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... my designated shift of Penny patrol, I noticed that her swim diaper was hanging a little low...and that it had an irregular hue about the edges. Sure enough, Penny had 'dropped chow' and produced a horrific slurry of pablum and veggie dip. I couldn't get her out of the pool fast enough and did everything in my power to prevent the fecal silt from pooling on the tiles. You'd think I'd marinated my hands in yellow curry. Naturally, we'd not packed an extra swim diaper or wipes and ...
... and photos taken straight down through the trees don't show any sign of coastline. The next several miles have some of the best scenery, when we can see it through the rain and fog, which comes and goes. There are various waterfalls and swimming holes the whole way along the route. See red headed, and all-red cardinals at one stop. We pass the turnoff to Ke’anae Peninsular, and can see a long and interesting point jutting out into the grey and choppy sea, ...
... have all the beach stuff, towels, coolers, beach chairs etc. It's like being at a 5 star hotel.
On the way to the condo we stopped for lunch in the cute town of Lahaina and had yummy fish sandwiches and Maui onion rings.
There are 2 markets nearby. The Times which is at the bottom of Lower Honoapilani and the Napili Village Market just down the road. Both have great sushi and great priced ...
... marquee and take our seats at our tables. Shortly the piper starts up again, and The bridesmaids walk in one by one, followed by Leianna and her Dad. Paul had secretly arranged from Grammy award winning Hawaiian guitarist Jeff Peterson to play Leiannas favourite song as she came in. Her face when she saw him was a picture! The ceremony was lovely - very simple and moving. Mark did a reading (the couples stories about each other), there were poems ...
... time. This place was so cool. At points the rock formed a protective barrier from the edge about 3ft high. In other parts, you could literally walk straight off the edge plummeting about 25ft into the ocean. In other areas it was incredibly windy. The sound of the wind whipping past you and the waves crashing was near deafening. After getting our fill, it was time to head back to familiar stomping grounds for lunch. We hit up CJ's deli ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Maui Eldorado Lahaina
Okay - only if the location suits you...
I agree with the previous review that the Eldorado needs a facelift. I suppose we got what we paid for ($98/night), especially considering the location. However, our studio left much to be desired. The carpet was stained, the toilet tank leaked, the bathtub was stained and the toilet/tub "closet" smelled of urine (countless matches couldn't tame the smell). The washer/dryer is convenient (as is the kitchen), but the closet it is in is cluttered with housekeeping items.
If you're on a budget and HAVE to be in Kaanapali, then this is acceptable. It's a short walk to the beach and a great, affordable restaurant (CJ's Deli & Diner) is just across the street.
Maui Eldorado - Needs a Facelift
We stayed 6 nights in a spacious one bedroom at the end of August, 2003. While the size and appointments of the room were perfect for our family (5 people), the resort is old and dingy, and in need of a facelift. We were disappointed that there were no real facilities besides the pools and the long walk to the rocky, unswimmable beach.
Even the pool areas were disappointing -- all concrete, no foiliage, no umbrellas. We did get a great deal from an owner -- but when we return to Maui we will stay on Kaanapali Beach at one of the majors.
We loved Maui, and found the best swimming and snorkeling at the Kapalua Beach, a few minutes north of Kaanapali. If you have a car (which you will need), I recommend it. We biked down Haleakala with Bike It Maui -- also highly recommended. And visit Mike at Boss Frogs -- good deals there.
Too far from the beach
We just came back from a seven day vacation to Maui. I did a LOT of research on hotels before booking on Maui El Dorado. I decided on staying there because they have a full kitchen and got some pretty good reviews on some websites. When we enter the room though, we were very disappointed by the distance to the ocean. It's pretty far! Like other poster said, the trolley to Kaanapali areas didn't stop there, so we had to walk to the Whaler's Village. The pool is small and plain, but clean. We walked to Sheraton across the golf course and was amazed at their facilities... big beautiful pool, live music... very, very lively! Our condo is well-maintained, with full kitchen. Oh yeah, on our first day there, I saw a HUGE cockroach!! I am most terrified of cockroach! Needless to say, I screamed and my husband killed the cockroach in an instant. I am so glad my husband is braver than I am! We never see any more cockroach throughout the stay... my hubby convinced that we just killed the King of Cockroach! The staffs, on the other hand, were very very friendly and nice. My hubby didn't trust me anymore in booking hotels, he'll do the job next time. We will not stay at Maui El Dorado again.
Loved the Island
We recently went to Maui on a Family vacation. We had three families, mine, my sister and my mom and stepfather. We stayed at the Maui, ElDorado in Kannappalli, Beach. It is okay the rooms were very nice, but the beach was a little far and not too sandy it was a bit rocky. We would walk over to the beach in front of the Shearton when we would walk to the beach it was a nice sandy beach. I would have preffered to stay at a hotel a little closer to that beach. We did the snorkel trip to the Molkini crater, it was nice but not long enough the trip we did included snorkeling with turtles, but I would have rathered stayed in the crater longer than going where there were only a couple of turtles. Overall it was a great trip.
Comfortable but needs some work
Stayed in a partial oceanview studio on the first floor in August 2003.
There was no ocean view at all, not even a partial one. The unit was spacious with new appliances, however, the tub needed some bleaching to get rid of the mildew and the bathroom floors also needed bleaching.
There was a dead cockroach stuck in the kitchen window and I also saw some crawling in the tub at night. The gym was located at the Maui Marriott which is a 20-minute walk if walking fast. Tennis courts are also located off property. If a late checkout is requested, a $75 charge will be added to the final bill, even if you request an additional hour (1:00 PM instead of 12:00 PM). The unit is not quiet if you have neighbors on either side because the walls are thin and the patio areas are so close to each other.
Were going back, but staying at the Sheraton next time.
We discovered these rooms were more than your usual hotel room. It smelled, a lot, and bad. You notice it just as you turn the knob and open the door, even an inch. I wasnt sure if we were walking in on some elderly couples home. I had a difficult time relaxing in that room.
What it was? I didnt know; a combination of the smell, or mildew/mineral build up/rust in the shower, or stains on the carpet, or dirty kitchen utensils are all a possibility but it wasnt till later that I discovered what was really making my skin crawl.After unpacking we discovered yet another bonus provided by the Maui El Dorado at no charge, a stimulating hike! Yes, the 2-mile jaunt across the grounds and adjoining golf course to get to anything resembling a store or restaurant is exhilarating the first time. After that, its frustrating; especially when you learn that the free Kaanapali Trolley stops at every location BUT the Maui El Dorado. We walked to Whalers Village, a local open-air mall. I really enjoyed it there; it has several artsy-fartsy galleries and stores as well as a few stores for the more common tourist, also 5 restaurants, 4 of which we ate at. Tiki torches were all over the place and the warm breeze makes wearing sleeveless shirts with shorts comfortable. By the time we hiked back (uphill, mind you) we were exhausted and ready for some rest.4 days into our stay, my husband noticed something on the floor of the bathroom. He put his glasses on and turned on the light to see a 1 ½ inch long COCROACH heading right for his feet! He started yelling at me to give him a shoe! It took 3 smacks just to stop the thing, and he still wasnt dead just immobilized. I got on the phone with the front desk and informed them of the issue. They offered to spray the room and I accepted. After I saw the size of the bug I called them back and said I want another room. They said they had another room for us but we needed to move immediately because they needed to clean and spray our room for some new guests. We moved 2 doors down, to a room that had a better bathroom and seemed much cleaner and more comfortable. I wasnt too happy with the lack of distance between our new and old rooms but there werent any available rooms in all of Kaanapali Beach, I had been checking for the last few days.
We plan to return to Kaanapali and after carefully reviewing the several hotels we have decided we will pay the price for the Sheraton.
It really is the best location in our opinion.
Clean, but needs renovation
We decided to stay at this resort because we wanted to stay in a place with a kitchen so we would not have to go out for food when we wanted to eat. We travel a lot and found this poperty clean, but it looked very old. We felt the place needed to be renovated. When we got to our room, we found it to be the same way. However, the staff was extremely helpful. I went back to the front desk and asked it I could get a more modern room. One of the hotel clerks took me to another room to see if I liked it. This other room was a beautiful room. It had been updated with new carpet, tile, furniture and appliances. It also had a fabulous view of the golf course and the ocean. They gave us this room for the same rate. I would only stay at this place if I knew before my arrival that I would get one of these upgraded rooms.
Grat value, comfortble and clean
Stayed at the Eldorado from Arp. 3 to Apr.12, 2003. Had a studio unit that was excellent. Everything worked, lots of room, full kitchen, good maid service and a very nice patio. Three nice pools, well maintaned. We were some distance from the beach, more like a 10 minute walk than a 5, however shuttle ride is available and the beach has got to be one of the best. Close to hotels, shopping, public transportation. Would certainly stay there again. Get at least a ocean view as the garden view units really seem to look in on each other.
Not super luxurious but very comfortable with lovely grounds
My boyfriend and I just spent 7 nights at the Outrigger Maui Eldorado and had a great time. The grounds very very well maintained and the private cabana that issues towels and backrests was great. The main pool (there are 3 throughout the property) was very nice with 2 gas grills available to use along with a shuffle board game. The room itself (we had a studio) was very spacious with a kitchenette complete with dishwasher and stacked washer/dryer. My one complaint with the kitchen is that it had barely any space for pantry items but somehow we survived. The lanai was perfect for watching golfers and sipping cocktails or coffee. The room also had cable TV (not that you go to Maui to watch TV) and a VCR. It can be a nice quite retreat for honeymooners (our room had quite a few in the guest book) or for families. The accommodations are especially well suited for families with the pools, beach and tons of grassy areas to run. You might find yourself walking more than you would at a hotel with the grounds being so expansive and there being one central garage, but that can be a good thing. Although they do offer golf cart rides upon request. Pros: great location, daily maid service, relatively affordableCons: short to long walk to beach(depending on where your room is), maids don't do dishes or a very thorough daily cleaningThe Bottom Line: It is a quality condo with a great location.
Very Nice and quiet
We were walk ins to the Eldorado (Oct 2002) and actually got a studio for well below the rate advertised on this site. The studio was very clean and quiet. A short walk to the ocean. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The only complaint is that they close the pools at 8pm and we missed being able to take a later dip, having stayed at the Maui Islander prior which kept their pool open until 10pm. Bus stop about a 5 min walk that goes to Lahaina. R & T