We just got back from a week-long stay at Lahaina Shores, and we loved every moment of our stay!!
We can't speak to the hotel room portion of the resort, as we rented one of the available condos (Room 403 through Katherine Hart -- also highly recommended!), but the grounds and the location were just perfect for us. Though it seems most people stay on Kaanapali Beach and the other main resort areas of Maui, we loved being just a short 10 min walk to bustling Downtown Lahaina, where we had lots of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and some night life to choose from. (I think we would have gotten quite bored staying in a resort area where all you have is the beach and limited shopping.) Having said that, Lahaina Shores is also really quite close to Kaanapali Beach -- only about a 10 min drive. (In fact, we missed the turn a couple times because we thought it was further than it actually was.) And it was incredibly easy to get around the island, so driving wasn't an issue.
The resort itself sits in front of a nice beach, which we walked every morning, and is located right next door to the Shops at 505, which are undergoing a renovation and are going to look great when they are done! Though we didn't spend any time swimming or laying on this beach, we did see a lot of swimmers, paddle boarders, and snorkelers here.
The lobby of the resort is also beautiful, with huge doors that open up wide to let the sea breeze in and a great view of the beach and harbor. In fact, the views from our lanai on the fourth floor were absolutely perfect. I don't think you could go wrong with the views from any room on the ocean side of the resort, and I highly recommend spending the extra money for an ocean-view room! Twice during our stay we watched cruise ships come and go from the nearby harbor, not to mention many other boats!
The pool area was also great, but I'm sad we never got a chance to use the hot tub (it was too warm most of our stay for a hot tub!). And there were a ton of lounge chairs set up in the grassy area surrounding the pool. We also used the gas grills twice for lunch, which we found highly convenient since it can get expensive eating every meal out in Hawaii. Another thing we liked is that this hotel isn't geared specifically to families (though I certainly wouldn't hesitate to bring kids here), so there weren't tons of kids running around, which meant our stay was quite peaceful.
We appreciated the bulletins in the elevators that talked about what was happening at the resort and around the area. We also got a lot of use out of the concierge desk, which I believe is run by an Expedia representative. On the first morning of your stay, you can go to an informational session and hear all about the different activities you can do on Maui. This was super helpful for us, because we didn't have any excursions or activities lined up prior, and we got to make use of some great discounts provided to us through the concierge. Also, by going to the morning session, you are entered in a drawing to win a free activity of some kind. Well, there were only two groups at our morning session, so our chances of winning were great! Though the other couple won the drawing (which was a free luau), they turned it down and were kind enough to gave it to us since they were already going to a luau.
If you're considering Lahaina Shores, I would say this is a fantastic place to stay in Maui - it's clean, comfortable, and beautiful, with fantastic views and in a great location. This was our first time in Maui, but we plan on going back many times, and I would definitely stay at Lahaina Shores again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to oceanfront living right in the heart of Lahaina Town. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is a landmark in historic Lahaina town. This ocean front condo resort features spacious studio, one bedroom and one bedroom penthouse condos with full kitchens and oversized lanais. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lahaina Shores Beach Hotel Lahaina
- Lahaina Shores Maui
- Lahaina Shores Beach Resort Maui