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Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   475 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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San Jose
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Yikes... 2 stars is pretty generous for this place...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Let me preface this review by saying that this is the first time we ever stayed in a condo and not a hotel, so didn’t know what to expect. These particular condos are advertised as being run as a hotel, but they are not. Also, if one desires to stay for a prolonged period of time in the Lahaina area, like a month – these accommodations might work (coin-opt laundry onsite, full kitchens). If you are staying just for a few days or a week… well… find another place. We wanted to stay in Lahaina itself but now looking back, we should have gotten to Napili Point (there are some gorgeous ocean front hotels and condos in that area with outstanding snorkeling).
These condos advertise being the only beachfront hotel in Lahaina. That’s the reason why we went for it. Not the smartest idea. You can’t swim at that beach – too close to harbor, dirty water, rocky shore. There is a gate that separates the hotel area from the beach. The lock didn’t work properly, so the key wouldn’t open it. We had to flag down another quest to try their locks because the front desk wasn’t helpful.
Hotel amenities: The pool is not heated. The hot tub didn’t work when we were there.
Front Desk: They will not let you get into your room even 5 min before the check-in time. We showed up a couple of hours earlier, dropped our luggage and left to explore. In spite of the fact that they knew that the guests have arrived, no attempt was made to finish the cleaning earlier. We actually had to wait another 20 minutes after the check-in time for them to be ready. The coffee is rationed – 1 caffeinated and 1 de-caf per day. No exceptions. Front desk did give us 1 extra package grudgingly. The cleaning crew will not wash the dishes or clean the coffee pot.
Room: Do NOT select the Mountain View rooms. You get the views of the parking lot and the main street leading to the downtown. It’s very loud in the early morning. The room itself felt very outdated, the bed was not comfortable, the bathroom – tiny, old yellowed space.
The only two good things I can say about this hotel – walking distance to the downtown, literally 5 minutes, and the little market located next door for any last minute goodies. Oh, and all the awesome hotel guests whom we’ve met there!!! But in the end, we were so glad when we got out of there! Yikes…

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We got an unrenovated ocean front room through the hotel website (Room 431). The bathroom and kitchen were modern enough and quite big for a studio unit. The room was exceptionally clean, and the view from the balcony was sensational. Unfortunately we had a murphy bed, which was old and lumpy and gave us aching backs and very little sleep. I will never risk the possibility of getting a murphy bed in any hotel again. The airconditioner was so loud we had to turn it off at night (or to have a conversation). The forrest of plastic plants throughout the unit was a little disturbing.

The location of the hotel was very good for exploring Lahaina, and the shops and restaurants next door were very high quality. The beach in front of the hotel was good for paddling but too rocky for swimming.

For a better Maui experience, my advice would be to stay in a nice resort on Ka'anapali Beach and just do a day trip in to Lahaina Town.

Room Tip: Nothing less than ocean front and renovated. Don't accept a murphy bed room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had an ocean front one bedroom condo. It was updated with a full kitchen and a gorgeous view of the ocean with a wall to wall sliding door onto a lovely patio where we eat most of our meals. The cruise ship parked nearby and the beach was lovely to walk on although not the best for swimming. We loved that there were restaurants and shops right next door and Front Street was a short walk away. We went for a stroll every night along Front Street and enjoyed the shops and restaurants there too. The pool was a little cool but the lawn chairs were nice and plentiful. There were washers/dryers available too. There is a concierge available to schedule tours for you. All you could want for a great price. We will come here again.

Room Tip: Choose an ocean view. It is worth the extra price. That's why you come to Hawaii so enjoy it.
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  • Stayed May 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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London, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Beautiful view and location,,,,,,,it's old school, and that's the charm. Stay on the ocean front if you choose to stay, it's worth it! Spectacular ocean view and amazing sunset watching. Close to town and an easy stroll. Our unit had a kitchen which allowed us to pack our own lunches for our daily excursions. I would recommend this beautiful property as a quiet Hawaiian experience.

Room Tip: Choose ocean front!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Texas
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed a night in Lahaina because we wanted to take an early whale trip in the morning. The price and the location seemed good, and as it turned out, we were right on both! It's about a 5 minute walk to the Banyan Tree. The property itself is beautiful, which was a nice surprise. It's right on the water, and literally a few steps down and you are in the ocean! The pool and hot tub are nice, as well. The rooms seem to vary, and ours was adequate, but not the best. It was clearly old and outdated, but for a night or two there it was a great deal for the price! Our room, however was not ready, even though we were promised a 3 pm check in time, so we were forced to sit in the lobby for 45 min waiting. In addition, we were told it was ready, went up, only to find the cleaning woman not close to done cleaning the room. So, we sat outside in the hallway for another 15 min.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The "mountain view" of units face also Front Street and the parking lot. At 2:00am we heard garbage trucks doing their pick up rounds. There were also party goers being loud and noisy past 1:00am. You definitely cannot enjoy sleeping with your lanai doors open.
We arrived at Kahului airport at 8:00pm. It was pitch dark, driving was not pleasant, to Lahaina Shores Beach Hotel.
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No washer/dryer in our 5th floor unit; laundry facility located by the elevators on the floor. To do 2 loads of laundry, it took from 7:30am until 10:00am and cost more than $12.00 in quarters (coin operated machines). $2.50 gives 30 minutes of drying time, but more time is needed to dry a load of towels and underclothing since the "high heat" in the dryers is not set high at all.
There is no wifi available around the hotel grounds; wifi is only inside the units.
Our biggest disappointment was to find out that the reef close to the shoreline would make it difficult for us to swim in the ocean. South Maui is the place to be if you wish to swim without fear of hitting rocks and cutting yourself in the process.
The harbor within walking distance from the hotel provided for numerous activities, as well as the quaint town of Lahaina. Walking into town was a pleasant activity for us. The weather was fabulous with an average of 25 degrees Celsius on most of our 3 week stay, except for a few days of 22 degrees and a couple of days of 30 degrees towards the end of our stay. We are a retired couple.

Room Tip: This was a VRBO unit rental on the 5th floor, Mountain view. The ocean view rooms are what I would...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We stayed early April. A short drive from the airport right on the ocean. As stated by others this hotel does not have a restaurant but there are several near by. The hotel is clean and does have a pool and lots of sitting area for tanning or relaxing. We were up early and sat on the balcony watching the whales,incredable. The town is a short walk with lots to offer shopping and eating. We would recommend this hotel and would go back.

Room Tip: Get Ocean front
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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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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:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#14 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lahaina Shores Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 142
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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