Pros

  • Historic hotel in downtown Lahaina, across from bustling Front Street
  • Within walking distance of Lahaina's shops, bars, restaurants
  • 12 traditional rooms with original wood floors and crown molding
  • Flat-screen TVs, toiletries, and hairdryers come standard
  • Some rooms have outdoor balconies
  • Guests can use amenities at sister property, Royal Lahaina Resort
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
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Cons

  • No pool, restaurant, fitness center, or other on-site amenities
  • Rooms, particularly bathrooms, show wear and tear
  • Reception office holds inconvenient hours
  • The hotel is not accessible and doesn’t have an elevator
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Bottom Line

The 12-room, value Lahaina Inn is a historic property near the town’s bustling Front Street. It’s an ideal place to stay for travelers who want to take advantage of everything Lahaina has to offer, such as great shopping, dining, and the best “nightlife” on Maui. But, the hotel isn’t on or near the beach, and it doesn’t have any amenities, like a pool, spa, fitness center, or restaurant. Rooms are decorated in a traditional style that reflects old Hawaii and have flat-screen TVs, but there are signs of wear and tear throughout. Lahaina Inn guests have access to sister property, the Royal Lahaina Resort, but it’s a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Travelers looking for a hotel in Lahaina with more amenities might prefer the nearby Plantation Inn, though it’s pricier. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet

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Lahaina Inn

Scene

A downtown hotel with no real amenities 

There isn’t much of an atmosphere at the Lahaina Inn, because there aren’t any communal spaces. Save for the tiny lobby, there aren’t any places where guests can be found outside of their rooms. Because of this, the hotel remains quiet and pretty boring. The Lahaina Inn is ideal for travelers who only require a place to sleep at night. It isn’t a resort where guests stay put for their entire vacation. One aspect of the property that may cause issues is the inconvenient reception hours. The lobby is only staffed for a short time, from early-afternoon to early-evening, so if guests require assistance in the morning or at night, they’re out of luck. If no one is in the office, guests can access the hotel via private key code. When we checked in, we had to call Lahaina Inn’s sister property, the Royal Lahaina Resort, to ask a staff member to unlock the hotel for us and assist with check-in, a complicated process that took over 30 minutes. 

Travelers seeking another budget-friendly property with more amenities should consider Royal Kahana, which has a quiet beachfront location and condo-style units. Just a six-minute walk from Lahaina Inn, the Best Western Pioneer Innissimilarly basic, but a better value.

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Location

A stone's throw from Front Street, within walking distance of shopping, dining, and nightlife 

As its name suggests, the Lahaina Inn is located in Lahaina. The hotel is an actual stone’s throw from Lahaina’s main thoroughfare, Front Street, and is within walking distance of Maui’s best shopping, dining, and “nightlife” (essentially, bars that are open until 10 or 11 p.m). Lahaina Inn actually sits above one of Maui’s best fine-dining restaurants, the Lahaina Grill. Downtown Lahaina is waterfront, but there aren’t any beaches in the area. Lahaina Inn guests can drive 10 minutes to the hotel’s sister property, the Royal Lahaina Resort, for access to world-famous Kaanapali Beach. The Lahaina Inn is about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport.  

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Rooms

Small rooms with historic decor; a few have outdoor balconies 

Each of the Lahaina Inn’s 12 rooms looks a bit different, but decor throughout is meant to reflect the early 20th-century Maui plantation era. Rooms feature original (creaky) wood floors, gorgeous crown moldings, and traditional dark-wood furnishings. In the Junior Suite we visited, red pineapple-print wallpaper adds visual interest, and alludes to the numerous pineapple plantations that used to occupy Maui’s hillsides. Standard Rooms, the hotel’s only other room category, are small and may be too cramped for two people. In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, large armoires, and small desk spaces, but don’t expect electronic safes, mini-fridges, or ironing equipment. 

All bathrooms are tight on space, but feature early 20th-century finishes like pedestal sinks, beveled mirrors, and white octagonal tile floors. Bathrooms show signs of wear and tear, like dirty grout, yellowing tiles, and leaky, rusty faucets. We also found our shower temperature control to be finicky. Half of the Lahaina Inn’s rooms have balconies that overlook the street, and the ocean in the distance, though we weren’t able to go out onto the balconies during our visit because they were being refortified. Rooms may be a bit noisy at night, but since most nightlife shuts down at 10 p.m., guests shouldn’t have too much trouble sleeping. 

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Features

No amenities on-site, besides free parking and Wi-Fi 

Aside from free parking and Wi-Fi, the Lahaina Inn doesn’t have any of its own features. Guests have access to a secure lot a five-minute walk from the property -- a real highlight in a town known for horrendous parking. The free Wi-Fi works well throughout the guest rooms. Lahaina Inn guests have access to all of the amenities at the Royal Lahaina Resort, including its pool, beach, spa, fitness center, restaurants, and tennis facilities. Travelers should note that the Lahaina Inn is not ADA compliant, and it does not have an elevator. One flight of stairs is required to reach all guest rooms. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

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