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The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

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The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui
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You Can Do Better
Dale says 15 years ago
Stayed October 2008
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out of 5

The Whaler is situated on beautiful Kaanapali Beach in the southwestern area of Maui, Hawaii. It consists of two 12-story buildings which are separated by a courtyard and a small, simple swimming pool. Additional landscaped areas around the building are minimal since the facility is squeezed between the Kaanapali Beach Hotel to the north and The Whaler Shopping Center to the south. Except for the western exposure of the corner suites, all the rooms appear to have balconies facing in a north or south direction as opposed to facing the beach. Partial views of the beach to the west and the mountains to the east are the best that can be hoped for with this orientation. Parking is provided by way of an underground garage situated beneath the courtyard between the two buildings. Unlike other properties along Kaanapali Beach, The Whaler is not a resort hotel but rather a 'condotel' which has a number of vacant condos available for daily or weekly rental. They have a small unconnected lobby/office area between the two main buildings; however, there is no restaurant or bar. These services can be had at The Whaler Shopping Center immediately next door. Concierge and adequate housekeeping services are provided although more than once we had to venture to the front desk to receive our daily coffee packet for the room coffee maker.

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in Maui at The Whaler in mid-October 2008. The property was undergoing an extensive renovation program at that time. The courtyard landscaping had been removed thus exposing the concrete roof deck of the underground parking garage, the swimming pool was being reconstructed, and structural repairs of the parking garage were underway. The beauty of Kaanapali Beach had been supplanted by a major construction zone.

The condition of The Whaler property due to their current renovation program was not fairly represented at the time we made our reservations in early July. At that time, we were correctly advised that the courtyard landscaping was being renovated. Two weeks before our departure date we were then FULLY advised that the parking garage was also under construction, that the pool would not be available and, that we were welcome to walk next door to use the pool at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. At this late date we investigated the possibility of using other accommodations with our travel agent only to find that the type of room features we wanted were no longer available elsewhere and that any that further room upgrade would be cost prohibitive. We decided not to change anything and hope for the best. That was not a good decision. In hindsight, we wish we had stayed next door at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel which appeared to be a rather lively and fun-oriented property. During our stay it became obvious to us that The Whaler's construction program had been ongoing for quite some time; and, at the time we made our reservations in July we could have been HONESTLY informed as to what we could expect. However, we were "played like a fiddle" and taken advantage of. Then, to add injury to insult, we were charged $12 per day for the privilege of hunting for a parking space in the middle of the night; they had overbooked with respect to the reduced number of parking garage spaces! With the inconvenience, noise, and lack of facilities currently offered their guests, we think it would have been a reciprocal display of goodwill to forego the extraneous parking charge, but management didn't think so.

It appears The Whaler is making a serious effort to improve its exterior infrastructure. Overall, the interior public spaces and finishes are well kept. However, judging from the condition of our room some interior renovation is also required. The room was spacious, we loved the layout, and the kitchen area was well stocked with whatever we needed. However, room 565 in the south building was well worn. The carpet and tile floors were not clean. Painted surfaces were dirty and in need of recoating. The furniture was marred and ready for replacement. Obviously, this weekly rental had been neglected for a long time and its condition was not worth the price we paid for it. If you decide to stay at The Whaler, try to get a north side room in the north building with views of the grounds at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel and the island of Molokai. Our south side balcony in the south building faced the shopping center and was subjected to the constant noise of its HVAC power plant.

Bottom line: If you're staying at Kaanapali Beach you can do much better than The Whaler for about the same price or less.
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The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach - Hotel Reviews from across the web

No title - expert review
This is one of the most consistently popular condo resorts in the Kaanapali area, with first-rate beach access. The matched set of 12-story buildings are known for their pleasant furnishings (lots of wicker and Polynesian decor), a huge oceanfront swimming pool and excellent views embracing Molokai ...

No title - expert review
Where everyday stress drifts away. The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is a luxurious resort that offers beachfront beauty, gracious service and the at home convenience of condominium living. Located directly on the best beach and in the heart of the Kaanapali Resort Area guests will find a tranquil oasis...

All hype, nothing remarkable - user review
We took the family (6 of us) and stayed at the Kaanapali Alii and were absolutely thrilled with the Alii. We decided to extend our stay since we were having such a great time, but the Alii was closing down our building for red...

Good location, size/needs update - user review
Excellent location on a popular beach. The oceanview 1 BR unit was very large; would be very comfortable for 4 people. Our particular unit had very worn furniture stuffing coming out of all sofa cushions for example, and all wood furniture surfaces worn through in areas; in keeping with 2 2 star pro...

Best place for the money!!!!!!!!!! - user review
This was the first time that my wife and I went to Maui, so we were not sure on where to stay and what was the best location. We hit it right on the head and got lucky by staying at the Whaler. People complained in the reviews that I read about the parking garage leaking, it was not that bad infact ...

No title - user review
Beautiful sunsets and clear ocean with fabulous snorkeling. We saw fish and two sea turtles at the North end of the beach just a short walk away. Parking is convenient and staff is friendly. The property is great with lounging areas, pools and Barbeque ar...

No title - user review
Check in was the worst. Welcome to the whaler Mr. Curran, may I have you credit card, thank you, oh no you have the worst room we have, ground floor next to the elevator. We can upgrade you to a nice room on a high floor for an adult. but can I please have a room away from the elevator. No you cant,...

Loved the beach at The Whaler - user review
Aloha ~My husband and I are the owners of the condo referenced in this review. Our response is intended for prospective visitors considering staying at our condo. We take great pride in ...

Stayed in 918 Lots of whales this year!! Goodbye Village course - user review
Great Location. I love going down to the ocean and diving in off the beach. Close to the fun restaurants in the Whaler Village. We enjoy the fun with the other BBQ people and those ...

Loved the resort, issues with the condo owner - user review
I would highly recommend the Whaler, and would even stay again, but would book through the resort directly, even though it costs a bit more. We have been having a lot of trouble getting...

Maui Max - user review
My family has stayed in Maui several times over the last several years. We have stayed at the Whaler the last 3 times. I have found the building to be very clean and right on the beach...

Location, Location, Location!! - user review
My husband and I went to Maui and Kauai in October 2006. While in Maui, we rented unit #661 from alohacondos. It's a studio, but very spacious. The place was very clean and very w...

Whaler #764 - user review
The Whaler at Ka'anapali Beach is an excellent property with exquisitely kept grounds in possibly the best location on all of Maui. Located directly on the beach, it has all the ameniti...

first time in Maui and we loved it! - user review
We (mum, dad and 13 yo son) stayed at The Whaler at Kaanapali Beach from 7-13th Jan 2007. What a fantastic stay. Maui is soo beautiful! We rented Condo 114 directly from the owner vi...

Wonderful Honeymoon at the Whaler!!! - user review
We stayed at the Whaler from August 28 until Sept 1st for the first part of our Honeymoon in Maui. We had arrived so late the day of our arrival because of a massive delay from O'Hare...

This is a great place! - user review
We stayed here a couple of weeks ago. We were in 1101 on the corner, it couldn't be any better than this. The lania went all the way around from the ocean side to the courtyard side. Our c...

Loved The Whaler - user review
We stayed in Unit #857 from April 15th 2006 through April 20th 2006. Unit #857 was in great condition. The furniture was new, the view was terrific, the kitchen was modern and up to date...

Latest reviews of The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, HI
We were there in August 2004, on our honeymoon, and the service and cleanliness was impecable!! Everyone was soooo super friendly. They were always willing to offer you assistance without any reservation and the site itself is breathtaking. It is located right on the strip and the easy access from t...

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Maui Reviews - Travel - LATimes.com
In the heart of Kaanapali, right on the world-famous beach, lies this oasis of elegance, privacy, and luxury. The relaxing atmosphere strikes you as soon as you enter the open-air lobby, where light reflects off the dazzling koi in the meditative lily pond. No expense has been spared on these gorgeo...

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach - Lahaina
Two-Bedroom Two-Bath Oceanfront Suite offers bedding configurations of two (2) king beds, one (1) king bed and two (2) twin beds, or two (2) queen beds; plus one (1) sofa bed in the living area. Each suite features an average room size of 1,952 square feet and a private, furnished lanai with a panor...

Maui The Whaler on Ka'anapali Resort
The Whaler offers the perfect combination of wonderful accomodations, recreational choices, and entertaining activities all within the grounds. Play tennis on one of the 5 courts. Work-out in our excercise room or relax in the sauna. Take a dip in the beachfront pool and spa. The popular Whaler's Vi...

Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Reviews, Features, and Discounts from Travel Hawaii
halers Village is right next door. You'll find interesting shops, restaurants ranging from snacks to gourmet dining, and a whaling museum. Kaanapali's two championship golf courses, one designed by award-winning architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., await you just across the street. Our friendly Concie...

Overview - Whaler on Kaanapali Beach in Kaanapali
The Whaler is located on Kaanapali Beach. This area is an active environment with lots to do. Enjoy the excellent Whaler pool, the beach, or the boardwalk. You can also visit the Whaler's Village Shopping Mall next door. This upscale mall includes many fine restaurants, beautiful shops and exquisite...

Whaler on Kaanapali Beach - Maui United States Hawaii
is a luxurious resort that offers beachfront beauty, gracious service, and the at home convenience of condominium living. Located on the best beach in the Kaanapali Resort area, guests will find a tranquil oasis of privacy touched with magical...

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