Maui is so packed full of interesting sites and tourist hotspots that any vacationer will struggle to pick just one place to stay.
If you like to be at the heart of it all, then Lahaina is the place to stay. Once a quiet whaling village, Lahaina is now a thriving tourist destination. With restaurants, bars, beaches, and shops, staying in this West Maui destination guarantees an unforgettable experience.
The hardest part of finding a place to stay in Lahaina is choosing from the many options. From peaceful luxury on a golden beach, to budget rooms as the heart of the action.
Lahaina is ideal because it encompasses so many types of vacation, you can really experience what Maui has to offer.
Lahaina Best Hotels
Best Western Pioneer Inn
Situated in a registered historic landmark, the Best Western Pioneer Inn is one of the best hotel locations in all of Maui—especially if you want a trip packed full of interest.
With elegant white columns and an intriguing appearance, the outside of this hotel alone is almost reason enough for booking. Luckily, it’s just as good on the inside.
Wood paneled rooms play on the vintage styling, while modern amenities such as Wi-Fi provide a comfortable stay. An affordable option for travelers who like to get stuck in.
Just a short walk away from numerous restaurants and shops, this is a great base for anyone looking to really soak up the atmosphere of Maui.
Conveniently located near the harbor—in fact, directly over the harbor—it’s perfect for booking boat trips and explorations.
Prefer your water a little closer? The beach is just feet away. You can almost dive straight out of your bed and into the waves.
Royal Lahaina Resort
Maui is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, and with good reason. The Royal Lahaina Resort makes you feel like you’ve stepped into paradise, with a luxury hotel that backs onto some glorious vistas.
If you’re after a stay where you can fully let go of the outside world, the calm serenity of Royal Lahaina is a total refresh.
With three swimming pools, an on-site spa, and a restaurant serving local ingredients freshly cooked, you may struggle to leave the resort.
However, a shuttle service and car rental gives the opportunity to fully explore what Maui has to offer. And when exploring gets too much, a Hawaiian hot stone massage can revitalize aching muscles.
Westin Maui Resort and Spa
The Westin Maui Resort and Spa is all about Lea Lea: having a good time. This luxury resort and spa complex provides plenty of opportunities to fully embrace the lifestyle.
The rooms are decorated in a calming blue, to reflect the sparkling sea, which lies just minutes from the hotel. If that wasn’t enough water for you, the hotel has 87,000 square feet of pool to play in.
The Westin Maui is an expensive option, but if there’s still room in the budget, it’s absolutely worth booking some time at the Hokupa’a.
This luxury tower is loaded with amenities, and it gives you the best access to the Lanai. It’s a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional Hawaiian culture.
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
These majestic creatures can be found regularly in the waters surrounding the beach, and are just one of the reasons why this is such a great resort.
Over 83% of the hotel rooms and suites have views over the Pacific, and during the awe-inspiring Maui sunsets you can watch the traditional cliff diving ceremony. A keiki (small child) friendly hotel, it makes the perfect base for a busy vacation.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Penguins aren’t the only reason to stay in this lovely hotel, but they’re a pretty convincing one. After all, what kind of holiday can’t be made better with the addition of penguins?
Several African Black-footed penguins have made the Hyatt Regency their home, and guests have the pleasure of watching the morning feed. Perhaps the most adorable way to start any day.
If penguins don’t take your fancy—although, we can’t imagine why—this is still a quality hotel. During the day, enjoy the athletic club and spa. In the evenings, Samoan fire-knife dancers light up the sky.
At night, sit back and count the stars from a hotel voted the best for stargazing.
The Plantation Inn
In minutes, you can be strolling past the bars and restaurants that form this bustling town. Or, stay close to the inn and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the courtyard and pool.
A budget option, this hotel caters to adults only, making it ideal for couples who want to save money without sacrificing serenity. If you really like time to yourself, the 24-hour jacuzzi offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
Sister hotel to the Plantation Inn, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has long been a popular choice for the budget traveler. Recently renovated rooms have been designed around the theme of makamae: precious gifts.
Rooms are decorated with precision and care, crafting a high-quality experience at an affordable price.
While the Plantation Inn is for adults, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is wonderful for families thanks to the emphasis on traditional Hawaiian activities.
Learn more about the language, the importance of hula, and even the music and clothes. An incredible opportunity to experience the history of the island.
Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger
Inside the condos and gardens of this serene resort, it’s hard to believe the thriving Front Street of Lahaina is just two blocks away.
Instead, you’ll feel like you’re in a secluded garden paradise. This is really the best of both worlds—calm and privacy in the resort, with all the life of West Maui just streets away.
A boutique style condo, the Aina Nalu Lahaina offers all the comforts of home in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
In a condo, you can truly take things at your own pace. Wake up to a dip in the whirlpool spa, take a walk down the world-famous Front Street, before relaxing in the total peace of your private studio. Families and couples can enjoy privacy and control.
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
The vacation rentals of the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offer you home comforts just steps away from the beach. Wake up on your own time to the sound of waves lapping at the shore, and enjoy a slow cup of coffee on your own private lanai.
Just minutes away, the iconic town of Lahaina is waiting. Head to the shops for some fresh caught Maui fish, which you can grill just how you like on the resort barbecues.
With friendly staff, a top location, welcoming rooms, and gorgeous scenery, Lahaina Shores Beach Resorts allows you to create your own luxury.
Old Lahaina House
Just one minute away from the beach and five minutes from historic Old Lahaina Town, the Old Lahaina House is something of a hidden gem. Small and intimate, the welcoming staff make you feel like one of the family.
A cheaper option than much of Maui, the old-style guest house is packed full of character. Rooms are decorated with a tropical vibe, and the pink outer walls lend a quirky touch to an attractive building.
A fridge and outdoor kitchen allow you to cater for yourself, while the knowledgeable staff can point you in the direction of all the best spots in Lahaina.
Maui Guest House
Resort complexes are a fantastic place to stay, but they can feel a little overwhelming. The Maui Guest House provides a completely different experience.
With only three guest rooms available, this smaller hotel offers a chance to experience Lahaina fully. The rooms have a comfortable and welcoming feel, equipped with a refrigerator and microwave for self-catering.
The salt water pool is communal, but with a guest house of this size it feels almost private. The friendly staff really know the area, and can provide ample information about what to do during your stay, and plenty of aloha.
Montage Kapalua Bay
If you’re after luxury, there isn’t much better than the Montage at Kapalua Bay. Located at the far end of Lahaina, this is a location that makes you feel as though you have the entire island to yourself.
With only a small amount of properties located over the sprawling grounds, the resort seems private, even as you share the pool with other guests.
A stay in the Montage doesn’t come cheap, but each second you spend in this paradise location is worth the money.
Puamana Vacation Condos
The gated community of Puamana Vacation Condos gives you isolated privacy just minutes away from Lahaina town. The gorgeous townhouses offer an unmatched level of comfort, stretched over 30-acres of property.
An expensive stay, but a unique opportunity to curate your experience in Maui. With three pools, including one for the keiki and one for the adults, a tennis court, and a clubhouse, you can really feel at home in Puamana.
There’s even a library, for those quiet evenings when the wind picks up. A quick stroll takes you to the ocean, where guests can snorkel and surf without leaving the property.
Feeling peckish? The mango, avocado, and banana trees that line the property can provide you with a bite to eat.
Tiki Beach Hostel
We can’t all afford a stay in a beachfront townhouse, but the Tiki Beach Hostel offers its own kind of unique charm.
A friendly place that works hard to foster a community vibe amongst the guests, the Tiki Beach Hostel is perfect for solo travelers searching for an adventure.
Located right at the heart of Lahaina, this quirky-styled hostel offers a heaping of friendly Maui-typical welcome. Enjoy the communal amenities, social gatherings, and affordable pricing.
Sneaking in just at the end of the Lahaina area, Camp Olowalu is an entirely different experience to the traditional resort.
Stay in one of the funky tentalows—yes, that’s a combination of tent and bungalow—in a mountain location that’s almost too picturesque to be true.
Camp Olowalu offers a communal, camping experience, not too far from the busy towns and beaches of West Maui. An isolated area that can give you total solitude (with Lahaina town only a drive away).
Other Places To Stay In Maui
We’ve written quite a bit about all of Maui’s available lodging, and continue to do so, but we wanted to share a few more places to stay from our friends at Booking.com.
A Resort Stay: The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea is the cream of the crop of resort stays, with restaurants, ocean views, an on-site spa, and the Shops at Wailea are just down the road. Couples particularly love The Four Seasons!
Bed and Breakfast: Sometimes, it’s all in a name, and Adventure in Paradise is exactly what it sounds like, located in Haiku on Maui’s north shore. Wake up to a 180 degree view of Haleakala summit every morning from your private patio.
Hotel: The highly rated Maui Sunset hotel combines laid-back atmosphere and the beach of Waipuilani Park. Also, it’s only 1.7 miles from the Elleair Maui Gold Club!
Vacation Home: Find your home away from home at Puu Koa Palms, six minutes from Hookipa Beach, and near the Hana Highway. Also particularly great for couples!
Villas: If you’re looking to vacation in style with your own villa try the Andaz Maui, which include all the expected amenities along with grills and plunge pools.