This was our second stay at the Pioneer Inn. We were worried on our arrival as it was the day before Hurricane Iselle hit Hawaii; we'd almost cancelled our trip. Last year we had a Front Street facing room at the Pioneer Inn but this year were put in courtyard facing rooms in case of high winds from the hurricane. (Staff offered to move us after the hurricane passed but we kept these rooms all week.) I felt more comfortable riding out a hurricane in a hundred-year-old two-story hotel than I would have in a brand new high rise. We were traveling with children and everyone at the hotel was as kind as could be with the children the whole week. Mahalo to staff: schools were closed, supermarkets jammed, everyone had to prepare their own homes and families for the hurricane, yet we never felt as if we were alone in a storm. The bar/restaurant stayed open, all the news was posted in the hall, front desk manned at all times, and we had plenty of ice, water, and comfort foods in case things got worse than expected (they didn't).
The attached bar/restaurant is super convenient in a hurricane and every other time kids are hungry. There is a friendly parrot named Alex and the wall has lots of crayon drawings posted that kids have made while waiting on POGs or chicken tenders. One evening there was a terrific slack key guitarist whose music and singing I enjoyed after the kids went to bed (sorry I didn't catch his name). The bar/restaurant has copious whaling and harbor-related wall art and decorations, lots of "local color"; three tv's so if your favorite sport team is playing and it's being broadcast, the game probably is showing on one of them. The front desk provides a discount coupon to its guests eating at the restaurant.
This hotel location is unbeatable for our family. Right on the boat harbor, grassy parks nearby on three sides, public library across the alley. Several mini-marts within yards, including one on the first floor under the rooms and next to the bar/restaurant. Historic ruins, museums, galleries all in the immediate area. Many excursions begin at Lahaina Harbor so all we had to do was roll out of bed, through the front door and across the street.
Dozens of interesting shops within a very short walk, numerous shave ice places. Many visitors to Maui staying at Ka'anapali come to Old Lahaina days and evenings for these attractions.
The Pioneer Inn hotel pool is smallish, L-shaped. Few people use it because there are several beaches close by and all the other things Maui offers. The large mango tree in the courtyard means that the pool is completely shaded by mid-afternoon, so our kids could swim into the evening after a day of outdoor activities without worrying about getting burnt while we grownups could relax on the loungers. We were the only ones using the pool all but one day. So we had several family dinners at a table by the pool, enjoying takeout from some of the seeming hundreds of restaurants in Lahaina.
There are only one or two rooms that are big enough for a family of four, or five with a rollaway. The smaller rooms can sleep a third person on a rollaway, with the table and chairs removed (there's another table and chairs on the lanai, anyway.)
No elevator. Mini-fridge. (No microwave oven as is common elsewhere.)
Last year we slept with no AC and the lanai door open (there is a wooden louvered door with a sturdy lock on it.) This year the heat and humidity from the hurricane made it more comfortable to use the small room AC. We didn't have any problems with keeping our room comfortable in temperature or humidity.
This is not the fanciest hotel in town, but it was a great place for us. We will be staying here again as soon as we can get back to Maui.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you visit historic Lahaina, treat yourself to the hospitatlity of Hawaii's plantation era while enjoying all the comfort and convenience of the Best Western Pioneer Inn. Although the exterior faithfully preserves this historical hotel, inside and around the grounds, visitors will enjoy up to date accomodations and facilities. Guests are surrounded by constant reminders of Hawaii's special beauty and will find the Inn's staff as warm and hospitable as a gentle island tradewind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Pioneer Hotel Lahaina
- Best Western Lahaina
- Lahaina Best Western
- BEST WESTERN Pioneer Inn Maui/Lahaina