Stay – Review of the Sheraton Maui
In this post, we share a review of our stay in a renovated deluxe ocean front king room and the resort itself.
The Sheraton Maui is one of eight Marriott hotels located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Currently, the Sheraton Maui is a category 7 hotel that requires 60,000 points per night for rewards stays. Located in the Ka’anapali resort area near Black Rock, the Sheraton Maui is also one of the first resorts built on this stretch of the beach. Over the years, the property had been renovated with the most recent renovation having taken place in 2018 when they spent 26.5 million dollars to give the 55 year old resort’s guest room a modernized facelift. In this post, we share a review of our stay in a renovated deluxe ocean front king room and the resort itself.
The Sheraton Maui has 508 rooms categories of rooms that can be booked:
– Resort view, king or doubles
– Partial ocean view, king or doubles
– Ocean view, king of doubles
– Deluxe ocean view, king or doubles
– Ocean front, king or doubles
– Deluxe ocean front, king or doubles
– A selection of suites
As far as amenities, the hotel has a fitness center, a spa, a couple of pools including a short lazy river pool, and a beach activities center that offers a wide range of water activities and tours. The hotels also offers lounge chairs on the beach with umbrellas and is connected to the north and south beach paths along Ka’anapali beach. The Sheraton Maui charges $25USD per day for self-parking and a $30USD resort fee.
As for dining, in-room dining is available, there is a small cafe, and 6 dining options ranging from casual to fancy: ROCKsalt, Mai Tai Bar, Teppen-yaki Don, Cliff Dive Grill, Hank’s Haute Dog, Dinner Under the Stars.
Since 1963, every day at sunset, the cliff diving ceremony is performed at Black Rock to honor Hawaiian history and tradition.
The hotel is located about a 7-10 minutes walk from Whalers Village, a shopping and dining complex.
Our Room – Oceanfront Deluxe King:
On our 3rd stay at the Sheraton Maui, we were upgraded to a top floor ocean front king room that has recently been renovated.
Upon entering the room, we were initially impressed to see how bright and airy the room was. The decor is basic but the blue color theme was well accentuated by the view of the ocean in the backdrop.
The room is equipped to sleep 3 people as it has a king bed and also has a small couch that could be turned into a single sized sofa bed.
The room has ample storage space with a large closet at the entrance and a dresser. They also provide robes and slippers.
There is a small kitchenette with a small fridge and an old microwave that seems out of place.
The bathroom has a bathtub that is also used as a shower and the toilet is in a small room and a fancy Toto seat with all the bells and whistles was installed.
The balcony has 2 chairs and a small tables and faces the ocean. You get views of Black Rock, Molokai, and Lanai in the distance. It’s a great place to watch the sunset.
There is a small event space in this wing of the hotel but our room was far away so that it wouldn’t bother us.
We had breakfast at ROCKsalt which was complimentary for us as Platinum members. The breakfast has a egg station where you can order eggs to your preference, cured meats and fish, cheese, vegetables, fruit, pastries, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, and some Japanese options.
There is also a self-serve juice station where you fill up a plastic cup which is not a good environmental practice even if the cups are compostable.
We did enjoy breakfast but we would have been hard pressed to pay the $33USD + tax for it. It was better than many breakfast buffets we’ve seen at hotels of this type but not as good as the Westin Hapuna’s.
All things seemed to work out well for this short trip to Maui: fantastic weather, calm ocean at Ka’anapali Beach, a renovated room with a view, and a room upgrade with stunning views.
While the Westin Hapuna is still by far our favorite resort in the Hawaiian islands, we do enjoy the setting at the Sheraton Maui more than other hotels in Ka’anapali. In some ways, the renovation of our room reminded us a little of the Westin Hapuna, minus the old carpet print that never seems to go away (it was the same carpet print on our first stay in 2006)!
With 8 Marriott options in Maui, it’s hard to say which one is the best as they all have their pros and cons. Overall, we do think there is good value to stay at the Sheraton Maui, especially for those who have Platinum status or above. Sheraton is a confused brand and in our experience, not all Sheratons are created equal but we do recommend staying at the Sheraton Maui.
We have another stay booked in the next few months and will update our review then.
What’s your favorite resort on Maui? How do you feel/what do you think of the Sheraton brand?
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