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Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   475 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Tsawwassen, B.C.
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“FABULOUS month here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

You need to know that all the condos here are privately owned. Some are updated, and others are not. Very important to make sure you know what you are booking! We talked to one man at the pool that was in a unit where he said everything was child sized - height of counters, bathtub, everything.

We stayed in 706 owned by Tom Myers. Loved it here. It is a penthouse overlooking the mountains. Beautiful place. When you are booking, ask about the cleaning. We were here for a month and never had anyone come and clean for us. I thought it would be once a week or something like that. I think you just need to be clear when you book as to what your expectations are. The unit is large - bedroom is beautiful, full kitchen, great living space! Our boys came to stay for a week - do NOT put adults in the pull out bed - it is NOT adequate. Would be okay for smaller children though, I think. This penthouse is on the mountain side which I thought might not be good, but it is a beautiful view!!! It was so nice to wake up to.

If you are bothered by noise, you will have to shut the doors at night - not a hardship (the air conditioning works great), but the bar next door gets noisy sometimes.

When we come back (and we will), we will be looking at booking on the ocean side - would love to be able to hear the waves and watch the whales from higher up. Like I said, though, be careful when you are booking so you have an updated unit. Apparently the strata is putting all the units in a pool and 30 have to be updated every year - but owners don't have to participate if they book the unit privately.

The location of Lahaina Shores is PERFECT! It is a very short walk to town, but away from the hustle and bustle and it is right on the beach. A busy day on the beach was less than 20 people as far as we could see. The beach side is on a reef, so you don't have big waves, and you do need water shoes if you want to go out walking. We just went to some of the other beaches if we wanted to body surf.

There is a kayak rental place and a surf school right next door. They were extremely nice and very helpful.

Front Street (main street in Lahaina) is looking a little bit tired and needs some updating - but we loved wandering at night. Wednesday night the Pioneer Inn has an amazing rock and roll band and there are people dancing in the streets. They end at 8:00 though so you have to go early. The town seems to roll up and go to sleep by 10:00 every night, so not much nightlife if that is what you are looking for.

I will write other reviews about some of the places we shopped and ate.

Bottom line - we loved it here and will certainly be back!!!

Room Tip: make very sure you know if you are booking an updated room. Some of the original ones are not looki...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

just came back from Maui, there's no bad time to go there -- the weather is always fantastic!
ok, the hotel -- we stayed in a studio on a sixth floor with an ocean view (last January we were looking at the mountain, ain't the same, trust me). I kept the balcony door open and would wake up to the trashing of the ocean at high tide; which was marvelous -- would make coffee and have it at the balcony watching the sun rise, I miss it already!
We had a full service -- cleaning, fresh sheets and towels etc. We had a full kitchen, with all the pots etc., no complaints. The bathroom is spacious, modern, lovely and we never had a problem with hot water. There's also a barbecue downstairs and you can snorkel or surf right there at the wall.
It's been really lovely, what can I say -- can't beat that price and the fact that I could spot whales from the balcony; I mean really, what else do you want for $200 a night?
Well, maybe a free parking which is not ($8 per day), pool tables or ping pong or something like that when the swimming pool or the hot tub is not an option. And the bed was on the soft side -- sheets were Egyptian cotton, fantastic. Radios on each night table, TV, dinning table inside and nice table to dine on the balcony. I would go there anytime but the trip is looooooooooooong and the jet lag hurts. Btw, the place was full of couples well over 50.

Room Tip: all rooms on the ocean side are quiet, not to worry. the ones on the ground floor -- well, you will...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This was our 2nd time staying here. We have been to Maui 3 times 1st time here at Lahania shores 2nd time at Hyatt regency in Kaanapali, 3rd time back at lahania shores. If we return it will be here, no doubt the best location on the island. We read that they were remodeling the rooms and you should stay in one of them. We didnt get one but our room was satisfactory. Honestly, if your room is where you are going to spend your vacation you should stay in Wailea. Our room was very clean and the maid service was excellent. There's a couple of nice places to eat right next door...Spankys bar and grill has great food at reasonable prices. There's a convenience store called the Whaler right next to your hotel if you need anything(beer,snacks,batteries,etc). You can rent surfboards , paddle boards and lessons next door. The snorkeling right out in front of the hotel is some of the best on the island if you're a novice.You're within 5 minutes walking distance from lahania which is fun shopping good restaurants and history. You can't ask for a better location for a hotel unless you'd rather have super posh, super exclusivity...and the prices to go with it. The only complaint we have is you have to have a room key to get OUT onto the beach, which was inconvenient. The place is clean, convenient, friendly and THE BEST!

Room Tip: Get an ocean view upper floor even though the mountain views are beautiful
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

During our stay at Lahaina Shores in mid January, we experienced only excellent staff and wonderful concierge service provided by Expedia. Expedia booked our snorkel and horse back riding trips. Outstanding directions were very appreciated. However, our sleeping accommodations in #422 were less than adequate. It was reported to the Manager directly and he will correct the situation with the owners of #422 immediately. Do not book under any circumstances #422 unless Lahaina Shores can guarantee the hammock has been replaced with an actual bed!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed for 6 nights in a mountain view studio on the 2nd floor with a full kitchen.

Positives:

1. Excellent location, on the edge of Lahaina, a waterfront town with numerous restaurants/bars/galleries. An easy, safe 2 block or so walk gets you into the center of town.

2. Beach front property. Beach is sandy. Water is shallow. Nice view of numerous boats from nearby marina. Excellent view of the island of Lana'i. Westernly view provides view of sunset.

3. View of whales during whale season, roughly December - mid April.

4. Easy drive to other West Maui beach and resort locations.

5. Property contains nice pool, hottub, and barbeque for use.

6. Self parking is available on site for an additional fee.

7. Affordable. We got a decent rate through Costco. Full kitchen provides ability to save big on meals. Costco is available right next to main island airport.

8. Excellent staff. Consistently helpful and friendly.

9. Property is well maintained and clean as a whistle. No bugs or odor of any sort.

Negatives:

1. No restaurant or bar on site. However restaurants and convenience store are located right next door.

2. No gym on site.

Bottom line:

We absolutely loved this place. The location, beachfront in the awesome town of Lahaina, can't be matched. Throw in an affordable price, kitchen, and a great staff and, well, next time we will be hard pressed to choose to stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Mountain view is just fine if you want to save some $$, and don't plan on spending a ton of time...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Literally one week in advance we booked a trip to Maui for a relaxing week. I was so worried about finding a nice place to stay at the last minute! Not just because we needed a place to lay our heads, but we enjoy the boutique, quiet, mature hotel experience and shy away from the larger crowded resorts at this point in our lives. Enter MostRomanticVacations.com and Lahaina Shores Beach Resort!

We had no expectations other than to come to terms with "Well, we booked it at the last minute, we'll be in Maui, there was nothing really else available, and how bad can it be based on the reviews?" Were we pleasantly surprised!!!

My husband and I stayed in a mountain view room on the 5th floor of this very friendly condo/resort. Weary from our flight, we were welcomed by very nice, casual and friendly staff. When we opened the door to our condo we were joyous. A happy little kitchen, bar, flat screen tv, couch, queen bed and a wall to wall sliding door with a beautiful view of the mountain/hillsides and a huge balcony. It was a perfect place to stay for a mellow week all about nothing.

The resort is extremely quiet, and seems to be populated with condo owners and many retirees. Even the younger crowd was quiet and respectful, and we enjoyed chatting with some very nice people we met. The resort sits along a nice stretch of beach where one can swim, walk, snorkel. Bring your swimming/water shoes though, as it is rocky in the water and tender footed people need to be mindful.

There is an open air, small (but welcoming) lobby, a small pool, jacuzzi and lots of lawn space and lounge chairs. Best of all, it is within walking distance to restaurants, the grocery store, convenience store, shopping, shaved ice shops, bars, movie theater, the harbor and wharf and anything you might desire.

Because this was so last minute, we did not rent a car. We enjoyed using public transportation for $4 a day and traveled up and down the west side of the island to enjoy the many beaches and snorkeling spots. At the end of each day, we loved going "home" to our happy studio condo.

The property has two large gas BBQ's, which we enjoyed one evening with a grilled meal. But with so many restaurants nearby, we did not take full advantage of them. Also, although because the units are individually owned and I suspect there is no consistency, the bed in our condo was the most comfortable bed we have slept in. Ever. Even better than our very nice bed at home.

All said, this is the "anti-Kaanapali", the anti tourist spot, with quiet and tranquil grounds. If you need the multiple pools, the water slides, pool bar waiters, snack bars, noisy playful kids, drunken partying groups, lounge chairs lined up within three inches of each other, and the mega resort experience, this property is NOT for you. But, if you want a comfortable, clean, well maintained, quiet small resort experience that feels like home, I highly recommend this property. You can book direct with the resort or with several management companies to make it easy.

Lahaina shores is also VERY affordable, leaving you with plenty of money to enjoy the restaurants and excursions of Maui. We were extremely happy with our experience (and our bill!) and will stay here again. My next visit cannot come soon enough. Note: If you stay in a unit on the mountain view side, you are above the parking lot and near a bar with very boisterous patrons who take their business outside. This included a few bar brawls, as could be expected. I found listening to them hilarious and entertaining, but some people might be annoyed by them into the wee hours if you sleep with the patio door open.

Aloha!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 475 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#19 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lahaina Shores Beach Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to oceanfront living right in the heart of Lahaina Town. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is a landmark in historic Lahaina town. This ocean front condo resort features spacious studio, one bedroom and one bedroom penthouse condos with full kitchens and oversized lanais. ... more   less 
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