to be expected of such an older property surrounded by trees/bushes and "close to dirt".
9. No beach access rinser - it would've been nice to at least have a foot-rinser..to rinse off sand off our feet and sandals. We felt bad trekking sand all over the stair and hallway carpeting each time we accessed the beach in front of the property. -- Would be a worthwhile investment to plumb one of these.
10. Old-Skool Metal Room Key - We didn't mind this too much...once again...adds to the charm of the place being so old -- we thought of it like "Vintage" Hawaii - having a card access would be nice -- but unlikely the Royal Lahaina will make this investment.
After all this...we'll still come back for the value.
Keep the same price $150/night (w/ daily breakfast & parking), add microwaves, an ice-maker, LCDs, and a rinser & you got us sold for several vacations with you all in the years to come.
Jose & Sabrina Orozco
P.S> We loved the "Welcome Home" from the person staffed at the entry each night that we returned to the resort. Very nice touch. Thoughtful... Maybe not entirely genuine. But we loved it just the same, each time they said it.
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