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... groove on and generally mucked about and demonstrated a real lack of interest and manners as the evening wore on. The two sugar drinks at the dinner's outset didn't help. We left before the show ended so as to avoid any real scenes that might have left a more permanent taste in our mouths. Tomorrow morning is snorkeling. I'm going to take my Mom's good advice: "Expect little and you'll always be surprised; expect too much and you'll forever be disappointed." I hope the kids sleep ...
... resist the temptation to keep going on the forbidden (by the hire-car company), apparently dangerous southern route, even though the road we have already travelled was pretty wimpy in spite of its savage reputation.
We call in at the Ke’anae peninsular on the way back, finding it only a very short drive down from the main road. We stop at the end of the road, in a large rubble parking area beside an inlet among the jagged lava rocks, getting photos of ...
... to speak of. Our area is low rise and low key, and local town of Lahaina is the only town on the island which has a Main Street. As an old whaling village and once capital of Hawaii, it has a lot of history and lovely old buildings.
Tonight we are ordering Thai food from the local village...Napili. ...
We continued today in Maui. We took a tour of a plantation and then transferred to a mountain valley and took a short hike. At the plantation I got a picture of a flowering pineapple plant. We learned that the pineapples we have on the ship aren't actually from Hawaii (upsetting). We also got to try some raw coconut broken right in right of us. We didn't get to try any of the water which I really wanted too but since our guide ...
Today was our day of relaxation, and in typical fashion, I woke up early (6am!) with excitement for the day. I decided to let Kevin sleep in a bit while I read overlooking our patio with the most amazing views. I got to see the sun rise over the mountain too. I'm reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed...highly recommend. Once I could no longer amuse myself, I woke Kevin up and we headed to the breakfast buffet. Our last hotel's breakfast was good but this one blows it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Penny's Place Inn Paradise Lahaina
My boyfriend and I just returned from a 6 day trip to Maui (my first time) and staying at Penny's was a wonderful experience and the best decision! And I would have to completely disagree with the reviewer from Tuscon, AZ.
We found her B&B from TripAdvisor and based our decisions on all the reviews. We didn't see the most recent negative rant, but from what I can tell you, his experience is unique and I wouldn't use it as a decision maker.
Penny's breakfast was delicious! The mango bread she served - all I can say is "WOW!" I hope the negative reviewer understands that by law in Maui, she is not allowed to do her own cooking, so an egg and bacon breakfast is out of the question. PLUS, if you want, Penny is happy to give you great suggestions for places to eat (she has a wealth of information).
As for our room, it was beautifully decorated and EXTREMELY CLEAN. We stayed in the Da Kine room. It looks small on the site, but was roomy enough for the two of us and who really stays in their room in MAUI?!! You're visiting to see the island!
Since I've stayed at many B&Bs in the Northeast, Penny's was home away from home and a true B&B. She was kind and sooo gracious. Who gets to do their laundry for free?!!! It seems that the negative ranter hardly stayed in a B&B and for the cost of staying at Penny's, it's a great bargain!
We will definitely be returning to Penny's when we revisit the island. We highly recommend Penny's!!!
Many lies on the Website of Penny's Place (in Lahaina, Maui)
We stayed for a week at Penny's Place and it was the worst lodging experience we have ever had. Her website says she offers a buffet breakfast. She does not. Her breakfast was pitiful, mostly small peices of fruit, juice, and coffee. One morning we got a bagel, two other morning she served these awful, heavy cinnamon rolls. She also didn't mention on her website that she serves breakfast only between 8-9 AM, while at the same time trying to get people to sign up for local activities early, which means you will miss eating breakfast saving her money. She did not clean our room once in the seven days we were there. The room, especially the bathroom, was filthy by then. I have also never stayed in a B&B where we were not allow access to the major portion of the house. We were confined mostly to our room. We had to share a three-foot tall mini refrigerator with three other rooms of people. She told me on the phone she had soap, shampoo, and conditoner. Well, that was a have truth because all she had was things left by other people who had stayed there. She didn't provide any of that for us herself. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT STAY HERE!!
Penny's No Ka Oi (the best)
With nursing and building backgrounds, Penny and Keith have built one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in Hawaii. I was able to stay in 2 of the 4 rooms as I extended my stay on Maui. The entire home and grounds are clean and safe and environmentally friendly. She uses an organic pest control company once a month, and quickly sterilizes the rooms after guests depart. This is what sustainable tourism is all about, and what the big box resorts haven't figured out.
Located on Front street, you have view of the bay from the lanai balcony. Guests have their own kitchen area with refrigerator and microwave and coffee maker. The location is just 2 blocks from the Cannery Mall, a quick and safe walk at all times of the day or evening. For the more active guests, you can actually walk to downtown Lahaina on city sidewalks, or follow the highway and beach paths to the Whaler's Village at Kaanapali. You have your privacy, but Penny is available with a wealth of information on island activities and bargains.
Penny's Place in Paridise is highly recommended.
Penny's Place Was the Best!
I completely agree with the review from Kalamazoo! In fact I met them at breakfast. All of Penny's guests were from different parts of the country and we had a lovely time sitting with her at breakfast and chatting about our homes and local activites. The same couple had gone on a Pacific Whale Foundation cruise and because of their comments I also went with PWF at the last minute on my last day (I'd been out with 3 other companies) and it was the very best experience of all. It's those kinds of suggestions which usually happen over a good breakfast at a B&B that can make a trip special. (Thanks Kalamazoo!)
Penny gave me many good suggestions, several of which I worked into my trip. She is extremely helpful and pays attention to the details which make a B&B stay a wonderful experience. Rates are excellent, parking is free, it's within walking distance of The Old Lahaina Luau and several good restaurants. I even walked into town (and back in the dark) alone so it's in a great location. This is not a place for everyone who visits Maui though. It's not set up for kids and there is no pool. However, if you've been to Maui before and don't want to hang around the beach or pool this is a great place to stay and an excellent value! Thanks Penny! I'll see you again.
You'd be nuts to pass this up!!
Penny's Place is by far the most excellent B&B I have stayed in. Sometimes you get a better impression of a property on the internet than in reality, but that is definitely not true of this gem!! Penny pays attention to every detail, and the place is absolutely spotless (she even cleans the air conditioners between guests.) The location is great, and the hospitality was even better. You won't have to worry about a thing while you're there. I would recommend Penny's Place to everyone! You won't find better accomodations at any price!
Bed and Breakfasts in Hawaii!
We never thought of a B&B in Hawaii, we happened across Penny's site. What a beautiful home, each room is unique and squeaky clean! Penny can fill you in on all the great things to do and where to go as well as steer you away from the not so great. She had great stories about what it is like to move to and build a house in Hawaii, sounds like a nightmare but hers sure came out beautiful- it just took 4 years! We are glad whe hung on, must be that Irish grit! This is by far the best value for loging on Maui, we saved enough over a resort to stay another week and we had a blast. We will be back and mahalo Penny!
Great value/place to stay in Lahaina
If you are looking for a convenient, comfortable, delightful place to stay in West Maui, check out Penny's Place Inn Paradise at the north end of Front street in Lahaina. There are four rooms, each for around $100 a night including breakfast. This B&B is less than five minutes from the resort area of Kaanapali where you can access a great beach/shops/running and walking trails, restaurants, etc. The air conditioned rooms here are very clean and pretty with nice decorative touches (Penny makes a Hawaiian quilt for each bed). Penny has a small kitchen area for guests which is very convenient if you don't want to eat out at every meal, and she is a great resource for things to do on the island. The only down side is that the inn is on a fairly busy road so you won't want to sit outside on the porch, but the rooms are so well insulated that you never hear the traffic. We were pleasantly surprised. This is an outstanding value! If you want the full resort experience this probably isn't for you, but if you want to experience down home Hawaii charm and hospitality for a reasonable price, try Penny's. We would stay there again.
Great place - Congratulations
Penny, We wanted to say THANK YOU for making your part of our honeymoon in Hawaii just so wonderful and relaxing. Lahaina and your B&B were our first stop and we couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome in Maui. All your hard work has paid off, what a fantastic home you have. And lucky for all of us you have choosen to share it. Our room was one of your smaller ones as we booked late, but it was still more than we needed, clean, well equiped, QUIET! and comfortable. Breakfasts were always a great way to start the day and we are still raving about your beautiful lanai.We will recommend you to everyone and if there are people who read this that would like to ask about our stay in Lahaina we would be happy to chat.Penny, again, thank you, and congratulations - you have a beautiful spot and we wish you nothing but the success you deserve in the future !Mahalo ! Leslie & Kevin. ( Even the rain couldn't spoil such a great place to stay ! )
Best B&B in Maui
Great location near downtown Lahaina. Beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean. Penny provided delicious breakfasts and extra's you don't get from large hotels. She was a font of local information and clued us into the best snorkling spot on Maui's west coast. Great bang for your buck. Highly recommend. We will be sure to stay there again.
A real paradise
Just happened to run across Penny's Place listing in Frommer's and noticed the comment about the traffic noise. Your right, she did a good job of insulating the house against traffic noise, we couldn't hear it at all from our room. They also built a concrete sound wall around the property which much diminishes the traffic noise outside too. Penny said next they are going to enclose the turret end of the porch and balcony, and that will all but eliminate it altogeather. They have a spotless, beautiful home in a perfect location. We recommend it to anyone, Penny was so helpful and gracious. Gwins/CD