Fodor's Expert Review Maui Beach Hotel

170 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Hawaii, 96732, USA See on Map

Budget-friendly rates and a central location in the island's commercial, civic, transportation, and health-care hubs make this two-story bayfront hotel on a busy intersection a popular choice for local and business travelers as well as for frugal visitors who understand that they get what they pay for. The hotel is operated as Aqua Hotels' Lite budget brand, which recently completed a propertywide upgrade including new furnishings and carpet. The rooms, which surround an expansive lawn, with some offering ocean and mountain views, are basic but offer in-room entertainment options: flat-screen TVs and PS3 game consoles, with DVD/game rentals included in the $10 resort fee. The second floor ocean suite offers many of the same upscale finishings as some of Maui's better resorts. Adjacent to the swimming pool is a popular restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the edge of the property there is an uncrowded beach; the protected waters host surfers, stand-up paddlers, fishermen, two outrigger canoe clubs, and cruise ships. The hotel is an easy walk to malls, the University of Hawaii Maui College, performing arts center, and restaurants. Want to tee off? Guests get special rates at Maui Nui Golf Club, a sister property in Kihei.

If you’re arriving late, save yourself the cost of a rental car for a day and utilize the hotel’s shuttle. It’s a nice perk, and you’re paying a $15 amenity fee for it, so you might as well use it.


Room choices include standard, garden views, ocean view, and oceanfront rooms, all with free Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffee maker, and air conditioning. The furnishings in the rooms are basic and there is almost no decor.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you have a sensitive nose, be warned. This hotel has a musty smell that is hard to escape.


Bathrooms are a surprisingly nice size, though the coffee maker and mini fridge share a vanity with the rest of the bathroom. The toilet is in a separate water closet, and some rooms have stand up showers while others have tub/shower combos.


The lobby is bright and spacious, with some seating and vending machines, but it’s completely devoid of any decor or ambiance.


The small, rectangular pool sits on top of the roof, with a few loungers and astroturf surrounding.


There isn’t much to the fitness room--a weight bench with free weights, one elliptical, and one bike in a claustrophobic room.


Rainbow Terrace Restaurant sits poolside and serves a hot breakfast (additional price), as well as a dinner buffet every evening where children 3 and under eat for free.


There is a small bar on-premises, the Lokelani Lounge.


Getting Around

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 offers a shuttle to and from the airport, as well as within a 3-mile radius around the hotel. Self parking is only $5 per day.


If you’re looking to eat more like a local, Da Kitchen (5-min drive) is the place to dine. Their menu includes fun versions of Hawaiian favorites like fried Spam musubi, chicken katsu sandwich served with potato mac salad, traditional plate lunches, and loco mocos. Most of these make great meals to-go, so grab a plate and head to the beach for a picnic!

There’s a real balance between cold and hot at Umi Maui (6-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 a comfy neighborhood bar right near the airport at Hang Loose Lounge (5-min drive) where you’ll wonder if happy hour will ever end. It remarkably lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 pm! In addition to happy hour, Saturdays are wahine days, where ladies receive even cheaper drinks. The friendly staff is another big draw here.

If you’re looking for a really fun happy hour, you’ll want to stop by Milagros (13-min drive) (you’ll likely need a good drink upon your return from Hana). Not only is their happy hour a good three hours long (from 3 to 6 pm), but it is CHEAP--$5 house margaritas, mai tais, and wine, along with $4 beers and $6 menu items make it one of the best-priced options on the island.


Its proximity to the airport and affordability, as well as airport shuttle, make it a great option for late night or early morning flights.




Phones: 808-877–0051

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