We stayed at the Old Wailuku Inn for 7 nights in late December 2006. We would return in a heartbeat.
The inn is a gracious, well maintained historic building that is both comfortable and elegant.
The grounds are small but nicely landscaped, with lush vegetation. As you emerge from the inn in the evening, you are greeted by the fragrance of tropical flowers.
Janice was a wonderful hostess. She was welcoming and warm. She has excellent advice about what to do -- and what to avoid and/or be cautious about -- on Maui. We found her advice to be right on the mark.
We stayed at the inn for Christmas, so the living room was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree and a collection of Santa Clauses. Each room had a Christmas quilt, instead of the usual Hawaiian quilt. The innkeepers even left us a gift on Christmas morning, a nice surprise.
Both my husband and I read the book in our room about Hawaiian quilts, and we even read a portion of the Don Blanding poetry book in our room. I never thought I'd catch my husband reading poetry, but we felt amazingly relaxed after a few days at the inn... it actually seemed normal to be lounging on the bed and reading poems about Hawaii.
We spent a number of evenings on the deep front porch, relaxing.
We enjoyed the view of the gorgeous west Maui mountains from the front gate of the inn.
We loved soaking in our in-room whirlpool tub in the Ilima room. We also loved the large, bright Bird of Paradise room.
We sampled every single breakfast (the menu changes each day of the week), and would recommend them all. The breakfast room refrigerator is stocked with drinks and snacks in case you're hungry in the evening, or to pack for excursions. The inn also supplies you with a cooler, beach towels, and straw beach mats each day.
Wailuku is centrally located and a perfect starting point for trips to any of Maui's destinations - Haleakala, the Road to Hana, Ho'okipa Point, south Maui beaches, the northwest Maui coast, etc. Iao Valley, one of Maui's main attractions, is a very short drive from Wailuku. Swimming beaches are a 15-minute drive away.
Wailuku itself is, as all the guidebooks say, a real town. It is both charming and gritty (not perfect, but also not scary... one of the more "urban" towns on Maui). We found it refreshing and authentic compared to the more touristy west Maui coast (where we stayed later in our trip). We explored different parts of Wailuku on foot on a few occasions, enjoying seeing a number of historic landmarks and homes. We had dinner almost every evening at one of a number of inexpensive but excellent restaurants in Wailuku. We especially recommend A Saigon Cafe and Cafe Marc Aurel; and Maui Bake Shop and Deli was a great place to pick up sandwiches for lunch.
We would absolutely recommend staying at the Old Wailuku Inn. Back on the mainland, we've been drinking coffee out of an Old Wailuku Inn mug every morning... and feeling very nostalgic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maui's historic Inn. Down to the smallest detail, it represents 1920s Hawaii at its best, intertwined with the conveniences and luxuries the modern travelers expect. Located in the heart of Maui - short drive to beautiful beaches, lush golf courses, great restaurants, shopping centers, and most major visitor attractions. Ten minutes from Kahului Airport. ... more less
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