Travel Blogs from Lahaina
... for about half an hour. The ticket store hadn't opened yet - apparently they run on a Hawaiian equivalent of 'Indian Time' here. I asked the slovenly dressed bag of filth who ran the unofficial 'Sugar Cane Train Refreshment Shack' when it opened and he simply replied, "Your guess is as good as mine." Really, Mr. Bag of Filth, is my guess as good as yours? You have a permanent shack next to the station, and while your handpainted "Cash Only" sign suggests you ...
... discover a thin blanket to allow us to sleep through the early morning chilly period, yet not overheat.
Tuesday 24th June Maui- Snorkelling at Makena Landing, Big Beach
We are too lazy to take either of the two big trips we want to do- Hana Highway and the Crater, so decide to explore to South of the condo today, and do some snorkeling. Head down along South Kihei Road, taking side roads to get as close to the water as we can. We get pushed back ...
... he asked if there were any questions, there was not a peep from anyone … we motored on in silence hugging the beach / ocean on our right and mountains / former cane fields on our left with not a sound but the motor of the bus and Roy’s voice speaking authoritatively about the landscape and the importance to the Hawaiian culture.
I could see where there were beaches interspersed between the rugged volcanic rocks, that there was ...
... 30 feet. With lots of fish swimming by/under, we saw lots of pencil urchins, purple urchins, bat star, crown of thorn star, many sea turtles (some of them about 3-5 feet long), and an octopus. After I overcame the initial fear of trying on snorkeling mask/tube, I felt a lot ease maneuvering in the water. Steve was knowledgeable, he has a long pointer stick which he used to point out creature of interests to us while we're snorkeling. As in the ...
... top of the 60 foot high cliff overlooking the pool. Everyone gasped and pointed as he stood there on the edge looking down. Surely he can't be going to dive in? The pool is no more than 5 or 6 feet deep! After a suitably long attention drawing few minutes, he dived off the rocks, did a somersault and disappeared beneath the water. Staring in disbelief at the spot where he landed, there was sheer relief from the crowd when he bobbed up a moment later and his two dogs swam ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lahaina Inn
Great hotel for couples
What a great hotel for couples! The hotel is small and cozy with antique furnishings and a private lanai for each room. The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows. The bath robes in the room added a touch of luxury and made it convenient to get coffee from the common room in the early mornings. The hotel is conveniently located near the ocean front, shops, restaurants, and harbor in Lahaina. We were even close enough to walk to the Old Lahaina Luau! The view from the lanai is wonderful! In one direction is the ocean and the other is mountains!
It was nice to find a great hotel that is reasonably priced and caters to couples rather than families and kids.
We absolutely loved our stay at the Lahaina Inn. It was just what we were looking for; which was a clean, comfortable, quiet place to stay in the heart of Lahaina and with definate character. We enjoyed being able to begin and end our days in comfort and within walking distance of dozens of fabulous restaurants and night life. The staff was more than accomodating and made us feel like guests in their home. If your looking for a hotel to entertain you this is not the place, but if you can hold your own and want a great place to begin and end your days Lahaina Inn is the spot to be.
Will never return
The first thing you have to do when you check in, is to sign a declaration that your payment is non-refundable if you leave the hotel early - obviously the Lahaina Inn is aware of their customer satisfaction level.
When we booked to stay at Lahaina Inn, it was advertised as a B&B. When we turned up, we found that they had stopped providing breakfast!
Our room was tiny and the bed was very small. The room was not very clean. If we could have left and got our money refunded, we would have done so.
Some people like the old look of the hotel. We found the cramped conditions claustrophobic and tried to minimise our time in the Inn. It was impossible to get a reasonable nights sleep in such a small bed.
This accommodation was by far our worse in a three week stay in Hawaii and we regret staying here. Obviously hotels vary in quality and size, but given the rates that the Lahaina Inn charge, I would expect a much larger and cleaner room.
We're definitely coming back!
We are an older retired couple and have traveled many places around the world. We love the antiques, the staff and the location. We should not have spent our money on a car rental, because we only used 2 out of the 7 days we were there. We booked several activities and they picked us up at front door. The only time we used our car was to go to Kaanapali Beach, a short 5 minute drive. There are many shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. We stayed in a suite, which was very nice. It was large, with plenty of room for us to sit and mingle. They also have a "community" room, with coffee and tea. We loved having coffee in the morning and talking with other guests and getting to know where they were from. On our next trip to Maui, we will stay there again! We were there just before the holidays and it was great!!!
The equivalent of Bourbon Street, New Orleans
We booked a 4-night stay at the Lahaina Inn for July 28 through August 1, 2004 as part of our 25th wedding anniversary trip, where we had just come from Kona on the Big Island. At the Inn we stayed in their large corner Maki Suite located at the end of the hall on the left, along the street side overlooking Front Street and the ocean. The facility is a quaint old fashion inn w/antiques. It does not have some of the amenities one would find in a hotel or motel setting - no TV or pool (then again no kids either) but it did have a room air conditioner, private bath w/dryer, in-room safe and phone w/free local calls and freshly brewed coffee just down the hall - all at no additional cost. Parking however was another story. You can park at the Inn's lot located ½ block away but you pay a separate $5 per day charge for an unassigned parking space (which is what we did) but you do so at your own risk. This means that as long as there are spaces available the lot owner continues to take in money for empty parking spaces through the day. If you arrive back at the inn late and there are no spaces left - it's your own tough luck w/o the possibility of any refund and you'll have to find on-street parking which is tough. I'm not sure about this but I think there may be laws against this type of practice. As for the Inn and its location, we wanted to be in the heart of Lahaina but what we didn't expect was the equivalent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. For those who enjoy being in the heart of a very busy and active area, enjoy the noise and hustle/bustle of cars and people and who can sleep through just about anything, this is the place for you. However, if you want peace and quiet and are a light sleeper (as is our case) you better think twice about staying here. On all 4 nights we were wakened or kept awake by noise. First by painters who started up at 6am, second by people screaming in the streets below until 3 am (Cruise Ship day), third by a man and woman yelling profanity at each other at 5am and last by our two female neighbors next door who spent the entire evening drinking beer, talking loud and yelling at the guys on the street below until well after midnight. We wanted to complain to the front desk but guess what, there's no one around b/c your on your own from the time they leave around 8pm until 9am the next morning. Next time we go to Maui we're staying north of Lahaina in the Kaanapali beach area. Finally, we want to say a word about the Old Lahaina Luau that we attended on July 31th. It's the best- worth every penny so don't miss it.
Let me just start off by saying there is no tv, pool, or elevators. The rooms are tiny and dirty and unstylish and there was painters outside my window staring in. I was only there for 3 hours and was ready to cry. This is supposed be a nice vacation in Hawaii and there was a view of a parking lot in the middle of a bunch of bum shops. The air conditioning wasnt working and the people at the front desk were compeletely unreasonable. We were booked there for 7 nights but chose not to stay that and they forced us to pay. We left and didnt even stay ONE night and they wouldnt refund us ANYTHING. It was completely RIDICULOUS!!!! Also they close the door at 8 pm so you cant leave or come in after that. DO NOT STAY HERE!!!
In response to the fact that they had painters looking into their window. This is absolutely false!
The front of the building was being painted, they were located in a room to the back of the hotel. The doors are not directly across from each other, so there was no way for a painter to see into the room that they were in.
As far as not giving a refund, we do clearly state what our cancellation policy is on our website and when you receive confirmation.
Our establishment is definately not a place that 2 teenage girls traveling alone would appreciate. The rooms are decorated individually in antiques and there are no televisions in the room. We have an entire database of many happy return guests.
We would love to have you come stay with us, if you enjoy being in the comfort of beautiful antiques.
The Best Bed and Breakfast!!!
We stayed at Maui Prince then moved to Lahaina Inn after a delayed departure.
It was the BEST! It is very nice. No kids. Small and quaint. It is in the heart of Lahaina and all the action. Each room has a balcony with rocking chairs and great views! Victorian antiques and oriental rugs adorn the Inn. The innkeeper was so incredible. It is quaint and very convenient. We LOVED it!! Very clean. Lots of special, personal touches.
Well, let me first say that my comments are my experience, and yours may be different. I would not stay at Lahaina Inn again. Infact, we were booked for 4 nights but checked out after the first one and here is why..It's to noisy. The Inn is located just a few feet from Front Street. The locals cruise up and down the strip with thier car stereo's cranked up, and then there are the tourist. Too many tourist. It was not a relaxing place. The rooms were very small. The bathroom toilet seat was chiped and the cieling had unfinished drywall repairs. Plus, the whole room smelled of mold. The staff was friendly, but they would not give us a refund of our remaing 3 nights. I was also informed that the original owner who did the renovations sold the Inn. I guess if your idea of Hawaii is staying up late and drinking in Bars and you love to shop with many other tourist, then you might like Lahina Inn. I however did not.
Location, location, location
We were in Maui for 10 days and stood 3 days at the Lahaina Inn. Being steps from the waterfront was great. We were also able to use the ferry to Lanai to explore and snorkel that island for the day.
The Inn itself is nice enough and I guess its supposed to be romantic because there's no TV. Though they are nice rooms they are geared for the couple thing which is ok.
The service was good, so was the breakfast but the best thing was definitly was the location