Castle Kamaole Sands
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Kamaole Sands Kihei
Bang for the Buck
I am surprised to see any bad reviews on this place. I guess the problem you run into with condos is that they each have a separate owner, so you never know what you might get. My wife and I have stayed at Kamaole Sands twice. In both instances, we were extremely satisfied.
Both rooms were very well kept, clean, and comfortable. The one bedroom condos are quite large, including two bathrooms, a kitchen, and even a washer and dryer. We booked the "Garden View" both times, and ended up being bumped up into the "Partial Ocean View" both times. This is not the nicest place on the island, but it is incredibly cheap for the quality.
Won't be back
We stayed in the Kamaole Sands this summer for several days. We liked it okay, although several of the items inside needed minor repairs. At the time, it did not bother me enough to complain about. After all, I was in Hawaii and I was spending most of my time outside.This condominium complex is quite large. It definitely does not provide a "personal touch." However, the grounds are nice, and the pool is popular with children.After checking out, our credit card was billed $90 for damage to a glass-top end table that we did not damage in any way. Repeated calls to management did not get the item removed from my bill. As a consequence, I can not recommend the Sands.
Should Have Stayed at Lahaina, Maui
We stayed at the Castle Kamaole Sands as a part of a 12-day trip to 4 Hawaiian islands. Since Maui was our first stop, we were excited to begin a great adventure there. We booked the Castle Kamaole Sands condos through Pleasant Hawaiian, and got a great deal with a 2 bedroom, 2 bath bi-level condo with a lanai with a partial oceanview and overlooking the gardens. We were updated at check-in without asking, and the service, though not daily, were available upon request. Many people who are residents of Maui actually live in this community of condos, and are very friendly. There is also a washer and dryer in the unit, which was very very convenient.Pros: Across the street from Beach, close to restaurants, affordable, private, and niceCons: There is no night life in the area. It was really boring to stay in Kihei. I would recommend anyone who is going to Maui to stay in the Lahaina area in order to have nightlife options. Kihei was dull, we actually walked around, then drove around looking for something to do. There was nothing.The condo itself was pretty old, it looked like it was built in the 1970s or 1980s, but the grounds were pretty well maintained. Its a good value for the price, but if you like service and do mind occasional mosquitoes here and there, stay at a hotel in Lahaina.Mosquitoes: Please watch out for these. You don't understand. I'm not even joking. I got 8 mosquitoe bites on the way to Oheo (the sacred 7 pools) while waterfall jumping into a lake.They started out small during the day. It SWELTED TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS by the next day, and has permanently scarred the back of my thighs. The color has only faded throughout the year, and tanning helped after the bites themselves went away.AGAIN, I AM NOT JOKING, IF YOU PLAN ON HIKING, OR GOING NEAR WATERFALLS, OR PLACES WITH STILL WATERS--TAKE BUG-SPRAY WITH YOU. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.The crazy bug bites lasted throughout my whole rest of the trip and was very painful, not to mention embarassing and ugly.Also, r staying on that side of the island instead.My friends and I tried to drive there in a rental mini-van. 5 of us got carsick along the 35 mile windy road. It took 8 hours to get there and back--and we never made it to the Oheo pools because the park was closed. It was kind of sad, but make sure if you do drive to stop along the way. There are plenty of waterfalls and lakes of all sorts you can jump into and hike along. You will see some locals with pick up trucks parked along the road and they are enjoying the waterfalls on the sides. Be careful when driving to Oheo, many of the bridges turn into one-lane roads where you have to yield to ONCOMING TRAFFIC. It is especially dangerous when you drive back during the night.All in all, Maui was just OK. I wish we had stayed closer to the action, and although Kamaole Beach was pretty, it is nothing in comparison to the Big Island, and the scenery in Maui nothing in comparison to Kauai. It is for romance and people in love---which we weren't since we were 6 college graduates looking for adventure.Hope you have a great time! You can email me with questions if you'd like.
We stayed here for a week and during the time we were actually in the room, it was terrible!!! The shower was unpredictable. When my family took the showers, my water was freezing!!! We were also often invaded my ruthless ants. Maui ants are the cruellest ants of all the ants! The furniture was so old! The chairs creaked when we sat on them and they weren't comfortable anyway. We saw a gruesome COCKROACH in the middle of our kitchen an army of vicious Maui ants were feasting on it! It was sooooooooo disgusting! The oven never worked half the time. The toaster gave us delicious black burned toast! Geee, isn't that delicious? The shampoo portions were really small! Thankfully, they were nice enough to give us extras. Take advantage of this tiny, but useful coupon book they're supposed to give you, but you have to ask. We had great time, but those things had nothing to do with the hotel.
If this is a 3 rating, I'd hate to see what a 1 and 2 are like!
I booked a 5 night stay in a one bedroom superior garden condo with a view, at the Kamaole Sands in Maui based on several websites and photos. I was extremely disappointed and the websites and photos are very misleading. When I arrived and went to the main office, I was told they did not have my reservation. After over an hour, I was redirected to a dingy back office in a remote condo building, where they finally found my reservation. I was placed in a condo that hadn't been maintained or cleaned in several years. It was literally a dump at the end of a row overlooking a parking lot. The kitchen was full of bugs and the dishwasher leaked cockroaches. Housekeeping was a joke. They changed towels and took out the trash and that was it. No change of bed or vacuuming or cleaning floors or kitchen. I slept in sand and walked around on dirty floors for days. We were far away from pool and beach. The carpets were old and musty smelling. The locks were flimsy and there were holes and huge chunks out of the walls all over the condo. Truly a disgrace. I couldn't wait to get of of the place every day and hated returning in the evenings. I would avoid staying here again at any cost. If this is what a 3 rating is like, I'd hate to see what a 1 or 2 rating is like! If I could rate this place worse than terrible I would.
Good Place to Stay
We stayed in a 1-bedroom, 2-bath condo with a limited view. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The maids did a wonderful job cleaning and providing fresh towels every day. We had no bugs. We stayed here in March so the overhead fans and trade winds did all the cooling in the condo. The elevators were always working. The pool was very refreshing and picturesque. The grounds are pretty and tropical-looking. The location is great with Kamaole III beach just across the road and Wailea beaches only minutes away. We would return here any time!
Felt like Southern California
I am one of the few who did not enjoy the Kamaole Sands. It has its place for most people, just not me. I truly felt like I was in La Jolla, CA or any number of So Cal beach towns. Kihei is a clean and nice area with many clean and nice strip malls. I could close my eyes and not feel like I was in Hawaii. I did not see any Hawaiians working any of the businesses. The locals refer to Kihei as "Waikiki-Hei". Not a diss from me cuz I loved Waikiki and appreciate it for what it is. The resort is a large one, feels like a huge apartment complex. I had lower unit and every morning I would hear the 5 am golfers loading their cars and at 6am I would hear children crying from other complexes next to me. The unit I rented was long and tubular, dark in the hallways with the bedroom facing into the parking lot, thus the early a.m. noises. I also hate all of those speed bumps driving thru the unit, way too many if you are in back units, which I was. Yes, the beach area is nice, watching the sunset was a great time every evening. The beach is just across the street. If you have children this is a great place, pool is lively, lots of action. Everyone has their won likes/dislikes. I loved Lahina, reminded me of Key West, lively, good people watching, most of the better restaraunts there. I would return there. I love walking in a town at nite, window shopping, watching the locals.I encountered too much traffic in Kihei, drove daily to Lahina to surf and eat. The surf shops in Kihei were rude and not helpful, whereas in Lahina they were great. Maybe just bad timing from me. The Cove is the break in Kihei. I would say 100 % what was said to me that I IGNORED. Spend the extra $$ to get what you want and like in accomodations. I was cheap and did not spend what I should have. My travel companion was depressed at Kamaole Sands, just generic and suburbia-like. Get something oceanfront and enjoy yourself if that is what you like. I know folks say you spend little time at your hotel but that's not always true. Nothing beats a good nite of sleep and a quiet evening listening to the surf. Maui is expensive so what's a few more bucks. Just ask yourself if Kihei is for you. Consider up-country for a nite or two, Lahina, etc. Just from the thoughts of a 44 yr old surfer from Minnesota. And everyone has their own opinions. My next visit I will see more of real Maui, not look at the usual 7am joggers and pretty people that I grew up with in So Cal. PS If you eat at Thai Chef Restaraunt in Kihei, do not order it Medium (bloody hot) and it does not come with rice. Have fun ya'll.......
I am currently staying in Kamaole Sands condominium with my wife and (thanks to local Maui Gateway ISP) able to write this review before even returning home. We ordered accomodation through Expedia.com.
1) Location is pretty good. It is 5 minute walk to nice little Kamaole Beach and less than 30 minute drive to the beautiful Big Beach.
2) Amenities are nice and clean, lots of palm trees, fountains, etc.
3) Units are large.
4) A couple of good restaurants in the area (I highly recommend Sansei at S Kihey Rd - their Japanese food is really good for the price).
1) Furniture and home equipment is very old (even for *** hotel). The oven in the kitchen was out of order - that was a nice surprise for us when we decided to cook dinner one night. But it was funny to see that early 80s TV set in the bedroom.
2) Room service is bad to non-existant. They skipped service once. Today they forgot to remove the garbage from kitchen - no problem, I can do it myself - but they left the front door semi-open, with all our belongings available to the public.
Overall rating is 2 of 5. Could be worse.
Note that I didn't left the place yet, there could be more surprises.
Won't stay anywhere else
we love this place. the condo's are really nice. we have never had a bad rental.
the pool area is really nice and the gardens are so beautiful.
the beach is right across the street and very easy to get to. we think that they are one of the best beaches on maui.
Very Pleased w/ entire Facility
We felt at home. Nice and comfortable condo. Pretty grounds, Nice pool area.
Easy to walk to Beach. Quiet. Not much of a night life scene but good restaurants are in the area. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
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