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Paia Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 May 2014

The town of Paia itself is very quaint and different. Not resort oriented in the least. Therefore this quaint boutique hotel fit perfectly. The renovations that were taking place while we were there were barely noticeable. Room 9 was like a small studio apartment. Everything needed except for a dishwasher and stove. I wasn't there to cook, so it was perfect. We still had a full fridge to keep food for our day trip and a microwave to warm up food and warm the water for our morning oatmeal. There is a small continental snack bar breakfast at reception. We enjoyed the oatmeal packs that we topped off with fruit that we purchased at the grocery store. The only grocery store in town had all that we needed. The front desk personnel were always helpful and cheerful. We were there only 5 days. We went to Lahaina after that, but returned to the town at end of our trip and felt a part of this town already. We did make some use of the beach. We sat and enjoyed the ocean with breakfast or with before dinner drinks. You access the beach through a walkway along the building that leads to the beach. I would think that there might even be some of the second story rooms that might have a view of the ocean. We enjoyed it and if you are not a full fledged resort person, you will too.

Room Tip: Sorry, there was no fitness center. Our unit had not much light, but we were able to sleep better d...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Paia Inn is a great place to stay while exploring this side of the island. It is clean, very centrally located in town center and has a cool vibe. I would say that the amenities are on par for what one would expect of a three star hotel, however, the prices reflect that of a five star hotel.

We paid $565 a night for the ocean view room (I believe #12) with no view. If you stand in just the right place on the veranda and turn your head sideways during a full moon, you have a glimpse of the ocean through some branches. It is completely misleading to call it an ocean view room and is certainly not what we had at other hotels in Maui when booking an ocean view room for less money. 

My second complaint is that we were notified two weeks prior to arrival that there would be construction underway during our stay. The email offered the option to cancel, but where would we go with only two weeks notice? We were there over the weekend, so the construction was not disruptive to us, but it did mean that the outdoor patio and bar and restaurant were not available. However, to be fair, there are many good restaurants within walking distance. I would be interested in returning after the construction is complete, as I imagine it will be quite nice.

Pros:
1. The hotel is centrally located and walking distance to all of the restaurants and shops. 
2. Clean
3. Ocean View room had a large private veranda and a fully equipped kitchen.
4. Beach is accessible through back of property - It is not a private beach, but was not at all populated while we were there. There is a private courtyard with a great view where you can relax on a beach chair and enjoy the view.
5. Good launching place for the drive to Hana.
6. Good location to explore Paia, Makawao and Haleakala.

Cons:
1. Extremely overpriced
2. The ocean view room had no view and the bedroom and bathroom were very small. The tub did not drain well.

Paia is a very small town that you can explore in a few hours. It is very casual with a hippy vibe. There are many great restaurants in the area. The beach is nice, but it was fairly rough when we were there. There are many other beaches in Maui that are much better suited to swimming and snorkeling. Paia is a very popular wind surfing spot, so if you are a wind-surfer, then this would be a great place for you. 

You Should Stay Here If:
1. You want a small untouristy town with a cool vibe that is not overrun with tall high rise hotels and Prada shops.
2. You prefer to avoid the crowds and have a good place to chill and read a book.
3. You want to drive the road to Hana.
4. Your a cyclist who wants to spend some time on the bike.
5. Your a wind-surfer who wants to spend time on the water.
6. You want a small cool place to stay where you feel more like a local than a tourist.

You Should Not Stay Here If:
1. You want all of the five-star amenities at your finger-tips.
2. You want a week of beach time on a beach with a calm inlet for swimming and snorkeling that would be good for young children. The beach here is lovely, but if you are looking for a very calm shallow beach like you find at some of the larger resorts, then this isn't the beach for you.
3. You hate the hippie culture.

Although considerably overpriced, I still feel that the hotel is the best option in town center and I would stay here again. If I had to do it over again, I would spend two nights here (instead of three) and then drive to Hana and stay two nights at Travaasa so that I had more time to explore the sights on the way to and from Hana and in Hana town itself. I would then move on to Wailea for 4-5 nights.

Room Tip: #12 is a great room in terms of privacy, but don't expect an ocean view as advertised. It also...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank tbatt
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed in the lovely 3-bedroom suite with a marvelous lanai and great views of the ocean. Left the lanai doors open at night to enjoy hearing the waves rolling in. It was terrific! I misunderstood the configuration of this suite thinking there was a one-bedroom, a two-bedroom, and a three- bedroom suite. I requested a one-bedroom suite with an ocean view . . . no such thing . . . there is ONLY a 3-bedroom suite. Somehow I did not understand this, so 2 of us ended up in a 3-bedroom suite which was over $500 a night . . . a good price if we were using most of it, but on the expensive side for what we used. However, given the current construction, I'm not sure I would want any of the other rooms at this time. The construction didn't bother us where we were located but having the restaurant would have been nice, if only for coffee in the morning

Really liked the town of Pa'ia . . . seemed to have more locals and less tourists than the south side of the island. Weather changeable and unpredictable, but that was part of the fun. Also great location for traveling the Hana Highway and up Haleakala. Terrific restaurants. We ate at Flatbread Pizza, Anthony's for breakfast every morning, Mama's Fish House (expensive but worth it; go for sunset). Many other restaurants in town that looked good. Great food market, Mana Foods.
After 3 nights here, we moved to Ka-anapali Beach to a condo. Great beach and sunshine, but I think we preferred the north side of the island for an overall experience.

Room Tip: Go for ocean view if you can afford it, especially until the construction is finished.
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6  Thank vanam1960
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I stayed at the Paia Inn in early April, while they were undergoing some renovations. The conditions weren't ideal for us, but we are not "spoiled" travelers, and went w/ the flow. The staff went out of their way to make our stay more comfortable, offering us 1 night's stay in their gorgeous beach front house. The staff communicates very well among each other, so when a reception staff member told us something, each subsequent person on duty was aware. MIchael, the owner, was also apologetic, and showed us what the renovations will include. As soon as they are complete, the Paia Inn will be even better!

The location couldn't be better, the main drag through town is in front and the beach is out the back door. Once you are on beach, you can walk well over a mile along the beach w/ a couple of short detours through some trees to get around some rock breaks. The next beach section over from the Paia Inn beach is clothing optional. The town of Paia has a great friendly vibe, and is great for people watching. There's a great community market, excellent restaurants, and a nice wine shop in town.

I highly recommend the Paia Inn, would have given them 5 stars if we it weren't for the construction.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank soarman
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The Paia Inn is a classy, chic hotel and resort. There are guest rooms in the main building and multiple vacation rental type units as well. I had the chance to stay in all three types during our recent vacation. The small rooms over looking the street ( which seemed sound proof from traffic) are beautifully appointed. The largest house is has everything needed for a fun vacation with a family or another couple. All of the units have contemporary interior touches, comfortable beds and are super clean. The boutique style of the interiors is a pleasing aesthetic with Buddhas and chandeliers. We thought the staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. This was our first time in Paia and being right in the center of town, yet on the beach was a unique combination. The hotel is being renovated and we can't wait to go back and revisit. Loved this place!

Room Tip: Upstairs units are a great choice~
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

They only had one night available, so we didn't have a long stay with them, which we would have absolutely welcomed. The location is fab (really you couldn't get better location in Paia), the people were super warm and helpful, and there is a door right to the beach. Lovely stay. Would stay there again without hesitation.

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1  Thank KTWiggins7
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We stayed in the 3 bed beach house with its own private garden and jacuzzi. Worth the extra expense! Right on the beach which was ideal for surfing: more sheltered beaches could be found by walking along the shore, one of which was nudist. Friendly staff, couldn't do enough. Other rooms may give a different experience though.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 93 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Paia
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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: £136 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 inn 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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Paia Hotel Paia
Paia Inn Maui, Hawaii

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