Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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We loved our stay here. The pros: beach was awesome we snorkeled, swam in the ocean, walked along the boardwalk and read our books every day. The resort had chairs that were comfortable or some days we rented a cabana which was extremely comfortable. The room size was nice ( we had a premium studio), it came with a small dining table and chairs, kitchen, big walk in closet. It was perfect for the 2 of us. The two negatives were, some cockroaches in the room, and our room faced the Whaler Village--which has loud air conditioning, and not much view.
Our family (2 adults and 3 teenagers) rented a 2BR/2BA condo in the Whaler just after the New Year's holiday in January 2017. The Whaler is a fairly nice hotel - two towers built probably in the 1980's perched on the edge of a big, gorgeous beach with phenomenal views of the ocean and the majestic peaks of Lanai and Molokai in the distance. The beach is clean and well-tended, though busy. Kaanapali is a development of about a dozen resorts and condo towers, along with a mall, restaurants, and a golf course. So while you are definitely not on some secluded beach, it isn't too crowded and there is lots to do close by. Our unit was a fourth floor condo on the southwest corner of Tower 2. The unit was spacious and well appointed - full kitchen with pots and pans, etc. The best feature was a wrap-around balcony that provided a direct view of the scenic green West Maui mountains, and a decent sliver of the ocean on the side. The unit was clean and housekeeping was good, but the furnishings and decorating were dated and tired -- it looked like things had not been updated since the 80's. But the large unit size compensated for that for our family.The biggest problem with Tower 2 is its proximity to the adjacent Whaler's Village shopping center next door to the south. Whaler's Village is an upscale mall, and it is currently undergoing major construction. While I had read on this site about Whaler's Village construction during the summer of 2016, I thought it would be done by the time we visited. No such luck. Not only is the construction not finished as of January 2017, it looks as though it still has another year to go. That means another year of the engine noise of excavators, the buzzing of circular saws, the pounding of hammers, and the constant "beep-beep-beep" of trucks and their reverse beacons. While we spent as much time away from the room as possible, the work started every morning at 6:30 am, so it was like an alarm clock. I doubt the construction noise is much of a factor for 75% of the Whaler's guests, but everyone on the south side of Tower 2 was all too aware of it. But honestly, even without the construction, that side of Tower 2 is likely still the noisiest part of the hotel. The north side of Whaler's Village (the side that faces the hotel) is its "service" end -- that's where the parking garage and the loading docks are located. So even under normal circumstances, Whaler guests on the south side of Tower 2 will have to endure motorcycles in the parking garage, loud refrigerated trucks, garbage trucks emptying the dumpsters, and the ubiquitous reverse beacons of the delivery trucks. So, if possible, avoid the south side of Tower 2 if you stay at the Whaler. For us, the noise is what lowered our review from four stars to three stars.Overall, the Whaler is a nice hotel in a good location with a fantastic beach. While it is not a "five star" hotel, it gets you close to all of the great activities in Maui, which itself is definitely a "five star" destination.
We booked this hotel based on location, amenities, and it was the only hotel on the side of Maui that had a full sized kitchen. There was construction on the front desk when we stayed here but it didn't cause any problems. The sounds of the construction site occurred during normal hours of the day, but we were not in the room very often so we didn't notice. The staff is all very friendly and accommodating.Our room was on the side of the building but it gave us a view of both the mountains and the ocean. Everything was clean and fully stocked. I enjoyed staying here at the Whaler, I would book again in the future.
We rented 3-2 Br/2 Ba oceanfront condos for over family over Christmas /New year Holiday. Paid top dollar for each one. One condo rented directly from the Whaler management #852, beautiful. Rented #502 directly from owner, clean comfortable. Last Unit was #25, which was not comfortable. Beds were awful, kitchen was overrun with Maui ants. All appliances not in good working order, including clothes washer. Water was leaking from ceiling into Master bath tub. Tried the move another unit as soon as we arrived, but all rented because of holidays. We were stuck. This unit should not be rented until major changes made. no response to my complaints from Whalers Realty Management Company. My review on VRBO and with management company have been deleted. The unit description and pictures do not match this unit, other than beautiful view and lanai. I have stayed here 3 separate times and have never had this problem. Word to the wise, rent directly from Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali. They know each unit and provide outstanding service.
Stayed at the Whaler Resort for 9 wonderful days. Having a fully equipped condo was wonderful and a private Lanai overlooking beautiful Kaanapali beach was beautiful. Amenities were very close by with Whalers Village next door. Best grocery store we found was a short drive away in Lahaina....Foodland. Tip....rent condo from North Tower if possible. Southern exposure. South Tower with exception of a few units was on total shade. Many many restaurants all within short walking distance. Would highly recommend and would be happy to return. Pool, tennis courts on site.
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- Massages available
- Parking (fee)
- WiFi (fee)
- Beach activity shack
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- 2 twin beds or 1 queen-size bed or 1 king-size bed and 1 double murphy bed or 1 double sofabed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
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- Iron and ironing board
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- Max occupancy 3
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- Max occupancy 4
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Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali BeachMaui,United States
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2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1910
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