My husband and I LOVED The Plantation Inn. We're already planning a return trip.
We were attending a conference in Honolulu and decided to add a side trip to Maui before returning home to the mainland. In Oahu we'd stayed at the Hilton Village resort and enjoyed it but wanted something more spontaneous and less 'corporate" for the vacation part of our stay. I looked at a number of properties both resorts and more moderate hotel chains, then found an article in which someone mentioned their three favorite things on the island - and one of them was the Plantation Inn. I booked it based on the article, guest photos and reviews on TripAdvisor but mediated my expectations because the price was between 1/2 to 1/3 what other resorts were charging.
The first thing my husband said when he stepped on to the grounds was "We win!" I'm not kidding. It's intimate, lush and beautiful. Only a half a block from the main street but light years in terms of ambient noise levels. The woman who registered us, Regina, was a hoot. She had seen us drive up and already had the key waiting, along with the biggest smile on earth. By the end of our stay she felt like family.
We booked a standard room but are considering a Lanai for our next stay. Still - don't be fooled by the photos on their website - the entire property was renovated and our "standard" room was pretty luxurious. It had a beautiful tall plantation bed similar to what we have at home, large dressers on each side of the bed with extra deep drawers, a mini fridge that kept things very cold, and a vhs/dvd player tucked in the cabinet. Our unit had a nice wide bathtub and it was clear that everything - from the bathroom tile to the bedroom rug was new. The guest photos are pretty accurate of the style of the new furniture. I hope the hotel updates its website photos to match because the new decor is worth showing off. But even photos don't quite show how magical this place is when you're there.
The free breakfast was fabulous. My husband had French Toast and I had Eggs Florentine. While waiting we were served cut oranges, juice, coffee and tea. A lot of food. I was stuffed. There is also a $50 credit for two for a 3-course meal at Gerards. The meal gets pricey and having a drink or two will eat up the credit, otherwise it's fabulous and gourmet. My husband tried the scallops as an appetizer which were served raw. We were both skeptical until after the first bite. Delicious.
I would also note that we were on the property as Hurricane Iselle headed towards the islands. We were kept apprised of the situation. The staff had already arranged rooms for us at their sister resort hotel in case we had to evacuate. They put candles in every room (and there's a flashlight in the closet) in case we didn't. During breakfast the day the storm was due, the manager came to let us know they had our cell phones and to keep a small bag packed in case we had to move. They also left phone messages to make sure we were kept up to date and given status reports. Instead, the storm lessened and we all (staff included) stayed on sight and hunkered down. There were high winds but not damage. I felt secure and well cared for. early in the morning the staff was clearing debris and by breakfast the grounds were meticulously clean. Also on site were a number of international visitors - we met couples from France, Germany and England while there.
The pool is the perfect temperature and the hot tub/spa is toasty. Lots of lawn chairs and big comfortable towels available at the front desk. We often had the pool to ourselves. What I loved is that the pool is open 24 hours and they only ask that guests maintain quiet after 10pm. On my last night I went for a midnight swim and it was a perfect end to the trip.
Shout out to staff members Rose and Nancy who bent over backwards pampering us and for feeling comfortable to hang out and chat.
By the way - it's only a short drive from Lahaina to the Ocean center (aquarium) or to the resort hotels. A half block walk to Front Street in Lahaina, and two blocks to the enormous Banyan tree, museums, and the wharf. Lots of shops and restaurant choices.
Parking is free, there is wi-fi on site and there is NO resort charge. When we left I told the staff I would write a bad review so no one would want to go there and we could be assured of a room when we booked again. But I was just joking. The inn is peaceful and perfect.
Advice - more suited to adults - singles and couples to maintain its intimate and quiet appeal.
- 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