Rated 5 out of 5 by ddona this hotel is awesome! the best!
at the beach stand; sunglass clerk was very rude to other co-workers. it was very unprofessional in front of guests. she yelled on the radio (walkie talkie) and yelled to another staff person.
beach chairs and umbrellas - guests should be told ahead of time that there is a charge. after we seated ourselves and set up and were comfortable only then were we approached about the charge. what were we supposed to do. I also saw that happen to a large family and older people. it's as if it's their strategy not to put a sign and wait until you are comfortable and then let you know there is a charge. I didn't think that was very "westin". thankfully every other experience everywhere else was 100% or better or that would have been the only memory for us.
May 29, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by byebyeWestin Not the Westin experience you would expect
My stay started off negative before I even arrived in Hawaii. I had requested a suite night award upgrade and a day before check in, I was notified by email that no upgrades were available at the time. This was frustrating because it was the first time I had tried to use the platinum perk and this would likely be the only time this year my wife and I could enjoy a suite together. At check in, we received a view upgrade, which was great, but the room was quite small. Last year we stayed at the Sheraton, practically next door, and the standard rooms were larger there. If you do get a Westin "garden" view and you end up on a low floor, your view will be of the parking lot.
My wife and I decided on free breakfast as the platinum gift. It was a buffet offered at Relish restaurant. We went a few days during our stay. The spread is pretty amazing, pretty on par with what the Sheraton has too. Watch out for the birds! They will try to get food from the buffet and your plate, even if you just turn your back for a few seconds. Some of the hot items at the buffet are rotated, so breakfast is not exactly the same every day. For other platinum folks, you will be happy to know that the free breakfast includes the full buffet, not just the continental items. The service is very slow at Relish, both for breakfast and lunch. I recommend going early to avoid the crowds and also, ask to be seated on the beach side if you want something a little quieter and less hectic. Keep in mind, Whaler's Village is right around the corner, well within walking distance, so if you don't feel like venturing far but you also don't want to overpay for resort food, you can check out some of the restaurants there.
Housekeeping: This resort charges a daily resort fee of $30 plus tax. It includes a package of items, one of which is two bottles of water, replenished daily. We had to ask for water the first two days because housekeeping had not replenished it. Also, one one day, our room wasn't cleaned until we were out for dinner, which seemed a little late to us.
Pools & Beach: This has got to be the selling point for the Westin. Their pools and location on the beach are amazing. They have an adult only pool, great for couples. If you are pale like me and need the shade, get down to the pool early (like before 7am) otherwise all umbrella shaded loungers will be claimed. Westin allows guests to hold loungers for 60 minutes, so you can drop off your towels on your preferred loungers and then head to breakfast. People do abuse this rule (leave their towels down for 2+ hours while they are off doing other things) and it didn't seem to be strictly enforced, so that may annoy you like it annoyed me. We got cabana #19 one day since all the shaded spots were taken by 7:20am. Our cabana service was the best we had at the Westin! It is $75 for 8-4pm, platinum members get a 15% discount. This is worth it if you have extra money to spend.
Check out: Our flight was at 5pm, so ideally, we would have liked to have our room until 2-3pm. Check out is noon. I asked for a late check out, after all, the 4pm check out is one of the platinum perks, but as the hotel was sold out, they could not accommodate that. We stayed in our room until noon, and housekeeping came by about three times that morning, eager to turn the room for the next guest.
I was trying to treat my wife to a first class vacation, but the Westin disappointed in the end. I would not recommend this hotel to other SPG elite members, the recognition just isn't there.
May 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jezza5555 Basic
I don't want to sound like a spoiled baby here, but being platinum with starwood I have pretty high expectations. Especially at Westin properties, which I consider above average.
1) My suite night awards were rejected. I'm sure they were pretty full, but still disappointing. We were upgraded to an oceanview room (mostly pool view) as a consolation.
2) Very small rooms. The rooms were in good shape, but this hotel must be very old considering the room sizes.
3) The SPG recognition was minimal. They gave us free breakfast in the morning, but no other recognition. The better hotels I have stayed at have given us some sort of welcome treat and a card from the staff or manager. Nothing here.
4) Indifferent front desk. While standing in the SPG check in line (a very long line) one of the two agents left for the night.
5) Confusing WiFi. Logging in the WiFi here is a bit of a puzzle. It's not supposed to be this hard.
6) Time share sales. The concierge kept leaving messages for us. I don't want a time share. I'm on vacation. Leave me alone.
This hotel is getting by based on their location. Other than the location there is no other reason to stay here. Save your points and go to Kauai.
May 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rumplestilskin Gorgeous Property
The Westin is absolutely beautiful. It met our expectations in every way.
May 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by jay326 Expectations
First and foremost the long lines to check in were horrible. Approximately more than a half hour to be checked. Secondly the parking was horrid as the spaces were so small you could not even get out of your car. The parking attendants - mostly were rude and not very helpful with an attitude. The dining choices were limited to Relish bar/restaurant as the choices next door were much better. The lobby was nice but could use some revamping. The room could also be revamped as it just didnt feel like a Westin or Starwood Hotel. The pool was alright but lack drink service and closed too early at night. The only highlight was the happy hour prices at the pool. Hotels needs a bad makeover as it is a disgrace to be called even a Westin category of hotels. Starwood Group should be emabarrassed of this hotel to be in their family.
May 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rkerrigan3 Great property just wish our room type was honored
My husband and I are celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and his homecoming after a seven month deployment to the Middle East with the Marine Corps. Thus, all we truly wanted to do was sit and be with one another, therefore, we booked an Ocean view room during our stay. We had plans on sitting on our balcony together just looking out and seeing the ocean. Not only did my husband spend 7 months staring at dirt we are stationed 45 minutes outside of Palm Springs where the thought of an ocean view is only a dream. This again why booking an ocean view room was important to us. Upon checking in this afternoon we were told we were upgraded from an ocean view room to a duplex room and we were thrilled and so grateful. However, when we walked into the room and saw our view was of the ocean view tower, pools, and slightly the ocean our hearts dropped. This was not at all what we wanted or what we booked. We called the front desk and expressed our concerns and asked for our originally room back and we were told it was not possible. This was very upsetting. I am beyond upset and disappointed in Westin and just thought someone needed to be told about our issue. We are only staying for two nights before we head to Hana and then back home so knowing that the one ocean view we had hoped for was ruined defiantly was upsetting. I just hope in the future this doesn't happen to someone else. It defiantly was a huge disappointment on our end and I would hate for someone else to feel the way we feel now. If you are going to "upgrade" someone please make sure it is an upgrade and ask if this is ok before taking action. Show the vistor the difference and let them decide if it is worth it to them- it was not worth it to us at all!
May 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sana the staff was amazing
Brandon from the front desk, Kai from activities and Kealii from the shuttle were so great i decided to write a review. I usually never review places but this was exceptional. The beach was perfect. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. I could not ask for more . THANK YOU
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RufusInHI Legendary Kaanapali Hawaiian Resort
OVERALL IMPRESSION: My favorite Maui Resort. HEART. Superb resort facility.
SPG RECOGNITION: Gracious Hawaiian Hospitality. Great recognition of my SPG status. I got a fantastic ocean view room upgrade.
Room: Well maintained and clean. Fantastic Ocean view.
LOCATION: On Kaanapali Beach. Situated on the best beach section of Kaanapali and conveniently located next door to Whaler's Village (shops and restaurants).
EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS: The resort pool is hugely breath taking and a kid's dream.
EXTREMELY BELOW EXPECTATIONS: Nothing.
April 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by KoriMac Great Hotel & Location
Stayed here for a conference/vacation and will definitely go back! Lovely rooms, great location right on the beach, easy access to the town. Staff gave excellent recommendations and scheduling excursions was easy.
April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ERIKAWITHAK Best Anniversary
Our anniversary trip to the Westin Maui in 2014 was our favorite vacation ever! We initially booked our stay the first weekend of August and due to the hurricane, the hotel staff allowed us to move our reservation to the next weekend with such ease. The hospitality was amazing! We were greeted immediately and did not have to wait to check-in. We made a very specail employee named Alfred Pecson who was very helpful in making sure our stay was the best ever! He helped us navigate throughout the island, mapped out the hikes we wanted to do, and recommended the best restaurants. He even made the reservations for us for our anniversary dinner. We plan on making it a tradition to stay here every year for our anniversary! Thank you Maui Westin!
April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Visitor127 Great stay, great staff
This property was the site of a conference, and my spouse and I were able to extend our stay a couple of days beyond at the conference rate. That said, even the conference rate was much more per day than we normally spend on a hotel, so this was a treat for us.
Check-in was fast and we were surprised that we could self-park our rental car free. The hotel is well-kept and on a great stretch of beach. Just a couple of critical notes before the praise:
Our room was located right off the elevator at the end of the building, and it rumbled almost all night. Also, the Relish Bistro for supper was just average; however, we took advantage of a special for the breakfast buffet one day, and it was very good.
The rooms are great - they're large and the beds are very comfortable. If you use the Green Choice program ($5 voucher per day of not having your linen changed out) be aware that staff won't come into your room for at least 5 days. That was fine for us. The hotel has a separate pool for adults, which was very nice.
I can't say enough about the staff, who, to a person, were extremely friendly and helpful. We splurged on a cabana the last day of our stay, and Tasha ensured that we were well taken care of. We felt quite pampered!
Overall, our experience was very nice, and I can recommend this property.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JenandChadOC Great Vacation - Outstading Staff!
I recently stayed at the Westin Kaanapali for a week. It was a wonderful vacation! We enjoyed the location because the pool and the beach are very close in proximity and the hotel itself it exceptional. The staff made our trip! Everyone was so nice and accomodating. I wanted to give special recognition to Marshall and Reyna (sorry if I spelled your name wrong) at the pool/beach activities office, they helped us set up our cabanna a couple days and were absolutely amazing. Also Stephanie at Relish Bar was awesome as well! We enjoyed every minute at the Westin and cannot wait to come back next year!
April 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bryce530 This Hotel has it all: Great Rooms, Staff, Pool, Service
My wife and I had a fabulous visit at the Westin, Maui. Our week was incredibly relaxing. The pool was great: views, service, comfortable. Ty, Grace, and Tasha were especially accommodating Westin Staff. The ocean was beautiful, with whales easy to see from the pool. We had a fantastic vacation!
March 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Davecalifornia1 Westin Maui Experience
We arrived two days ago with some changes we needed (our changes) for our booking and Meg at the SPG desk was absolutely wonderful.
She handled it patiently while we explained the changes and within 5 minutes had it all sorted out efficiently and professionally!
We have found the entire experience here one that exceeds our expectation and our two girls 9 years old absolutely love it.
It is very kids friendly and the pool and waterside and beach sand is beautiful.
Staff is all super friendly and helpful.
Talked to Marshall the pool and food manager and he couldn't do enough to help.
The housekeeping is great, rooms are very clean and any request is looked after in minutes. The only thing (minor) is the patio door to our balcony is so heavy it takes a WWF Wrestler to close it. :) all good.
Great experience and food and beverage prices are reasonable for a resort of this calibre.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grngirleee Paradise Lives in The Westin Maui * *
We celebrated our 20th Anniversary on March 18th. 2015 here. Just walking in is breathe taking. We had no lines to check in. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was ready. Our mountain view room was spectacular and comfy. The pool is the perfect temp. LOVE THE WATER VOLLEYBALL!! Snorkeling is way cool , black rock beach is just 5 resorts away to the right. A nice walk! Shopping is right next store at Whalers Village. And the food is good, just wish they had more of a selection to chose from. The sky at night is breathe taking. I LOVE THIS PLACE!!
March 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lucy646 Disappointing
We stayed at the Westin in early March and were very disappointed with our stay. Upon arrival after a long journey from Canada we were told our reservation had been mixed up and were given a mountain view room instead of the ocean view room we had booked. After unpacking in our room we realized we were next to an elevator which was so noisy it would have been impossible to sleep in the room. We were told to pack our bags and return to the front desk where we were given another room which turned out to be along the hall from the first room. At no time was an apology given and we were not offered any help with bags during this time. We were assured we would be contacted about moving to an oceanview room but this did not happen and we returned to the front desk the next day and eventually moved yet again to an acceptable room. We did not find the front desk staff very helpful or apologetic about the bad start to our holiday. The hotel grounds were lovely, as was the beach, but the attitude of the front desk staff was most unsatisfactory for a supposed first class hotel.
March 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Danny6688 Great beach
Very good facility, modern yet relaxing with interesting pools and nice beach!
March 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by kenwlund NIghtmare in Paradise
Let be clear in the beginning. The bulk of this negative review is focused on management and their poor policies and practices. I was booked in the Westin Residences in a 2 bedroom condo. I confirmed multiple times. We pulled up in front, asked valet to handle the bags and started toward the registration desk. An attendant asked me to wait while he checked on my reservation. He returned and said I did not have a reservation. I said that I confirmed it three times including that morning. He told me I needed to move my car so guests could check in. Two other guests I encountered later at the hotel I was transferred to without consent, said they had the exact same thing happen. Their reservation was changed without notice and without a price adjustment from a 2 bedroom condo to a standard hotel room. First HUGE customer service failure on several levels.
I finally got redirected after an hour of calling to the Westin Resort-Maui. At around 5:30pm I drove up to check in. Valet encouraged, and I do mean encouraged, me to self-park and get my own bags. No big deal but really???! Second service failure.
Next I went to the front desk to check in. There was a line so I quickly explained the situation. I asked to step aside so I could speak to a manager while she took care of other customers. She left the desk and went to a room. A moment later she returned with a piece of paper with this written on it: Seth.Eason@westin.com. She explained that was the manager’s email and I was welcome to write him. Then she politely asked if I still wanted to check it… Let's see, Valentines day/Presidents Day weekend. The Island is sold out. I am thousands of miles from home... Yes, please I would like to check in. Third service failure.
I went to my room and drafted my new friend Seth a mostly polite letter explaining the situation. I held off and mellowed it out overnight and sent it the next day. I got an immediate response! Great!! The response said Seth was off getting some "renewal" time in and would return in a few days. Yes, service failure four.
Seth eventually returned and responded. He patronized me with a bowl of peanuts and two cans of beer. Thanks but I don't drink beer. He never once addressed the issue of booking at the condo and being transferred to the hotel without notice or discussion.
I was later contacted by Cathy O'Donohue (firstname.lastname@example.org). I once again told my story. I never heard from her or anyone at the Westin again.
After all this, I was still interested in ownership at the condo's so i asked to be contacted. Is all I heard was crickets... I never heard a word from anyone.
If I had ranted and raved or screamed and shouted I would understand the lack of a response. I was extremely careful to be calm and polite. Their guests deserve better treatment. My family deserved better treatment.
Set all of that to the side for a moment and let me tell you about the rest of the stay. It was terrific. They have a great beach, an outstanding luau. They have great ppols with less than average service. They are next to great restaurants and very upscale shops. You can board whale watching cruises on huge catamarans right in front of the hotel.
So the location and local amenities other than on site food service are outstanding. The property itself and the treatment by staff in particular was a real disappointment.
I would absolutely stay in the Ka’anapali area. I would never stay at this property again.
March 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by VeryGoodPointsStacey Much, much improved property
I stayed at this hotel in December of 2013 in the midst of their refurbishment. That stay was a nightmare and I didn't know if I'd ever return. However, a friend suggested I try it again since it had been redone.
The hotel is beautiful - from the grounds to the pools to the rooms, it really is delightful and relaxing. During my first stay two years ago (a week before Christmas) I was upgraded to a suite. This time there was no upgrade available, but the room I was assigned had a spectacular view of the ocean.
The rooms are small, but are very clean and still feel pretty new. The carpet is clean, the furniture was in good shape (which you'd expect 18 months after renovation.)
I would absolutely stay here again because the rooms and hotel property are so nice and the location is perfect. However, there is a lot of improvement need with the level of service provided by the staff.
The entire valet/bellman team is great. I thought they really made up for what the rest of the staff lacked. They went above and beyond.
At checkin I had the same experience I had previously, a long wait, staff that didn't really seem to care and didn't pay attention to detail. I was told I would get a whole list of benefits as a platinum member, but he actually forgot to give me the certificate for breakfast so the next morning when I tried to get breakfast it was a hassle to go back to the front desk and be questioned by the agent about why I didn't get it, was I sure I didn't lose it, was I sure I didn't have it. Then I went back to breakfast and waited in line for a table (there can be a long wait at prime time!)
The breakfast buffet was very nice and had a huge variety of options. If you're on a free breakfast don't expect anyone to come by and offer you coffee (or anything else.) I finally learned that if I tipped someone up front (I was told that most people who have free breakfast don't tip, so they pay attention to the al a carte and paid buffet guests) then I'd get coffee and juice easily. Overall, good food though.
I spent most of my time away from the property, but I did enjoy the on-site Starbucks. It's not a full Starbucks, but it's a great option for grabbing a coffee or iced tea before heading to the pool. There's also a shopping center next to the hotel and there is a coffee shop there too, but it's actually more expensive.
The pools are very nice. You're given pool towel cards at checkin and informed that if they're not returned at check-out you'll be charged. So make sure you get your cards backs when you turn your towels in!
The dinner choices at the hotel are limited and the service at Relish is horrific. I had such a bad experience one night that I spoke with the F&B manager and she ended up comping my meal after about 5 things went wrong. I really appreciated her doing that and listening to my complaints. It was such a shame that the service at the restaurant was so bad because it really brings down the overall hotel experience.
If you're there when the luau is taking place, it's a great activity - it's not cheap, but I thought it was worth it 100%. The food was great, which you can't always say at a buffet for 200+ people. The entertainment was amazing and I'd go again.
There are three Starwood hotels to choose from in Maui and I think that Westin is a very good option. Like I said, I would absolutely return for the property itself but hope that they do something about customer service.
February 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Msieban Faith @ Relish/ Tokie @ concierge desk made our trip this far...
There is always room for improvement, however, this is an instance where the staff has made our experience all the better. Tokie at the concierge desk was attentive and friendly and, most importantly, listened to our needs and met them with outstanding service. And Faith, who has been working with Starwood for forty years, has served us several days at Relish and has been a highlight to each morning. Her smile and warmth are the epitome of Hawaiian hospitality and she should be recognized as a such. Thank you for making the start of our trip so warm and inviting.
February 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by notsatisfied12 Not Satisfied
The Room Service confirmed to bring Champagne glasses for Valentines Day night, but never showed up. Bell desk confirmed to pickup a package, did not show up the whole day. Next day had to call again.
February 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by CJRFGOND Winter get away
Fun family hotel. Good pools. Great snorkling off beach
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by wolfeman 25 Years of Enjoying the Westin
We just completed a stay celebrating our 25th anniversary. We spent part of our honeymoon at the Westin. From check in to check out we were treated as Ohana. Comfortable room, delicious food, beautiful grounds and helpful, courteous staff. That is why we return to celebrate our anniversary every year we are able. A special thanks to Nika and Grace who welcomed us by name and gave us an awesome room. Cristen and Craig in the Spa for their Aloha. We look forward to our return.
February 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gary7132 Maui trip
On this trip we stayed at the Sheraton, westin villas, four seasons lana'i, and now westin. I would rate four seasons the best Westin villas numer 2 Sheraton 3 but thought it exceeded our expectations, fourth would be westin Maui were so far the service and staff don't meet expectations.
February 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 4liberty The hotel was awesome!
We had nothing but praise for the hotel staff, exceptional cleaning staff in our wing ( can't say enough...hope she gets something for our praise)...always very polite and very anxious to please...Made our days enjoyable to come back to a very clean room..we had a great room and astounding view...Can't say enough.. .Great! food..surroundings...and just the whole experience was exceptional!... My husband and I would come back in a moment..
January 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FOODEXPERT mrt
On checking in Dawn did a outstanding job of making us welcome. The host of Relish Malinda is a wonderful person greets you every morning with a great smile. The servers are great Tammy and Faith.
January 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Oenophile Shoddy Internet Service
As an elite SVN and Gold SPG member I was relegated to basic internet when I paid via star points for the upgrade. This should not happen. I'm very disappointed in Starwood' service
January 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mamadog54 Westin is a great place for vacation.
My husband and I loved Westin! The staff were friendly, courteous and nice. The room we picked was facing the ocean, the view was breathtaking. The bed was very comfortable, great hotel. We just came back from our 2nd trip and we plan to visit again.
January 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Donia Great employee
First impression was excellent as we arrived at the front desk, we were helped by a woman named Dawn, she was a breathe of fresh air, very helpful & knowledgable, and during our stay was our go to person for any help.we plan on a return trip
and hopefully Dawn will there to greet us again.
Only complaint was pool side loungers ,were very uncomfortable, need cushions badly
January 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by djc0185 An Opportunity Missed
I have mixed views. This is a beautiful property in an idlyllic location. Most of the staff is friendly and outgoing. Because of this alone, I will go back. However the food is really average and as a result only had dinner there one night. The hotel is next to Whaler's Village and its two beachfront restaurants are full when the Westin's restaurant is empty. That should tell you something. Likewise the spa is average. The massage was competent, but the spa treatment started and ended there -- no spa atomosphere in the waiting area and you had to go to the lobby to get soaps and lotions if you wanted a shower after the massage - why? Finally, I had requested a suite using the suite night awards and was told before I arrived they did not have any. However, upon arrival my wife told the desk clerk we were there for our 30th anniversary and we were a little sad not to have been upgraded. The very helpful front desk associate magically found one. We were very appreciative -- it was very generous and sweet. The question -- why wan't this suite given to me before I arrived as it should have been under the suite awards program. As a Life Time Platinum is was a little disappointing.
January 14, 2015