Royal Lahaina Resort Hotel

, Lahaina, United States
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Royal Lahaina Resort Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 516

2780 Kekaa Drive - Lahaina - Hawaii - 96761 - United States | 808 661 3611
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Trip was great
Submitted by: Keven Palmissano in 29/03/05
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After reading some of the reviews, I ust admit, I was scared that I made the wrong chose. Happily, everything on the trip was great. I can see what some of the reviewers were saying with the resort being old; my ceiling fan was noisy, the toilet seat was loose, and the water pressure was weak.

Those were easy things to look pass, especially since the price was so reasonable. I also found everyone to be very friendly and the beach was outstanding. I suggest that you take a stroll to Black Rock (south end of the beach) for great snorkeling. The location of the resort was good also; you must try a restaurant a few blocks away (31 & Front St) called “Canoe”. Another tip that I found was to request a odd number room in the main tower if you don't
have an ocean view, much better view of the island instead of the parking lot. Overall I would recommend this resort for anyone that is just looking for a nice place to stay in Maui.
Time of our lives
Submitted by: Linda D. in 29/03/05
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This summer we found ourselves needing to piece together a trip to Maui and chose the Royal Lahaina based on the pictures we saw on the internet. What can I say? We had the time of our lives! We also stayed at a resort where we ran into "stars," but had the best time at the Royal Lahaina. People asked me where I would go if I went back and I replied without question, The Royal Lahaina!! I've stayed at many hotels, but never had as much fun as we did in one of your beautiful suites. Thank you.

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honeymoon bargain

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed nine nights at the Royal Lahaina for our honeymoon last summer. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had a clean, ocean front tower room with an outstanding view. We utilized the lounge quite a bit, but only ate at the hotel once or twice -- my husband spoke highly of a sashimi appetizer he had while taking a break from soaking up the sun. The lounge staff were very friendly, and the nightly Hawaiian music was fun. We weren't concerned about the parking fees, because we didn't rent a car. We frequently used the free trolley to Whaler's Village (which is also within walking distance) and cheap shuttle to and from Lahaina ($1 each way), where there are many restaurants, bars, shops and ocean activities. Yes, the facilities are a bit old, but we thought it was a great bargain, with all of the things to do and see in beautiful Maui. The location on Kaanapali beach is outstanding -- it was peaceful and never crowded. We would definitely stay at the Royal Lahaina again.

A Little Disappointed....

from Karisma_T
I have to agree, the Royal Lahaina is a tired old hotel that needs major updating. For the price you pay, you don't get much. It's too bad, the hotel does have a great beach because it's off by itself. I would recommend this hotel to those who are not expecting deluxe accommodations, this hotel is pretty average.

Wonderfully Casual Elegance

from A TripAdvisor Member
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The cottages were beautiful and very romantic, and the grounds were lush and well kept. I especially appreciated the "casual elegence" atmosphere of the hotel. I felt so comfortable and relaxed at Royal Lahaina, and the staff was warm and friendly. I've stayed at many luxury and "4 star hotels and resorts," and they are all the same. I'm never completely relaxed, always feeling like I have to dress and act a certain way. At Royal Lahaina there may not be marble counters and koa wood floors, but it offers a true feeling of Hawaii and the "aloha spirit." This hotel truly has elegance and character, which is what I prefer. The gazebo is so charming, and its pathway is lined with the names of couples married at the hotel. So romantic! That being said, I am aware that the rooms at the "Royal Hale" section of the hotel does not have the best accomodations. However, I've noticed that the Royal Hale rooms are the ones assigned to "budget" and "economy" packages. I mean, come on, what do you expect when you purchase a low fare package? You get what you pay for. The other hotel rooms and the cottages go for $200-$300 a night, and they are great. Don't expect a luxury room when you pay a dirt-cheap fare! This is Kaanapali, Hawaii after all!

Good Enuff!

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was good enough. View was wonderful. Sand was warm. Ocean spectacular. I don't know who reviewed this place bad, but it was good enough.

Our First Trip to Maui

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our 1st trip to Maui (vacation ever), the hotel was very nice but definitely needs updated. Our room was comfortable, the view was gorgeous from our Lanai. They should consider rearranging the rooms so that there are better views from the bed and sitting area other than the lanai. The breakfast buffet was outstanding although a little pricey. Their dinners and lunch were very pricey. The grounds are very nice and well maintained. The hot tub is to far from the main hotel you have to walk across the parking lot, they should consider moving it closer to the hotel around the pool area. They management and staff could be friendlier with the guests and they do not offer any pool side parties or early morning get togethers for the guests, you are basically on your own. I would stay there again as I loved the area and they are priced very well for this stretch of the beach. It is gorgeous in this area of Maui, we drove to the Kehei area and I was not impressed with that area at all. Kaanapali Beach area is the best. Any questions please feel free to e-mail me. Cindy

What are you looking for?

from LarryM82
This was our first trip to Maui, I became concerned after reading some of the reviews of the Royal Lahaina. We found the accomodations more than adequate, the room was small but still comfortable. We were ocean front on the 9th floor and had a spectacular view. One morning we counted more than a dozen whales. If you are going to do day trips around Maui and return to the hotel in the evening to put your feet up on the railing of your veranda with a drink in your hand, this is the place to go. We heard the Hawaii'n music from the lounge and slept with the doors open all night listening to the surf. We did spend time in the lounge and had breakfast outside on the deck. They do charge extra for somethings you wouldn't expect, however, they do offer a package for $12 a day that covers parking, use of the safe, unlimited local calls, and coffee in the room. They should just add the 12 bucks to the daily price. There is a breakfast buffet for $12, or a breakfast special (2 eggs, 2 bacon, 1 slice of toast, and potatos) for $5. Get the special with an extra side of bacon and toast and your still under $8, big deal, you spent a grand getting here!!! The beach is beautiful and almost private. If you're looking for a place to sit on the beach in a cabana and have drinks brought to you all day, or, if you're looking to spend you're entire vacation in a hotel, this is not the place!! Go to Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas or some similar place.

t pay me to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have gone to Maui over 10 times, and I have to say this was the worst trip ever. First of all you get there and they tell you there is a $7.00 a day fee to park your car in their lot. Then they tell you there is a fee for coffee in the room and the safe, by the time you check in you are spending additional 10-12 dollars a day. Then if that was not bad enough, it rained for 2 days and our roof leaked, all they did was give a bag of towels to lay on the floor and didn't even pick them up, I had to take them to the pool area and drop them is the dirty towel bin. Then what really top off the trip they lost electricy for 2 1/2 days, they blamed the ele. company but when we found the men working they told us it was the hotel. We had to fight for a refund on money, I felt really sorry for the people in the tower that had no electicty, it had to be very uncomfortable. Turst me if you want a great place to stay, stay at the Napli Kai hotel.....It is great and they just redid all the rooms. (that is why we couldn't stay there this trip) I will never stay at Royal Lahaina resort again. You couldn't get me to stay there ever again.

Accolades to Royal Lahaina Resort

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were in Maui from Dec. 27th-Jan. 6th, for our daughter's wedding on the beach at Kaanapali. We stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort. I can't believe some of the reviews we read about it before we left on our trip. Actually, I was beginning to get worried. What a WONDERFUL relief it was when we arrived - it was a lovely, purely Hawaiian experience. I can't believe how ridiculously picky some people must be. We found the Royal Lahaina to be warm, friendly, clean, comfortable, and quite enjoyable. We engaged 3 rooms for all our family members, and the rooms were older, yes, but very clean and comfortable. The views from the rooms were awesome. The lobby was holiday-decorated beautifully and boasted lovely wood walls and fresh flowers. The staff was very accomodating, and the beach area was the best. I feel we got a true bargain and a real taste of Hawaii. Their luau was fabulous. We plan to return, and there is not a doubt that we will stay at the Royal Lahaina. Thank you, Royal Lahaina staff - we loved it!! Keep up the good work. We're anxious to return!!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
I thought it was wonderful. It is an older resort, but it gives you the real feel of Hawaii. Yes, the Westin, Ritz Carlton are all great, but I did not go to Hawaii for modern buildings. The lobby has beautiful wood walls and is filled with flowers. I wanted the real feel of Hawaii and I got it with this hotel. The Royal Lahaina Resort was clean, I saw no roaches and we were there over 7 days. The rooms were clean, enjoyed the lounge every night. Most of the people we met had stayed there before and return only to this hotel. I guess you just can not please everyone?

Great location, GREAT Hotel, worth the $$

from A TripAdvisor Member
I lived in Hawaii for 10 years, from 1976-1986. You cannot get a better deal for your money. It is a lower costing hotel, but it is in the right resort. If you go to Maui, I highly recommend staying in the Kaanapali Resort area. The Royal Lahaina Hotel is right smack on a beautiful white sand beach. There are a couple of places to eat at the hotel, but I definitely recommend going into the little town of Lahaina and eating at Bubba Gumps Shrimp Factory, Longhi's, and Blue Moon. You can travel down the beach to the other hotels and enjoy the area. There is plenty to do in Maui. Don't miss going out to Molokini on a snorkeling trip. You will get to swim with the turtles and fish. Those trips run around $60 for all day including your breakfast and lunch. I have travelled all around the world and Maui tops my list. Another laid back place to stay in the Kaanapali resort is the Maui Eldorado, and it you like the high class hotels, try the beautiful Hyatt, Westin Maui, or the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. The Sheraton is nice as well. Basically, if you stay in Kaanapali, you will have a great time. It isn't anything like staying in Honolulu, which is basically like going to New York City.

Top Local Tips for Lahaina

Activities everywhere. Search the web for all activities. You'll find really good deals. Take a heli-tour if you can. Wouldn't suggest going on a dinner cruise but the view was worth it. Best thing is take the trip to Hana. Rent a Jeep and drop the top. One of the best experiences in my life. Absolutely breath taking. Make sure you hike the falls but must be in good shape. Takes about 2-3 hours total.

The Road to Hana - Take a Dog on a Picnic! If you miss your pet like we did, definitely stop at the Maui Grown Market in Haiku, a small town on the Hana Highway, to pick-up a dog. Chris Borges is the market's owner and she also runs an animal sanctuary - so if you miss your dog, you can borrow one of hers for the day. The dog we chose, Koa, has previously been on The Travel Channel and The Food Network and he knew ALL of the trails. As we drove the twisty hills and curves, Koa laid his head on the side of the backseat and took in the view. About an hour in, a group of locals passed us and yelled, "Aloha, Koa!" from their Jeep. It was such a fun experience that's good for both you and the dog. Chris is an amazing person. We spoke for a long time when we returned Koa that evening at 6:00 p.m. She showed us her dogs and told us about how she got started rescuing animals. She has a big heart.

Hire a car ! Maui is not a big Island, but a lot of sites are remote from each others, therefore a car is a must and treat yourself, get a Jeep or a convertible: it's worth it - especially if do the road to Hana.


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  • Address: 2780 Kekaa Drive - Lahaina - Hawaii - 96761 - United States
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