Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Hotel Review

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Oceanside cabanas can be rented by the hour

Oceanside cabanas can be rented by the hour

The decor was modern for the most part, although the wicker themed chairs and desk weren’t quite my aesthetic. I preferred the sleek wooden dresser, tiled entry-way, and monochrome sofa. Simple yet colorful art lent a homey vibe to the space.

An enormous walk-in closet had plenty of space to hang up outerwear (which I would not need while in Maui, but wore in New York to and from the airport). Across from the closet stood a wooden cabinet with a drawer, handy for toiletry storage. Opening the cabinet doors revealed a mini-fridge, which was stocked with a variety of local beers from the Maui Brewing Company.

Counter space in the bathroom’s sink area, separate from the toilet and bathing facilities, was plentiful and the oversized mirror was more than sufficient. I grew attached to the coco mango shampoo, conditioner, and body lotions, and may have snuck one or two into my bag when I checked out. The one thing the toilet and shower area lacked was proper lighting with only a single overhead light.

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The hotel’s Wi-Fi was everything one could expect: fast, free, unlocked, and available throughout the property. I even got a signal when using my smartphone in the pool area and on some sections of the beach.

The desk in the room, which was really a standalone oval table, was paired with a decidedly non-ergonomic wooden chair. Two outlets on the base of the desk lamp and another beneath the table, provided ample options for charging my electronic devices. Perhaps it was the chair or that the office faced the balcony and ocean beyond that made it difficult to get work done but I was far more productive in the resort’s Regency Club.

One of the hotel's outdoor meeting spaces

One of the hotel’s outdoor meeting spaces

Extensive renovations had been recently completed to the hotel’s meeting and event spaces. With the adjustments and additions, the resort now boasts of more than 100,000 square feet of space spread across numerous indoor and outdoor venues.  Smaller boardrooms function well for more intimate business meetings, the outdoor spaces are well suited for cocktail parties, and the Monarchy Ballroom, the largest venue on the property, with over 18,000 square feet of space, can support weddings, company functions, and larger parties.

The renovations are colorful, sophisticated, modern, and efficient. I say efficient because the hotel designed the spaces with an emphasis on sustainability. Newly installed LED lighting decreases energy consumption by 65% and the windows were updated to filter out ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, which helps let sunlight in but keeps cooling costs down.

In addition to these changes, the hotel was granted the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Existing Building Operations and Maintenance certification for its measures to reduce impact on the environment. An array of solar panels on the roof supplies the property with over 8% of its energy needs. In addition, shower heads have been optimized to reduce the flow of water by 30% and linens are only replaced every four days. It should be noted that guests can opt out of these programs to have full-strength shower heads temporarily installed and have their linens replaced daily if they so desire.

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