Vist from -07 - 21 Feb 05. My wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon to Maui and Oahu. We booked our trip through a travel agent here in Winnipeg after checking out many of the hotels in Maui on the internet. I have travelled extensively with my work (over 35 countries on five different continents) and I know what I like in a hotel and what I can just accept. We wanted a place that was close to the action but not right in the middle of it. The Lahaina Shores was all of that and was exactly what we were looking for. It is located at the end of Front St (the main drag in Old Lahaina) and was an excellent choice. As there is no private beach front available in Hawaii at all, the hotel was located as well as possible, with direct access to the beach right out front of the hotel. We got an end unit with mountain view and it was certainly adequate. If we wanted to see the beach we got out of the hotel and went and sat on it, no point looking at it through a window. The hotel was very quiet as it is located away from the main tourist area by about six blocks. There is no restaurant directly at the hotel but since there are a myriad of restaurants to choose from right on Front St. The restaurants directly next door to the hotel were convenient but a bit pricey so we would walk down the four blocks and then we had the worlds selections of restaurants. Everything from coffee and bagels at Sunrise Cafe (highly recommended) to hamburgers and fries at Cheeseburger in Paradise to Seafood (Bubba Gump Shrimp factory) and Prime Rib and Hula Pie (Kimos). The one restaurant I would not recommend was the Lahaina Fish Co as the service was not great and the meal was below average for the area and quite expensive. If you want a high end meal try Kimo's or Longhi's. Of course there is the standard Mcdonald's, Hard Rock Cafe and Starbucks but be adventurous and try the local cusine, you will not be dissapointed. The first day we arrived they suggested we do a one hour presentation from Expedia.Fun as to what there is to do on the island. I was a bit suspicious at first but it was not anything to wory about. The gentleman who gave us the breifing had lived there for 25 years and was very knowlegable about many things around Maui. He suggested that there were cheaper ways to do things but they weren't worth it. For example, we went whale watching (highly recommended during this time of year) but he suggested we pay a little extra and go out on the bigger, more stable boat, with a bathroom(important for the fairer sex), vice the smaller Zodiak boats. Also recommended was the chauffered drive around the Road to Hana as it it is not something to be done with a rental car. A little known fact is they call it the Divorce Highway if you try to drive it yourself. I am very independent on vacation and I was glad at the end of the day I had a local driver, familiar with the road and area, to drive us around it. The breakfast and lunch included in the price was quite tasty and adequately sized as well. Overall service at the hotel was friendly, towels were replaced when requested (to save on water and prevent stuff getting into the local water table), and the room was clean and did not smell. We did take a cab up to the Hyatt further north on the island and based on the number of high end stores in the lobby and Mercedes Benz in the parking lot we were glad we stayed where we did. We got a great taste of Maui and will definitely be looking at staying here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lahaina Shores Beach Hotel Lahaina
- Lahaina Shores Maui
- Lahaina Shores Beach Resort Maui