Lahaina is truly a historic town and if that's why you're here, you need to stay at the Pioneer Inn.
Don't expect resort appointments or mainstream sameness--this is a funky, historic Inn, right in the center of town. It's got what you need if you're here for what's outside your hotel, not to camp in your room. However, it was clean and entirely adequate with the usual modcons--large flat screen TV, mini-fridge, coffee, toiletries, ceiling fan, AC, helpful staff. It would benefit from room safes, but you can always use the front desk deposit boxes if necessary.
By luck of the draw, I got the large inside corner room (40). While spacious, it was rather dark and the balcony is an inside corner over the courtyard, so it wasn't a useful feature.
It's not your culinary destination, but I found the bar and the restaurant for breakfast to be quite suitable to my needs--very open air, so look for AC elsewhere (like back in your room). This isn't a beach hotel, but as many have noted it is central to town and the docks--walking to everything you need to eat and drink is easy, as well as front door access to all the water tours as well as the ferry to Lanai. If I came back to Lahaina I would definitely stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you visit historic Lahaina, treat yourself to the hospitatlity of Hawaii's plantation era while enjoying all the comfort and convenience of the Best Western Pioneer Inn. Although the exterior faithfully preserves this historical hotel, inside and around the grounds, visitors will enjoy up to date accomodations and facilities. Guests are surrounded by constant reminders of Hawaii's special beauty and will find the Inn's staff as warm and hospitable as a gentle island tradewind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Pioneer Hotel Lahaina
- Best Western Lahaina
- Lahaina Best Western
- BEST WESTERN Pioneer Inn Maui/Lahaina