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Paia Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paia
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Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
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“Real Maui”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

My husband and I stayed at a few places while in Maui, ending our trip in Paia. Paia is a hippie surf town with a lot of personality. If you are looking to go to a resort and never leave this is not the place for you. Paia is for exploring and experiencing and most is with walking distance and set you up for a head start on the road to Hana or the Haleakala Crater and is close to Kahului airport. While each place we had stayed prior were wonderful in their own right, none compared to Paia Inn. We had been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and the staff had been kind and understanding throughout the whole ordeal of canceling and rebooking. When we arrived for our last 3 days in paradise, we knew immediately we would we back. After having stayed in Wailea and Kaanipali we knew that this place was totally our speed. The staff is wonderful and the owner Michael was very kind and upgraded to the ocean view suite from our garden view suite. The room (12) was spectacular and well worth what they charge. Smart move on upgrading us as we have already enlisted our couple friends to return and share this 3 bedroom with us next year. The room has a great kitchen and living room area, but the lanai takes the cake - with a daybed, rocking chairs, and a table and a view of the ocean. We could have stayed there the whole time. It is a much more relaxed environment and the staff takes service seriously with a soft touch. The breakfast area was great grab a coffee and go or stay and have a delicious breakfast made to order by the chef. You may have to wait a minute, but the whole point of traveling halfway around the world is not to rush. The beach is semi private and the winter surf was rough and according to the staff is calmer in the summer/fall, a little walk takes you to Baldwin beach and you can see turtles floating about! They have a little lawn away from the beach if you like to sunbathe in private and it has a grill area too. They provide chairs, boogie boards and snorkel gear, everything you would need for a day at the beach. This place just has a little bit of magic that is lacking in the mega resorts and over developed other parts of the island. You know you have found somewhere special when you are plotting to come back before you have left. I only wish there was a spa or small pool to go to when the surf was rough, but that was far from a deal breaker. We will definitely be back. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auburn, California
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We (two adults, two 11 1/2 year old children) stayed in the three bedroom house from October 12-16, 2012. We would have stayed longer, but it was booked.

I made the reservation directly with the hotel. All staff members were welcoming, helpful, kind and warm. They treated us, including the children, with consideration and respect.

The house was perfect for our needs. The kids loved everything about it, but we all especially enjoyed being right on the beach. We went walking first thing in the morning before breakfast and the beach was almost empty. The waves are a bit rough this time of year, but we all swam and played in the water too.

We had breakfast at the hotel just once. We had waffles, eggs, french toast, fresh juice, etc. Delicious, but allow extra time if there is anyone else there. Relax and savor. We females had to dash to a manicure appointment and just made it!

We loved it here and would stay again. It's a popular choice, so plan ahead.

Room Tip: The three bedroom house is just great!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Newport Beach
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

I stayed in Paia Inn for a planned Kiteboarding trip, and received an absolutely phenomenal experience at the inn. Every room is designed with such detail and there is plenty of space. Paia Inn has a very Zen like design, giving a sense of tranquility....the food is fantastic, I highly recommend the egg white omelette with the zuchhini and the spinach. The views are stunning, and the staff is accomodating. I would return to Maui just for Paia Inn alone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Paia is a great town on a great island. The Paia Inn mixes Hawaii plantation style with Balinese and Thai influence. Great breakfast. Convenient parking. Everything walking distance. Perfect for the alternative vacation. On our visit, Jaws was breaking, Virgin KiteJam was in town, and surfers and body boarders were enjoying Paia Bay. If you want mainland nightlife, tourist shuttles, kiddie slides, stick to the other parts of Maui. If you are ready to slow down, get healthy and explore Hana, upcountry and North shore beaches, this is a great launching point.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at this property on two separate occassions during our vacation. We stayed in the Junior Suite garden view for several days and then came back and stayed in one of the one bedroom suites for 2 days. The garden suite was our favorite. The property is on the north side of the main highway in downtown Paia. Beach access is wonderful and the rooms were amazing. We had a little trouble with the adjacent property noise in our one bedroom suite but the management at the Paia Inn worked with us and our stay was wonderful.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

There were six units in the original Paia Inn, but success has grown the six to fifteen units. We haven't seen the other units, but based on reviews of garden view rooms, we feel room 15 (and possibly #14) is not as competitively priced as the other units. It's small, the air conditioner blows over the bed, and there is no view of a garden. There are some chairs and tables outside, but they haven't been dusted or cleaned in a long time, so it's unlikely anyone would sit in them. It's next to the walkway to other units, so you can hear conversations of all who pass. When we were there, the cord on the hair dryer was so short that you have to bend your head down to use it. When we asked if we could be moved, there was no room at the inn: all of the other rooms were full. We couldn't be angry because all staff are helpful, athletic, and adorable young ladies. So it seems that the only time to ask for another garden view room besides room 15 is when you book. If you are not staying at Paia Inn for the beach experience, for comparison purposes, check the rate for a standard room at the new Marriott Courtyard at Kahului airport which is not far from the public parking lot at Paia. Paia is a nice town, but most people can see the town and its shops in a couple of hours, max.

Room Tip: If you book a garden view room, you might mention that you don't want room #15.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Elgin, Illinois
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

My wife and I just spent four wonderful nights in the junior suite at the Paia Inn and loved it!! The staff were friendly and attentive, the suite was spacious with an extremely comfortable king bed, the outside sitting area was perfect for relaxing in the evening or planning our day each morning and the outdoor shower (attached to the suite's bathroom) was awesome!!! If you want to stay "in" Maui you have to book a few nights (or more) at the Paia Inn. Can't wait to go back - Maholo!!!

Room Tip: The Junior suite was perfect for our needs, but the villa looked amazing!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Paia Inn
Address: 93 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Paia
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Paia Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The postcard perfection of Maui’s North Shore (white sand beaches, raging waterfalls, stylish cafes, and world-class surfers) just got even better with the opening of the Paia Inn. This beach town boutique hotel seamlessly blends modern amenities with the historic character of its building. In a nod to the town’s plantation trade days, the building’s exterior has retained its charm with tin rooftops and rustic hues; yet, the interior mixes contemporary island furnishings with the chic lushness of the W Hotel. ... more   less 
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