A team of Oyster reporters spent three weeks exploring Maui’s top resort hotels. We slept in the beds, lounged on the beaches, ate in the restaurants, and even danced some hula, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here’s a list of the best value hotels on Maui. To help plan your entire vacation in Hawaii, check out our best value hotels on Kauai and best value hotels on Oahu.
Located in Kihei, the cluster of budget hotels, shops, and affordable restaurants that's 10 miles from Wailea's pricey resorts, the 265-room Maui Coast is the island's best value. The closest beach is a five-minute walk, and guests will likely want to head into town to dine. But the clean rooms have modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The laundry facilities are free, and a fun poolside bar hosts live music at night.
A modest property that prides itself on being the "Most Hawaiian Resort," the 430-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel sits right on Kaanapali's four-mile beach. More affordable than many nearby resorts, this low-key hotel has a great tiki bar, free Hawaiian activities, and nightly live entertainment. The only downside is that with renovations still underway, you're rolling the dice on room quality.
A 15-minute walk 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 the mega-resorts, but this is still a great pick for peace and relaxation. The newer Tower Rooms, while more expensive, have stunning ocean views.
Not your typical Best Western, this century-old, 34-room inn is in the heart of the historic whaling town of Lahaina, now a center of art galleries, ice cream parlors, and casual restaurants. Service is minimal, the nearest beach is a five-minute drive, and rooms are small and dated, but it's still a clean and comfortable budget option with a great location across from the Lahaina Harbor.
The Aston Maui Hill's 140 apartments, while neither modern nor stylish, all have full kitchens, washers and dryers, free Internet, and enough space to sleep a family or other group (the biggest units fit eight). The pool is small, there's no fitness center, and the popular beaches are across a busy street. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a condo for this low a price anywhere else in Maui.
More affordable than most hotels in upscale Wailea (where rain rarely falls), Hotel Wailea isn't directly on the beach, but its 72 kitchen-equipped, one-bedroom suites cost considerably less than a more traditional guest room at most of the nearby resorts. Plus, Maui's best beaches, retail shops, and golf courses are just a 10-minute drive.