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“Good home base in Maui” 4 of 5 stars
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Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   475 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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“Good home base in Maui”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a basic resort, really a hotel or condo unit, on the south edge of Lahaina, walking distance to Banyan Tree Square and the harbor. Our room (#228) was booked through a travel agent, but I understand from other comments here that you can also book through sites like VRBO. We were told that the hotel had been recently completely renovated, but our room was not. Yet it was clean, had a kitchen w/ dishes, pans, etc, a patio, and a good bed -- everything we needed. We were on the mountain side, and sometimes the traffic was noisy, but the patio doors were very sound proof.
The what is unique about this facility is it's location and it's beach. It's conveniently located on the island, with fairly easy access to both the east and west sides of the island. Maalaea might be better, and Kihei might also be good, but I have no idea what's available there. Lahaina is a nice, small town, and it was great to be able to have easy access there day or night.
The beach, too, is unique. Totally different from the impeccably maintained beaches of the resorts further north. More like the natural beaches that run in front of the many homes of its neighbors further along Front Street. There is a reef some distance out from shore that runs all along the beach, which means that there is absolutely no surf. The beach itself is sandy, but the ocean bottom is rocky once you get out a bit. All of which means it is great for sunbathing, beach walking, standup paddle surfing, etc., and wonderful for young children who love to play in the sand and at the water's edge. But if you are looking for waves and surf and a boogie board spot, this isn't for you.
In short, if you are looking for a single destination spot that has everything -- if you want to stay put in one place for your vacation time -- then you would probably be happier with one of the resorts further north. But when we vacation, our hotel is our "home base" from which we explore the area, and this was perfect. We explored several of the beaches to the northwest, and swam and snorkeled there. Enjoyed the aquarium to the east, watched the surfers on Hookipa beach to the north, and hiked the waterfalls along the Hana Road to the east. And strolled the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Lahaina in the evening. Wonderful!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I rented a premier ocean front condo for a week to celebrate our Babymoon. We went straight through Lahaina Shores to book our stay. The check in process was friendly, fast & easy (perfect way to start our stay after a long day of traveling). Our room was perfect (429) the ocean was literally less than 50 yards from our balcony. We enjoyed waking up and falling asleep to the island breeze and ocean waves. We were so close to the water one morning we were lucky enough to see a baby whale and its mama jumping.The kitchen and bathroom were updated & very clean looking. Kitchen had everything you needed to prepare a meal. We ate out often and didn't mind the 10 min walk up front street to the restaurants and shops. Betty's next door was not too good for either breakfast or lunch so we suggest cooking or taking a walk up the street. After our week stay we headed to the Grand Wailea for a business convention and we both agreed that Lahaina shores was way better. We don't like the resort feel and would much rather be at down to earth Lahaina Shores. If we come ack to Maui we will say here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

When we were doing research for our first ever trip to Maui, we were aware of the Ka’anapali beach area’s reputation for beautiful hotels, recreation and the beach itself. But the area is just that, a resort area and nothing else. It is a stretch of well landscaped properties and their corresponding restaurants and one expensive outdoor shopping mall. My husband and I like to stay in places that are within an actual town or village; places where you can walk the streets and discover home-grown businesses, art galleries, and get a feel for the local culture. We chose to stay in old Lahaina Town, the historic whaling town of Maui and only about 8 miles south of Ka’anapali. We chose the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort for this reason.
The Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is a beach side colonial style building that compliments the historic surroundings of Lahaina. I believe it used to be a hotel but is now a vacation condo property. We booked through the resort’s in-house management company Classic Resorts Limited. This company runs the resort’s website and you can book through it. We chose a studio ocean view premier unit on the second floor and couldn’t be happier! The view from the balcony/lanai was extraordinary and cleansed our spirits. There are no restaurants or noisy clubs in-house so it is quiet and the vibe is total relaxation. Our unit had a comfortable queen size bed and kitchen, television and complimentary wifi. The bathroom had an ample sized walk-in shower. Our premier studio condo was recently renovated and decorated in lovely earth tones and graced with subtle Hawaiian touches. The Lahaina Shores Beach Resort has a pool and hot tub, wide, grassy lounge chair area and its own beach entrance with the ocean being literally, just a few paces away. You can cook your own meals in the condo or do what we did and just walk up Front Street and enjoy all that Front Street and Lahaina has to offer in the way of food fun and history. There is a fantastic luau right next door, restaurants, as well as a bar, and a market to buy groceries and coffee. Next time we come to Maui, the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort will be our accommodation choice.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

This place is great and I will come back. It's close to all Front street has to offer. You can walk to the pier for a dinner cruise or eat at one of the many great restaurants on Front street. The ocean front condo views are amazing! You can watch the cruise ships arrive or watch the sunset for your own private lanai. I feel asleep to the sound of the ocean every night! I stayed in condo #529 and it was perfect! I also suggest you reserve your condo on vrbo.com and the owner was great to deal with. Thank you Karel your condo is awesome!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We just got back from a week-long stay at Lahaina Shores, and we loved every moment of our stay!!

We can't speak to the hotel room portion of the resort, as we rented one of the available condos (Room 403 through Katherine Hart -- also highly recommended!), but the grounds and the location were just perfect for us. Though it seems most people stay on Kaanapali Beach and the other main resort areas of Maui, we loved being just a short 10 min walk to bustling Downtown Lahaina, where we had lots of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and some night life to choose from. (I think we would have gotten quite bored staying in a resort area where all you have is the beach and limited shopping.) Having said that, Lahaina Shores is also really quite close to Kaanapali Beach -- only about a 10 min drive. (In fact, we missed the turn a couple times because we thought it was further than it actually was.) And it was incredibly easy to get around the island, so driving wasn't an issue.

The resort itself sits in front of a nice beach, which we walked every morning, and is located right next door to the Shops at 505, which are undergoing a renovation and are going to look great when they are done! Though we didn't spend any time swimming or laying on this beach, we did see a lot of swimmers, paddle boarders, and snorkelers here.

The lobby of the resort is also beautiful, with huge doors that open up wide to let the sea breeze in and a great view of the beach and harbor. In fact, the views from our lanai on the fourth floor were absolutely perfect. I don't think you could go wrong with the views from any room on the ocean side of the resort, and I highly recommend spending the extra money for an ocean-view room! Twice during our stay we watched cruise ships come and go from the nearby harbor, not to mention many other boats!

The pool area was also great, but I'm sad we never got a chance to use the hot tub (it was too warm most of our stay for a hot tub!). And there were a ton of lounge chairs set up in the grassy area surrounding the pool. We also used the gas grills twice for lunch, which we found highly convenient since it can get expensive eating every meal out in Hawaii. Another thing we liked is that this hotel isn't geared specifically to families (though I certainly wouldn't hesitate to bring kids here), so there weren't tons of kids running around, which meant our stay was quite peaceful.

We appreciated the bulletins in the elevators that talked about what was happening at the resort and around the area. We also got a lot of use out of the concierge desk, which I believe is run by an Expedia representative. On the first morning of your stay, you can go to an informational session and hear all about the different activities you can do on Maui. This was super helpful for us, because we didn't have any excursions or activities lined up prior, and we got to make use of some great discounts provided to us through the concierge. Also, by going to the morning session, you are entered in a drawing to win a free activity of some kind. Well, there were only two groups at our morning session, so our chances of winning were great! Though the other couple won the drawing (which was a free luau), they turned it down and were kind enough to gave it to us since they were already going to a luau.

If you're considering Lahaina Shores, I would say this is a fantastic place to stay in Maui - it's clean, comfortable, and beautiful, with fantastic views and in a great location. This was our first time in Maui, but we plan on going back many times, and I would definitely stay at Lahaina Shores again!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I always love to visit spots that are surrounded by mountain and rivers. I have explored many such places and among them my favorite is Lahaina Shores Beach Resort. Beautiful things surrounding the exterior of the building and wonderful ambiance provided inside the resort, was all amazing. Rooms are very spacious and clean. The bathroom facilities clean and well stocked with things I needed. All the staff members are exceptional and great at their services. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My son and I recently returned from a weeks vacation during spring break in Maui. We stayed at the Lahaina Beach Resorts that was booked for us by Tommy from Blue Hawaii vacation resorts. We had an amazing time. The employees at the Lahaina Shores Resort were SO nice and so very accomodating. It was one of the best places that I have ever stayed and my son had the best time. My overall experience here is a 10++ and I will definitley stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#22 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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