At the entrance to Kahului Airport, this hotel offers many amenities for business travelers as well as tourists. Up-to-date technology is found throughout: in the lobby, the Bistro restaurant has meeting pods featuring flat screens and plug-ins; guests have computer access in the business center; a touch-screen "concierge" prints out maps; and guest rooms feature large work stations. If you're not all business, there is a 24-hour fitness center, a pool, a fire pit, and a complimentary shuttle to nearby shopping and restaurants (and to the airport), or you can walk to Costco and Kmart just across the street. Family suites have a fully equipped kitchen, a pull-out sofa in the living room, and connecting bedrooms. Kanaha Beach Park, a world-famous wind- and kite-surfing spot, is nearby.
Room choices include standard, deluxe, and suites with different configurations of beds. The large rooms include very comfy beds, plush pillows, free Wi-Fi, and contemporary decor and furnishings.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is close to the road, so bedrooms can get a bit loud because of the nearby traffic.
Large bathrooms have either bathtubs or showers, all with large vanities and bright lighting.
The hotel lobby is nice to look at, with contemporary design, bold colors, and dark woods, as well as Hawaiian accents throughout. There are two reception podiums that are unobtrusive, with plenty of comfy seating, and free Wi-Fi.
The deep, round pool is ringed by loungers and a few cabanas, as well as a fire pit and hot tub.
The bright fitness room has floor to ceiling windows, giving guests a poolside view while they use the variety of cardio and weight equipment.
The Bistro serves up grab-and-go foods and drinks for breakfast and dinner from the hotel lobby, including fruit, sandwiches, and flatbreads.
The Bistro offers a full bar, including spirits, beer, wine, and cocktails.
It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow). The hotel includes the nice perk of a free shuttle to airport and nearby dining, shopping, and even the beach.
There’s a real balance between cold and hot at Umi Maui (9-min drive), which features both a sushi menu and a ramen menu (though Sunday is the only day they overlap -- they are offered on different days). Plates are as beautiful as they are delicious at this no reservations, BYOB restaurant.
Find fresh, vibrant food at Fork and Salad (Kahului location) (5-min drive), featuring signature, as well as build-your-own salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches made with a wide variety of mostly local and organic ingredients. These healthy options make a great choice to pick up for a beach picnic or day of hiking.
The nightlife is bustling at Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon (12-min drive), where music happens every night of the week. Restaurant by day and night, after 10 p.m. it’s a drink-slinging good time, with beer, wine, and a full bar. The daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. offers up some great prices along with discounted food, as well.
Maui Wine (44-min drive) offers some truly memorable drinking experiences. For those looking for a simple visit, a quick trip to their tasting room in King’s Cottage (with optional tour) is a great way to get to know these wines. For a truly special treat, the Old Jail Tasting allows guests to gain more in-depth knowledge of the winemaking process and taste four select wines (often specialty or unreleased wines) along with taste pairings, all while hanging out in an old jail.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This airport hotel packs in a lot of amenities and looks good doing it. It may not be a part of a beach vacation, but for business travelers or those arriving on a late flight, it makes a great choice.