The Mauian Hotel on Napili Beach
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Loved the Mauian
We Just got back from the Mauian and we loved it. We have stayed at all the big resorts on Maui including the Hyatt and Grand Wailea. What those resorts lack is a personal feel. At the Mauian we quickly became acquainted with most everyone there, The grounds are spotless and the beach is beautiful. We loved the vintage feel and our cottage had a fully equipped kitchen. The best part was the Thursday night get togethers in the Ohana Room complete with entertainment and free Mai Tais. Everyone brought snacks and the two gentlemen that entertained were excellent, even got some of the guests dancing. Biggest complaint however were the paper thin walls. Two little kids next door woke up every night crying and screaming and the parents never once apologized, all our neighbors complained about the lack of sleep. We didn't expect quite so many families with small children there, definitely not a honeymoon place. We will go back in a heartbeat, but will check who the next door neighbors are first!
We Adored The Mauian
Just returned from Maui and just adored The Mauian. Thought the island to be overpriced and overdeveloped but could escape back in time at this wonderful slice of 1950's Hawaii. Grounds and motel were very well kept. The staff works hard to make sure everything is spotless. Great large lanai. Small sparkling clean pool (which was usually empty) with a terrific beach just steps away. Very quiet and no kids when we were there; very mature adults (i.e., mostly retired) were the norm. Not a hot party spot; lights were out by 10 p.m. Heard a rumor while we were there - new owners and changes may be afoot (hope they don't demolish the ole' gal). So happy we found The Mauian. It truly is a unique treasure!
Great place to stay; family friendly and close to the beach!
We stayed at the Mauian in March, 2004 for 6 nights and loved it. It's right on the beach and the way the rooms are situated (very late 50's-early 60's kind of feel, almost a horshoe shape) encourages guests to chat with one another. Positives: near beach, family friendly, casual, walking distance from a couple of restaurants (one reasonable place for breakfast/lunch, one fancy place for dinner), short drive from a small shopping center with a grocery store, mellow, relaxed, very non-resort like, clean, relatively inexpensive, kitchenette was convenient to have, friendly staff, free morning snacks, shuffleboard in great condition. Drawbacks: rooms are small, no bathtubs, overall on the ticky tacky side if that bothers you, no ocean view from within most if not all rooms, pool was tiny and kind of lame, and no gate around the pool so you really have to watch your kids. Also, a storm had eaten up a lot of the beach but I think sand comes and goes depending upon the seasons. Definitely not a fancy place but we are not fancy people so we really liked it. Much more intimate and "real" than the big resorts. I recommend it but don't go with inflated expectations; it's an extremely low key place.
Mahalo to the Mauian Hotel & Staff...
Not only was this our first trip to Maui, but it was our daughter's wedding destination. First, and foremost, the pristine, crescent shaped beach made for an excellent walk each morning. Surpassed only by the gentle passing of humpback whales every morning and most early evenings. Snorkling right off the beach at a small, but lively reef was extremely popular with our crowd of 30! And, not to miss around the corner -- the reef that is filled with sea turtles of every size.The staff at the Mauian Hotel was professional, courteous, accomodating and friendly. They went above our expectations in helping make my daughter's wedding a very special time. Not only were they accomodating to us, but at the same time were able to insure that their other guests were equally taken care of.The rooms were exceptionally clean, and with the cool breezes, not even my husband missed his air conditioning. We also loved that there was not a telephone or televison in our room...so rare is it anymore, that we are able to really get away from it all and enjoy such simple beauty.We definitley planning on coming back for another visit...but perhaps next time...it will be just the two of us :) Aloha & Mahalo to all of the staff at The Mauian ---Marsha & Bob
Pleasant Hotel..but if you have no kids....
The Mauian Hotel is on a very nice beach and we stayed there a few weeks ago mostly based on the reviews that we read. The rooms were clean and the breakfast was great with fresh fruit every morning. We thought it would be very quiet; however, most nights we were awakened by a baby crying in the room below us and every night we were disturbed by kids playing and shouting at the pool which was just below our window. If you go with no kids and you are looking for quiet, ask for a room in the building closest to the beach. Also don't expect a shower with any pressure! Have fun, we did!
We stayed at the Mauian for two nights in late Jan 04. The rooms are clean, breezy, very efficent. Great to have a full kitchen. THe beach is RIGHT there. And great snorkeling. Go to breakfast at the place down the beach to the left (your back is to the Mauian). Next time we'll go for longer - get groceries etc in town & just plant ourselves there.
Great friendly staff. Good breakfast. Because of job stuff, we needed to be able to cancel our reservation w/o penalty a few days in advance.
If you book thru expedia you pay a higher rate but have a few day cancellation policy. Worth it for us. This is low key mellow hawaii at its best -- we loved it. Lots of families and children but their is lots of space for everyone. A really great place at an incredible price.
A retro treasure
We spent 4 nights at the Westin in Ka'anapali in Jan 04, a beautiful but impersonal large hotel. Our last night in Maui we moved north to this retro treasure. My husband and I fell in love with it on sight. I wish we'd had much more time to enjoy it. The atmosphere is right out of the small-town, 1960's era. The clerk who checked us in was warm and welcoming, every other guest greeted us, and the beach is perfect.
There is no air conditioning, no TV, and no telephone. The sliding door to the lanai didn't appear to lock. These are not negative comments -- it felt like a return to a simpler, more innocent time. Highly recommended.
A treasure in paradise
What a deal! This little gem is wonderful. It's not fancy, but it offers everything you need. The rooms are small, but I didn't feel confined as the outdoor lanai feels just like an extension to the room.
It was our first stay but we met several returning families and couples, which speaks highly in itself. The hotel provides an intimate atmosphere that allows you to keep to yourself, but also contributes to a neighborly atmosphere amongst the guests. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful. We had an infant and a toddler with us and as the beach is only a few steps outside your room, you don't need to get into a car or haul your gear a great distance. Additionally, beach toys left behind by previous guests were available to entertain my son for hours on the beach. The location couldn't be better as the beach is not only beautiful, but calm. Perfect for snorkeling or wave jumping for little ones. Lastly, the breakfast each morning is truly something to look forward to. Juices, fresh baked bread and fruit were served every morning in the common room. You couldn't ask for anything more. To top it all off, the Mauiaan is a bargain in comparison to all other places of the same caliber.
I have been all over Maui and the Napali Bay is the most beautiful and serene beach on Maui! It is absolute paradise!! The trade winds are just right and the view is magnificent! The hotel is simple. This is by no means a negative. It has everything you need, from pots and pans, dishes, flatware, down to a pitcher for Mai Tais or Koolaid. The rooms are adequate in size for two adults and are very clean. Each has a lanai (I would recommend the second floor for the breathtaking view) where you can sit and enjoy the view and the breeze. None of the rooms has a TV or telephone which I did not miss at all. Who comes to Hawaii to watch TV or talk on the telephone?! I have a cell phone so if I had to make a call and I did( I made it from the beach with waves sounding in the background)I just used my cell phone at my discretion. The hotel provides pool and beach towels, beach chairs and there is a grill right next to the beach. There is a snorkel shop about 200 yards down the beach where you could rent snorkel and boogie board gear. The hotel provides a continental breakfast every morning with the freshest fruits and juices and tasty breads. Coffee is also provided. You can eat it there or take it back to eat on the lanai with the tray and coffee cups the hotels provides for every room. There is a restuarant right on the beach. All you have to do is walk right off the beach into the restuarant a cool drink and lunch or dinner. The attire is beach casual, so there no going home to get all dressed up. But if want to do that all you have to do is travel about a mile or two up the road to several fancy restuarants at Kapulua. The Bay Club, Ritz-Carlton, etc.
We chose Jaimason's. The food was excellent , the view incredible and we didn't have to drive back down to busy Lahaina! The Mauian hotel is right in the middle of Lahaina and Kapulua. It is simple yet perfect for a completely relaxing and rejuvinating vacation. We also spent three nights at the Westin on Kaanapali which were lovely. But my soul is still at the Mauian. Sonya and Alti
Simple, Relaxing, Perfection
The Mauian is by FAR the most relaxing, get away from it all, simplest place on earth. To my wife and me, it is the happiest place on earth. It is located on Napili Beach, the most perfect crescent shaped, non-popular beach on Maui. Shhh, don't tell! We all have stressful lives, busy days, and on the go; at the Mauian, you can be yourself, you can be quiet, read your book, and EVERYBODY that walks by says hello. The complementary breakfast in the morning has to be the best way to wake up. The best fresh coffee, fresh baked breads and muffins, and the freshest fruit available...this was so fun. And, a night or 2 a week, they trow a party for the vacationers around the pool, and this is a great way to meet others as well. It might not be the Ritz of the Four Seasons, but that is not what I want when I go on vacation, and I take alot of them! Don't expect marble counter tops or room service; my god, you are in Maui, get out and get it yourself, but you will want to get back and relax 2 steps from the beach and watch sunsets with your newly found friends!. Oh, and the barbecues are on the beach, so buy a steak or get some fish and share hot coals with someone and eat it on the beach. This place brings a smile to my face. Thanks.
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