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TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western Pioneer Inn Lahaina
We decided to stay in this historic 33-room inn because it was inexpensive and we could walk where we needed to go in the town of Lahaina, including to our evening entertainment. We felt it was a very good value for the money. It was not loud at night like some other reviews said. But that could've been our room location. The staff was very friendly and the location excellent. The inn's restaurant was very good for breakfast, didn't try any other meals there. We lost hot water one morning for our showers but otherwise, the room worked for us. Would stay here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Pioneer Inn Lahaina
Step back in time.
We spent our last night on Maui at the Pioneer Inn. It is a beautiful, historic inn in the middle of all the action on Lahaina's Front Street. The dinner at the restaurant was excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We would not hesitate to stay here again!
Quirky little treasure of a hotel
We stayed for one night in Lahaina in order to see this coastal town and the Old Lahaina Luau. The location of this property is bar none the best I could see. This historic hotel still has the charm and feeling of a place where lots of history has been made. Our room overlooked the Banyan tree and while this place isn't posh we were very impressed at the accommodations which while simple, showed an earnest effort to do things right.
My husband and I walked just over a mile to the Old Lahaina Luau and enjoyed the atmosphere of this hotel. The pool was small but tranquil for a budget minded travel vacation its a gem.
More than satisfied
My wife and I (early 30's) stayed five nights at the Pioneer Inn in Mid-February. The location is the best attribute of this hotel. We were able to walk to the dock for our whale watching trip, all of the downtown Lahaina shopping and even the Old Lahaina Luau.
The rooms are good sized with comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. Our room faced the courtyard and pool--away from the hustle and bustle of Front Street at night.
If you are looking for beachfront property, you are out of luck here--Lahaina really has little beach--but Ka'anapali and Kapalua beaches are just a half hour away. Also keep in mind, parking is in a public lot about a block away.
We would recommend the Pioneer Inn based on location and value (for Maui).
Quaint hotel & great location in Lahaina
My husband and I just returned from a week at Maui. We stayed 3 days at the Pioneer Inn and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We stayed in room 24 facing the courtyard and were only bothered by outside noise on one occasion (neighbor sat on his balcony holding a loud cell-phone conversation at 7 AM). Our room was adequately furnished and pretty clean -- not a four-star resort, but worth the money. Very good breakfasts at the restaurant downstairs -- try the Big (as the plate) Kahuna macademia nut pancakes!
As for Lahaina, we spent 2 enjoyable days walking up and down Front Street, buying touristy gifts and drinking mai-tais at Moose McGillicuddy's and Kimo's. Our motive for staying at the Pioneer was to stay where the action was and not have to rent a car, and that was the end result. I was a little concerned before we arrived that the "action" would be loud and all-night, but it was nothing of the sort. Later in the week we did the relaxing resort thing, so the week was a nice mixture for our vacation.
We also went to the Old Lahaina Luau and took a Trilogy sail to Lanai. Both were enjoyable for first-timers and I would recommend them. Wish we were back in the sunshine right now!
Old Maui at it's touristy best
I've been staying at the Pioneer for many years. Some folks don't like the noise of downtown Lahaina but we love it. We're from a rural coastal Oregon town and never see this much commotion so it's fun for us to mix it up where there's so much to do. This is our favorite spot on earth. We like the rooms on Front street because you can sit on the balcony and watch the parade of humanity saunter by. We used to stay in the ocean front rooms but they have been converted to offices. We love breakfast at street level in the bar/cafe with view of the Lahaina harbor and all that goes with it. This place has changed hands many times but it still maintains it's original ambiance. Don't waste your vacation in 'all the amenities' monolithic hotels, go back a hundred years and settle into the real Maui. Take a sail on the Trilogy Catamarans to Lanai, dolphins, flying fish, whales in season, huge bar-b-q on the beach, tour of Lanai. It's one of the best trips we've ever taken. Aloha!
What a find!
After staying at a dump of a condo, my first Hawaii trip was almost ruined until I found the Pioneer Inn. My wife and I stayed in room 34 facing the Banyon Tree and downtown Lahaina. We enjoyed live music at night from our balcony while taking in ocean views. We thought the noise would keep us up but it ended at 10pm every night. Hundreds of birds would flock to the Banyon Tree at dusk which was a joy to watch and listen to. Shops, restaurants, and harbor are within feet of the room. It's only two stories and shops occupy the lower lever so there's nobody staying above or below you. All rooms have their own bathrooms which was a surprise for a historic inn. The room was nicely furnished and clean. The carpets were a little dirty giving me the only reason to give it a 4 star and not a 5. The hotel restaurant and bar were excellent. Ocean views, ocean views!
I never liked the idea of staying in large hotel structures on a tropical vacation. I can do that in Vegas. The Pioneer Inn is perfect for those looking to take in the relaxation and nostalgia of Maui. I wouldn't recommend it for kids since it doesn't have access to sandy beaches like many other hotels on Maui. I know I would've liked the sandy beach option when I was younger.
The Inn is reasonably priced and allows you to avoid the overcrowded Ka'anapali Beach resorts. It is quaint and has the charm of an old hotel, and the rooms are clean and adequately furnished.
The restaurant does a decent job of serving good but not outstanding food; it's especially handy for breakfast.
Be specific when you reserve and insist upon the room you want, keeping in mind that all rooms are on the second floor (no elevator) and, because of the L-shape of the building, all rooms open onto either a porch that faces the street or a porch/walkway that faces the inner courtyard containing the pool.
We stayed in Room 36--the largest room, on the corner of Front and Hotel Streets. It was advertised as a suite, though by my definition of a suite, it fails, notwithstanding the wet bar. It is a room--period--even though it can connect to Room 35 through an adjoining door. It is on the outside corner, opposite a shopping arcade and a second-floor open-air bar that has live music until 10:30 pm. (The window-unit air-conditioner helped drown out the band.)
Rooms 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, and 49 all face Front Street; the bar is directly across this very narrow street, so you will likely have the noise problem from any of these. If you plan to be out until late yourself, this may not matter.
Rooms 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34, and 35 face Hotel Street and across from this is the famed Banyan Tree, making for a lovely view. The lower the number, the closer you are to seeing the ocean; by the same token, the lower the number, the closer you are to the hotel's restaurant/bar, which features live music some evenings. A mid-range number here might be quiet enough yet afford a view (Frommer recommends 31).
Rooms 40 (also larger), 42, 44, 46, 48, and 50 all face the inner courtyard, and these overlook the pool. Note that the higher the number, the closer you are to the hotel's mechanical installations, and 50 looks like a poor choice both because of this and because it is on the end and nearest to the street behind the hotel (and probably service trucks).
The remaining rooms are even-numbered from 18-32, and while we didn't see the inside any of them, they seem well located for a little peace and quiet, if you can be happy with a view of the nice courtyard rather than the ocean and Banyan Tree.
We specified a non-smoking room, but upon arrival, we were told that the room was a smoking room that had been "treated." The odor was still present, so if you're sensitive, clear this issue up in advance. The ice machine was not working while we were there. Parking is tricky--two blocks away. And the cruise ships now unload at the front door of the Inn. If a ship is in port, expect a parade of busses to drive down Hotel Street. (This is another reason why the rooms facing the courtyard seem better situated.)
Having said all of this, however, the Inn can be a good choice for those not bothered by the above, both because it is quite reasonably priced for the area, and because it is an easy walk to many good restaurants, shops and galleries in Lahaina. My purpose in writing this is not to dissuade you from staying here but to let you know what to expect before you make your decision.
Delightful Pioneer Inn !!!
My husband & I stayed at the Best Western Pioneer Inn in Lahaina , Maui , in February this year and enjoyed it thoroughly !! We had read a bad report of it in Trip Advisor the week before we went there & I was rather worried in case I had made a bad choice . No way !!! It was a delightful place . The staff were most helpful & pleasant , & the location was perfect . It was SO easy to get to all the points of interest , & there were fantastic restaurants & shops within walking distance . We loved the unique character of the place & its wonderful historical significance . It has all the essentials for a comfortable stay.......air conditioning ,cleanliness , AND a great view of Banyan Square & the harbour from our balcony. !
Loved the Pioneer Inn
20 years ago decided one Sat. morning I would take workmates advice and go Pioneer Inn rather than Mexico. Arrived Sat. night in Oahu stayed I night near Airport. Same as any concrete behemouth anywhere USA or Canada. Took shuttle next morning to Maui.Found Pioneer Inn completely charming and in tune with the natural surroundings. Overlooking the park and the largest Banyen tree in existence,I watched the "tourists" unloading from their buses to be herded back in their buses an hour or two later. Maui is to be savoured slowly as well as the best triple decker crab,turkey and bacon sandwich available.Evokes the atmosphere that just can not be done with an air coditioned,400 channel monolith.Thanks for listening
Noise, bugs and overindulgers
With the best location in town, why bother
with clean rooms and noise control from the
bar downstairs? Our stay at the Pioneer was
reminiscent of an all-night frat party gone bad.
Go for a beer, not for a room.
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