The equivalent of Bourbon Street, New Orleans A review of Lahaina Inn
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.