We had a great stay at the Outrigger Maui Eldorado. We chose condo style lodging vs. hotel or resort lodging. Maui is filled with condos and timeshare type lodging. There are only a few chain hotels in Maui compared to Oahu.
In my opinion, I think none of the chain hotel options in Maui are incredibly appealing using hotel points, besides maybe the new Maui Andaz where rates are $500+. For example, Hyatt Regency Maui charges 22K points a night, a $25 resort fee and $20 for self parking. The SPG options are 12K points a night but $31.25 resort fee (includes parking) a night. For more details see my post here.
On the contrary, the Outrigger Maui Eldorado charged $8 per day for parking and $150 a night for the days we wanted. The total would have been $484 after taxes, but we got a car package on Orbitz for $550. My hotel booking rule is that I always look for reasonable hotel points options and after that I will look for paid rates. However, I follow the $150 rule. I am only willing to pay $150 max for lodging per night and anything more, I’ll use points or choose an alternate vacation spot.
We booked the most basic room, which was a studio garden condo. It was quite spacious and had a nice balcony to relax. We loved having a kitchen, fridge, and laundry machine. We were able to cut up pineapple, refrigerate drinks from the supermarket and keep leftover food. With the laundry machine, we were able to pack light and not check in baggage.
I’ve found that having a condo when you rent a car is extremely convenient. You can buy groceries from the supermarket and put them in the fridge. You can also use the microwave to heat up leftover food. I love Hawaiian supermarkets because they have tasty snacks like Ahi poke and spam musubi.
The condo is about a 7-10 minute walk to the beach. You can also request for a shuttle ride via golf cart from the friendly workers. The best part of staying at the Maui Eldorado was the awesome beach cabana. You can sit on lounge chairs on the cabana and enjoy the ocean view, or rent backrests and towels to get your tan on.
After staying here, I’ve changed my traveling philosophy. Staying at nice hotels with points is great, but having the amenities of a condo has a great home feeling. I don’t need to be pampered and have fresh towels and the bed made everyday. I’m not saying condos are better than hotels, but it’s always nice to change up your travel style.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Outrigger Maui Eldorado. It was definitely a great place to stay in terms of value and location. Right around the corner was the Sheraton, which had great snorkeling at Black Rock beach (public beach). Although Lahaina is far from many tourist attractions, it is a nice place to relax and get away from the busyness of life. I would rate my stay a 9/10 because you get a lot of bang for your buck.