West Maui and probably South Maui, the two most hotel-rich areas on the island, seem hell-bent on emulating the high-rise-hive ambiance of Myrtle and Miami Beaches. In the west, the town of Lahaina offers a taste of an older, slightly scruffier Maui (not too bucolic -- dining options include a Ruth's Chris and a Hard Rock Cafe) and provides a good base for exploring. In that town, the lodging of choice is the Plantation, literally moments away from the shops and restaurants along Front Street). The rooms (judging from ours) are comfortable and well appointed. They're in two buildings, on either side of a nice medium-sized swimming pool that is available to guests at all times (a boon for early-morning lap swimmers like my spouse). Breakfast is included in the rate and it's prepared by the kitchen of the on-premises French restaurant, Gerard's (Gerard himself was making the breakfasts on at least some of the days we were there). Choices include French toast, eggs Florentine, and a croque monsieur (I pity the reviewer whose taste buds were so exquisite that he or she found the fare "inedible").
The inn has parking in three places, including an adjacent gravel lot that tends to fill up in the evening with patrons of the on-site restaurant. There is a paved lot in back, next to the rear building, but beware of the cement columns when maneuvering in and out of the narrow spaces (never have been as happy to have taken the CDW coverage for my rental car). There was an in-room safe, key -- not keypad -- operated; use of that key incurs an additional charge of $1.04 or $1.06 per day -- a bit cheesy if you ask me. There's a coin-op washer and drier on the second floor of the front building but you need 8 quarters for a load in the former and 7 for the latter.
Guests of the inn receive a small discount at the French restaurant but you must order a three-course meal to apply it. It's expensive, but the food and service are excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the historic district of Lahaina, steps from the waterfront and all the excitement it holds, yet far enough to offer precious tranquility. This is the allure that The Plantation Inn offers. 19 rooms and suites, each uniquely furnished with its own custom interiors, housed in graceful turn-of-the-century charm and set against manicured gardens. This is the intimacy that is The Plantation Inn. Breakfast is included for all paying guests and served from 7:30 to 9:30 am in the tranquil poolside setting. Selections include Chef Gerard Reversade's gourmet French Toast, poached Eggs Basquaise, Gerard's special blend Mueslix along with homemade yogurt or a fresh bagel with salmon & cream cheese. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plantation Hotel Lahaina
- Plantation Inn Maui/Lahaina