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Maui Hilton To Be Island’s First, But It Started With This “Terrible Hotel”

A major hotel chain plans to open on Maui with an upscale hotel that will be a redo of the current Maui Seaside. That came as a group obtained $58 M for financing the property which had been for sale. The total cost to purchase, upgrade and rebrand the property will, however, be much higher.

The listing agent for the property, Colliers, said of the 55-year-old property that was founded by the Kimi Family, “Maui Seaside Hotel embodies the spirit of Hawaii; a place where hospitality is at the forefront.” The hotel website is still taking reservations starting at $288 nightly. It remains to be seen what will happen with future reservations once the takeover is completed and renovations begin by Hilton.

Reviews didn’t paint a rosy picture.

While they say they embody hospitality when we checked out recent reviews, we found something very different:

The most recent 1-star review included “Terrible hotel,” complaining about receiving wrong bedding, poor service, and parking “at least 2 football fields away.” Another one exclaimed, “Disappointing,” calling it essentially an old unrenovated motel. And while they deemed the staff friendly, they also called them incompetent. Basic amenities such as blankets were missing.  And the third most recently said it is a “Nice OLD Hotel,” complaining it was “very musty smelling.”

People did comment widely about the nice grounds, and the beachfront location near Kahului airport will definitely be a plus for many. It sounds like it may just be the perfect time for this big makeover.

Location, location, location.

This beachfront 191 room property in Kahului is uniquely well-positioned. The property is less than 3 miles from the airport and near the boat harbor. So there’s no drive like there is to South Maui or West Maui resorts. The hotel was also free and clesr to be managed under a new agreement, which was the perfect opportunity for this new Hilton Tapestry Collection branding. Maui Seaside sits on over 4 manicured acres.

The new buyer, ASAP International Hotel, intends to renovate then rebrand the hotel as part of the high-end Hilton Tapestry Collection. According to Hilton, this is “an upscale portfolio of more than 70 original hotels that offers guests unique style and vibrant personality.”

“Once renovated, the hotel will be the only Hilton on the island of Maui for the hotel chain’s 90 million Hilton Honors members to utilize their points for vacation.” That according to the new owners. Hilton also has the Grand Wailea Resort, which is instead a  Waldorf Astoria branded Maui luxury property.

Check out the “for sale” video below to see the before view.


14 thoughts on “Maui Hilton To Be Island’s First, But It Started With This “Terrible Hotel””

  1. We stayed one night at the Seaside in Oct. 2018 when we arrived on Maui so we could drive the next day to Hana before going to Kaanapali. It was just what we needed no problems would give it 3 1/2 stars.

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