(800) 457-5457 or (808) 661-3636
658 Wharf St, Lahaina
This is the oldest hotel on the island. Built in 1901, it’s right in the heart of downtown Lahaina. (That’s good for convenience, bad if you’re looking for peace and quiet at night.) It’s clean and well-tended. Lanais in all rooms, but they’re not private, so behave yourself. You’ll have to park on Wainee and Dickenson and hoof it to your room, but parking is free. Once ensconced in your room, there is no better place to stay to feel the heartbeat of Lahaina.
They’re rarely full except in peak seasons, so you can almost always get a room. Courtyard rooms are the quietest. Note that no rooms directly face the ocean. The original building of the hotel faces the ocean, but those rooms need updating, and county permits (for historical buildings) are a bit tricky—so for now, they sit empty. We like the banyan tree-facing rooms. You get a 15 percent discount at their restaurant. Rooms (227 sq. ft.) are $187–$268, corner king rooms (454 sq. ft.) are $207–$268.