Royal Lahaina Resort 3.0

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
The true value of a tower room, however, is in its incomparable ocean view. Because there are no other high-rises nearby, every room gets a panoramic scope of the Pacific and surrounding Kaanapali. No other hotel in the area can boast the same.

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 The true value of a tower room, however, is in its incomparable ocean view. Because there are no other high-rises nearby, every room gets a panoramic scope of the Pacific and surrounding Kaanapali. No other hotel in the area can boast the same.
After the Kauai Marriott's $50-million renovation, almost all of the 356 guest rooms' previously staid, chain-hotel furnishings, old tube TVs, and standard bathroom fixtures have been jettisoned for beautiful new bathrooms with Kohler sinks, 42-inch LG flat-screens, and contemporary furniture in colorful, contrasting shades of orange and red. Kauai Marriott's 26,000-square-foot super-pool -- the largest single-level pool in the entire state -- has five Jacuzzis with four waterfalls and a 5,000-square-foot flagstone pool deck with 500 lounge chairs. Kauai Marriott is the only hotel in Kauai that fronts versatile, kid-friendly Kalapaki Beach. Free of debris and driftwood, Kalapaki is guarded from strong currents and undertows as it lies in its own separate cove, making it excellent for swimming, bodyboarding, and beginner's surfing. The 24-hour fitness center (free to access) has separate aerobics room and $5 exercise classes (yoga, Pilates, boot camp). The hotel is home to five tasty restaurants, with mostly affordable menu prices. Duke's, seen here, has daily drink specials, $10-and-under bar menu, affordable tropical drinks, and fresh-catch seafood ($15 to $25 entrees). The hotel is home to two 18-hole Jack-Nicklaus-designed golf courses, though only 18 holes total are currently open for play due to renovations continuing until at least 2010. Among the holes available are half of those on the Kiele Course, rated No. 56 among Golf Digests "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses." In Oahu's Waikiki, mega-resorts have tried to edge each other out for the choicest beachfront spots. Yet this budget hotel managed to squeeze its way in; the family-friendly Kuhio section of Waikiki Beach (seen here) is right across a narrow street. Small rooms have great new beds, flat-screen TVs, and a fun, colorful, tropical-themed décor, from the red flower-print throw pillows to the tiki-style lamp to the mix of bamboo, dark wood, and rattan furniture, including the sizeable dresser, a table, and two chairs. An impressive 85 percent of the rooms have some ocean view, like the one seen here. A free, daily hot breakfast is another nice perk. At check-in guests receive a cooler bag to bring down to the poolside buffet (they're encouraged to bring their food across the street to eat on the beach). For other dining options, chains like Wolfgang Puck Express, Subway, and Cold Stone Creamery line the ground-floor lobby. This 72-room Waikiki boutique offers designer style with sample-sale price tags. Recently renovated rooms fashioned by San Francisco designer Jiun Ho are some of the most stylish on the island, yet you can usually get them for less than $150. San Francisco designer Jiun Ho didn't just design the rooms, he also designed the lobby and other details like the staff's uniforms. As a result, the hotel has a consistent stylistic approach throughout -- relaxing continuity that's pleasantly surprising given the reasonable rates. The hotel's small staff goes out of its way to be helpful, and there are lovely, impressive service touches, given the price point. Cold towels and fresh pineapple juice are handed out at check-in, hip staff workers remember guests' names and dole out local recommendations, and a small breakfast buffet is available each morning. Guest rooms have cool bathrooms with Japanese ceramic glasses, towels topped with smooth stones, fancy FACE Stockholm toiletries, and a button to cast a delicate mood light. The clean rooms at the budget Maui Coast have modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Tradewinds, a small poolside bar and snack shack by day, becomes a festive gathering place at night, when live bands play. The hotel has a modest lineup of free extras: a tennis court that stays open until 9:30 p.m., parking, a fitness center, and laundry facilities on every floor. Room service is available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There's one restaurant at the hotel, but guests will probably want to head into the town of Kihei where there are plenty of popular, affordable restaurants. If all you're looking for is a clean, cheap room, the Aqua Waikiki Pearl can do you one better -- they're also spacious and recently renovated. The 127 rooms are a great value: spacious, clean, with flat-screen TVs and free Internet. Guests can access free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and free wired Internet in their rooms (no Wi-Fi yet). The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, though there's a small sports bar right outside the front door where a beer is only a couple bucks. Laundry facilities are available on the 3rd floor, and it's cheap: $1.25 to wash, $1 to dry. The 430-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel sits right on an uncrowded stretch of Kaanapali's four-mile beach, with great views of Black Rock. This low-key hotel prides itself on being the "Most Hawaiian Resort" and has a great tiki bar, free Hawaiian activities, and nightly live entertainment. The only downside to this hotel is that with renovations still underway, you're rolling the dice on room quality. The old rooms are in bad condition, with worn, dated furniture. The new décor -- print bedding and upholstery, colonial-style bed furniture, and Hawaiian artwork -- is modern but still feels authentically Hawaiian. Though the quality of room interiors may vary, balconies on Ocean View Rooms provide a stunning look at the nearby beach. The culinary highlight here is the Tiki Terrace restaurant, which serves authentic specialty Hawaiian dishes that give travelers a taste of local food. The hotel's other two restaurants serve fairly mediocre food but charge more reasonable prices. This 108-unit time-share resort in Kapaa has full kitchens in the one- and two-bedroom condos (or a mini-fridge and microwave in the studio) plus free in-room Wi-Fi in all rooms. Studios, like the one seen here, are the standard room and come with a king-size bed. Beds are comfy, but basic: three polyester pillows, cotton-poly-blend sheets, and down duvet. The main pool is a modest size but boasts one of the cheapest pool bars around, with mai tais for only $5.75. At most condo-hotels you're basically on your own. But the service at Kauai Coast Resort is closer to the level of service you'd find at a more conventional hotel or resort, like 24-hour front desk staff, daily housekeeping, and an on-site concierge. Hukilau Lanai, an on-site but independently owned seafood restaurant, focuses on island cuisine that's made with locally sourced ingredients. Dinner entrees -- like filet mignon or fresh mahi mahi -- run about $18 to $30. Kauai Coast Resort boasts just enough features to qualify it as a true resort, including a small but functional fitness center (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and the small, charming Spa Makaiwa, which offers massage treatments, facials, and body treatments for reasonable rates. Removed from Kaanapali's main strip, the family-owned, 350-room Royal Lahaina has what the Kaanapali mega-resorts lack -- a quiet, isolated beachfront. Its amenities -- three small pools, a nightly luau, and 11 tennis courts -- don't rival those at Maui mega-resorts, but this is still a great pick for peace and relaxation. The hotel's main tower was completely renovated in 2007. The sleek interiors in these tower rooms represent the chicer side of tropical design: platform beds, textured white linens, wide slat-screen shutters, and monochrome photographs of Hawaiian life. The true value of a tower room, however, is in its incomparable ocean view. Because there are no other high-rises nearby, every room gets a panoramic scope of the Pacific and surrounding Kaanapali. No other hotel in the area can boast the same.