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Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport - Great Base Camp

Blog Post created by kharada46 on Aug 21, 2014

The Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport, as its name suggests, is located right next to the Kahului International Airport (OGG).  It is also located right across the street from Costco (cheapest gas on the island), and a short distance away from some shopping centers.  But, the biggest benefit is its central location in the Kahului/Wailuku area, giving you easy access to Lahaina/Kaanapali, Kula, Haleakala, Wailea, Hana, etc.  So it's a great property to stay at if you plan on exploring various point across all of Maui.

 

Of course, just as important as location (at least on vacation) is the property itself.  The property is a Courtyard, so it's no-frills.  You won't find bellhops, room service, valets, etc; but what you will get is a nice, new, clean, comfortable room on four floors.  The property has only two elevators, but that wasn't an issue when we stayed, as we never had to wait long for a lift and the property was at capacity during our stay.  Also onsite is the controversial Bistro, a Marketplace, a nice (small) pull and hot tub, a fire pit, a small business center, some computers in the lobby to surf the web and/or play games, and laundry facilities.  Interestingly, the lobby area had a lot of seating at the Bistro and in the area beyond the Bistro and Marketplace/checkin desk.

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For our stay, the wife and I were assigned a room on the 4th floor, though our room wasn't ready by the time we tried to check-in around noon.  No matter, we went exploring and came back closer to dinner time.

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We were assigned room 412.  This property has a newer key system using RFID cards rather than the older magstripe cards.  I suppose this paves the way for allowing guests the ability to check-in via mobile app, and let them access the room via mobile app using a RFID enabled phone.

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When we opened the door, it became apparent that we weren't upgraded, but it didn't matter.  The room was a of a good size.

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Located immediately to the right of the entry foyer was the bathroom.  The bathroom contained a single sink with good counter space, a toilet, and a nice size shower with a good shower head.

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The provided toiletries are Paul Mitchell

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Located right next to the bathroom is the refrigerator and coffee maker.

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Our selected room type was king, and that's exactly what we got.

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Also in the room was a nice sofa with a two level table.

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Across from the sofa is a desk and and chair with a nice size HDTV, a phone, and a lamp.  Next to the desk was both a small dresser and closet.  Absent from this setup, however, was a panel to plugin one's accessories into the TV.

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The closet contained an iron, ironing board, and a hairdryer.

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Our room was facing towards Costco and Haleakala, so depending which way you looked, you either had a bad view or a good one.

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You could also watch aircraft on final to OGG from your room.

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The downside to this was that our room was also on the side of the hotel with the pool and fire pit.  During our stay, the pool was almost constantly filled with kids and the sound traveled up pretty well.

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Then again, noise in general was the downside of this property.  You could clearly hear almost all departures from OGG, in addition to the kids and to some degree the traffic.  The a/c was also a little noisy, but wasn't too bad.  Another concern of mine was the beds.  It is quite firm and not as comfortable as I'd like, but when you're tired from being up from 2am and being up for 19 hours, bed comfort doesn't matter quite so much.  My biggest gripe, however, is that the wifi connectivity is horrible, and when you are connected, the speeds are terribly slow.  Oh, and another amenity you won't find here is a safe.

 

Parking is for a fee here, though I somehow didn't get charged for it.  I believe the usual charge is $11/night.  The parking is a lot encircling the property.  Service wise, most of the employees were very nice and great to work with, but there was 1 or 2 that were border line rude.  No big issue though.

 

So for the million dollar question, would I stay here again?  Definitely!  I enjoyed this property more than the Wailea Beach Marriott, but that's for another story.  That being said, you can hardly go wrong with staying at the Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport if you are planning on explore Maui.  Needless to say it isn't a luxury resort, but it is a comfortable place to rest your head in between your adventures.

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