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Kahului & Wailuku Area

Resorts by Name

Banana Bungalow

(800) 846-7835 or (808) 244-5090
310 N Market St, Wailuku
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The location isn’t the best at this hostel—you can’t walk to the beach—but they offer different tours each day (including snorkeling at Black Rock in West Maui, taking the Road to Hana, and hiking on Haleakala) to make up for it. Tours are free, but the guides work for tips. They also have free beer on Friday nights. Pretty impressive. Total party atmosphere. (And they want you to know that before booking so you aren’t surprised.) Walls are wood construction and thin, so the sound carries. Free coffee and make-it-yourself pancakes in the mornings (clean up after yourself, too). They have a strict rule—no Maui residents. You have to show them an out-bound airline ticket or a foreign passport. Clean, small rooms and shared baths (which could be cleaner) but BYOT (towel—you can also rent one for $5). Beat-up pool table in game room with a computer. Dorms have lockers, but bring your own lock. Private rooms need to store valuables in the front desk safe.

2020-07-10T09:10:23-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value

Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport

(877) 852-1880 or (808) 871-1800
532 Keolani Pl, Kahului
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This is the closest hotel to the airport, so it appeals to business travelers. It has a wonderfully outfitted lobby with a made-to-order restaurant that is open for breakfast and dinner until 10 p.m. and also serves up a happy hour. Scattered around the lobby are smart TVs to which you can hook up your laptop. The lobby has many places to plug in your computer and enjoy the free WiFi without killing your battery. There is also a 24-hour self-serve snack area with pizzas, soups, drinks, etc., and a microwave. The pool is small, but the covered cabanas are free for the taking, and there’s a large fire pit at night. There are no views here (except of Costco), and rooms have no lanais and oddly no room safes (you have to use the front desk safe deposit boxes). The rooms are modern and comfortably sized with either a shower-only or tub/shower combo.

2020-07-09T14:11:08-10:00 Rating: No Award

Maui Beach Hotel

(866) 406-2782 or (808) 877-0051
170 W. Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului
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Situated on the harbor in Kahului, the Maui Beach Hotel is a favorite with Hawai‘i residents and business travelers. (Just don’t let the name fool you—there’s no swimmable beach here.) Despite its age, the property is well maintained, clean, open and bright. (The skylights in the hallway go a long way in brightening up the space.) They have a good sense of humor here (their Maui-style weather station is a hoot), and the staff has lots of aloha. Oceanfront rooms are the most spacious and worth the upgrade. If price is the biggest factor, notice that the cheaper rooms facing the highway have double-paned windows that do a good job of blocking traffic noise. Garden View and Ocean View rooms have a tub/shower combo instead of just a shower. Only some rooms have a lanai—be sure to ask if one is available when booking.

2020-07-10T09:10:55-10:00 Rating: No Award

Maui Seaside

(800) 560-5552 or (808) 877-3311
100 W. Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului
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This local hotel chain always has clean, tidy rooms and grounds, and this location is no exception. Though on the beach, it’s actually on a commercial harbor, and the water is not recommended for swimming.

The rooms, though very dated, always have spotless bathrooms with polished chrome fixtures (wish we knew their secret—ours always get pitted with rust). They’ve refreshed the bedding in rooms, but still have the same old furniture. Some other areas like the lobby and pool also have new furnishings. Larger rooms are in the tower building (with elevator), and its even-numbered rooms have better views. No rooms have lanais.

Their rack rates should be taken with a grain of salt. Nearly everyone gets discounted, and they have lots of packages. Staff is friendly. No room safes, but they have free safe deposit boxes at the front desk. Local calls are $0.50.

2020-07-10T09:11:18-10:00 Rating: No Award

Old Wailuku Inn

(800) 305-4899 or (808) 244-5897
2199 Kahookele St, Wailuku
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They consider themselves a B&B, but we’ll classify them as an inn. This was a banker’s home built in 1924, which has been lovingly restored. (The termites had almost carried it away.) Room amenities are well-considered and very homey. Rooms vary a lot, but all are very quaint and some quite roomy. Some have deep whirlpool bathtubs and separate showers.

Other amenities, like many kinds of tea, a very good breakfast that varies each day (served at 8 a.m.—continental served at 7 a.m.) and stocked refrigerators, make this a nice place to stay. They also have a take-away fruit and yogurt parfait for those who have an early tour or flight. The inn is filled with interesting furnishings. Also check out the ‘ohi‘a wood floor upstairs. No laundry facilities. Our review hasn’t changed for a number of editions because they haven’t changed either. We like it.

2020-07-10T09:10:01-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem
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