West Maui and probably South Maui, the two most hotel-rich areas on the island, seem hell-bent on emulating the high-rise-hive ambiance of Myrtle and Miami Beaches. In the west, the town of Lahaina offers a taste of an older, slightly scruffier Maui (not too bucolic -- dining options include a Ruth's Chris and a Hard Rock Cafe) and provides a good base for exploring. In that town, the lodging of choice is the Plantation, literally moments away from the shops and restaurants along Front Street). The rooms (judging from ours) are comfortable and well appointed. They're in two buildings, on either side of a nice medium-sized swimming pool that is available to guests at all times (a boon for early-morning lap swimmers like my spouse). Breakfast is included in the rate and it's prepared by the kitchen of the on-premises French restaurant, Gerard's (Gerard himself was making the breakfasts on at least some of the days we were there). Choices include French toast, eggs Florentine, and a croque monsieur (I pity the reviewer whose taste buds were so exquisite that he or she found the fare "inedible").
The inn has parking in three places, including an adjacent gravel lot that tends to fill up in the evening with patrons of the on-site restaurant. There is a paved lot in back, next to the rear building, but beware of the cement columns when maneuvering in and out of the narrow spaces (never have been as happy to have taken the CDW coverage for my rental car). There was an in-room safe, key -- not keypad -- operated; use of that key incurs an additional charge of $1.04 or $1.06 per day -- a bit cheesy if you ask me. There's a coin-op washer and drier on the second floor of the front building but you need 8 quarters for a load in the former and 7 for the latter.
Guests of the inn receive a small discount at the French restaurant but you must order a three-course meal to apply it. It's expensive, but the food and service are excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the romantic getaway you deserve at Maui's Premier Bed and Breakfast, The Plantation Inn. With plantation-style architecture and décor combined with modern amenities such as dual rain showers and whirlpool hot-tub, guests relax in a tranquil oasis in the heart of Maui's historic Lahaina Town. The Inn is situated conveniently less than two blocks from the Lahaina harbor as well as the famous Front Street, known for its range of shops, restaurants, gallery walks and museums. The Plantation Inn is home to Gerard's Restaurant, voted OpenTable's Top Most Romantic Restaurants in North America. Chef Gerard's Contemporary Island French Cuisine consistently earns some of the highest ratings in Hawaii. Come discover why Hawaii Magazine readers named The Plantation Inn "No.1 Best Bed and Breakfast" in Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plantation Hotel Lahaina
- The Plantation Inn Maui/Lahaina