Maui Seaside Hotel

Address: 100 West Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, 96732, United States | 1 star hotel
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This 1 star hotel, located on 100 West Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, is near Cruiser Phil's Volcano Riders, Maui Mountain Cruisers, Kiteboarding School of Maui, and Kahului Harbor Pier.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsMaui Seaside Hotel Kahului

          Reviewed by lagalag1

          good hotel near the Kahului airport

          Reviewed Dec 19, 2011
          by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          i am satisfied with the hotel.The included breakfast is good and the hotel is clean.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Historical Traveler Reviews Maui Seaside Hotel Kahului

          Disappointed to say the least...


          I booked this Hotel room through Expedia and I was extremely disappointed. I thought that Expedia was a reliable source for finding reasonable hotels, I was wrong.

          This hotel is right in the middle of a shipping yard so those wonderful views that they provide on the internet fail to give you the true picture of what this place really is like. This hotel was very old and run down. I refered to it as the "Maui Seaside Dump."

          The ammenites in this hotel were just downright pathetic. If you get a fresh clean towel you are lucky. I had the joy of staying in this hole for seven nights and not once did I receive a shower that was a normal temperature. Once someone else in the neighboring rooms started using the hot water you couldn't keep the water at an even temperature it was either blazing hot or freezing cold.

          The surrounding area has absolutely nothing to do. There is a little Asian Food market across the street called "Ah Fook" which is what I felt like saying everytime I thought of the prices I was paying for lodging. {:0)

          My recommendation would be to not stay here and find a nice hotel in Wailea or Ka'anapali.

          Want Shampoo/Conditioner? Forget It In This Place!!!!!


          The hotel was clean enough, and the staff were friendly. However, for $89 a night (I stayed four nights as I was attending a function nearby), one would expect certain amenities. I was very tired when I checked in...but a perusal of the bathroom revealed NO SHAMPOO. I called the front desk and was told they didn't supply shampoo--or blow dryer or anything other than soap. I had to go out to a convenience store to purchase shampoo and conditioner.The next day I stopped off at a neighboring hotel and asked whether it was the custom not to offer shampoo in Maui hotel rooms. The other hotel informed me it was NOT the custom...!In summary, if I ever get back to Maui and need to be in that particular location, I might consider staying at the Maui Seaside again. However, I would come prepared next time. Again, for $89 a night I truly did expect some basic amenities.

          Not The Maui I expected ?


          My Expectations room service, None at this place. Bar or Lounge as they advertise, Nope. Maybe Bartender was on Vacation. When you check in there is a bar covered in white blankets? Maui Mall, shopping they say. The mall had I think one store open? Parking. Well, if your lucky you'll find one if not take a chance parking it either in empty lot next door or at other hotel next door. If your extra lucky the wont tow away? They also dont show the no view 3 story rooms. If, you think your experiencing Maui wrong you have to drive to the otherside of the island about 45 min drive. If you choose this hotel dont EXPECT Much.

          Rundown accommodations


          The Maui Seaside Hotel/Motel is represented on the internet as having been recently remodeled. We found this establishment to be very rundown. Note you will not find a picture of the front of this motel anywhere on the internet. It is located in a commercial/industrial area with open access to the grounds by the public. The ground floor rooms had frosted louvered windows, you can't see out of them and they are easy to break into. Upon check-in, a room KEY is issued, not a security card. These features combined did not provide a secure environment. Room interiors are poorly furnished and the quality of food served at the on-site restaurant , Vi's, was unappealing. Recommendation: for a few dollars more, upgrade your accommodations.

          Convenient and cheap -definitely underrated


          My wife and I recently vacationed in Maui at 2 hotels: the Royal Lahaina and then the Maui Seaside. We had planned to switch to it for the last 3 nights to save money and make driving to Haleakala, Hana and the airport easier. Several people said we were making a mistake-the Maui Seaside was a dump. Wrong! After the horribly overpriced, stuffy Royal Lahaina, it was a relief to be in an unpretentious, friendly 2 star hotel with a nice pool and affordable restaurant for breakfast (Vi's); the hotel gave us $5 off coupons good for it and a couple of local diners. The hotel is also convenient to local shopping and did make our driving around MUCH easier. The hotel does have a few problems: our room was in a 3 story tower off to one side-I would definitely recommend staying only in the smaller, but more convenient, poolside rooms. The beach is uncrowded and pleasant enough for swimming and sitting, but it's not pretty or very clean (the commercial harbor is right next to it) and by Hawaiian standards it's not scenic, though the nearby west Maui mountains are nice to look at. I strongly recommend this hotel for travelers who want a central location at a reasonable price and who don't need extra frills.

          What do you want?


          This hotel is not in a very good neighborhood, it is surrounded by heavy wrought iron and has bars on the lower windows. Pool side rooms are the only ones with views and they are very small. If you're coming to stay on the beach and have drinks brought to you, this definitely is not the place. If you need a place to stay one night to catch an early flight the next morning, then you might consider Maui Seaside. I'm 61 and my wife and I were probably among the youngest that stayed here. Anyone under 40 was on a Harley! We stayed one night because we were booked out of Mauii the next morning, we returned from the Big Island in the evening and did not want to drive back to Kaanapali beach. I don't think I would stay here again.

          OK for one night


          We stayed here because we were looking for a place to crash for one evening after our arrival. The room we were assigned was EXTREMELY small and dated, however, it was clean and affordable. From that perspective, it served it's purpose.

          Good, cheap place to stay for the whole Ohana...


          Maui Seaside Hotel


          Close to Airport, main highways, shopping - away from crowds of tourists


          Beach not the best - unless you're into windsurfing, kayaking

          One should not visit Maui without booking a rental car. There is simply too much to see. Iao Valley, Haleakala, the tourist meccas of Kihei/Wailea, Lahaina/Kaanapali, Upcountry and of course that famous road trip to Hana. I mention this because the Maui Seaside has a room/car package that is quite reasonable. But I didn't take that, for having once lived there I relied on the good graces of a friend to drive me around. I was going to stay with her and her family, but her husband was ill and I decided at the last minute not to impose on them.

          This small, family-run hotel is tucked away off the beaten path in Kahului, on the north side of Maui. It is less than 5 miles away from the airport; and they have a shuttle available. It and another hotel, the Maui Beach, stand side-by side, separated by an expanse of green and a parking lot, a few blocks from Maui's deep-water harbor. Most days you can see container ships handling the island's commercial cargo; I think about once a week a cruise ship may pull in. The beach here is not the best - unless you're into windsurfing, kayaking.

          About a block to your right down the street is Kaahumanu Center, Maui's largest, with movie theater, food court, and all the rest. My friend's husband helped on the remodeling and expansion; he is a surveyor by day and at times plays music by night (lots of musicians on Maui have day jobs - your taxi or tour driver may be one). Go a block the other way and you'll see another shopping center across the street - but what a difference! Instead of a megaplex this is Maui's oldest mall, smaller, funkier, and with a definite local flavor. Home to Ooka's Market and other shops, one can get various sundries and sample the local "grind" (plate lunch). I was very fortunate to hit it early one morning as the weekly Farmers' Market was opening, offering island-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. I got apple bananas and papayas, volcanic dirt cheap.

          The amenities of this hotel are basic. As you leave the lobby you'll see a small. two-story building on each side of the pool (and the shore beyond). But most of the rooms are in a nondescript 3-story edifice that was probably added some years afterward. There is an ice machine on the second floor by the elevator, and an enclosed laundromat for guests (ask the front desk). Rooms are equipped with A/C, fan, TV and a small refrigerator. There is a phone in each room but no pay phone on the property, so if you want to avoid the hotel's rather exorbitant phone charges you'll have to go to a pay phone off-site or use your cellphone. There is a small cocktail lounge and a restaurant, Vi's, that is open for breakfast and dinner (no lunch). I had breakfast there one day and found the food adequate, not great. The bacon was good but the "Macadamia Pancakes" were merely ordinary flapjacks with a sprinkling of crushed macadamia nuts on top.

          This is a budget hotel; the room/bath features are along the lines of an Econolodge or Motel 6. The bath features a tub/shower,sink, clean towels and little complimentary soaps. As far as I can tell the fixtures are older, and not designed for handicapped access. In the building I stayed in there were no balconies/lanais (There are patios outside the rooms in the twin buildings surrounding the pool). Non-smoking rooms are available. The sliding windows open for ventilation and the A/C in my room worked quite well. There is no data port: just the phones I have already described.

          Lap of luxury? No. Just a reasonable place to stay if you're on a budget...

          It was nice!


          We stayed here last week and my husband and I really liked it. It was small and nice for 2 people...I don't think 3 or more people could have fit in the room that we were in, room 017 but we like it because it was quiet and close to the ocean and the airport too. If you want to save money and see everything in Maui than I'd recommend this hotel because it's is the center of everything!!!

          My Opinion


          There are many reasons why we stayed in this hotel. The main one was because we had spent so much money on other hotels that we wanted to save a few dollars here and the other was that we were leaving the island the next morning and wanted to be close to the airport.

          Well, we were close to the airport.... all night we were close to the airport. And close to the harley motorcycles and the busy street, etc.

          In defense of the hotel it was clean. very dated, but clean.

          We didn't really see any hotels in the area that would have been better. Since we needed to make reservations site unseen the Seaside was about average.

          Hawaii is expensive! I just had a hard time paying a high rate for so little. If you are going to Hawaii, don't skimp. Pay the extrs $60-$80 and get something nice.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Maui Seaside Hotel Kahului

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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