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It’s now 7pm, so we head for home after a very long day. Dianne has found out how to get Netflix on the TV, and we watch “Hanna Arendt” which is about her controversial book, published in 1963, on the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAston At Papakea Resort Lahaina
Perfect Location right on the water and a clean and tidy appartment with all the gear you could want. Great booking service for tours as well, but don't waste the time doing the Time Share lecture to save some money....what a waste of 90 minutes.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston At Papakea Resort Lahaina
Stayed here twice, and loved it! We'll be back!
We love the Papakea, but how nice your condo is depends on who owns it.
We stayed the first time in an "OK" condo, the second time in a fantastic condo! The desk staff is fantastic, and the location is nice and quiet, yet close to everything. We love it there, and it's the only place we'll ever stay on Maui!
The grounds here are very good,but the condo we stayed need some maintainance. When we closed the drapes they were very dusty! The room needed some paint and some fixing up. it didnt look as nice as the pictures on the web. more like some apartment someone else was still living in.But I would say sitting out on the balcony was very nice.come to see the grounds but I would look somewhere else better to stay.
Do not stay here!
Our room was burglarized while we were asleep the first night of our honeymoon. We suspect an inside job because our door was deadbolted. We are still in dispute to retrieve our losses.
The best vacation ever!
My husband and I stayed at the Papakea Resort over the fourth of July. We really had a wonderful time. Our condo was very well done, with everything we needed to feel right at home. We had our morning coffee every day sitting out on our deck. We spent the Fourth of July in Lahina, which was really fun. We were truly impressed with this resort and highly recommend it. We will be back.
The Papakea is great
Stayed several days at the Papakea with two adults and two kids - this is a great condo - make sure you get an oceanfront room - breakfast and dinner on the Lanai can't be beat! the grounds are beautiful - the staff are not too great, but they leave you alone mostly - we rented from a private party (Roos Realty) and I think we were happier doing so - I know it was cheaper that way too, and I think the quality of the room was better. The location is right across from a supermarket and five minutes from Whaler's village - easy to get everywhere. The Embassy Suites is right there - also a super place to stay - we played on their beach and in their pool a lot and loved it there as much as the Papakea - but it is more expensive and definately more crowded... Most of the condos in this area (north Kaanapali) seemed nice - the Papakea had no beach, but there was one right next door and the grounds of the Papakea are really mellow and pretty - very low key and relaxing....koi ponds, putting greens, nice pools with a hula show on Monday nights..... We also checked out the Kuleana up the road a bit (friends stayed there) - it is really nice and quiet - definately best for couples with no kids..... after the Papakea we spent a few days at the Westin to have a better pool to play in and that was a great way to go - the kids had just enough fun in the awesome pools there and we had already done all our day trips while we were paying the low rate at the condo and eating cheaper at "home" (paying the super high hotel rates for rooms and food and then spending all day at other locations seemed silly, so once we moved to the Westin we stayed there and played at the great pool and beach)
Papakea is wonderful!
We stayed at Papakea from August 16-23, 2003, and it was wonderful! We had saved Maui for last in our tour of three islands, (We also visited Oahu and Kauii.) because we love Maui, and Papakea didn't let us down.
The grounds are beautiful. The people are friendly and couldn't be more helpful. When we arrived, they had upgraded us to a three bedroom, and the unit was great. We will definitely return, and we thank them. The spirit of Aloha lives at Papakea! Mahalo!
Excellent value for the cost.
We have stayed at Papakea on three occassions and it always feels like home when we get back there. The grounds are beautifull and the view from the ocean front lanai on our condo is breathtaking. Highly recomend this resort. You are only 4 miles north of Lahaina Town, so there is no lack of things to see and do.
Spectacular oceanfront condo
Aston Papakea has a nice family atmosphere and a lovely view of the ocean. We rented an oceanfront condo for $120.00 each night and it was wonderful. The price was just right and the view was stunning. We never missed a sunset!!! It was a great experience for us. If you are looking for a nice, quiet vacation this is the place to visit!!
This was our first trip to Maui and I loved this place. The grounds were beautiful. My husband and I were practically by ourselves when we would sit on the lawn chairs to watch the sunset. The room had a washer/dryer, full size refrigerator, full kitchen w/plates, utensils,wine opener etc. Room was clean, tastefully decorated, 1 bedroom parital ocean view which was perfect for us. Our room faced the parking lot and it did get a little loud on the weekends late at night.
Good condo complex at great value
These condos have similar floor plans but different decor and furnishings because they are supposively individually owned. For instance, our kitchen had nice cabinets with hanging lamps. Other condos had fluorescent fixtures and others had recessed lighting. Our TV was 19 inches and our other party had a 27". We had 2 bedroom condo which includes one loft with 2 twin beds.Pluses:Nice koi ponds. Grounds were meticulously maintained. Next to ocean with seawall. Two small pools. Tennis courts. Shuffleboard available ($3/hr rental). Lanai for every room. Morning paper. Activity World desk in registration lobby for excursions and luaus. Free continental breakfast for a presentation of Activity World's excursion offers. Good registration hosts. Free parking.Minues:Our bedroom was facing the parking lot and we heard a lot of noise from cars, people going out early to visit Haleakala sunrise at 3 AM, and tons of birds chirping at 5:30 AM (sunrise). One elderly couple was screaming at some young people talking at the outside hallway to go to sleep at 1 AM. There are signs for a noise curfew from 10 PM to 7 AM but apparently there are a lot of people functioning at different time zones.Housekeeping was fair. We were missing towels and kitchen cleanup was sporadic. One time we asked the maid to return in an hour because we were still eating breakfast but she insisted on cleaning up while we were in the room because she had a busy schedule and couldn't return. That's when I stopped tipping, but I'm not sure if this kind of service was a common experience.There's a small shutter window between the loft and our bedroom downstairs which allowed my kids to hear everything my wife and I were saying.The loft tends to be warm despite air conditioning and a ceiling fan.Monkey pod trees drops a lot of brown seeds (size of raisins) which kept sticking to the bottom of my sandals. Very annoying.