TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Papakea F109, Overpriced. Very Underwhelming
W B (Sydney, Australia)
PAPAKEA RESORT CONDO F109 Check in was chaotic, the “foyer” looked like a backyard shed, disorganised, mess everywhere, they could not have created a less “resort-style” atmosphere if they tried. After a fair walk from available car parking facilities I found the condo, and the view was spectacular as promised. What wasn’t spectacular or exciting was the amount of people directly outside this condo on the grass-front strip, (3metres/ 10 feet away) or the constant foot traffic passing by the described “lanai” (I would call it a tiny, tiled verandah with cheap removable furniture) From there my disappointment continued. The entire condo was very, very hot so I was very relieved to finally find the aircon remote. I turned it on and the noise level was quite unacceptable. (See pic). I couldn’t hold a normal conversation, and adding to this was an open louvred window directly above it which I could not close. The fly screen over that window was falling off, adding to the concerns I had regarding noise, bugs, and overall security. The bedroom was stiflingly hot and it took over two hours of running the aircon (and enduring the noise) to cool it down just a little. Close the door for privacy from the front and a comfy bedroom temperature is out of the question. From there the disappointment continued. The main TV would only show Netflix and it was impossible to work out how to receive normal TV channels. Engineering was eventually able to show me the somewhat complicated procedure (after a call to the owner directly). My overall and base concern which was definitely never addressed in the listing was safety and security. Had I not addressed these issues with the owner directly -*open window -*complete lack of privacy -*random people pulling furniture from lanai and other properties close by and camping out with kids/friends/ personal trainers just feet from your door -*broken fly screen I definitely do not feel safe in this unit. The view is wonderful, yes, however there is no guarantee who is walking past or looking into your living room at any time. I have never had that concern with other places I have stayed in Maui. Other things which really let this unit down -for the price and comparable properties-are: *dirty, old, worn, stained carpet in the bedroom (the owner stated that the condo had just recently undergone a complete and costly renovation) *stained, old window covering in the living area, (see pic) and as a side-note, sheer curtains in that space would improve the privacy in that unit immensely *half a scoop of old coffee left in the cupboard (all other VRBOs or Airbnb’s in this price range provide the basics for at least a one night stay) *no ice in the freezer, no dustpan and brush, no tissues, (again, at least the basics for the first night) *there wasn’t a “House Book” ie basic info for guests on how to use appliances, where to find local supermarkets etc. The owners have relied way too much on this so-called “Resort” or Expedia to convey information to guests. *a security chain but no latch! (See pic) *Melamine plates and bowls ... really?? I spoke to the owner directly on the evening I checked in and discussed my concerns and disappointment. Whilst she was sympathetic she also responded by saying that the condo had just undergone a complete and “high-end” renovation and that no one else had ever mentioned anything. I can certainly appreciate her take on this however at this price - $AUD433.00 per night - this is definitely not a good choice. The listing does not represent what Maui has to offer, the only saving grace is the view. I would highly recommend Kapalua Golf Villas as a much better alternative. It’s a little farther from town but just a world away from here. I wish I had spent $2600 there instead. This is not a resort, it’s a bunch of dated, old, overpriced condos with no nice restaurants or dining options close by. Choose elsewhere.
Condo in Paradise
FabShabbyTraveler (Los Angeles)
This condo was absolutely perfect. Renovated, well maintained with breath taking views.The condo is on the water and in the only building on the property that still has a beach to swim in. Great location too, across the street from a grocery store on the north side of Ka'anapali.
Merlin282 (Carrara, Australia)
We arranged to have our first few nights in Maui instead of getting right into the really touristy things in Oahu. This Resort was chosen off the various web sites we had trawled in order to find accommodation that was affordable and looked like a nice view and location. This Resort did not fail our expectations and as you can see by the photos we have taken. What a great room with a fantastic view. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The Concierge, Andrea puts on a breakfast and short talk about all of the great things to do in and around Maui. As she is the local Expedia Expert you can also book the trips through her, making it super convenient and easy to organize all of what you want to do in your available time there. These rooms were self contained and also featured washing machine and dryer. Shops were also close by enabling you to have your own dinner or have dinner at a nice restaurant . We stopped there from Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September 2019. It’s about an hour from the airport and its a good idea to hire a car like we did. This allowed us to go to harbour to catch the boat tours for snorkeling and the sunset cruise (These will be reviewed separately). If you are travelling to Maui then definitely consider this great resort. If the following fit your needs then give it a go - Value for money - Comfortable self contained apartment - Excellent westerly view for the sunset over the sea - Helpful and friendly staff - Easy tour bookings - Quiet and well maintained location
Great Maui Condo
Ab42187 (West Carrollton, Ohio)
We rented a condo here in March of 2018 and really enjoyed our stay. It was one of the more affordable options we found in Maui and worked for us as a family of seven traveling together. The loft area our condo had was a great addition for another bedroom. We had a nice view of the ocean, which made the lanai a favorite place to be. We really enjoyed that they had multiple pools and spas. The property was beautiful with all the ponds and plants/flowers. It was well-maintained and a beautiful property our family enjoyed staying at.
Great condo on Maui
Great location close to all the best beaches in the Kaanapali area! Short walk to grocery’s, beach rental equipment, and places to eat right across the street. Well kept beautiful grounds, Koi ponds, pool area complete with Weber gas grills for barbecue, putting greens, tennis and pickle ball too. Awesome sunsets from the property with plenty of room to get your photos or we could view them from our patio balcony. Stayed in room B203 and had wonderful views of the ocean and the sunsets every evening. Have seen reviews that the resort is “dated” but we found the room to be updated with a well equipped kitchen, comfy bed, nice furnishings, and enough household supplies to last the week we stayed..even enough towels and wash cloths. Room also had a washer and dryer. Have also read reviews that there was a bug problem. You are in the tropics people, take the trash out and don’t leave food laying around and you won’t have bugs. Have stayed at other places in this area on Maui and will look forward to staying here on our next visit. Thank you for a great stay Aston at Papakea!