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Review of Aston at Papakea Resort

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Aston at Papakea Resort
Ranked #25 of 31 Hotels in Lahaina
Gilbert, Arizona
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4 reviews
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“B306 booked with Misty of Maui dreams come true”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

First trip to Maui and looking forward to going again and will likely book with Misty again. She emailed pictures of the actual condo we would be staying in which made our decision easy. The condo was clean and comfortable, nothing fancy but decent. The view and the grounds were amazing. Watched the sunset with a glass of wine every night. Beautiful. The location is walking distance to a few stores and eateries. We used the gas grills every night for dinner, they were always clean and available. We had a rental car to explore much of the island and drove to snorkel and paddle board but honestly would have been fine without one. Groceries, fish market, restaurants, gear rentals, convenient store, bus line etc...all in walking distance.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Angela O
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

We spent almost 2 weeks at Papakea over Christmas in unit E109. The kitchen had been redone and was very nice . We loved Abington coffee on our lanai every morning especially when there were beautiful rainbows. We really enjoyed our stay, the grounds are beautiful and the resort is very quiet which we were very pleased about. It was so nice to come back to a quiet place after seeing how crazy busy the hotels were along kaanapali hotel zone. We were on the main floor which was perfect with kids, we were right across from the golf green and pool. We never had a problem finding a place to sit by the ocean nor by the pool. There is a grocery store very close by as well as an ABC store. There is also a farmer's market which you can walk to 3 times a week. The resort is about a 5 min drive to Whaler's village and kaanapali Beach and about 10 mins to Lahaina. The only down side is that although the resort is ocean front , it is NOT beach front so you have to walk down a bit to swim in the ocean. The bed was also very hard but not a deal breaker. All in all I would recommend Papkea especially if you have kids, great pool area!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rockaway NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We had spent the Christmas Holidays at Papkea back in 2009! Condo Unit H301!
So, early in 2013, I booked our December 2013, 5 night vacation on Maui, with "Maui Dreams Come True" as I did in 2009. Same exact Condo Unit; H301! The price had gone up a bit but what hasn't in the past 4 years?
It is an Aston Property and their offices at Papkea handle almost everything you may need or want while there! They won't loan you "Pool Towels" unless you booked with them we found out! They did respond to Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Wireless issues; though I waited almost all day on 12/22/2013 and they never showed up as they had promised on the phone the day before.
I opted for Maui Dreams Come True again due to the fact that "Misty" had done a great job back in "09"! I asked her to include a car in our booking as well since they got us a better rate than I could have received last time. Not so this go round! After asking "Carly" at Maui Dreams to cancel the approx. $750.00 car rental they had arranged I went ahead and booked a Ford Fusion at Avis for about $445.00 for the 5 1/2 days. No biggie! I use Avis a lot and it worked out well! The Ford Fusion was "Brand New"; 7 miles on it when we picked it up on 12/22/2013.
Our total price with Misty for 5 1/2 days ( Extra 1/2 day due to a 10:00PM Flight on 12/27/2013 ) was $1,427.58. Reasonable for the Holiday Week in Maui I believe!
Papakea is a somewhat smaller Condo Property compared to some of the others as well as the many hotels in the area. Beautiful grounds and adjacent to Aston Kaanapali Shores which has a beach and many more amenities not found at the more "Residential" Papakea. Swimming is possible at Papakea but the shoreline is quite rocky. Walk the 100 yards to Kaanapali Shores. There you will find some shops, a restaurant and a small grocery inside the main building.
Acroos the street from Papakea is a shopping "Strip Mall", as we say in NJ, containing a very adequate Grocery Store, Snorkel Shop, Pizzaria and other stores. You can walk out the front "Gate" ( you need your room key to get back in! ) to an ABC Store and Gas Station. Ever been to an ABC Store? Quite unique and filled with almost anything you may need or want while there.
Condo Unit H301 is in "Hula" Building which sits back as far as you can go from the pool area. It is a corner unit which gives you Ocean Views, Pool Views, Grounds View", from the Lanai, and a "Mountain View" from the living room window.
It is a one bedroom condo with complete kitchen, bath room and dining/living room. There is a washer/dryer ( 110 volt ) stacked laundry in a closet. Great for not needing as many clothes on the trip we took. Many water toys as well. Snorkel gear, Boogie boards Putter and golf balls ( There is a terrific putting green ). Two putting greens I might add since I left out the fact that the Papakea Property and Buildings are layed out in "Two" identical settings, side by side! There were all sorts of spices in the cabinets which saved a little money at the Grocery. We actually bought most of our stuff at Foodland where we are members of their frequent shopper's club! That's hilarious since we only get there every 3 or 4 years! Foodland is closer to Lahaina, about 5 miles south of Papakea. Lahaina is one of our favorite places that we have ever been and the reason that, if we return to Hawaii, it wil only be to Maui!
Do your "Due Diligence" when planning a Maui Vacation and, then, contact Misty at Maui Dreams Come True. I think they only handle Papakea Condos but you may find that that is where you really wanted to be after all!!!
Mahalo Misty & Carly!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Garden City, New York
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed on the 4th Floor of Koa with a water view in a 2 bedroom with a loft and 2 bathrooms and it was a great stay - i highly reccomend it. great location (North Kannapali) with a Grocery store across the street

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank EAJ6
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Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

The view is unbeatable! However, the beach within walking distance is not good for swimming. The kids enjoyed the swimming pool and the spa. It's close to a local grocery shop and restaurants. We had a rental car so location is not a problem for us.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hdplanner
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Carling Township RR 1 Nobel ON CA
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163 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

The rules are few and simple at this condo type resort, but we liked the quiet manner in which they were enforced...and there is security there 24/7 to do that if necessary, but the guests are quite thoughtful of each other which we appreciated having stayed other places where the rules were ignored because there was no supervision.
Well maintained beautiful landscaping and spotless pools and hot tubs and BBQs. Really impressed with how well the staff works to keep the hotel looking great.
Excellent Expedia concierge we dealt with was Andrea Wallace. She arranged for us to celebrate my wife's birthday at Merrimann's and contacted them to make my wife's favorite dessert which they did even though it was not on the menu. Andrea was helpful with advice regarding places to go and things to see that were not part of her Expedia package...free stuff.
Had difficulty using the lobby computer to print our boarding passes. Mark was on duty that evening and he could see my difficulty so he offered to do them for us which I thought was especially helpful at the end of a tiring shift.
It's not your 5 star resort but we aren't 5 star people. We don't mind making breakfast and lunch and sometimes BBQing by the pool and sometimes going out for any meal. If you are reasonably self-sufficient, aren't overcome with a sense of entitlement and really don't need that fawned over feeling, then this place is for you.

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Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

Excellent place. We got an ocean front studio. Totally worth the money. Staff is friendly. Rooms are clean, kitchen comes well stocked with the basic pots and pans....location is prime, grocery store is close by, also close to the main tourist attractions. Hotel has a expedia local consultant who was very helpful.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aston at Papakea Resort
Address: 3543 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9416 (Formerly ResortQuest at Papakea Resort)
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston at Papakea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 364
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A garden paradise on "The Magic Isle." This picturesque oceanfront resort is nestled amid 13 acres of lush tropical landscaping and expansive lawns bordered by flower-lined paths. The resort offers a variety of on-site amenities and activities - with restaurants, galleries and shops of Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach just moments away. Facilities Use and Cleaning Fee: A daily facilities use fee and a one-time housekeeping fee $89 (plus tax) will apply. Daily housekeeping is available for an additional fee. ... more   less 
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Aston At Papakea Hotel Lahaina
Resortquest Papakea Resort
Papakea Resort Maui
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