Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
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We were recommended to go see the Iao Valley, a rainforest around a 45 minute drive from the hotel. Spent some time looking around and seeing the "Needle" (see photo). We did take out swimming gear to swim in the river but it looked too cold for all of us and after the warm sea, we were all a bit too chicken to take it on. Then went to the village …
Kate, Jack and I had booked this boat trip to the world famous (I say this, but I guess like me you've never heard of it) Molokini volcano crater site – one of three sites in the world where you can experience what can only be described as swimming in a tropical fishtank. We booked it with a chap called Scott Washington who was from Boston …
We're here with a plan – do nothing for 5 days – so started day 1 fully according to plan – beach, pool, beach, oh and a bit of shopping at the Whaler Shopping Center nearby, where the first shop you see is Louis Vitton. Thankfully strolled by but did stop at the more reasonably priced Hawaiian Pearl Center where Jack opened the …
Well, my romantic notion of Hawaii has been somewhat dashed - it's just another American state with sun, sea and surf and lots of holiday makers. True, our hotel has tried to show off its culture with singing and dancing every night, free activities such as making lei (garlands) hula dancing and learning the language lessons but Starbucks is …
Breakfast started with a quest for a toaster for our bagels. Our "family" hotel people couldn't help so it was up to the magic of Anna to find a solution, which of course she did. Hands up the last people who toasted bagels (to perfection I may add) on a iron?
We (the royal) aren't great at doing nothing so up early to ditch the original …
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this was a very charming old hotel, It was very well kept and the service was wonderful. I will definitely be staying here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Lahaina
The new building has excellent rooms. The on site restaurant is excellent. The beach is a little rough in January. There is shopping, restaurants and a great boardwalk. The staff is excellent and the grounds are great. Great value for the money. Much better grounds than some of the other high end hotels.
You get what you pay for
Yes, the rate is great compared to neighboring hotels, but don't expect too much. The hotel itself, lobby, gift shop, restaurant, etc. are old and basic looking. The rooms are basic and clean, but old. Yes, the location is Excellent and it is does have a local, hawaiian feel. If you're on a budget, you'd be happy here. I'd suggest spending the extra money for the Westin or Sheraton, located on either side of hotel.
I stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel last week. I would definitely stay there again. I am a former travel agent, who has done sight inspections of all of the other hotels on Kaanapali Beach, but this one. I was very happily surprised! If you are looking for a hotel that is not too big and not too small, that has a real warm aloha feel to it, this is your place! The nightly hula show was very entertaining. The food at the restaurants was great. I loved the Hawaiian decor in our room. The partial ocean view that we booked, was more like an ocean view! BONUS! The beach in front of the property was beautiful! (You could watch the Sheraton's torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony from there). I would also recommend going to Hawaii during this time. I did lots and lots of whale watching!
We purchased the "Whale Watching" package, which included: partial ocean view room, rental car (Nissan Sentra), breakfast each morning, whale watching excursion, tickets to the Maui Ocean Center, one dinner at the Tiki Terrace restaurant, $50 gift certificate to Gerard's at the Plantation Inn, a small box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, 1 small cooler bag with 2 orange drinks, and a one-time use camera. Our room was a basic standard hotel room. Contained a king bed, daybed set up like a couch, small table with 2 chairs, and balcony with small table and 2 chairs. Also had a coffee pot, small frig, iron/board and safe. The balcony overlooked the court yard and swimming pool area. Had a very small view of the ocean through all the palm trees. The hotel provided turn-down service with flowers and either a small box of 2 chocolates or 2 macadamia nut cookies. (yummy) The bathroom was quite small and the bed was hard as a rock. Though we didn't spend too much time at the hotel, for the time we did spend, we would have loved a better room with a better ocean view.Beautiful beach. The view was just gorgeous. The water was a deep sapphire blue. Very rough with lots of waves and cold. The sand was brown and coarse. The hotel offered dual lounge chairs for rent for $16. You were not allowed to bring the free lounge chairs from the court yard or the pool area to the beach. There is a sign posted at the entrance to the beach that swimming in the ocean is dangerous and to "swim at your own risk". I decided to brave the ocean and its cold water and ended up getting knocked around by several waves. Got sand all through by bathing suit and it just stuck to me like mud. Very difficult to get it off. DH had much better sense and stayed out of the ocean. We ended up going over to the pool to actually swim. The water there was pretty cold too, but we swam a little, then lounged around on a couple of chairs. Got lunch at the pool grill and a couple of pina colodas from the bar and enjoyed the afternoon. Beware though, the drinks were $7.25 a piece. We enjoyed the hotel and the beach. It was not crowded at all. Lots of 50+ couples and mid-couples with small children (not of school age). The service and friendliness of the hotel staff was exceptional. The night before our last day, we received an invitation to their farewell ceremony. We met in the lobby and a staff member thanked us for choosing their hotel, sang us a "good-bye" song and provided us with a lasting nut lei. The weather was quite questionable throughout our stay. Over cast cloudy and windy with a couple of days of rain. The night air was very chilly. I did not enjoy the weather at all.RestaurantsThe hotel provided us with breakfast coupons worth $9.75. The coupon covered the breakfast buffet at the Mixed Plate. Good variety of standard breakfast fare. Enjoyed the Spanish omelet and the sausage. The coupon could also be used for the Tiki Terrace breakfast buffet or ala cart breakfast. That buffet was more extensive with quiche and an omelet station. They applied the coupon and we only had to pay an additional $5.00 and tip. We didn't order ala cart, but they would apply the coupon and then the remaining amount would have to be paid. Both buffets were very good and we enjoyed the food.We also had dinner the first night at the Tiki Terrace restaurant. We didn't get to the hotel until 9:00pm, and they we nice enough to stay open and let us eat. We received one meal there with our package that we used on Saturday night. You could get a salad, entree (no lobster), dessert, and beverage. Appetizer and alcohol drinks were extra. Both meals were quite good. We enjoyed the shrimp, steak, onion soup, and crème brulee. Try their banana signature dessert - yummy.We made reservations for their Sunday champagne brunch buffet. This was wonderful. Several tables just laden with all kinds of food and desserts. We pigged out on the fresh seafood of shrimp, crab legs and oysters. The roast beef was rare and tender - just the way I like it. Also had an omelet station and other varieties of food like sushi, crepes, egg rolls, scrambled eggs, soup, etc. The waiters poured the champagne until you said stop. We never had an empty glass. We were also allowed to apply our breakfast coupons for this brunch, which made it quite reasonable.We were also given a $50 gift certificate to Gerard's Restaurant at the Old Plantation Inn. It's a French restaurant and very expensive. We had escargot, steak and crème brulee. Very good. The garlic mashed potato florets were wonderful. Even with the certificate the bill came to $120.00. Our mistake was ordering 3 cocktails @$8.50 a piece. We should have skipped the drinks or just ordered a bottle or wine. Pictures on are on our web-page at: ...
A Hawaiian paradise
We stayed at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel January 2003 for 8 days. The staff was the friendliest, the nightly hoola show was fantastic, food was great. Enjoyed our stay at the hotel, would recommend it to anyone.
Can't wait to go back!!
My husband and I spent only 4 days at the hotel during our honeymoon in August 2002. It was the most wonderful exeperience. We had friends also honeymooning at the Hyatt down the beach at this same time. After seeing their room and their hotel, yeah their pool was nice, but who needs the pool!!! We were there for the ocean, and boy do you get the ocean!!! The staff were all wonderful, and the atmosphere was very Hawaiian. With the nightly entertainment, and the torch lit garden, we couldn't have asked for more. I miss the hotel greatly, and we are already planning our next trip to Maui this May. Only the crazy people would pass up a hotel like this!!!
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel is a great place. We went there in 2000 and we are going again March of '03. The rooms we stayed in are perfect for the experience. Right outside our room there was about 9 or 10 feet off grass, a bush, and then the beach. The thing I like about the hotel is that it is not one of those 5+ story hotels where you are always stuck way up there. It is a small, extremely hawaiian hotel. The staff is very helpful and are willing to go to extremes to make your stay enjoyable.
We spent 5 days at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel this Christmas holiday season. We were very disappointed with the overall experience.
Celebrated our 25th anniversay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel in June of 2002.
The staff of this hotel really makes the place. Every employee seems to truly enjoy their work. The food at both the buffet and the ala cart restaurants was very good and comparable to if not better than most of the other area dining spots. It is not only on the best stretch of the beach, but the hotels tropical courtyard/pool area is very large and it gives everyone plenty of room, which
is definately lost at the bigger chain hotels that are nextdoor. This is also where there is nighlty hula shows, singing, music etc. Our room was more than adequate and in my opinion priced just right. If you want to spend average
money and receive priceless service this is the place to stay on Maui.
The Most Hawaiian of all!!
We have stayed at Kaanapali Beach Hotel on two vacations in Maui, it is outstanding in every way. The staff is extremely accomondating, friendly, warm and considerate. Anything we needed was provided and we allways feel welcome there. The hotel is not pretentious, bills itself as thoroughly Hawaiian and that is reflected in everything they do, from the staff singing Hawaiian songs to the craft shows in the lobby to the pig-roast in the courtyard. It is a great place to stay, I am going back in February '03. CAN'T WAIT!!