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Aston Kaanapali Shores, May 24-30, 2003
My family stayed at the Aston Kaanapali Shores on Kaanapali Beach, Maui, May 24 through May 30, 2003. This was our first visit here. We booked our trip through Pleasant Holidays. We had the special room rate (limited view of mountains or parking area). Since we planned our vacation to do things rather than sit on our deck, the view wasn't important to us. However, the view turned out much better than we anticipated. We were on the fifth floor, and had a clear view of the ocean, the mountains of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, a small landscaped area, as well as the parking lot. We found the complex and our condominium very clean and the staff friendly. The lobby area is very impressive, the inner courtyard beautiful and well maintained. There were shops and activity centers on the property with reasonable prices. There is lot and deck parking. The two pools were nice options to the beach and beach towels were free to use. Compared to other facilities that you could walk to, the Kaanapali Shores has a great beach. Some facilities close by don't have a beach at all. The food at the Beach Club Restaurant on the property was great, especially since we had $100 worth of gift coupons to use. During breakfast one morning, we saw whales surfacing out in the ocean, a rare treat for late May. Another convenience was a shopping center with restaurants and a grocery store right across the street. Our one bedroom condominium was just what we hoped for. King sized bed, sleeper sofa in the living room for our daughters (ages 11 and 14), two TV's, two telephones, full kitchen with pots and pans, paper towels, appliances, dishwasher, washer and dryer each with cleaning powders provided. Honolulu newspaper every weekday morning. Free scuba lessons, free hula lessons, lei making classes. Sunset hula show. Camp Kaanapali for kids (didn't do this). Disadvantages? Kaanapali is an hour from the airport, 15 to 45 minutes from other activities. Could hear cars and loud guest leaving for early morning activities. $9 per day pa use a clock radio. We would stay here again if we came back and would recommend it to others. The Kaanapali Shores was a great facility for those on a budget who want to provided some of their own meals and stay at a nice beachside facility.
Nice location, newly renovated lobby with nice grounds, however the interior of buildings hallways and rooms (paint & carpet) are tired and in need of attention. The appliances in the units we have stayed in are old and tired need repalcement as well. The swimming pools are nice but the beach area is quite rocky.
Stayed There Multiple Times & Love It
My wife & I have stayed at Aston Kaanapali Shores two or three times and are planning another trip there in June 2003. Everytime has been great! The rooms are average, but your in Hawaii so why would you be staying in the room? The gardens, the pools, and the staff are tremendous! If you want to go to Maui, go snorkeling and go out to eat at nice places at night Aston Kaanapali Shores is perfect. -RF, North Carolina
This is a 4-star?
Stayed in partial-ocean studio 2/02. Room was old and washing machine door was falling apart. Knives and utensils were dirty. Staff friendly and pools were very clean and nice. I've been to these islands 6 times. This was affordable, but beware: you PAY for parking daily $5-6, so it adds up. Also, this isn't on Kaanapali Drive, farther north where the beaches aren't as nice. Beach is rocky and not the picturesque "Beach of Hawaii" you expect for beachfront property. I was very disappointed overall, as this was advertised as a 4Star Hotel, how about 2.5Stars. If you expect 2Star you won't be disappointed.
Nice Middle of the road condo
We stayed at this hotel October 26 to November 1, 2002
The hotel was a middle of the road hotel. The lobby, pools, garden area and the beach were all well kept. The 1 bedroom we stayed in needed the carpet cleaned but otherwise it was well furnished. We stayed on the 7th floor and had a great view of the ocean and garden area.
This hotel is great for families and is very close to many activities and eating places. I would recommend this hotel versus paying the outrageus prices for a deluxe hotel. You are not at the hotel or in your room long enough to shell out the extra money.
I spoke with the check in desk and they said that the hotel will be fully renovated including the rooms over the next 1 to 2 yrs. Keep this in mind when you are booking your stay.
Disappointed with the Rooms
Our first impression was very good. The lobby was nicely decorated and with a glance out to the grounds we saw that they, too, looked lovely. Our room was much different. It was very dirty and in need of a good clean, paint, and overall renovation. The light green carpet was so visably dirty you felt like you had to keep your shoes on. On the up-side, we were on the top floor and had a great view of the grounds and ocean. After the 4th night we found evidence of a mouse in our room. We complained and got upgraded to a 2 bdr. for the remaining 3 nights. It was cleaner but, we thought, still in need of a renovation/updating.
The "Beach" pool was your basic pool with cement and lounge chairs around it - not much for atmosphere. The "Garden" pool, however, was great for the kids -not too deep and nice and warm. The garden atmosphere around it also made it a nice place for the adults to lounge around while the kids played in it. We ate at the restaurant and found the food and service there to be very good.
Overall, the grounds were very nice, but not worth the stay because of the quality of the rooms. We expected better given the "Superior" rating given to the property and the price we paid in Canadian $$.
The lobby is first class and you'll walk in thinking you've gotten the deal of a lifetime. Suddenly you'll realize in the midst of going to your room that, wow, construction men are painting the building and have wrapped plastic all over the railings, causing a noise similar to grocery sacks being opened. Not only annoying in the passageways, but your bedroom as well!
The rooms are plain. Our "king" size bed was really two twins put together. The best thing about the Shores is that you don't have to stay there long because hell, you're in Maui. Get out and do something!
Not the greatest...
Waited in line for a while to check in. While waiting, I heard 2 people in front of me in line complaining about ants. I suppose it's a common problem in such a warm climate. The lobby looked fairly nice.
Our room was not as nice. The carpet was pretty ragged, the faucet in the bathroom was not anchored down properly to the sink, and the door didn't shut properly. The sliding doors to the patio didn't quite meet in the middle, leaving a 1/4 inch opening at the bottom for insects to come in. No wonder they have to spray!
The restaurant was pretty nice (decent service, tasty food), the pool area was OK, the beach was not very nice. Our biggest complaint? The noise! The staff drives around on ATVs instead of golf carts starting at about 7:30 in the
morning! So much for sleeping in...
Overall the place was OK, we got a really good deal on the room and so can't complain too much. But, not exactly what we were after for our honeymoon!
Next time we'll shell out the extra cash for a swankier place. But, if you're bargain hunting, you could do worse.
Aston K' Shores.. OK
This was the first leg of our honeymoon. We checked in the hotel, and noticed that the lobby was nice. But it's obvious that the hotel is getting old, probably at least 30 yrs old.
We were on the top floor, and had a view of the ocean and pool. The view was beautiful, the pool ok.
The service was decent, but i would say that the hotel overall is average. The carpet in our room was green. Yep, green.
I would pay a little more to stay at a more modern hotel if it's your honeymoon.
I would definitely recommend Aston Kanapali Shores to anyone who is looking for a relaxing getaway and not so much for a meat market. This is more of a family type resort. My wife and I have no children, however, it was just the right place for us. The pool area is nothing to write home about (very average). The restaurant was great and the staff was friendly and I lived for the happy hour specials. Despite the fact that when we went, the lobby was under construction and was in a parking lot (we can let that one slide) the hotel and the rooms were very clean.
My only gripe was that the beach was not condusive to recreation in that there is a considerable amount of seaweed in the water and made it murky and it is pretty rocky as well. I mean it is beautiful to look at. But thats about it. Like I said "Overall it was a very nice place to stay".